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Old 06-27-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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First time removing the hard top

So this weekend (hopefully) I will be removing the hard top from my wrangler! I just bought the 2013 sport s wrangler with the dual top package.. I was wondering that if anyone else has bought the dual top too and if there is any additional installation with the soft top, minus the windows of course. This should be fun since I am only 5 ft.. Hahaha...



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Old 06-27-2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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Just a few very minor things.

There is a pretty good instructional video on YouTube, that will take you step by step.

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:08 AM   #4
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Please get help doing this. I remember as a teenager on my first CJ-7 removing the top solo because I couldn't get any friends to come over.. I had to lift the top from inside with my back and push up and basically step if out of the jeep through the back gate. They're not incredibly heavy, but definitely hard to maneuver without causing damage to either the top or the jeep.
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Every spring I take my hard top off and it's usually me and another friend. It's not super heavy, but too heavy and wide for a single person to handle themselves. Plus, there's no grip, so while carrying the top, the edges are biting into your hand. Have a friend with you.
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X2 with having help. I took my top off my 2012 jkur last weekend for the first time and I was glad my bro was there to lend a hand.
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X2 with having help. I took my top off my 2012 jkur last weekend for the first time and I was glad my bro was there to lend a hand.

Yup, couple of weeks ago my Hard top came off for the first time. Glad I had a friend help too!
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Thanks for the advice! So I will remain patient and grab someone else to help me storing the back half is going to be a pain
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Thanks for the advice! So I will remain patient and grab someone else to help me storing the back half is going to be a pain
I had the freedom panels and doors off, met my friend at his place. He helped me take off the hard top. Stored it in his garage. When we got back, he helped me put it back on. A few days later the freedompanels and the doors were back on and ready for a free carwash at the dealership.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:49 PM   #10
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How did you store the back half? The video said to keep it on a soft surface.. I was planning on keeping it on my sun porch on carpet.. I hope that's okay.. I just don't want it to get damaged
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I would fold up some old blankets and place them under the edges.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:03 PM   #12
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Thank you! I will do that.. I was also pricing out some of the bags to protect my soft top windows but I see none that will fit a 13 unlimited.. And the other thing is that they are crazy expensive.. I was thinking of buying 2 yards of canvas material and sowing it to form a pouch and insert the windows into it with microfiber towels in between each window.. Then roll it up and secure it with a Velcro strap.. Has anyone else done anything similar or rigged up their own method?
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I keep mine on some 1/4 foam pads. They just protect it from the concrete when you set it down or when my son pulls his fingers out and it drops the last half inch. I nearly beat him last time.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #14
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Maybe build you a storage cart for your hard top. It keeps it off the ground and takes up less space.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:16 PM   #15
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I'm just so nervous to hurt my jeep :-/
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Oooohh that's an idea!
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As for your soft top windows.


The easiest thing I can think of if your on a tight budget is, go to the hardware store ( Lowes, Home Depo ) and get some 4" PVC water pipe. And two end caps to fit.

Cut the pipe to length and roll your windows up in a towel. Separating each one with your mico fiber. But rolling them all together into one towel.

Then slide them into the pipe and put the caps on each end.

Should be under $20 to put it together.

They sell something similar called a window tube.
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That's another great idea! Thank you!
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You're very welcome...... :-D
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Thank you! I will do that.. I was also pricing out some of the bags to protect my soft top windows but I see none that will fit a 13 unlimited.. And the other thing is that they are crazy expensive.. I was thinking of buying 2 yards of canvas material and sowing it to form a pouch and insert the windows into it with microfiber towels in between each window.. Then roll it up and secure it with a Velcro strap.. Has anyone else done anything similar or rigged up their own method?
We did something very much like you are describing except that we used the polar fleece material that you can buy at any fabric store to go between the windows. Works just fine.

BTW, if you are only 5' I recommend you get 2 bigger friends to help you. My wife is 5'6" and she & I are able to remove the top but it is a bit of a reach for her. Also look into the many threads for home made storage carts. We built a dolly out of pipe & pipe insulating foam from Home Depot for under $100. Makes it a lot easier to just lift the top, tilt it onto the dolly, and then roll it where it needs to go. Ours sits on the dolly in the back end of the garage.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:19 PM   #21
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It's great to know that the make it yourself method worked out! I believe what you make yourself is better quality... I'm going to check out the fabric store and see if they have something I can use I am thinking about that dolly system too for the hard top
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:00 PM   #22
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One other tid-bit... it's easier to remove the top with the rear window open, you don't have to lift it as high to get past the spare and third tail light...

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