2012 Dual Top/Soft Top first removal storage questions
So, I've had my 2012 JKU for about 2 weeks. Just took the rear top off, and removed the soft top, which comes installed for delivery with dayglow orange stickers on it saying NOT to drive with both tops installed or it will void the warranty. Couple of questions:
1. My friend and I removed the brackets from the rollbar that had 2 #30 Torx screws on each side. It was super easy to then wiggle and get the soft-top out and off. But in studying the PDF owner's manual, there's a very hard to understand section about this that LOOKS like it is suggesting that you NOT remove the brackets themselves, but remove the bars from the brackets via rubber-malleting some "knuckles"? Am I interpreting that correctly? Why wouldn't you just remove the brackets instead of the bow bars and what are the "knuckles" they're referring to? It came off fine the way I did it, I just don't think it matches what they say in the manual.
2. I bought the car in November, and being in PA, won't be using the soft top until late Spring. My plan is to swap tops every year in March and November. However, since I haven't ever had the soft top up or even unpacked, I am wondering do I need to open it up and remove all the delivery foam packing? Or can it store as-is until Spring when I install it for the first time? Windows are still in boxes etc.
2012 JKU Sahara: White on white, and nearly perfect.
dual top, connectivity, 130, 6 sp. manual