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Old 05-24-2013, 09:18 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by CapnRich22 View Post
when i need to do it quick, i just put it on my shoulders and walk out the back.. and same to put it back on.. i'm 6'3 230lbs so it doesn't seem too hard for me, but when i have time, i hoist it.
I did it that way also when I got my TJ way back in 03. It was kind of a PITA and I never put it back on so I sold it. Hated the hard top. Didn't even get one for the JK.

Years ago I had an 81 Bronco and the top removed the same way as a hardtop Jeep. It was about twice as big as the TJ's but it was definitely easier than the Jeep to remove that way. Or maybe I was just younger.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:27 AM   #32
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I realize this is an old thread, but I did this myself last night and thought I would add my 2 cents.

I was able to remove the hard top on my JK by myself. It wasn't too bad, I just put several blankets down on the ground immediately behind the Jeep, undid the fasteners, and lifted the top slightly so that I could put some old bath towels between the hard top and the sides of the jeep, enabling me to slide it backward easily without damaging the paint.

Then with the gate fully open, I sat on the back edge of the interior facing out the rear of the jeep, closed the back glass, and slid the top foward carefully until it was near the balance point. Then I just lifted it with my head and two hands and walked a step or two before kneeling and setting it down on the blankets. It ended with me lying on the ground underneath the top and lifting the glass so I could crawl out from under it, but I was done.

It was heavy, but I'm not a strong guy (6'3", 200lbs) and I was able to carry it a couple of steps without an issue. From there, I just scooted it up onto a furniture dolly and rolled it into its storage location. You just have to be careful to keep it balanced, and to make sure the top is totally clear of the Jeep before you start to lower it to the ground.

Getting it off can be done with one person. I don't think I'd want to try to put it back ON the Jeep that way, though.

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Old 04-07-2014, 06:14 PM   #33
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I'm thinking of making a hinged frame with heavy duty slide extensions that would slip under each side of the hard top and let you roll it back. once you clear the spare tire, close the glass and let the hinge pivot the top to the ground, sitting vertically on a furniture dolly. Just need to work out the balance & supports, but here are the slides - 36" full extension with 500# load capacity (422.10.990)

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