Ursa Minor Pop-Top Jeep JK

JB30

Member
I added a roof rack to my J30. Because I already had several Yakima roof racks for other vehicles I installed their Yakima 54" Tracks with CapNuts. I used three of the lift mech bolts/holes (I drilled out the track to match and buy longer bolts), then drilled holes through the top, gooped some sealant, and tightened the CapNuts. Works well for my purpose.

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Beauty. Exactly what I'm looking to do. Thanks for the pics
 

ivers

Observer
I added a roof rack to my J30. Because I already had several Yakima roof racks for other vehicles I installed their Yakima 54" Tracks with CapNuts. I used three of the lift mech bolts/holes (I drilled out the track to match and buy longer bolts), then drilled holes through the top, gooped some sealant, and tightened the CapNuts. Works well for my purpose.

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Where did you pass you wire for the solar panel, throught the roof?
 

rustypayne

Member
I added a roof rack to my J30. Because I already had several Yakima roof racks for other vehicles I installed their Yakima 54" Tracks with CapNuts. I used three of the lift mech bolts/holes (I drilled out the track to match and buy longer bolts), then drilled holes through the top, gooped some sealant, and tightened the CapNuts. Works well for my purpose.
Did you put bigger struts on the J30 when you added the rack?
 

86scotty

Explorer
Where did you pass you wire for the solar panel, throught the roof?
If that isn't answered for you soon I'll let you know. I have a panel already on my J30 but haven't wired it. I'm thinking the pass through will be outside the canvas (naturally) and towards the front, being careful to not interfere with the hinges or possibly zip tied to them if I can find a good spot. The hinges have sharp edges though so careful consideration is necessary. There are voids in the sides of the J30 where you can easily run 10 gauge (typical size) solar wire towards the rear or wherever you want to drop it down in to the Jeep. Mine will be plug and play for easy top removal.
 

larock1971

New member
Where did you pass you wire for the solar panel, throught the roof?
I drilled a hole in the roof near the Yakima track above the sleeve in the canvas the ceiling light wiring runs, gooped some sealant around the wires. There is an opening at the top of the sleeve and a hole in the sleeping platform that runs inside of the Jeep. I ran the wire down the B Piller to a controller mount on the passenger seat base, then ran wire to the battery through the fire wall.

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Did you put bigger struts on the J30 when you added the rack?
No I didn't add heavier struts, I don't open the top with the kayaks up top.
 
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JB30

Member
Assuming other people (all?) have the same issue... anyone have an elegant solution to stop the access panels from rattling like crazy over bumps?
 

rustypayne

Member
Assuming other people (all?) have the same issue... anyone have an elegant solution to stop the access panels from rattling like crazy over bumps?
Mine rattles in the winter when the Jeep is empty but it's loaded for summer now and doesn't make a sound.
 

JB30

Member
Mine rattles in the winter when the Jeep is empty but it's loaded for summer now and doesn't make a sound.
By that do you mean you have bedding up top?

The culprit for me seems to be the panel that I exit the top from - so when I replace the panel it doesn’t have the cushion on top. I can tap it with my hand from below and it moves easily because of the gap...
 

JDaPP

Adventurer
I put Velcro around the opening lip. Loop side on lip, hook side on panel. DO NOT put the hook all the way around the panel or it will be a B@tch to push/pull up. You can also do it without the hook at all.
 

JB30

Member
I put Velcro around the opening lip. Loop side on lip, hook side on panel. DO NOT put the hook all the way around the panel or it will be a B@tch to push/pull up. You can also do it without the hook at all.
Seems like an easy solve. Thanks JDaPP
 

86scotty

Explorer
I put bedding on one side and leave the other side pushed out of the way (either forward or back). To be clear, this means the port on one side is not sitting in it's groove and so it doesn't hop or rattle. This give you a nice place to stuff all sorts of stuff without lifting the top. There's a good bit of storage space up there IMO for things like small bags, jackets, etc.
 

rustypayne

Member
By that do you mean you have bedding up top?

The culprit for me seems to be the panel that I exit the top from - so when I replace the panel it doesn’t have the cushion on top. I can tap it with my hand from below and it moves easily because of the gap...
I keep bedding up there year round, two sleeping bags spread out flat. I don't have a problem with the panels, when I pull them into place a little wiggling seems to drop the cushion into it's place too. The rattle I get is with the top and the sound bar all winter long but when I put the kitchen in the back and add some weight below the noise stops.

I'll add that we mostly use a ladder to get in from the outside so I don't use the hatches much unless we're in a spot I don't want to use a ladder or it's raining. With two people you can use the hatch but it's a yoga workout getting in and out with someone in the way.
 

JB30

Member
I keep bedding up there year round, two sleeping bags spread out flat. I don't have a problem with the panels, when I pull them into place a little wiggling seems to drop the cushion into it's place too. The rattle I get is with the top and the sound bar all winter long but when I put the kitchen in the back and add some weight below the noise stops.

I'll add that we mostly use a ladder to get in from the outside so I don't use the hatches much unless we're in a spot I don't want to use a ladder or it's raining. With two people you can use the hatch but it's a yoga workout getting in and out with someone in the way.
Ah makes sense. Yeah if the cushion was in place I’d imagine it’d take most of the rattle out. Although I’ve enjoyed a fair amount of winter camping and entering from a warm cabin is always a highlight!

Shame about your specific rattles. Would a bit of neoprene wedged up there help?
 

rustypayne

Member
Ah makes sense. Yeah if the cushion was in place I’d imagine it’d take most of the rattle out. Although I’ve enjoyed a fair amount of winter camping and entering from a warm cabin is always a highlight!

Shame about your specific rattles. Would a bit of neoprene wedged up there help?
I think pushing something in there might help I just never got around to trying it this year. Driving around... that rattle is making me crazy I need to do something... get home, mind goes blank, surf internet ;)
 

JB30

Member
I think pushing something in there might help I just never got around to trying it this year. Driving around... that rattle is making me crazy I need to do something... get home, mind goes blank, surf internet ;)
Haha. You are not alone ;)

Somehow on the 14,276th rattle I managed to pull over and set a reminder to do some research.
 
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