Ursa Minor Pop-Top Jeep JK

Gear

Explorer, Overland Certified OC0020
Oh this is what I was thinking of doing when I get mine next year. Looks awesome. I have a quick question, how easy is it to remove the plate and reinstall the seat. Or is it even possible?
In a JKU it takes about 45 minutes. The rear plate system needs to be removed in order to get to the seat bracket bolts. On the JLU we(Brian and I) have changed this so all you will need to do is unbolt the 60 Delete plate and reinstall the seat. This should cut the time in half.
 

Gear

Explorer, Overland Certified OC0020
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Out camping with my oldest son Ethan. Fast setup allowes for mountain biking during the day and camping at night. I love this camper.
 

UtahGuido

New member
Took a trip to an MC rally in Colorado recently and stopped for the night in a dry pasture between Moab and Monticello. I took the bikini top with me and on one of the days I recruited a few fellows to help me lift the camper top off. Left it at the KOA and put the bikini top on for a mountain cruise. When we got back to the KOA we put the J30 back on. It takes 8 bolts and 4 or 5 guys and about 20-30 minutes to snug everything back down. So don't be shy about taking it off. Its fun to go back an forth.

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Slowpoke

New member
Took a trip to an MC rally in Colorado recently and stopped for the night in a dry pasture between Moab and Monticello. I took the bikini top with me and on one of the days I recruited a few fellows to help me lift the camper top off. Left it at the KOA and put the bikini top on for a mountain cruise. When we got back to the KOA we put the J30 back on. It takes 8 bolts and 4 or 5 guys and about 20-30 minutes to snug everything back down. So don't be shy about taking it off. Its fun to go back an forth.

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Any thought on the capability to attach posts to the corners of the J30 and a means of lifting the camper/top off and being able to drive the Jeep out from under? Something akin to the old campers that fit in pickup beds?
 

JDaPP

Adventurer
Any thought on the capability to attach posts to the corners of the J30 and a means of lifting the camper/top off and being able to drive the Jeep out from under? Something akin to the old campers that fit in pickup beds?
The JK Pulse by Phoenix has this. I asked the owner of phoenix how he does that and he said he embed the hardware in the fiberglass during the build. I took that info and asked John about it and if I recall correctly, the issue for the J30 is the fenders / mount for the forward part. On both the pulse and a truck the camper hangs out over the bed rails so clearance is less of an issue.

If you figure it out I am game as that is my one and only complaint is not being able to take it off by myself (garage is not tall enough for a hoist).
 

shays4me

Adventurer
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Out camping with my oldest son Ethan. Fast setup allowes for mountain biking during the day and camping at night. I love this camper.
Justin,
I have to admit that the walkaround that Chris Shontz put on youtube of your Jeep is what really made me want a j30 again. I had a 13 JKUR that unfortunately had to be sold for family reasons. I wanted a J30 for it but I never made it that far. I was prematurely chasing a dream, since I still had four kids at home and we weren't able to travel in it together as a family. I reluctantly traded it for a Cummins Ram pickup that we used with a popup camper. I don't regret that decision since family comes first and we had some good trips but I did miss my JK. The seperation would have been easier if a friend from work hadn't gone down and purchsed my Jeep from the dealer the day after I traded it in, so I've had to look at it in the parking lot for three years now! I was not going to buy another JK for financial reasons but two of my kids are now out of the house and the bug bit me.....again. This time there's nothing stopping me from an Ursa Minor but funds. The build is going a little slower and I'm a little more conservative about mods the older I get, but I feel I'll be succesful in fulfilling my dream this time. For now, I've purchased a Casita travel trailer and were going to do some family campouts in it and make a few memories. I have a two daughters still at home, but time flies so I need to make the most of it! Anyway, you have an awesome Jeep sir and I will be building mine very similarly. Cheers
 

JB30

Member
After many days / weeks / months of obsessing, I finally took the plunge. Add another JK-J30 to the ever growing register. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to detail their thought / install process. And special thanks to @ventura911 for showing me his rig in person.

Now.. all I need to do is buy a Jeep and I'll be sorted. (and bumpers... and suspension... and fridge... and lights... and... aw hell, just keep an open tab running bartender.)

The plan is to find one of the last JKUs made (in black or granite), and have it's maiden voyage a trip down to San Diego to get the top installed. Can't wait to get out there and start exploring!
 

goin camping

Explorer
After many days / weeks / months of obsessing, I finally took the plunge. Add another JK-J30 to the ever growing register. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to detail their thought / install process. And special thanks to @ventura911 for showing me his rig in person.

Now.. all I need to do is buy a Jeep and I'll be sorted. (and bumpers... and suspension... and fridge... and lights... and... aw hell, just keep an open tab running bartender.)

The plan is to find one of the last JKUs made (in black or granite), and have it's maiden voyage a trip down to San Diego to get the top installed. Can't wait to get out there and start exploring!

If you are buying your jeep in America. Hunter jeep in the Antelope Valley (Southern California near L.A.) still has some on the lot. Good luck they are going quick.
 

ventura911

Adventurer
After many days / weeks / months of obsessing, I finally took the plunge. Add another JK-J30 to the ever growing register. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to detail their thought / install process. And special thanks to @ventura911 for showing me his rig in person.

Now.. all I need to do is buy a Jeep and I'll be sorted. (and bumpers... and suspension... and fridge... and lights... and... aw hell, just keep an open tab running bartender.)

The plan is to find one of the last JKUs made (in black or granite), and have it's maiden voyage a trip down to San Diego to get the top installed. Can't wait to get out there and start exploring!

Congrats, Jesse!
 

ExploringJeeps

New member
Has anyone with a J30 reconfigured the rear latches so that they include a handle for closing the top? I'm thinking that since there are two bolts there for the latches that you could put a handle to make closing the top easier. I am finding that when I close it and there is frost or snow on the top, one, I freeze my hand off, and two, I just have a hard time grabbing the top. Seems like a couple of small handles would really help a lot. I am afraid that removing the bolts will require adjusting the latches. That seems like it might prove difficult. Anyone go down this path?

Welcome to the club JB_TJ!
 

Dan Grec

Expedition Leader
Has anyone with a J30 reconfigured the rear latches so that they include a handle for closing the top? I'm thinking that since there are two bolts there for the latches that you could put a handle to make closing the top easier. I am finding that when I close it and there is frost or snow on the top, one, I freeze my hand off, and two, I just have a hard time grabbing the top. Seems like a couple of small handles would really help a lot. I am afraid that removing the bolts will require adjusting the latches. That seems like it might prove difficult. Anyone go down this path?

Welcome to the club JB_TJ!
I've had to tighten the bolts that hold those latches on, and then wound up adjusting the latches somewhat.
I found it's a bit of trail and error - ie you can make the latches so you have to use *a lot* of force to close them, and the top is super snug, or you can use less force and the top can "bounce" up and down a bit, which mine tends to do with the heavy solar panels mounted the way they are.

I like your idea, and I wouldn't be afraid of having to adjust those latches once you've removed the bolts.

-Dan
 

Dan Grec

Expedition Leader
For anyone that uses their J30 as much as me, and has to deal with all the harsh sun like me, you might find the canvas slowly losing it's waterproofness after many hundreds of nights use (I'm somewhere over 800 now)

Especially at the back corners I found water slowly seeps through the fabric where my pillows always rub on it.

John recommended this "303" stuff, and it's fantastic. It's the spray recommended by Sunbrella (the brand of fabric on the J30)

Wash your fabric down with warm soapy water to get off all the dust, then let it dry. Spray the 303 on thick. I wanted to use up the entire bottle so I kept letting it dry then put more on. One bottle was enough to do the back corners *really* thick, and the front corners and a lot of the sides nearer the bottom.

Now the rain beads right off, looks like it's sitting on glass. Perfect!

-Dan
 

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