Yes, when it comes dual-top from factory it's already completely assembled and attached to the frame. Otherwise, it needs to be installed. Normally if you purchase it from a dealer you pay for installation, but I work for the dealer and don't want to pay :-P
Where did you buy the Soft Top from? Dealer? Private Owner?
If it's from the Dealer, then I'd have them Install it for you. Your Warranty will cover any Soft Top problems you have from here on out.
I recommend this because:
My '09 JK 2-Dr came with a Hard Top. I wanted the Dealer to swap it for a Soft Top. They did! A month later, I had an issue with stains on the Top, that originated at my Selling Dealer (40 miles away...), when it was sitting under a tree on the other Jeep that the Top was removed from, when it was on display. My Local Dealer (3 miles away...) checked my VIN, and noted that I had purchased a Hard Top, not a Soft Top. So, they weren't willing to touch it, until the Selling Dealer added the Soft Top info into their Jeep's Computer Data Base, letting the Jeep Dealer Realm, know that I had a legit Soft Top installed. My Selling Dealer cleaned the Top, and entered all applicable data in their Data Base, to indicate I now have a Soft Top that was Installed by a Jeep Dealer, and not an Aftermarket/Private-Owner-Sale Top that I had installed myself.
For example, you'll get on the TSB/Recall List, for any Soft Top Issues that warrant a TSB or Recall. You'll receive a notice to have the Repairs/Replacements done for FREE under your Warranty. I received the New & Improved Metal Header for my Soft Top, when I had Wind-Noise Issues last year with the OEM Plastic Header. Didn't cost me a penny!
Sounds like BS, but it's the real deal! If you run into Window Issues, Zipper Issues, Header Issues, etc... later on, you'll be covered by your Warranty! Spend a few $$$ now to have it done right, and save yourself some major $$$ in the future having it Repaired/Replaced out-of-pocket!
Im kinda in the same situation,,, I busted out my instructions,, kinda crappy. Then seen you have to drill the header section several times..............not cool.
So I called the dealer and I think they said about $200 to have installed. This is a closer one to my house, not where I got the Jeep. So I might be able to work a better price from the delaer I got the Jeep at? Havnt tried yet.
But having them install it, then if it were to leak or anything thing else come up,, they can work to fixx and repair it.
This was with me taking off the hard top.....
But then I have to store the hard top,,, and then if and when I would put the hard top back on, I lose alotta access space with the soft top folded down in the back.
So..............Im in Limbo right now.
And thats why I have my new OEM sunrider with tintied windows up for sale.
If it will be covered by warranty if they install it, pay them.
if not DIY
06 Rubi with some sort of double ended, chrome knobbed, cross threaded, infinitely adjustable, frequently breakable, worn out flammywhammers zip tied onto it.
It used to be a jeep thing... til that sh!t broke!
Like I said, I work for the dealership I bought it from. Warranties are not an issue, if I want it covered, it will be.
The service advisors of course want me to pay if I'm going to make a tech do the install, but the tech's are willing to do it on the side if I just toss them some cash. $250 to get it done legit, $100 under the table to a tech to do it on the side.
But is it even worth $100 to get it done, when I can do it myself?