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Old 03-29-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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Removing my Hard Top

Hey guys, I just bought my first JEEP a month ago and the weather is getting nice and I have been trying to take my Hardtop off with trouble

I bought a socket set and figured that'd be the easiest way to remove the bolts. however the nut is just spinning with the bolt. and I haven't found a way to get under the metal to grab the head of the bolt while i unscrew..

any pointers ....

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Old 03-29-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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I'd also like to know the best way to seal my Jeep... I found a puddle in my backseat floor this morning...

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Old 03-29-2009, 07:27 PM   #3
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Not sure what you mean. My hardtop had 8 torx bolts - T20 I think - and a rectangular metal nut under the lip that caught itself while I turned the torx. Piece of cake to take off. Maybe you had a previous owner that lost the originals and fudged together something else.

Once you get it off - you can buy a set of quick release clamps from Quadratec here:
Hardtop Installation Accessories for your Jeep including, Hardtop Seal Kits, Hardtop Quick Release Kits, self install Hardtop sunroofs & more! - Quadratec

They also sell the seal kit to fix your leak.

The link seems to be down, but if you google "Jeep hardtop quick release kit" you'll find what you need.
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X2 with gus, also be careful when removing the very front two bolts/nuts, if you don't keep your hand underneath, it WILL fall into the seatbelt retract cover....ask me how I know
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:07 PM   #5
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X2 with gus, also be careful when removing the very front two bolts/nuts, if you don't keep your hand underneath, it WILL fall into the seatbelt retract cover....ask me how I know
Oh yeah - good call. I use one of those magnets on the end of an expandable rod to hold the nut. Also comes in handy to fish out nuts and bolts that fall into weird spots.
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I'd also like to know the best way to seal my Jeep... I found a puddle in my backseat floor this morning...
Did you unplug the rear windshield wiper fluid and not cap it? I don't have a cap BTW
Anyway, it happened to me. Shiponed all of my fluid into the driver side backseat. I was confused as heck, I was yelling "Who would pour a cup of water into my jeep and only on this one side?!?!?!" until i used my drain plugs and it was blue
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:07 PM   #7
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this looks great.

there are a couple options at that link. the one for $59 looks good, however it only has 4 bolts with it, and I currently have 6 holding my hardtop on...

the $35 option has the 6 bolts but looks like more work...

would you suggest one over the other? I'm assuming I would need the $35 one with the 6 bolts... but why would they off the one (which is more money with only 4 clamps if it wouldn't work) just a thought...

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I have no experience with any of them - but based on "you get what you pay for" - you might consider the $99 set. At least to me it looks like the easiest to use. Pricey though. You might try a google search for reviews on these clamps.

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