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Old 01-19-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Does a softtop fit in the back unassembled?

I am trying to buy a softtop for my 2009 JK 2dr. I am in college and have to transport it(18 hours of driving) along with my stuff.

Can the softtop fit in the back with the hardtop on unassembled?
If so how much room does it take up?
If the only option would be to have both on, how much room does that leave me with both on, and how much damage does it do to the softtop?

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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Hey Ed, just returned from California to Alberta 2500 miles or so. I purchased a soft top their for $200. I just slid it in from the back seat towards the rear then strapped it up to the roll bar so the rear passengers would have head room. So the feet were tucked into the back bottom corners of the hard top and the rest basicaly followed the angled part of the roll bar.

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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Well I am going to have to fold the back seat up to get some bags in, would this still work? And would it leave the back pretty free to put a few bags?
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Would be tough but I guess it can be done.

You might have a problem with other stuff back there. Any way you can remove the seat first?
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I would be able to remove the seat, but I would have to at least fit it in somewhere. I can't leave it at school.
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Since you have a 2 door, I don't know if you can slide it in through the door. Your best bet is to remove the hard top, or at least pick it up a bit, so you can place the soft top in the back just as if it is installed but folded down. This doesnt take up too much room, but putting large items in the back can be a problem.

Is renting a trailer an option?
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Since you have a 2 door, I don't know if you can slide it in through the door. Your best bet is to remove the hard top, or at least pick it up a bit, so you can place the soft top in the back just as if it is installed but folded down. This doesnt take up too much room, but putting large items in the back can be a problem.

Is renting a trailer an option?
Good idea.

What about strapping the frame work to the roof some how?

I had a tough time getting the frame through a door way at my house. Can't imagine getting it into the jeep with out lifting the hard top a bit.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #8
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What if I dissembled some of the frame work?
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Starting to think it is not worth the work and the 400 bucks.
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Do yourself a favor and let somebody else buy it. I wouldn't pay $1 for a brand new soft top installed. They are noisy and thy leak and they are hot and cold. Just my opinion of course, and everybody has one!
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I don't think it's worth it either. Find one close to home so you can get it easier
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Payed $500 for a used top from a 07.

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Old 01-19-2012, 11:16 PM   #13
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If you install the soft top in the factory like shipping position the soft top can be protected from chaffing by placing towels or cardboard in places where it touches the hard top.

Mostly related, but I can put my 2004 Unlimited soft top side ways into the rear of my 2004 Unlimited. I would assume you could do the same.
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Ya sliding it in sideways would be perfect since I could then still have room for my bags, anyone know if that works on a 2dr?
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I hauled the one I bought in my 4 dr with the back seat down. If you don't have a passenger you should have room to put it in long ways, a measuring tape would give you the real answer. I have to disagree with the nay sayers here. I love my soft top in the summer and it has never leaked the first time.
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It does fit. Slide the passenger seat forward and put it in diagonally over the rear seat folded down 1/2 way.
Bought my soft top used and drove it home with the rear hatch closed, no problem.
Back of the Jk is suprizingly big for a 2 door.
Fit a full width ARB bull bar back there, bikes, boats, 48" flatscreen,whatever and always managed to close the tailgate.
Just keep trying, it's a puzzle but it always seems to fit.

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I have to disagree with the nay sayers here. I love my soft top in the summer and it has never leaked the first time.
I'll second that.

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