I just picked up a 02 TJ at a local dealership. It was a good find, 1 owner, retired, garage kept, 110k highway miles, never had the hard top off, pristine condition.
I've removed a couple hard tops before, but this one is STUCK. Never have I removed a hard top with a rear defroster though. Unlocked the front brackets up by the windshield, unscrewed 3 bolts on each side in the back, and unclipped the electric wire. I don't see anything else holding this sucker down.
I got inside the back, put my back up against the roof, and pushed harder than a chick in labor. Nothing. I gave the front portion of the roof a few good bangs with my palm, this thing isn't budging. I'm thinking that maybe 11 years baking in the sun the seals between the top/body have melted and its on there pretty good.
Any ideas on how to remove it without doing any permanent damage? Attached some pictures. Maybe there is a clip or something I'm missing?