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Old 06-19-2009, 08:48 PM   #1
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How fast can you take the 4D Unlimited top front panel off?

Hi,

How long does it take you to take your hardtop front panel off, so that the front two seats of the four door Unlimiteds are sunny?

I'm interested in the amount of time it takes seasoned owners, who regularly take the top off and put it back on. How many minutes would you say it takes you? Just the front panel, not the whole thing.

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Old 06-19-2009, 09:57 PM   #2
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less than five minutes i would think, i havent really timed it or any thing but its pretty simple, i had a little trouble with mine at first cause the two screw in bolts in the sound bar were really on there tight but after i took it on and off a couple of times its really quite easy now.

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Old 06-19-2009, 10:45 PM   #3
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My record is 15 seconds!
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My record is 15 seconds!
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:55 AM   #5
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it take me about five minutes +/- . never "timed" myself same when my wife does it. doesnt take very long at all.
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My record is 15 seconds!
yeah i am gonna need to see some footage as well
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Unscrewing/clipping them and flooring it down the highway doesn't count!

Maybe a minute or 2- they're pretty easy- just remember, remove the driver's side first Also, the Mopar storage cover ($85 or so retail) is a great thing to have- keeps them from scratching up, and stores them behind the backseat, attached to the rear headrests and seat base- cool! Mark W.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:16 PM   #8
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It only takes a minute or so to get both panels off. The hard part is farting around trying to get them in the Mopar storage bag --that's why I often just lay them in the back sandwiched with the storage bag between them...

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^^ What steve said. I take mine off and put them in the Mopar bag in between 10 and 15 minutes when I take my time. If in a rush, I like the idea of the bag sandwich mentioned by steve, thanks for the great idea. Bag sandwich probably shortens the time down to between 2 and 5 minutes.

My tops are in pretty much original condition. Got a few scratches on them when early in the season I didn't have the bag and put them in the back where they slid around and got some minor scratches. Probably will make no hill of beans of difference in the long run after about 10 to 15 years of ownership. At that time I'll probably be wondering why I toiled over it so much. Isn't that always the way of ownership for most of us? Try and preserve the new look (and resale value) at the beginning and then eventually throw caution to the wind and just use it.
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Unscrewing/clipping them and flooring it down the highway doesn't count!

Maybe a minute or 2- they're pretty easy- just remember, remove the driver's side first Also, the Mopar storage cover ($85 or so retail) is a great thing to have- keeps them from scratching up, and stores them behind the backseat, attached to the rear headrests and seat base- cool! Mark W.

It still wouldn't be under 15 seconds... it takes 10 sec to get to 60 mph
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Two minutes is about right. I leave the big screws out all the time so I just flip the clips and toss each panel on my lawn.
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Yea under 5 mins, takes more time to decide if you should take them with you or leave them at home. I will say one thing though the engineers mess up with the front clip and the sunviser, and its not like they need much space either, i would guess a 1/4 in would have allowed enough clearance.
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About 2 minutes.
I was thinking though it would be nice to have the front pannels as one piece that just slides above the back piece... and stays there and whenever you feel like just put it back on. Even on the highway... that will beat the 15"... I
'm sure they will do that on the next models, the system should be something easy, actually.
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Yea under 5 mins, takes more time to decide if you should take them with you or leave them at home. I will say one thing though the engineers mess up with the front clip and the sunviser, and its not like they need much space either, i would guess a 1/4 in would have allowed enough clearance.
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Unscrewing/clipping them and flooring it down the highway doesn't count!

Maybe a minute or 2- they're pretty easy- just remember, remove the driver's side first Also, the Mopar storage cover ($85 or so retail) is a great thing to have- keeps them from scratching up, and stores them behind the backseat, attached to the rear headrests and seat base- cool! Mark W.
HEY! he didn't ask if the freedom tops were usable again!

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