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Old 04-14-2010, 07:27 AM   #1
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soft top inside the hard top

can you install the soft top, frame and attachments, then put the 3 piece hardtop back on, leaving the soft top inside?

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Old 04-14-2010, 07:54 AM   #2
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I really don't think you can. Not from what I've seen.

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Old 04-14-2010, 08:08 AM   #3
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No, it will rub holes in your soft top. Iirc, once the soft top is mounted on the hardware it's just 4 screws holding it on the Jeep. Remove them, and the entire top and store it assembled till needed. Bestop makes some quick disconnects to replace the screws for even easier r/r...
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me & the missus are new to the jeep thing. We bought a soft top separate when we bought the jeep. the sales guy said you could put it inside and just roll it up when you took the hard top off. I see we must do more investigation.
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I guess he didn't know that he was talking about. Its not really hard at all to take a soft top off and on I can't talk about a hardtop I dont have one but it shouldn't be that hard neither.
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Welcome to the forum, sorry I missed that when you first posted Auto salesmen aren't known for their product knowledge in most cases. They just want to move product, they don't have time or (usually) desire to learn all the ins and outs of what they're selling. In your case, your guy was absolutely wrong. Perhaps he was confused by the fact that new Jeeps are sometimes shipped with both tops installed, with explicit instructions to remove one or the other upon delivery. Leaving the soft top installed under the hard top will cause premature wear of the soft top.

Seeing as how your salesman seems to be lacking in Jeep knowledge, I'll also let you know that Jeepers wave to other Jeepers on and off the road. It is a long standing tradition, and some Jeepers get very frustrated by new Jeepers not getting the memo... So drop those tops, get out there and enjoy your new ride, and smile and wave and get muddy!

There's a ton of useful information here, and some pretty nice folks who are more than happy to help you out! We are looking forward to seeing some pics of your new Jeep!
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Well it can be done for example you have a soft top and go buy a hard top. It will fit folded down with the hard top over it for short term while you transport it home but by no means is it a smart idea to keep it longer than a day or two since over time it will wear out. Plus it takes up a decent amount of space and we are already short on that.

Only reason I say this is that when I bought my jeep it was almost 2 hrs away and it came with both the hard top and soft top. Only way to get both home were to flip the soft top down and put the hard top over it. So like I said it does work but by no means is it meant to do for the long run.
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When I bought my 97 TJ, it had both tops on it, with the soft top folded down under the hard top (original owner pretty much never took the hard top off - she didn't have a lift and thought it was "too much trouble"... yeah I know... weird . I wondered about this as well since my old Jeep was a YJ and it wouldn't fit like that.
When I looked at it to see if it was ok to stay that way, I could not see anything that would be rubbing on the hard top etc to cause wear - looked like it fit fine without rubbing. Am I missing something that could cause wear on it?
Granted, the hard top is coming of very very soon since it is getting nice out and I don't have air conditioning hehe.
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Well it can be done for example you have a soft top and go buy a hard top. It will fit folded down with the hard top over it for short term while you transport it home but by no means is it a smart idea to keep it longer than a day or two since over time it will wear out. Plus it takes up a decent amount of space and we are already short on that.

Only reason I say this is that when I bought my jeep it was almost 2 hrs away and it came with both the hard top and soft top. Only way to get both home were to flip the soft top down and put the hard top over it. So like I said it does work but by no means is it meant to do for the long run.
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I think the hard top is best for traveling to your favorite 4-wheeling spot, and a simple top attacheed to your roll bar the best for 4-wheeling. Just remove the top at camp and use the simple soft top for shade.

If you have the 2 piece hard top, just remove the front section and enjoy the sun.

Just my opinion.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:13 PM   #12
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When I bought the hard top for my 97 TJ i just folded the soft top down and didnt have any problems
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Your dealer said you could do that, because that's how they're shipped from the factory, when you order the "both tops" option.

But it's not recommended that you continue that tradition - as Inferno points out, it can rub the soft top.

PLUS, it's easy to remove the entire soft top, and you'll get all that extra space for groceries and ski boots. Undo four bolts on the rollbar, pull the whole thing off. (they're those annoying whatchayacallem bolts). remove the windows first.

When you store the top for the winter, be nice to your windows. Roll them with towels or a sheet, hang them in a closet from those hangers with clips, whatever - but the windows need to be treated nicely. (oh, or buy our special window roll!).

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