I'm looking at a hard top for my "06, there's one out there that doesn't have the oem bolts etc. Is it necessary to purchase the oem stuff? If not what should I use that would work just as well? What exactly would I need to do the job?
Any other suggestions as to what I should check out prior to dealing for the top?
I like the OEM bolts from the dealer they are like $10 a piece but use a torq for better security. You can get the wire harness from Quadratec.com for $150 but make sure the top is I believe 02 and up or you will have to replace the adapter on the hardtop to mate correctly. If you buy the top used look at all the seals and try to check the top for warpage.
2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ SE 2.4L(4 angry squirrels under the hood) 3.25" RC lift, 33x12.50R15 Firestone Destination AT's
I bought the Mopar weather stripping to replace mine. The left side cost twice as much as the right side, they are exactly the same except for being mirror images? Considered the clamps they sell at Qtech or 4wd, but I was only missing 2 bolts and one of the rectangle nuts, so stayed with them. The hard top is much quieter. I just switched back for our first warm sunny day and it really is louder. And I miss my rear wiper with all the rain we've had.
Reluctantly crouched at the starting line,
Engines pumping and thumping in time.
Note: When you purchase that hard top, make sure the back glass or liftgate has a seal at the bottom. I just bought a hard top and didn't know to look for that. I have to buy a new one for $116.00.
Make sure the bolts that attach the liftgate to the glass are included too. My jeep didn't come with them & I thought they'd be cheap enough to replace, so you can image how floored I was to find out they're $70 a piece I was SOL trying to find some online. Got some duct tape inside the glass for now. I've fabricate something later.
Power supply should be on the drivers side rear corner, probably tucked under there some where... thats where mine is ... Also, if it hasnt been said, buy some quick disconnects for the hard top, it makes it much easier to put on and off and not worrying about losing any bolts or backs. - http://www.quadratec.com/products/13122_00.htm
I know where the power supply is on the hard top...I have the harness that goes from the hardtop towards the dash.
I just assumed that the harness should plug in somewhere under the steering wheel to draw power in order for the wiper and defroster to function?
Edit* My jeep came stock with a soft top, so I had to buy the wiring harness seperately.
My 06 "X" did not have front end hardtop wiring built in. So a front to back harness from a Jeep with a factory installed hardtop would not work. As you found, no plug in somewhere under the steering wheel.
The factory kit includes an under dash harness overlay that solves this problem.
Also, the factory kit needs better instructions on where to position the overlay. The overlay has a dangling fuse that I positioned on the far left just under the dash so the fuse could be accessed. That seemed to leave the rest of the overlay in a good position.