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Old 02-14-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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Dual Top Option question

I just got a 2013 JKU. I bought it off the lot and it had only the hardtop. I am looking into a soft top. I understand from Quadratec that once the softop is put on, all the hardware has to be removed if you want to go back to the hardtop seasonally or whatever.

For those of you lucky enough to have both tops, is this also true with the dual top option that was offered by Jeep? Also, if you have an aftermarket top, how difficult/involved is it removing and replacing the hardware to switch over?

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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Yes. The dual top option simply means that you get 2 tops.

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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I have the dual top and when it came from the factory it had 2 medium size boxes with door surrounds, windows, and other hardware with the soft top folded back under my hard top. Took off the hard top, removed 4 torx bolts on the rear roll bar and top was off the jeep... Easy!
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:08 PM   #4
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the soft top hardware is just the top (brackets bolted to the rollbar with 2 torx screws each) and 4 plastic door surrounds, which are held in with 3 knobs each. no hassle.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:27 AM   #5
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I have the dual top and when it came from the factory it had 2 medium size boxes with door surrounds, windows, and other hardware with the soft top folded back under my hard top. Took off the hard top, removed 4 torx bolts on the rear roll bar and top was off the jeep... Easy!
Do you have to take the hardtop off to remove the softtop? New Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Gecko Green totally in love.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:24 AM   #6
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Do you have to take the hardtop off to remove the softtop? New Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Gecko Green totally in love.
If the dual top option is ordered from factory, the soft top is shipped inside. I found no way to remove it except to remove the hard top.
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My Wrangler came with hard top only. Ultimately, I went to the dealership and had the Mopar soft top installed. When it came time to swap tops at the end of the summer, I had this same question. Yes, all of the soft top components should be removed before putting the hard top back on. But, it's an easy process.

You remove the door surrounds, unscrew two screws from the frame mounting points on the roll bar, and pop off/slide off three pieces that secure the rear soft top window to the rear of the Jeep. The soft top (minus the windows, of course) and frame come off in one piece. Although not required, it's much easier with a buddy to help you.

For me, the key was to find a way of safely storing the top that wasn't on the Jeep. I bought the Hoss cart storage system to store the hard top and freedom panels during the summer, and I bought a wall-mount kit to store the soft top during the winter. I've had both tops removed and stored for multiple months at a time, an no damage thus far. The storage systems were a bit pricey, but they were way cheaper than buying replacement tops. A lot of folks on here swear by the winch to remove and store your hard top.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:48 AM   #8
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I got the dual tops on my 2012. As a previous poster mentioned, the soft top is shipped installed (but folded down) inside the hard top. It's also wrapped in a protective sheath. I honestly couldn't figure any way to remove the soft top without taking the hardtop off first.

Once you put the soft top hardware on the vehicle and raise/lower the soft top a few times, you get really familiar with it and removing it to swap the hardtop on is a pretty quick process.

When you do remove the soft top, there are a couple of brackets that you'll need to remove from the roll bar in order to actually remove the top completely from the vehicle. Only two bolts per side, though.

It also helps to have a second set of hands when removing the soft top.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:18 AM   #10
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Question Rain cover

My JK came with the hard top and I want to take it off to run during the summer. Does anyone have any suggestions to keep the rain out? Don't necessarily want to run with a full rag top but don't have a garage to store it in either.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:50 AM   #11
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Since you don't have a garage....IMO Look at one of the frameless tops.

You CAN get "emergency tops" or "trail covers" but IMO you would be ahead to get a frameless.

Just for reference, I had a softtop, have had a hardtop, have a halftop that I run in the winter, and also run the 3 piece combo in the summer. (bikini wraparound jammer and duster)

I just ordered Bestop Frameless NX

Good Luck!!
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:33 PM   #12
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Thanks I was afraid that was the answer.

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