I have a 1977 CJ7, but the roll bar (which has since had a roll cage added to it) is not the usual one seen on a CJ7. The usual one has a straight brace on the hoop that goes rearward and downward at a 45-degree angle.
However, the braces on my rollbar look like an inverted "L". The picture below shows the brace fairly clearly:
EDIT: [Sorry... I tried to insert a photobucket image, but it doesn't seem to work. If a moderator could fix that, I'd appreciate it.]
I installed that rollbar when I got rid of the previous roll cage when I changed over from a steel body to a fiberglass body. The rollbar was purchased from an aftermarket source. Recently, I had a roll cage fabricaated and installed by Ironman Offroad.
Here's the problem:
During the Winter, I run the CJ7 with a Bestop Supertop isntalled. At other times, I run with just a bikini top installed and the bottom half of the soft doors. On days when it rains, the back of the Jeep, with it's storage boxes, gets a lot of water. So I want to get one of those tonneau covers that cover up the back end. I've been looking at ones made by Bestop and sold by FWDH.
The problem is, because of my weird roll bar braces, the tonneau covers made for a CJ7 won't fit. The "normal" CJ7 roll bar brace enters the rear section at a position that is more forward than where my braces enter the rear area.
I've looked at a TJ with a tonneau cover on it. The TJ roll braces came off of the roll bar at a higher level (almost at the top), but they entered the rear area of the Jeep at about the same point where my braces enter it at the rear corners. The owner of the TJ, who I spoke with briefly, said that his tonneau cover fastened to the edges of the rear area just like his Bestop SuperTop did.
So, my question is... Could I use a tonneau cover designed for a TJ on my CJ7? I know the roll bar braces would be in the same general position, but my concern is about the actual size of the "bed" of the TJ compared ot the CJ7.
IOW, is the TJ bed the same width as a CJ7 bed? And is the length of the TJ (from the tailgate to the rollbar) about the same as a CJ7?
Anybody know the answer? Or has anybody here ever installed a TJ tonneau cover on a CJ7?
I'd appreciate any info I could get. thanks.
1977 CJ-7, fiberglass body, AMC 360 w/ headers, DUI ignition, Edelbrock intake and Holley 4150 carb, TF999, Dana 300, 4.56 gears lockers, York air comp, 4" susp lift, 2" body lift, BFG 35" M-T tires, Megashifter, AGR pump & box, REP8000 winch.