Ursa Minor Pop-Top Jeep JK

ventura911

Adventurer
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.
For the longest time, everything I tried to prevent my hatch from rattling failed. Then I found that it wasn’t the hatch at all, but the sound bar. I simply loosened the top and placed three felt furniture pads between the camper floor and the sound bar and now enjoy one less rattle on board.
 

larock1971

Member
For the longest time, everything I tried to prevent my hatch from rattling failed. Then I found that it wasn’t the hatch at all, but the sound bar. I simply loosened the top and placed three felt furniture pads between the camper floor and the sound bar and now enjoy one less rattle on board.
I did the very same thing with my sound bar, works great.
 

Lightholder

New member
Looking forward to getting my J30 late summer/early fall up in Portland. Back home, space is at a premium and (assuming I work out a repeatable method to get the top on and off) I'm wondering if the top can be rested against a wall vertically for storage, or does it need to sit horizontally (like it would be when mounted on the Jeep)? Most of the posts I've seen here involve fancy counterweights or lifts...but even the ones where it's resting on sawhorses, etc, show it being stored horizontally. Anyone know if vertical storage is possible?
 
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sbly

Observer
We upgraded to a J30 about 9 months ago and have been pretty happy so far. Does anybody know if a Gobi light bar (stealth) will work with the J30?
 

Gear

Explorer, Overland Certified OC0020
Looking forward to getting my J30 late summer/early fall up in Portland. Back home, space is at a premium and (assuming I work out a repeatable method to get the top on and off) I'm wondering if the top can be rested against a wall vertically for storage, or does it need to sit horizontally (like it would be when mounted on the Jeep)? Most of the posts I've seen here involve fancy counterweights or lifts...but even the ones where it's resting on sawhorses, etc, show it being stored horizontally. Anyone know if vertical storage is possible?
I have never seen one stored vertically. The front sawhorses are mandatory because there is no t-top removal panels on the Ursa Minor. It will tilt forward most likely putting stress on the lower edge of the fiberglass. I would love to be able to remove mine at will, but run into the same issue storage and easy of removal.
 

rubicon91

Explorer
We upgraded to a J30 about 9 months ago and have been pretty happy so far. Does anybody know if a Gobi light bar (stealth) will work with the J30?
I don't see why it would not fit. Venture4wd runs the kargo master bar up front without any issues. Having had a gobi before the j30 I would say it would fit not problem.

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rubicon91

Explorer
After we left Portsmouth island we explored Croatan NF in NC and found a great spot to camp for the night. No one anywhere. Also got to see an Osprey flying back to cherry point. That was cool to see fly overhead.


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Boat.man

Builder of Jeep stuff
Looking forward to getting my J30 late summer/early fall up in Portland. Back home, space is at a premium and (assuming I work out a repeatable method to get the top on and off) I'm wondering if the top can be rested against a wall vertically for storage, or does it need to sit horizontally (like it would be when mounted on the Jeep)? Most of the posts I've seen here involve fancy counterweights or lifts...but even the ones where it's resting on sawhorses, etc, show it being stored horizontally. Anyone know if vertical storage is possible?

The top is very heavy and awkward... I think you would have a tough time trying to set it on its end like that. When I purchased mine used, we met the seller 1/2 way and it took 5 guys to transfer it from 1 jeep to the other. I have a winch system to remove mine and have set it on the floor with a saw horse to support the front and cannot imagine trying to maneuver it onto it's end. It is just too large, heavy and fragile.

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Lightholder

New member
The top is very heavy and awkward... I think you would have a tough time trying to set it on its end like that. When I purchased mine used, we met the seller 1/2 way and it took 5 guys to transfer it from 1 jeep to the other. I have a winch system to remove mine and have set it on the floor with a saw horse to support the front and cannot imagine trying to maneuver it onto it's end. It is just too large, heavy and fragile.

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I suspected as much. Nice winch system! Do you end up pulling it off seasonally or more often now that you have a system to do so?

I wonder if something like one of these is at all feasible? https://www.topliftpros.com/
 

Boat.man

Builder of Jeep stuff
I suspected as much. Nice winch system! Do you end up pulling it off seasonally or more often now that you have a system to do so?

I wonder if something like one of these is at all feasible? https://www.topliftpros.com/
I made one using a 110V winch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M22RUZY/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ws40Cb12P979T mounted to the opposite wall, para cord and some pulleys.
It works great! It is no more trouble to remove than the factory hard top.
I can't speak about that other top lift but I would think that it will not be enough for the J30
 
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Lightholder

New member
I made one using a 110V winch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M22RUZY/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ws40Cb12P979T mounted to the opposite wall, para cord and some pulleys.
It works great! It is no more trouble to remove than the factory hard top.
I can't speak about that other top lift but I would think that it will not be enough for the J30
Thanks. I actually just rang those guys - their lift is built for up to 300lbs, but they have a heavier-duty one coming later this year they say would be their choice for something like the Ursa Minor. Seeing that I'm not getting my top until late summer/early fall, maybe I'll check back with them then and see what's up :)
 

rustypayne

Member
I'd also be concerned with where the balance point is on the J30, seems like it would be forward of a normal hard top and you'd need to be sure that rolling lift had a long enough base to not be tippy.
 
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