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Old 03-01-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Few questions about the latest Wranglers

I owned a '94 Wrangler and LOVED it. It wore out and I sold it, been looking for a new one since. My biggest issue with my '94 was taking the hard top off, and putting on the hardware and soft top for the warmer seasons. Is the 07-present model the first, or only model to have dual tops, so I no longer need to worry about all of that?

Secondly, is the 3-piece 'freedom top' only available on the '07-present, and how heavy is the back piece compared to the entire top? (like my old '94). I assume it's still a 2-person job to take it off.

I would rather get a shorter 'box' model Wrangler, but I believe the 3-piece top is only available on the 'longer' models (and dual tops are only on the later models)..and I'm pretty sure these are a must have for me. Any pros/cons to the 3-piece vs a 1-piece hard top?

Thanks for all the help, looking forward to getting back in a Wrangler, getting those doors, top, and windows off and loving life!

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Old 03-01-2011, 02:14 PM   #2
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I owned a '94 Wrangler and LOVED it. It wore out and I sold it, been looking for a new one since. My biggest issue with my '94 was taking the hard top off, and putting on the hardware and soft top for the warmer seasons. Is the 07-present model the first, or only model to have dual tops, so I no longer need to worry about all of that?

Secondly, is the 3-piece 'freedom top' only available on the '07-present, and how heavy is the back piece compared to the entire top? (like my old '94). I assume it's still a 2-person job to take it off.

I would rather get a shorter 'box' model Wrangler, but I believe the 3-piece top is only available on the 'longer' models (and dual tops are only on the later models)..and I'm pretty sure these are a must have for me. Any pros/cons to the 3-piece vs a 1-piece hard top?

Thanks for all the help, looking forward to getting back in a Wrangler, getting those doors, top, and windows off and loving life!
Yes I do believe that the 07 to present models were the first to offer the dual top option. However you will still need to remove the hard top to use the soft top and also remove the soft top to use the hard top. When you pick it up at the dealership, the soft top is installed in the back to the roll bars. Then the hard top is put on the jeep after that. You need to remove the hard top and either put up the soft top, or remove it completely. You cannot run the two tops simultaneously.

Yes the three price freedom hardtops are only available on the newer 07 to present models. The top is very heavy and definitely takes two fairly strong people to take it off.

As far as your last question, the only two models that vary in body size are the 2 door and 4 door models of the JK. They both can come with the thee piece hard tops and can both come with the dual top option.

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Dual top only means that it comes with 2 tops. It doesn't mean that they can both remain installed.
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I have a 2-door Freedom top; I can take the big part off by myself. It's clumsy but not heavy.
You only need 2 people for balance sake. My petite wife (5'5") can easily lift half.
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It was the frame of the soft top that was an issue. Taking the hard top off, then putting on the brackets etc for the soft top..thats what I want to avoid. If I can take off the hard top then immediately put the soft top on without attaching any frame or connectors like I had to with my '94. Is the soft top just 'stored' in the back or is it actually 'installed'?
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It was the frame of the soft top that was an issue. Taking the hard top off, then putting on the brackets etc for the soft top..thats what I want to avoid. If I can take off the hard top then immediately put the soft top on without attaching any frame or connectors like I had to with my '94. Is the soft top just 'stored' in the back or is it actually 'installed'?
It's installed. Four screws, two on each side. Installation/removal takes about a minute.

I cannot take the large part of the hard top off myself, and I don't think I'm wrong in saying that most people can't. Or at least, would be endangering themselves by attempting it.
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Dual tips have been around since TJ days. Freedom tops are the only hard tops offered on jk's. They are available in both 2 door & 4 door models.

Bunch of misconceptions happening here. The hard tops are awkward but doable. As mentioned you cannot leave the soft top installed under the hard top, even tho it's shipped that way.

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