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Old 05-16-2010, 06:13 AM   #1
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1999 Wrangler soft-top fitting.. help required!

Hi all!

Newbie here.. my girlfriend owns a 1999 Wrangler (and has done for years).. and she's always has the factory hard-top fitted. As the weather is getting better here in the UK (famous last words), i'm planning on getting the fabric top out of the garage and fit it for the summer.

The only small problem I have is I have no idea whatsoever of how to a) remove the hard-top, and b) fit the soft top!

I have tried searching the forum but to no avail.. could any of you please give me any useful links you may have?

Thanks in advance

James

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Old 05-16-2010, 10:08 AM   #2
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This video might help you:

It is very easy, dont worry. But removing the hard top is a two-person job.

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Old 05-16-2010, 10:13 AM   #3
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Have you googled youtube videos? That would probably be the easiest way to find out how to do it. I know there are vids out there for putting up the softtop.
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I'll endeavour to watch the videos tomorrow.. thanks for the help, chaps!
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:39 PM   #5
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I haven't found a REALLY good youtube video, and especially one that helped when I did the same as you are doing! So I'll explain it in words and in two weeks I'm completing a soft top installation video myself! Ask me any questions you have.

Hardtop

First the hardtop removal is easy. It requires at least two people, as the hardtop isn't heavy, but it is awkward to lift. It will also require a torx bit T40, they're about 3 bucks at your local AutoZone (in the States). Begin first by disconnecting the rear washer harness on the right hand side of rear window. Then unscrew the six bolts that are on the rear glass side windows. You'll see them connecting the hardtop to the body (3 each side). Hold the bottom because there is a nut underneath that will fall into the abyss. Then, pull back the sunvisors and lift up on those two metal brackets. Pull up far enough to lift the small hitch out of the windshield frame. The hardtop is disconnect. To remove, open the rear glass window then shut the back gate. Push up carefully above the doors to loosen the hardtop (don't fling it off the back. Then one guy each side, lift up with one hand on the middle rear side windows and walk it towards the rear of the vehicle. Detailed, but not difficult once you do it the first time.


Soft-top

The soft top is a bit more difficult to explain. Make sure you first have all of the proper hardware to fit the soft top. Including, but I may have missed some stuff
  • Soft Top
  • Soft Top Frame
  • Front Windowshield Channel
  • Door Surrounds
  • Side Sports Bar Clips
  • Rear Window Bar
  • Rear Side Window Snaps
  • Rear Windows
  • Beer
Alright, first things first. Remove the rear windows (all three and set them aside). You then have two options, install first the frame and then attach the softop, or attach the soft top first. I leave the soft top till last, so I have room to make sure the frame is installed properly. The frame isn't as difficult as it looks. First, make sure the small plastic dongles are installed on the sides of the sports bars already. The frame simply just gets shoved over those and then screwed in, simply held in at the top by the straps. Then, install the door surrounds. The pieces simply snap over the sports bar, and then are screwed in with those gear drivers through the holes in the sports bar. Make sure the door surrounds are mounted in the holes on the body as well and line up so they won't leak. And then, throw the soft top overtop the frame, screw in the 16 or so screws. The frame is then snapped in the back and velcroed in the center. Then, it's easily to attach the windshield bar to the windshield before attaching the rear pieces to the body the first time installing. Then there are plastic bezels on each side of the top that snap over and then underneath the door surrounds. This will take some muscle, as well as alligator pliers (try not to tear the soft top). Then to attach the rear flaps, have your girlfriend pull down on the rear frame to give you some room. This will take some muscle and patience your first few times. Then zipper in the windows, making sure that the plastic surrounds are all put in properly. The rear windowshield zippers in, snaps at the rear sides and the rear bar fits over the bottom of the rear window with the fat gaset side facing downward and out.

Let me know any questions you have. As I said, in two weeks I'm going to make my own video showing a complete installation.
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I haven't found a REALLY good youtube video, and especially one that helped when I did the same as you are doing! So I'll explain it in words and in two weeks I'm completing a soft top installation video myself! Ask me any questions you have.

Hardtop

First the hardtop removal is easy. It requires at least two people, as the hardtop isn't heavy, but it is awkward to lift. It will also require a torx bit T40, they're about 3 bucks at your local AutoZone (in the States). Begin first by disconnecting the rear washer harness on the right hand side of rear window. Then unscrew the six bolts that are on the rear glass side windows. You'll see them connecting the hardtop to the body (3 each side). Hold the bottom because there is a nut underneath that will fall into the abyss. Then, pull back the sunvisors and lift up on those two metal brackets. Pull up far enough to lift the small hitch out of the windshield frame. The hardtop is disconnect. To remove, open the rear glass window then shut the back gate. Push up carefully above the doors to loosen the hardtop (don't fling it off the back. Then one guy each side, lift up with one hand on the middle rear side windows and walk it towards the rear of the vehicle. Detailed, but not difficult once you do it the first time.


Soft-top

The soft top is a bit more difficult to explain. Make sure you first have all of the proper hardware to fit the soft top. Including, but I may have missed some stuff
  • Soft Top
  • Soft Top Frame
  • Front Windowshield Channel
  • Door Surrounds
  • Side Sports Bar Clips
  • Rear Window Bar
  • Rear Side Window Snaps
  • Rear Windows
  • Beer
Alright, first things first. Remove the rear windows (all three and set them aside). You then have two options, install first the frame and then attach the softop, or attach the soft top first. I leave the soft top till last, so I have room to make sure the frame is installed properly. The frame isn't as difficult as it looks. First, make sure the small plastic dongles are installed on the sides of the sports bars already. The frame simply just gets shoved over those and then screwed in, simply held in at the top by the straps. Then, install the door surrounds. The pieces simply snap over the sports bar, and then are screwed in with those gear drivers through the holes in the sports bar. Make sure the door surrounds are mounted in the holes on the body as well and line up so they won't leak. And then, throw the soft top overtop the frame, screw in the 16 or so screws. The frame is then snapped in the back and velcroed in the center. Then, it's easily to attach the windshield bar to the windshield before attaching the rear pieces to the body the first time installing. Then there are plastic bezels on each side of the top that snap over and then underneath the door surrounds. This will take some muscle, as well as alligator pliers (try not to tear the soft top). Then to attach the rear flaps, have your girlfriend pull down on the rear frame to give you some room. This will take some muscle and patience your first few times. Then zipper in the windows, making sure that the plastic surrounds are all put in properly. The rear windowshield zippers in, snaps at the rear sides and the rear bar fits over the bottom of the rear window with the fat gaset side facing downward and out.

Let me know any questions you have. As I said, in two weeks I'm going to make my own video showing a complete installation.
Brilliant.. thanks for taking the time to write this up. I'm going to have a crack at it this weekend. Failing that, I shall await your video!

Thanks again

James
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Thanks from me too! I'm putting my replacement soft top on this weekend. Will let you know if I succeed/fail!
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I'm going to watch that entire video instead of... um I mean at work Thursday...
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Can anyone help me with fitting the new 'soft doors' around the removable top of the door frame (I hope that makes sense). I used the instructions and have even taken it inside to do where it is a little warmer, but I cannot get the last corner of the frame...

TIA
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Can anyone help me with fitting the new 'soft doors' around the removable top of the door frame (I hope that makes sense). I used the instructions and have even taken it inside to do where it is a little warmer, but I cannot get the last corner of the frame...

TIA
Pull harder...I just did mine and wow my hand was sore the next day....
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I definately worked my arm muscles and used a back scratcher I got from Disneyland to help - it worked!

Very happy.

Didn't realise that it's not a good idea to change the soft top a couple of days before winter.

Have got some tips for those who are like me - 1. Make sure it's warm or 2. Use a heater or hot water on the panels to loosen them up a bit.
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I definately worked my arm muscles and used a back scratcher I got from Disneyland to help - it worked!

Very happy.

Didn't realise that it's not a good idea to change the soft top a couple of days before winter.

Have got some tips for those who are like me - 1. Make sure it's warm or 2. Use a heater or hot water on the panels to loosen them up a bit.

Show horns work too. But leaving it in the bright sun for an hour or so really helps. Glad you finally got it to fit.

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