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Old 11-29-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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help taking off soft op when hardtop on

how hard is to remove the soft top went i already put on the hard top
do it require alot of removing bolts, and can i do it with the hardtop on?

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Old 11-29-2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure you need to remove the hardtop. If you have an extra set of hands, it's really pretty easy. To remove the soft top, you just remove the door surrounds, the 4 screws that hold the pivot arms to the pivot bracket, and the tailgate bar brackets aside from the normal lowering the top routine. It's detailed in the manual.

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Old 11-29-2011, 11:39 AM   #3
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It's not difficult to get off, but the angle that you need in order to reach to unscrew the hardware you can't get at with the top on. I had to remove my hardtop to take soft top off.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:43 AM   #4
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Hardtop must come off. And no, it's not an option to just leave the soft top in permanantly while the hard top is on. Hard top must come off, soft top must come out, and then either hard top or soft top can go back on.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:00 PM   #6
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getting soft top off when hard top is on

well it wans't too bad. screws easy to get out, but the hard top needs to be moved, i took all the bolts out and lifted side by side and slid it out.
thank for all the help everyone! also one or the other!
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:44 PM   #7
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I was able to do this myself on my new JK but it was a huge PITA. I had to buy the smallest torx bit I could find and use needle nose pliers to remove the bolts. Then to slide the top out I had to remove the front panels of the hardtop and then tilt the rest of the hardtop forward on the roll bars. I balanced it and was able to pull out the soft top. It was sooo sketchy and not recommended at all. The only reason I did this was because I was going on a long distance trip in my new Jeep and nobody was around I had to leave ASAP to avoid traffic.

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