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Old 11-27-2011, 07:45 PM   #1
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Hard top on for the winter

This my first time putting the hard top on and I was wondering if there a recommended torque setting. I don't want to over tighten the bolts but I want to make sure the top is secure

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Old 11-27-2011, 08:07 PM   #2
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This my first time putting the hard top on and I was wondering if there a recommended torque setting. I don't want to over tighten the bolts but I want to make sure the top is secure
I don't know how many people actually follow the torque guidelines for the hard top (I don't even have a hard top), but here's a list of torque values for the JK. Under "Body", scroll down to "H"...you'll see settings for front and side bolts.

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Old 11-27-2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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Tight is tight and to tight is broken. Lived by this code since I learned how to turn a wrench!
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I don't know how many people actually follow the torque guidelines for the hard top (I don't even have a hard top), but here's a list of torque values for the JK. Under "Body", scroll down to "H"...you'll see settings for front and side bolts.

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I will eventually lose all the bolts and do the same on my Jk
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:45 AM   #5
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Put some large washers under the torx bolts before you tighten it down. I used 1.25" stainless ones from a marine supply store.
I just put them a little past finger tight, does not leak or shift.
No way to repair the top easily if you crack it.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:49 PM   #6
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I went with the kit that changed put the torx to knobs so I can just hand tighten them (no tools needed) I have extra torx bolts if anyone needs

I forget if the torque specs were either 4 or 8 pounds. In either case, hust hand tight is fine.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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I'm looking forward to the first snow so I can brake in the 4 wheel drive
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I'm looking forward to the first snow so I can brake in the 4 wheel drive
Same Here!
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:54 AM   #9
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I just tighten it until I cant turn it no more. Thats my code and I cant ever break the damn things cuz im to scrawny LOL
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:30 PM   #10
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:28 PM   #11
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Weather man said it might snow Christmas day. That would be a great gift
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:43 PM   #12
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I'm looking forward to the first snow so I can brake in the 4 wheel drive
We had an October snow fall, very rare in PA, and I had a blast! Found every unplowed parking lot in a 5 mile radius.

Also learned about having a stubby antenna, the stock antenna hit every snow covered branch hanging over the road.

I just hand tightened my torx screws with a screw driver and bit. No leaks, no shift, no problems!
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...all I gotta do is go a few miles and gain a few thousand feet elevation to be in the snow zone.

And my hard top is on & ready.
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I went with the kit that changed put the torx to knobs so I can just hand tighten them (no tools needed) I have extra torx bolts if anyone needs
Where did you find those Vin they would be nice!

Just hand tighten them with a torx wrench, no need to crank on the bolts they just need to be snug.
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c clamps worked on my Tj.
I will eventually lose all the bolts and do the same on my Jk
I was lookin for c clamps that would fit on my jk lowes and home depot didn't have, u wouldn't happen to know where to get ones that would fit, would ya?
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I was lookin for c clamps that would fit on my jk lowes and home depot didn't have, u wouldn't happen to know where to get ones that would fit, would ya?
I did not see my name in the post at first.
I bought small clamps at the Home Depot.
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I did not see my name in the post at first.
I bought small clamps at the Home Depot.
And they work just fine? Totally safe and all that jazz?
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And they work just fine? Totally safe and all that jazz?
Secured the Tj top just fine.
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Secured the Tj top just fine.
Fabulous! Thanks

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