do it. with enough tubes welded in you will be fine
Since Wranglers are insanely expensive and pretty small inside, has anyone done research on cutting the top off of the XJ Cherokee? How much structural reinforcement would the XJ need?
I'm picturing leaving the roof over the driver/passenger, a simple roll cage over the back 2/3, remove all carpet and truck bed liner inside and out. Should be pretty easy to find a cheap running XJ, seems like it could be a fun beater.
I think this is a pickup, but you get the point:
Lots and lots of people chop the top off of Cherokees. As already said, add rollcage/unibody reinforcement and it will be fine.
Remeber, these have top hinged liftgates, so you'd need to fab a tailgate. It would be pretty flimsy I'd imagine. With what you spent on reinforcing an XJ, you probably could have bought a Wrangler. YJ's are cheaper than TJ's.
Don't forget about other topless wonders: 1st gen 4-Runners, Samurai's, Scouts (all rusted to death or extremely expensive), fullsize Blazers & Broncos, Izusu Amigos.
Last edited by deucestudios; 06-01-2011 at 11:04 AM.
98 wrangler build
If anyone is interested, I found the build thread to that black 2 door XJ I posted a picture of:
This build is awesome, here's another one: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=557715
Removable hard top back on:
It's weird because I have been thinking about doing this to a Jeep for a while now. We have a guy in town who did it to a four door and it's okay but kind of hacked. If you have the right tools it shouldn't be a huge project.Just have to make sure that you add enough material to avoid flex -
I've tried to find some info on removing the RR Classic's top, but haven't found much. Anyone have some info on it?
This one is on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1992-...b857aae7#v4-38