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Old 06-16-2010, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hard Top Removal

My '95 YJ has a hard top and I am antsy to remove it. I actually feel impatient and want to do it right now! But, I'm just a bitty girl and suspect it may be rather heavy and awkward and it probably would be foolish to attempt by myself.

Thoughts? How heavy are these suckers? I have an empty shed I can store it in, that's not an issue. I can get my hands on the tools to remove the bolts.

Then, when I do get it off I need to consider the almost daily summer rains here in eastern NC. I really don't mind rain getting in occasionally but all summer would be ridiculous probably. I started looking at bikini and bimini tops as well as those quick weather cover tops. What's a good, low maintanence, easy option?

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Old 06-16-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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I remember those NC summers, glad I'm in CA now. Two people can remove hard top, three is better. I have run best top, and smitty built bikini tops. they catch water. there are bars you can put across the top to help prevent this.

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Thanks for the reply. I don't so much mind these NC summers; it adds a bit of excitement to your day when you have to race out of whatever you're doing to get the Jeep moving at a decent speed so it doesn't get too soggy. our JK has it's top down and doors off pretty much all spring through fall. I guess I won't get into removing the hardware today. I'll be patient and wait till I have a couple of strong men by my side to help!
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Your hard top is 140-ish pounds, and really awkward.

You've got lots of options for Bikini style tops. I'd recommend the latest Quadratec or 4WD catalog - it's fun to flip through the pages, and it's the easiest way to see all your options.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:24 PM   #5
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Arrival of the latest Quadratec catalog is what got me itching to take the thing off! I started looking at the tops but it's nice to read opinions on the different ones.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:50 PM   #6
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do what im doing.. i have a soft top on until its cold. simply leave it down unless the forcast calls for bad storms.. and when its winter im putting a hard top on.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:49 PM   #7
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Sounds good enough to do a soft top during the hot season, I just don't want to budget for that right now; probably next year!
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me and my ex were able to get the hard tops on and off pretty easy, I do recomend the quick disconnects so you dont have to keep up with bolts and washers and what not. and my bikini top does pool if it sits awhile in heavy rain, just keep a cup in and have plenty of bailing time ha ha, but with my hard doors on and my seat forward it really doesnt get that wet I just drap my rainjacket over the seat or a cheap poncho
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:08 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input. I can see taking the top off, keeping it off and roughing it through the rainy season with a basic bikini top and a tonneau to protect my stuff in the back. And then likely not wanting to put the hardtop back on and maybe buying a soft top sooner than planned when cold weather hits We often have 80 degree days in the middle of winter and a soft top is awesome when that happens.

Is the bikini top pretty simple and headache free to use?
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bikini top question - I'm looking at the Best top Bikini tops; why might I chose the original or the strapless over the other?
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mine goes on in about 10 minutes, dunno how the strapless works mine has 4 velcro straps(two on each side that attach to rollbar) front tucks in the hearder, there is a middle stap and two side little staps that go around the back roll bark at the H confusing but there you go, also have a windjammer that is easy to put on as well for chilly days
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:55 PM   #12
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Thanks that sounds easy enough, nice profile pic too lol.
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:01 PM   #13
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I park mine under my carport and use four ratchet straps. I unscrew all the bolts and once it's free, I pick up one corner and hook it into a bolt hole. Then another and so on. Once all 4 are on hooks, I just ratchet it up and drive out from under it. Entire "process" takes me about 10 minutes.. once ya do it once, the rest'll be easy! For one person, it's not that heavy this way.
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The carport idea is really good. We live in a condo right now though.. we have one spot that the JK has seniority over.... that and I believe the homeowner's association would have a fit if I rigged up something like that. haha! My shed (located elsewhere) is where I hope to store it but I can't drive into it.
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The original top is the classic look for CJs and YJs. But some people don't like that long diagonal strap that goes to the back.

The strapless is basically same thing, but has a tighter fit around the top of the roll bar, and a strap* that goes underneath the top and back to the windshield. It's maybe a little tidier looking.

I got the strapless for my CJ, but would probably go back to the original old school look if I buy another. Just a preference.

There's no real advantage in one over the other. Neither will keep you super dry, both will give you some shade on sunny days.


*Please don't ask me why the strapless Bikini has straps. I just work here, and some things are imponderable.
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The carport idea is really good. We live in a condo right now though.. we have one spot that the JK has seniority over.... that and I believe the homeowner's association would have a fit if I rigged up something like that. haha! My shed (located elsewhere) is where I hope to store it but I can't drive into it.
Old swingset?

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The original top is the classic look for CJs and YJs. But some people don't like that long diagonal strap that goes to the back.

The strapless is basically same thing, but has a tighter fit around the top of the roll bar, and a strap* that goes underneath the top and back to the windshield. It's maybe a little tidier looking.

I got the strapless for my CJ, but would probably go back to the original old school look if I buy another. Just a preference.

There's no real advantage in one over the other. Neither will keep you super dry, both will give you some shade on sunny days.
Thanks for the info, very helpful


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*Please don't ask me why the strapless Bikini has straps. I just work here, and some things are imponderable.
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Old swingset?

I have an idea, the community swingset at the marina/clubhouse is "out of order" or some nonsense (I cannot figure out why it's wrapped in yellow tape) but I could totally take it over to be my hardtop hoist. hehehe
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I don't have any bars running from my windshield to my rollbar at the back, does this matter with the bestop bikinis? I know I will need to buy the windshield channel or retainer kit thing.
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I don't have any bars running from my windshield to my rollbar at the back, does this matter with the bestop bikinis? I know I will need to buy the windshield channel or retainer kit thing.
On a YJ, Bikini tops go from the windshield header straight to the rollbar. They do not need window surrounds or any other support. (TJs and JKs have the option of using the window surrounds).

The windshield header for a YJ is a small metal strip with a channel in one end. Kind of a "h" shape, on its side. You will need to drill screw holes into your windshield frame, if they aren't there already. This is not a problem, and we've been doing it for years and years.
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Hard Top is OFF!!!

We took my hard top off last week, yay! The neighbors spotted what we were doing and gave us a hand. No bikini top on order yet but soon!
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I have had a couple different summer tops and I really like the Safari top.....goes a little further back on the jeep.....It gives a little shade if you have anyone in the back.
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I have had a couple different summer tops and I really like the Safari top.....goes a little further back on the jeep.....It gives a little shade if you have anyone in the back.
I don't even have a backseat and I keep a waterproof duffle bag for my stuff, but the Safari tops do have their appeal
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I have a strapless bikini top and a safari top for mine. I LOVE the safari top except when I am going faster than about 45mph. The back part doesn't really have anything to tie to (in the middle), and starts to flap around really bad. I have even had it pull loose from the back bars. I have the family bars on a 94 YJ so it might fit differently on the older YJs. The bikini top was good as well, but it doesn't keep as much water out. The only complaint I have is that I left the bikini top on for about a year and a half (I parked the YJ for a while) and the straps rotted and I had to replace the top. But that isn't a big deal.

I too live in NC so I feel your pain about the rain. You never know when it is going to hit or how bad.

Funny I just got rid of my soft top and put on a hard top (yesterday in fact). I will just take the doors off to enjoy the weather.

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