How would you outfit this custom LJ?


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The LJ earning its keep today. I'm looking forward to not needing the plow anymore, where we're moving doesn't get enough snow to justify keeping it so I'll be selling it soon.

The trailer in the background usually lives in a storage unit when it's not being used but I've been moving things to the new house using the trailer, making one or more trips every week so it was in the driveway when the snowstorm hit.



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I removed the plow from the LJ this morning, I won't be needing it anymore. Where I'm moving to there's a bit less snow and lot less driveway. I haven't removed the mount from the frame yet, didn't feel like working under the Jeep in the rain but it is only a few bolts to remove.

I'll be selling it as soon as I take the mount off the Jeep. Plow works great and the mount bolts up easily to a TJ/LJ. Plow is 7' wide so it makes quick work of most driveways. Includes headlights with high/low beam, running lights and turn signals. Photo of wiring harness shows the cab controls, the rest of the harness is attached to the plow. Electric up/down, manual angle. Only the two battery connections to make the plow work; the lights require tapping into the circuits in the Jeep but that's not difficult.







In the post above I offered to send people the engineering drawings for the roof supports for running the Gr8Tops Safari Cab without the sides and the first person that contacted me didn't ask me about that, they asked me about adding a wiper to their Safari Cab. Unfortunately that's another feature Gr8Tops decided not to include in the product. So I'll provide the wiper info here...

The motor I used is from AM Equipment, it's their 212-series motor:, specs are 12v, 100-degree sweep, 25mm shaft. The wiper blade is 13", and the geometry looks like this:

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For my Jeep, I used some Trico parts to make a custom wiper arm. Before Gr8Tops decided not to offer the wiper as an option, I was working with the AM Equipment on a custom arm for this application, it's in the photo below. I didn't go any further with AM Equipment when Gr8Tops decided not to offer the wiper option so if someone wants to put a wiper in their Safari Cab rear door, they'll need to work up a custom wiper arm like I did. The dimensions and bend angle are shown in the drawing above, it's not really that hard to make.

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The wiper motor goes inside the bottom cavity of the barn door as shown in the diagram above and the photo below; the photo is a work-in-progress photo taken as I was installing the motor. One thing not shown in the photo below is the cavity cover, that was a separate piece molded in fiberglass so that's something that would need to be made if someone wants to do this project.

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This is such a great idea! It's one of the things that has kept me from getting this top. But, have you looked into adding some wiring to use the factory rear window heater/defroster?


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This is such a great idea! It's one of the things that has kept me from getting this top. But, have you looked into adding some wiring to use the factory rear window heater/defroster?
Yes, back when I was building the initial top I made up a rear window with a defroster grid, but I decided to try the Jeep for the first winter without it. I ended up never installing - the rear window is only a few degrees off vertical so ice and snow doesn't accumulate on it. I've been driving the Jeep now with this top in upstate NY winters for many years and never felt like I needed it.



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Now that the plow is off the and the LJ is a daily driver again, I towed my trailer to the new house today; I've been moving a lot of stuff over the past 2 months using the trailer and towing it with either the Wrangler pickup or the JKU. But my favorite is the LJ so I used that today.



Almost every time I tow the trailer with the LJ I get asked if Jeep makes the trailer to match the hardtop and that happened at a rest stop today. I have to tell them that neither the hardtop or the trailer topper are from Jeep ;).

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