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Old 04-05-2011, 08:48 AM   #1

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Hard top and soft top question???

Ok so i've owned 2 jeeps in my life and both were only soft top... But I'm looking into getting a hardtop for the fall and winter months and I'd assume that now is the time to buy one. Here is my question though... how much of the soft top hardware needs to be removed for the hardtop to go on? I would obviously take the bows off but do the rails that the soft top pops into around the tub and windshield need to come off also? And what should I look for in purchasing a used hard top and doors? If it's any help I have a 1995 yj 2.5 liter (you know... the more bad ass of the 2 engines) and how much wear and tear is put onthe soft top hardware by taking it off and putting it back up annually?

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Old 04-05-2011, 09:17 AM   #2
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yes, it all has to come off. no damage should occur to anything. just store them in an out of the way place.


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Old 04-05-2011, 10:12 PM   #3
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If your Jeep came from the factory without the hardtop option, there will be a completely different wiring harness that needs to be run to the rear if you want the wiper/washer, defrost and dome light of the top to work. Plus a different washer fluid reservoir with dual pumps. There are also the switches that need to be wired into the dash for those functions. I believe the '95 might have the dash wiring there to just plug in the switches and the rear harness, but not sure. I just got done wiring a hardtop for my '90 from scratch, and it was pretty time consuming. If your interested, I have a factory rear harness that will work for you(and make your life a lot easier). P.M. me for details on that. As far as taking the hardware on and off every season, as long as you are careful not to misplace any of the parts or hardware, You're good. I would suggest getting a windshield channel reinforcement for the hardtop screws, as they have a tendency to strip out.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:56 PM   #4

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I'm not too concerned with the rear wiper/ defrosted and I have a domelight but thanks for the input I was really hoping to not have to remove all the channels... That is frustrating and is a big decision in my process ugh!
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:28 PM   #5
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not all tops came with that stuff anyways. my wife's 93 did but my 87 didn't. it does have the dome light though so i know the factory soft tops might not have the hole for that part in the tub or the wiring, like mentioned.

someday i will buy a soft top. this dang hardtop is just so nice on the highway and when i go out og town
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:22 PM   #6
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yea hardtops are great for the snow and rain and whatnot but suck when you wanna take it off and your by yourself..def not a fun time. actually i say impossible lol.

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