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Old 09-17-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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Dual top question

when using the hard top, can i fully remove the rolled softtop thats stored in the back? If so is this difficult? Thanks

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Old 09-17-2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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No only can you remove it, you should. Jeep ships it with the soft top there for convenience, but it's not really recommended to keep the soft top on underneath the hardtop.

The soft top is connected to the Jeep at four points, and is very easy to remove.

The only complication is that you need to lift up the hardtop a bit to pull out the soft top and its frame. That's not hard to do either, but it's heavy and awkward, so you'll a little help.

Swapping back and forth between your hard top and your soft top isn't complicated, but it's enough of a pain that most people do it on a seasonal basis (hard top off in Spring, back on in Fall).

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Old 09-17-2010, 11:37 AM   #3
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Not sure if i explained this correctly. When i looked at a Sahara unlimited dual top, The hard top was on and rolled up in a bracket in the back. I wanted to remove the softtop before even using it and store it until next spring.
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Not sure if i explained this correctly. When i looked at a Sahara unlimited dual top, The hard top was on and rolled up in a bracket in the back. I wanted to remove the softtop before even using it and store it until next spring.
Hi Gellie -- you've got it right. Our Unlimited came with dual tops -- the hard top is on now, and the soft top shipped from the factory rolled up in a nice bundle in the cargo area. According to the manual, when a dual top vehicle ships from the factory, the soft top is attached in the vehicle and rolled up for shipping purposes only, and if the owners is going to leave the hard top on, then the soft top stored in the back should be removed. So, alas, you'll have to pop the hard top a bit to remove the soft top.

In retrospect, I might have just bought a hard top, and then purchased a soft top next spring.
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:40 PM   #5
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To remove the soft top is not hard. First remove the bolts and unclip the wiring harness to remove the hardtop. Then unscrew the 4 bolts holding the soft top frame on to the brackets on the roll bars. Put them somewhere safe, that you'll remember next year when you want to put it back on. Have some help (you should have help anyway for removing the hard top) and lift the softtop out of the Jeep, store it safely and put the hard top back on, rebolt, and hook up the wires and Presto! You're done
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:24 PM   #6
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Inferno Girl are these regular bolts or torx bolts? I thought the soft top wasn't bolted in, If I knew that i would have had the dealer take it out before I left.
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Inferno Girl are these regular bolts or torx bolts? I thought the soft top wasn't bolted in, If I knew that i would have had the dealer take it out before I left.
Any that is commonly removed in a jeep is a torx bolt. The 3 different sizes are for the doors, a different size for windshield, and a different size for tops. At napa these socket adapters are $3 so it's definately worth it to buy the one for The top and the one for the doors. If u have these then you don't need the dealers help to take the top off. Yes the soft top is bolted In but only with 4 bolts. It is 1 on each bracket mounted to the roll bar pillar. The hard top isn't really heavy it's just awkward and large so it would be really easy if you had another person helping you
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I love this forum. I needed to know how to do this as well and I just 'knew' the answer would be on here!

Had to go and purchase a Torx screwdriver set, just need to lift the top off now.
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:49 AM   #9
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thanks for all the info.

any recommendations on a bag for soft top storage?
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Just a cool dry area in your garage or basement. Cover it with an old set of sheets and call it a day.
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any recommendations on a bag for soft top storage?
I saved the cover that the soft top shipped in and put that back on for Winter storage. We'll see how well it holds up.
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i'm in a condo, no basement or garage. space is limited. i'm hoping to find a zippered bag or similar to keep it in.

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