Yes, you should remove the soft top prior to installing the hard top. It's easy, 4 bolts hold its frame to the brackets on the roll bars. Just remove the bolts, and pull out the frame. Store it in a cleanish, dry location. Folded as if it were lowered will take up less room, just hang it from some hooks in the garage, or slide it under a bed or something. Remove the windows and store them flat, with something soft like a towel between them before removing the top.