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Old 03-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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solo hard top install?

k i just watched a few videos with ppl installing their hard top and it looked so simple. my wife and i about died trying to take mine off. do i have the heaviest hard top in the world or do those guys on youtube know something i dont?

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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You just need to get under it all the way at the back and stand up with it. Depending on how tall you are you might need a small step so you can push press it high enough to set it down.

Taking it off is a little harder, I put my back to the jeep and kinda sit on the tailgate area and slide it enough I can get under it and balance it real well then I just walk it off.

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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it feels like mine weighs easily 300 lbs. im a big guy but this still seems to be a bit much. im 6'1" 250lbs
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Thats your downfall, your tall. Because your legs and arms are long you have to push more wieght then say a person thats 5' 10".

I can't remember but doesn't the hard top wiegh 300lbs?


Update - I searched around, looks like the general consensus is 140lbs.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:24 PM   #5
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mine is easily more than 140. i can 1 hand curl 50 at least 10-15xs and my wife isnt a wuss either and we had hell gettin it off. starting to wonder if mine is not stock? its textured like it is bedliner and starting to wear off a little in some spots. white on the inside. idk id love to be able to put it on by myself since tx weather is as predictable as my wife or any other woman for that matter.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:16 AM   #6
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I can do it solo, but I am 6'5" 250! Its not the weight, its the awkwardness of the thing! Taking it off is solo is dangerous. Not just to you, but to your top and your Jeep. I tripped and lost my grip. It came down on me and took a wicked chunk outta my top.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:29 AM   #7
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.....and this is why I LOVE my soft top. *giggle*
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:38 AM   #8
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originally i wanted to put on a soft top but all the ones ive seen are fugly. if i could find one that was actually square i would get it but it seems like the fabric shrinks and gets all goofy lookin
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originally i wanted to put on a soft top but all the ones ive seen are fugly. if i could find one that was actually square i would get it but it seems like the fabric shrinks and gets all goofy lookin
I love how mine looks!




It's a smittybilt top tho, cheap I guess but it looks awesome!
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:07 AM   #10
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Here is a picture of what i made, I just take out all my bolts and screws then back into it then raise the front by pushing up while in the jeep and the reach out and slide the adjustable arms out thats on the frame then go to the back and push up the then slide them arms out then drive out from underneath it. 10 minute job. then putting it back on in reverse.
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.....and this is why I LOVE my soft top. *giggle*
A soft top here in the winter in no good. But I am look to pick one up for the spring.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:14 AM   #12
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Hey MickeYJ, whats up with your spare on the 1st pic? did it pop off the bead or something?
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:18 AM   #13
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A soft top here in the winter in no good. But I am look to pick one up for the spring.
Well ... I live in Los Angeles ... Lol
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Hey MickeYJ, whats up with your spare on the 1st pic? did it pop off the bead or something?
Oh no lol I was Plasti dipping it and those were playing cards sticking out while drying off.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:13 AM   #15
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I have this same top and it weighs around 150 or so. However, I have to sit in the front seat and push up directly above the windshield to get the front of the top to pop out of the channel. If you dont do that before crawling in the back and "turtlin" it, they wont go anywhere no matter how strong you are.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:13 AM   #16
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I got a cheap winch at an industrial parts store for lifting my motorcycle and four wheelers. Mounted it to the ceiling of my garage, back the jeep in, hook up the straps, hit the up button. I can have the top on or off in less than 5 minutes, the longest part for me is tightening the bolts down with my drill.

Because of that I love the hard top, I am never going back to soft, too difficult to put on/take off with as odd as that sounds.
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If you've got a garage or at least a roof of some sort, you can do what I did. The $20 hard top hoist!

Two 1.5" tie down straps(I went with the ratchetless style-much cheaper, but will probably get ratcheting ones later) $16@local auto parts store

4-8" eye bolts/nuts, washers. $4@hardware store

I drilled holes in the ceiling joists in my garage, put the eye bolts in, attach strap at one end, I lift the front just enough to feed the straps through, run them to the back, open the lift glass, run them between the glass and top, and begin lifting

I do one side about 6" at a time.

Makes things easier to roll jeep out of the way once it's free.

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:20 PM   #18
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My wife hates dealing with the hard top. I pulled the back glass before I took mine off. The glass must weigh about 30 pounds and it makes it easier to get under it to pick it up.
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My wife hates dealing with the hard top. I pulled the back glass before I took mine off. The glass must weigh about 30 pounds and it makes it easier to get under it to pick it up.
I aggree if you are having a hard time with it, remove the rear glass.

I take mine off by myself with the glass removed.
The YJ top is not heavy at all compared to my k-5 Blazer. Now that was a heavy beast even with 2-3 people helping.
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I live in CO about to remove my hardtop (that I just bought 4 wks ago..lol) I dont have enough room in my garage roof for the hoist thing. I was going to try and sneak it in my shed somehow, not looking forward to that. I like Crutch's rig, wonder if I can make something similar that's movable. I like the hardtop idea in my area for snow and what not, but now its soft top or no top season.
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What If.. Your YJ dosnt fit in your garage to make a hoist for the hard top??? lol
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I put my back to the jeep and kinda sit on the tailgate area and slide
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:55 PM   #23
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I love how mine looks!




It's a smittybilt top tho, cheap I guess but it looks awesome!

I think We all like the way your top looks!
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I think We all like the way your top looks!
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