Ursa Minor Pop-Top Jeep JK

rustypayne

Active member
I don't miss the rear windows at all. My old hardtop rear windows were covered in stickers and unless you actually turn around in your seat they're barely visible anyways.
 

rubicon91

Explorer
Here’s how I think I’d order mine:
Black textured shell body
white gel coat roof top
tinted quarter glass left and right
sleeper 12v outlet
headliner
load bay lighting
No wiper rear glass

I’m not sure on the roof rack or awning mounts. I might add a compact Rhino Rack batwing on the driver side.

On the roof top lid I’m most undecided. I‘m leaning toward the standard white gel coat because I like the contrast and my Jeep is white. However, I like the idea of the durability of full textured top. I’d almost prefer if there were an option to coat the top but leave the perimeter uncoated rather than the other way around. Alternatively I’ve thought about a vinyl wrap over the gel coat roof top.

My favorite or glad I added all of them are the Dual USB ports up and downstairs the 12 V outlet up and down stairs and the awning brackets drivers side and rear. I have had Ipad Cell Phone camera and other electronics all charging at the same time while driving without worry as there are so many ports now on the bottom. Up top I use a fan in the 12 volt at night and it is nice to put your cell phone on a charger on the other side to charge back up with. I went with no windows as well. I do not miss the ability to see out of the passenger side window. In fact long before I got the J30 I had a 2012 with a soft top and I had a 2nd set of windows sewed without the plastic in them so I could run with them all the time. I hated the issue of side windows being scratched. I could easily pull off the sides throw in back and quickly put back on without any worries. So for me not having the side windows was a no brainer. I use both my awnings all the time when I am out. Shade or inclement weather. I like having one on the side and one on the rear so i can dictate which to open. I didnt want the batwing or any like that for the side. I used to run a road shower off the rear one with some L Brackets as well. Worked perfectly.

I have the Yakima base on top. I have not used it anywhere near as much as I thought I would in the 2 years of owning the J30 and now that my Jeep has the new lift 4.5 AEV and all on it I could not even imagine having to climb and get a kayak or paddle board off the top. What a PITA that would be so I probably would not do the base. I also had the battery meter put in. I have dual batteries and that thing I have no idea which it is registering I actually don't even bother with it. I only got it as a nice option if I ever sold the top. It was $50 add on so in the grand scheme of what you are paying $50 didn't seem to matter. The rear light I also do not use that often either. With the Goose Gear Camp Kitchen and drawer system with a box on top it doesn't allow for much light but I can see the benefit of it if your rear area was empty.

Anyways those are my opinions from just shy of 2 years owning mine. I love it and do not regret the purchase or expense of it at all!
 

Jtree

Member
I’ve listed my JK/J30 in the Expo Member classified section.
 

Bruce_B

New member
Awesome thanks Dan.
Anyone have vendor info or part numbers for replacement struts? Mine have been very weak from the beginning. I have the Yakima rack, but had to remove the rear crossbar and move the front crossbar all the way forward in order to attach a pair of maxxtrax under the front crossbar. I can still just barely lift the top, even with a push bar added to the lid.

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biedron

New member
Anyone have vendor info or part numbers for replacement struts? Mine have been very weak from the beginning. I have the Yakima rack, but had to remove the rear crossbar and move the front crossbar all the way forward in order to attach a pair of maxxtrax under the front crossbar. I can still just barely lift the top, even with a push bar added to the lid.
You can get them through the ursaminorparts website:


They have various load ratings available that might help with heavier loads on top.

Bob
 

Bruce_B

New member
Thanks. I found the tiny menu button there after I posted here. Says all are out of stock except the 100 lb, which is probably what I already have.
 

shays4me

Adventurer
Is anyone running a batwing awning on their Ursa minor and if so what model? I'm starting to look around and not sure if I want to go with the batwing or just an ARB 2 meter standard. There needs to be room for four people. The only thing that will definitely need to go for the batwing is my CB antenna mounted on the tire rack.
 

JB30

Member
I have the compact batwing, and love it. But not sure I’d recommend it based on your needs. Hard to really gauge in these pics, but I’d suggest it’s best suited for 2 people. Maybe the full size would work? Still though... a classic awning will likely give you way more usable floor space.

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Is anyone running a batwing awning on their Ursa minor and if so what model? I'm starting to look around and not sure if I want to go with the batwing or just an ARB 2 meter standard. There needs to be room for four people. The only thing that will definitely need to go for the batwing is my CB antenna mounted on the tire rack.
 

shays4me

Adventurer
I have the compact batwing, and love it. But not sure I’d recommend it based on your needs. Hard to really gauge in these pics, but I’d suggest it’s best suited for 2 people. Maybe the full size would work? Still though... a classic awning will likely give you way more usable floor space.
Thank you so much! The pics really help. I'd been looking at the compact and wondering but I just hadn't seen one installed on a JKU to get an idea for how it would be. I think you're right on the best suited for two people so I'll be looking into standard awnings. I can't thank you enough for the post!!
 
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