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Old 08-26-2010, 06:58 AM   #1
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Fall top transition

Hi everyone, bought my first jeep FINALLY about a month ago, grabbed a 2 door sahara with dual top package. Stored the hard top as soon as I got home, running with the sunrider for the summer. Loving it completely.
I know the dual top came with both installed for convenience, and that I'll have to take the soft off when I go back to the hard in the fall, but I didn't see any documentation in regards to how do it. Is it a difficult deal? Shall I prepare my cursing now? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-26-2010, 07:26 AM   #2
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If my memory serves me correct, the information you need is in the Owners manual - either on the CD provided or on the jeep website under Ownership. I will be doing the same top swap in about 3 months myself...

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Old 08-26-2010, 07:31 AM   #3
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I may be wrong, but I thought the removal of the soft top was basically just unbolting the bows from the roll bars. Leave everything attached to the bows, and store it as is. Well except the windows.
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:31 AM   #4
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Hi Svoloshin

I understand your concerns..... when the soft top is down..... have a look at the 1st bow and 2nd bow where they connect on the black fabric covered roll bars....

there is an opening at these junctions and you should see the bolt...thats where they disconnect.... I find the process easy as long as I bungee the two bows on each side together.....

remember to fully DRY the soft top before storing (clean it and make any repairs) and I use a large piece of cotton fabric to wrap the top in and then another large piece of canvass to cover the folded top...... and store in a dry place away from mice etc...

never store in plastic as its a great place for mold to grow it there is any moisture left on the soft top...

also never put anything heavy on you soft top.... also I have cushioned the folds with old sheets so no permenent folds which might cause cracking if the top is old....

my jeep soft top has a place of honor in my garage stored on a "Shelf" I built to house it
for our very long winters...

I am certainly looking forward to hearing from the others on how they store their soft tops etc...as I too am new to this Forum but have gleaned so much info....

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I may be wrong, but I thought the removal of the soft top was basically just unbolting the bows from the roll bars. Leave everything attached to the bows, and store it as is. Well except the windows.
The service tech told me (at least for the JKu) that all the "hardware" that is bolted on - the door surrounds, rear window pillars, etc. needed to be removed in order to put the stiffie back on.

I asked him if he had a storage container I could borrow for a few months come about December
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The service tech told me (at least for the JKu) that all the "hardware" that is bolted on - the door surrounds, rear window pillars, etc. needed to be removed in order to put the stiffie back on.

I asked him if he had a storage container I could borrow for a few months come about December
Well, I did forget about the door surrounds, but they are hand bolts that are nothing to remove... I know nothing of the rear window pillars of which you speak Sorry, TJ girl..... blond at that....
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thanks everyone, yeah the manual and cd arent the easiest thing to decipher, then again, its been just as much fun learning as i went.

thank you SO much for all the information, its the little things that you all supply that have made it worthwhile coming to these forums.

Hell it was because of this forum that i found out where to look to find i was missing the internal mike for my Uconnect system, took it back to the dealership where they in shock installed asap *chuckles*
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The first time takes a bit of time, but the instructions in the manual are fairly accurate. After the first time you should make the changeover to the hard top in about 30 minutes or less.

Two people (or a hoist) are pretty much a requirement to install or remove the hard top - and pay attention to the order in which you install and secure the two forward pieces of the Freedom top. I understand that it can be noisy or leaky if you don't follow the destructions.
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I store my windows in the Mopar bag that I bought from the dealer. The bag is a roll up type but I store them flat on a shelf for the winter. The bag has soft layers to protect the windows so it is a good storage place for the winter. I detach the bows at the roll bar and pull the whole thing off. I store it in the box that it came in as I didn't get a dual top package. I am concerned about mice in the garage doing damage to it. I run a couple of those noise makers that discourage rodents and bugs in my garage. So far in many years of doing this my garage has been mouse free. Knock on plastic.

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