It was 72 and sunny yesterday so I couldn't resist!
After reading numerous helpful posts, I got over my apprehension and removed the hardtop myself using 4 eye bolts screwed in to the rafters and 2 cambuckle straps run front to back. After removal I lowered it down on to the homemade storage dolly (used the plans referenced on here and it worked great) and all in it only took about 15 minutes. I was shocked by the simplicity. I can see the point of a hoist system if you don't have both tops and need to repeatedly remove / reinstall, but for going on / off twice per year I don't think I'd bother taking the time to install one even if it was free...
Anyway, on to my questions. The first relates to the washer hose / rear window power plug. Is there a good way to hide or protect these? On the trim panel where the rear seat belt feeds down to the mount, there are indicators for power and washer and some 'tabs' that appear to be intened to remove that part of the panel.
It didn't remove easily and I didn't want to force it. Is it intended to be removed for hiding the exposed ends?
The second question regards the point where the rear side windows mesh with the rear door seal. The instructions that come with the jeep / top / and accompanying DVD are crap (unless I"m looking in the wrong place) but it looks like the stiff leading l-shaped edge is just supposed to end up wedged between the door and pillar. This works out OK at the bottom, but the top couple of inches keep popping out and at speed they pull out further.
Is this normal? Is it something where over time as the roof and window panel expand a bit it will fit more flush?
Thanks in advance for any answers or insight. I've really enjoyed learning on the forum so far..