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Old 03-23-2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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3 piece hardtop

I just purchased a 3 piece hardtop. Does anyone know of a easy way to take the back piece off.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:21 PM   #2
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It's pretty easy with two people. Just open the back window and slide it off over the tire.

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Old 03-30-2007, 05:57 PM   #3
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I don't like the hardtop they've recalled alot of them because of them leaking because the rubberized seals do not seal properly.
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Old 03-30-2007, 07:45 PM   #4
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all you need is a torx head screwdriver to get the top off. make sure that you follow the manual when removing and installing your top, if you don't your top has a greater chance of leaking water. i have yet to have any issues with my top and i have had it since january.
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Old 03-31-2007, 09:46 PM   #5
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it wont leak if you pu tit on correctly, ive had mine since november and it doesnt leak
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There were leakage problems, but as BeerMonkey says, if you take the time to get it right, you should be fine. My hard top was manufactured after they discovered the problem and corrected it - I believe any hard tops produced after January 2007 are good to go. I've had mine on and off several times, and no leaks.
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:37 PM   #7
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I don't know exactly when my hardtop was made, but so far no problems. First week I had the Jeep it rained pretty hard and there were a few drops of water, but after taking it off and installing it back on again there were no signs of water leakin into the car.

anybody know where i can pick up a torx head screwdriver?
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:49 PM   #8
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you can pick up a torx head at just about any auto parts store like advance auto or autozone.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:24 PM   #9
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Mine was built in Sept of 06. Mine does not leak. I think that people just dont re-install them correctly.

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There were leakage problems, but as BeerMonkey says, if you take the time to get it right, you should be fine. My hard top was manufactured after they discovered the problem and corrected it - I believe any hard tops produced after January 2007 are good to go. I've had mine on and off several times, and no leaks.
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:18 AM   #10
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I wish I had a garage as I would rig it with some type of hoist to get the hardtop removed by myself but as is it is impossible to remove it alone....
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i just bought a hoist. my girlfriend tried to help to my top off, and it almost ended ugly.
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Old 04-16-2007, 01:58 PM   #12
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for those of you who don't have the hoist set up...like myself..when you guys remove the all the panels? where do you store them? and how do you store them?

like do you guys use blankets or other covers to prevent damage?
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:29 PM   #13
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wow, if its this difficult to take off the hard top, then maybe I should stick with just getting a new soft top.
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it is not difficult to take off if you have help or a lift. it is not the weight, but the awkardness of the top.
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wow, if its this difficult to take off the hard top, then maybe I should stick with just getting a new soft top.
Yeah! Soft top, Baby!!
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:12 AM   #16
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Yeah! Soft top, Baby!!
I hope I feel the same way when the weather gets warmer here in N.E. and I decide to put on the soft top which based on other peoples comments on other forums, is a pain in the ( Y ) to remove and re install....
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well, i only have the hardtop, but it seems that both tops are easy to manage. We all just need to sitdown and take some time learning how everything works.

Hardtops are fairly simple to remove and put on, but the only drawback is storage. Where the heck did DCX expect us all to place that oddly sized back end.

As for the softop, the convenience of folding down or back up whenever you need to is good. Just need to park somewhere and fold that sucker back up or down withing a few minutes. Its a good thing to have if the weather isn't completely perfect. If it starts to rain just pull over somewhere and hurry your a$$ up to put that top back on.

The freedom top doesn't give me that advantage. I'll just have to plan accordingly. Or purchase an aftermarket softop that could cost close t0 $800-$1500. <---Highly doubt thats gonna happen though. Any affordable ideas as to what i could do to be prepared for that kind of emergency. Cruising with my top off and away from home then a sudden change in weather like rain?
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It takes me less than 5 minutes to remove the 2 front sections of the hardtop and I can enjoy the fresh air and Sun.....once home back they go on w/out any problems, now from what I've read is that it takes longer to remove the front section of the soft top.... so here iss my dilemma...do I keep the hardtop or put the soft top on??.... as I never have any passengers in the back that would enjoy having the top off ....
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:59 AM   #19
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well, i only have the hardtop, but it seems that both tops are easy to manage. We all just need to sitdown and take some time learning how everything works.

Hardtops are fairly simple to remove and put on, but the only drawback is storage. Where the heck did DCX expect us all to place that oddly sized back end.

As for the softop, the convenience of folding down or back up whenever you need to is good. Just need to park somewhere and fold that sucker back up or down withing a few minutes. Its a good thing to have if the weather isn't completely perfect. If it starts to rain just pull over somewhere and hurry your a$$ up to put that top back on.

The freedom top doesn't give me that advantage. I'll just have to plan accordingly. Or purchase an aftermarket softop that could cost close t0 $800-$1500. <---Highly doubt thats gonna happen though. Any affordable ideas as to what i could do to be prepared for that kind of emergency. Cruising with my top off and away from home then a sudden change in weather like rain?
you could use a bikini top as a back up. it would still allow water into your jeep, but it should keep the water off you. i have been thinking about getting one. looks like they $100 for a four door top.
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that bestop bikini top looks great and the price is pretty darn good. Did any of you guys purchase it?

if you guys did I downloaded the PDF for the instructions. It says aside from purchasing the bikini top we would also need to buy a "header winshield channel." its some sort of clamp to keep the bikini top attached to the front of your car. Once installed is it removable? will it cause any damage to the body?

once again, thanks for all the alternatives! Its hard to find some aftermarket parts since the JK unlimited is still pretty new.

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