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Old 11-27-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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Question Soft top removal w/ HT installed?

I'm afraid I already know what the answer to this will be, but have to ask anyway.

I recently bought a '14 JKU with the dual top group. It arrived with the hard top installed (of course), and the soft top & frame installed and folded underneath. The soft top bows cross the cargo compartment at just about the level of the top of the tailgate, and do a fine job of intruding on the space and limiting what can be put in there.

Now for the million dollar question (to which I fear I already know the answer) - before I waste who knows how long wrestling with and swearing at it, can the soft top assembly somehow be shifted about and removed WITHOUT having to take the hard top off, and if so, what's the secret? I've been looking, and have removed the brackets to free it from the roll bar, but it doesn't appear that there's enough room to reorient it enough to get it out. If anyone's managed to do it, please tell me how. Otherwise I'll have to resign myself to getting a hand from some friends and lifting the HT off to get it out. I'd rather not do that if I can avoid it.

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Old 11-27-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Remove the hard top

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Old 11-27-2013, 11:25 PM   #3
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You do not even have to remove it. 3 people, unbolt the top, unbolt the soft top(at the sport bar bracket. Remove the freedom panels, raise the top, 3rd person pull out the soft top.

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Old 11-28-2013, 07:42 AM   #4
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I just did mine, myself. I was careful and it worked out OK. It took about one hour.
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Why didnt you just take it back to the dealer? First of all, they should have pointed this out to you and offered to do it. Second, i doubt theyd have any problem with doing it for you......
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:00 PM   #6
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I have the dual top. Yes, you must take the hard top off first. I wondered the same thing. But this gives you great practice doing it. Now I swap between tops depending on the weather. Love having the options. And if you take it to the dealer, you will still need to cart the soft top home. And I would rather not have the dealer mess with my Jeep if it is not needed. Many of they have no idea what they are doing. Happy trails.
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You do not even have to remove it. 3 people, unbolt the top, unbolt the soft top(at the sport bar bracket. Remove the freedom panels, raise the top, 3rd person pull out the soft top.

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If you unbolt the top and lift it 1" or 1 mile, it is still removed
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That is why I skip that soft inside hard top option, it is attractive but ....
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If you unbolt the top and lift it 1" or 1 mile, it is still removed
Fair enough.... I rest my case your honor.
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That is why I skip that soft inside hard top option, it is attractive but ....
WOW, this is the only reason? Sheer laziness....lolololol!
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WOW, this is the only reason? Sheer laziness....lolololol!
one of them i am thinking of bikini top and some mechanical device to hang my hard top to the garage roof. All this since i have only one garage place and it is busy with my MB
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one of them i am thinking of bikini top and some mechanical device to hang my hard top to the garage roof. All this since i have only one garage place and it is busy with my MB
Good idea, me i will have to remove the hardtop with a few friends and i will set it on some tarp and cover it completely with tarp and leave it in my yard for the summer season then put it back on OCT 1. I figure i will take off hard top April 1, and re-install it Oct 1 for winter season. The pulley system in the garage is the best and most cost effective and space saving thing i have yet to see. Good luck. Bikini tops ROCK.
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Good idea, me i will have to remove the hardtop with a few friends and i will set it on some tarp and cover it completely with tarp and leave it in my yard for the summer season then put it back on OCT 1. I figure i will take off hard top April 1, and re-install it Oct 1 for winter season. The pulley system in the garage is the best and most cost effective and space saving thing i have yet to see. Good luck. Bikini tops ROCK.
Might be ahead to look at some of the storage carts/ racks and make or get something like that. I have heard multiple stories of people having issues leaving hardtops stored as you said. Bees, mice, the lower edges bowing out from the weight/ no support, than not fitting properly back one the Jeep. Which in turn MIGHT 'cause leaks.seals going bad from being on the ground...just a heads up.
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Might be ahead to look at some of the storage carts/ racks and make or get something like that. I have heard multiple stories of people having issues leaving hardtops stored as you said. Bees, mice, the lower edges bowing out from the weight/ no support, than not fitting properly back one the Jeep. Which in turn MIGHT 'cause leaks.seals going bad from being on the ground...just a heads up.
WOW, never thought of that. Thanks so much. So perhaps i should invest in a type of carrier for the top? Since i def will not have access to a garage where i can winch the top upto.

Any recommendations as far as a carrier/storage thingy for the HT.

Thanks again in advance.
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WOW, never thought of that. Thanks so much. So perhaps i should invest in a type of carrier for the top? Since i def will not have access to a garage where i can winch the top upto.


Any recommendations as far as a carrier/storage thingy for the HT.

Thanks again in advance.
Google is your friend.....Quadratec has the easiest to read website and there is s'posed to be a way to get "free" shipping from them...I don't use them any more...personal preference. There are several "makers" and some people on here are crafty and have made their own...might use the search for that as well...not quite as bad as tires or tops...about equal as the number of covers for your Jeep as far as makers....if that doesn't make sense I didn't punctuate it correctly.
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Might be ahead to look at some of the storage carts/ racks and make or get something like that. I have heard multiple stories of people having issues leaving hardtops stored as you said. Bees, mice, the lower edges bowing out from the weight/ no support, than not fitting properly back one the Jeep. Which in turn MIGHT 'cause leaks.seals going bad from being on the ground...just a heads up.
Can anyone post links to some images. If I get a new JK this spring, I'll need to make/buy something like this. I figure it should be easy enough to frame something in the garage.

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So my fears are confirmed. LOL - guess I'll be getting some practice taking the HT off sooner than I'd hoped. Thanks for the answers, all.

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Google is your friend.....Quadratec has the easiest to read website and there is s'posed to be a way to get "free" shipping from them...I don't use them any more...personal preference. There are several "makers" and some people on here are crafty and have made their own...might use the search for that as well...not quite as bad as tires or tops...about equal as the number of covers for your Jeep as far as makers....if that doesn't make sense I didn't punctuate it correctly.
free shipping from quadratec for everyone on anything over $75 that doesnt have oversize/overweight charges for the holidays. otherwise you just have to google for quadratec and go to quadratec that way...

quadratec is good people but some areas on their website are difficult to understand. like shocks.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:59 PM   #19
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Lol I had the same problem I just picked up my Sahara Last Monday.

I was able to take the hard top off and remove the soft top with the help of my brother, overall didn't take more then 45 minutes. I will say the Hard top is heavy or at least heavier then it looks and three people probably would have made it a bit easier.

And it is great practice to see how it comes off and back on.

I left the brackets for the soft top on and just took it off at the hinges. There is a great place to keep the screws under the back floor mat.

Good luck. Have fun.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #20
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I'm in the same boat. Luckily the people who owned the house before me had a pully system for thule roof boxes. I'm going to modify them to lift my top. I don't trust the dealership to do it.
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Had a friend stop by yesterday and was able to easily remove it - I stood in the cargo area hunched over and lifted the HT straight up a few inches with my back while he pulled the soft top assembly out the back. It was simpler than I thought it would be, and the HT lined up and bolted back down easily. Thanks for the info, folks.

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