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Old 07-06-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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i really really hate this hardtop

I dont know how in the world people can easily take the hardtop off by themselves. I hate this freaking thing. I live in a apt so the straps everyone is using is a no go. Anyway on this nice summer day I wanted top take the top off and not only was I burning my hands and back with how hot the top was in the inside but scratched the hell out of my jeep on a door and on the sides because of the weight or shape. I swear this is the 2nd time I have taken it off and it absolutely sucks and takes the fun out of having roof off. I swear if I could either throw this thing off a cliff or trade it for a soft top I would but my lady is having none of it with a little one on the way. Hopefully I can buff the marks out but not sure. I could be just doing it wrong but had to get this rant off my chest. I do know 2 people would be easier but am trying to get it down so that I dont have to rely on anyone if bad weather or good weather happens and nobody is around.

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Old 07-06-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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Sell it. I have both and love the soft top. My brother is always around so he used to help me with the hard top. Not many people take it off by themselves.

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Old 07-06-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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There simply is no correct way to do this yourself. But I think you know that
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:26 PM   #4
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The best way I did it myself was using a heavy duty picnic table....I backed up to the table and picked it up....moved it back the 4' or so it had to go to be off my bed rails and set it down. Taking it off isn't too bad, it's putting it back on that is torture.....that is one heavy sucker when you are trying to gently clear your spare tire and set it down without damaging anything.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:40 PM   #5
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I did the same thing to my jeep. So I bought the best top cart thing with the wheels. It attaches to the hardtop. The casters lock so all I do now is slowly work it back a little until I can tip it down to the ground. I do it all by myself now.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:45 PM   #6
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Sell it. You'll probably make a few bucks after buying the soft top.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:55 PM   #7
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What's the wifey/GF's objection to the soft top? Our whole family does fine with the top up or down, and that includes a rear facing seat with a 6 month old and a 2.5 year old in a front facing.

Last freeway trip my son passed out in his seat so it can't be noise. We live in seattle and it was raining FWIW.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:59 PM   #8
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paint scratches happen, best to get them out of the way early to enjoy your jeep.

My first one was i left my windshield wipers in the upright position after washing the Jeep... Went to check the Oil and mashed the hood into the wiper arms making a couple nice, deep scratches.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:05 PM   #9
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The hard top is not going to protect your baby from anything just so you know..........

point out the sticker "The roof and doors on this vehicle are intended for protection from the elements only" to your wife.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:05 PM   #10
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Too funny. The first time I took my kids around they said dad wont we fall out? I said well you better not.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:21 PM   #11
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It is a PiTA without a hoist. I just took mine off today but i have a hoist. Also be careful with the doors or you will have the cowl dings
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:29 PM   #12
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I have a garage and built my own hoist. Before I did I tried to take my 4dr hard top off with my wife - definitely was not going to end well. I love having dual top - but without a hoist I doubt I would ever change over.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:33 PM   #13
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The hard top is definitely not easy to take on and off. They never were and never will be. I only take mine off once a year and I always have my brother help me with it when I switch to the soft top

As far as additional safety goes, there really is none. If you go upside down that thing will shatter. What will save you is the roll cage. That works the same no matter what top if any is on the jeep. I don't have a child but I've seen many people with children and babies in the back and they seem fine
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:34 PM   #14
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I like the hardtop, with two people it's no problem to lift off and it's so easy! Now assembling my softtop was probably one of the worst experiences of my life, instructions were garbage black and white sketches were awful. Took me 4 hours and a ton of swearing to get it together and then when it was on it looked like a crappy tent I like it a little better now that I'm used to it but it seems like it always wants to fight back, zippers get caught, it's impossible to clean mud just imbeds into it and my rear window is zipped up with the teeth misaligned so I can't remove it. The only thing that's nice is I can be anywhere and zip it all down and go topless. Don't hate that hardtop till youve tried a soft top
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #15
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Get a Soft Top - Use Hardtop Only Coldest Months

Here's a woman's perspective...We had the hard top on 2 days, took it off to use the soft top until there is a chance of snow (seeing as how we are in SE PA and have seen almost none the last 2 years I am thinking it will be on for all of a couple months). My advice is to get a soft top (keep the hard for now) and let the lady see it is just fine. The roll cage is your protection. She just needs to see for herself rather than you tell her. That is the way we roll. Since you can keep the soft top on all the time, even with the hard top on, it should not be too hard a sell.
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Hard top is garbage. Sell it.
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Hard top is garbage. Sell it.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:32 PM   #18
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i fabricated a bracket that slides into an engine puller. lifts the top right off. First time using it was a challenge, and led to some battle wounds on my Jeep, but it got much easier the second time.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #19
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I had to take my hardtop off to get the soft top out when I first bought it. When you get the dual top option the soft top comes inside and you have to get it out or you'll damage the soft top. Keep in mind my JKUR came lifted with 35's so it was even more of a bitch getting off than the stock height. Had to have a friend help me. After taking off the hard top, getting the soft top out from the back and putting the hard top back on I said F this, this top is never coming off again. Sold the soft top and aint looking back. I don't particularly like the way the 4 door look topless anyway.
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got a cowl ding yesterday. DAGGER!
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:16 AM   #21
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Here's a woman's perspective...We had the hard top on 2 days, took it off to use the soft top until there is a chance of snow (seeing as how we are in SE PA and have seen almost none the last 2 years I am thinking it will be on for all of a couple months). My advice is to get a soft top (keep the hard for now) and let the lady see it is just fine. The roll cage is your protection. She just needs to see for herself rather than you tell her. That is the way we roll. Since you can keep the soft top on all the time, even with the hard top on, it should not be too hard a sell.
You can't keep both on at the same time. If you order dual tops, they come shipped that way (to save space) with an explicit warning to not use both at the same time.

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OP, best bet is to get some help, or just remove the freedom panels.

Without a hoist, is a nearly impossible to do by yourself without scratching or breaking something.

I have my soft top on right now, but I really like the hard top.

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