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Old 09-22-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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Is there a way for one person to put up/take down freedom top on an Unlimited

I hope this isnt a stupid question, but as the title states, is there a way to put up and take down the soft top on a Wrangler Unlimited with just one person doing it?

If not, is there another top that allows the same thing?

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Old 09-22-2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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you talking about the 2 pieces at the front or the whole top?

i have taken the whole top off by myself and put it on once by my self, its difficult and you can scratch your paint if your not careful and did i mention its really heavy for one person? its tough, im 6' 220 lbs and i can lift it off with some difficulty but managed. i did scratch the jeep once though.

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Old 09-22-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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I'm sorry.... I meant the soft top (i did write Freedom......but I meant the soft top)
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:14 PM   #4
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I have a two door with the freedom hard top and I have not been able to remove/put back on my jeep without the help of someone else. The only way I can see you doing it is by getting under it with all the weight on you shoulders, but then you do run a hugh risk of scratching the paint like yj-genral said. The best way would be to get a hoist like many of the people here have. I am looking into getting one some time in the near future.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:15 PM   #5
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Oh, haha scratch what I just posted then!
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:18 PM   #7
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it is possible.

what i may find to be the easiest way, may not work for you or someone else though. I take the first part, and fold it over the rear seat area. I then climb in the back seat area, and push the top up, and slowly fold it down to the back. I then do the whole securing bit, etc.

there are plenty of videos on that video site that show how to do it. one guy does it in like 3 minutes by himself.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:22 PM   #8
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Yes, I do it all the time. To put up, stand on the middle rear seat, reach over and grab the top, pulling it over to the middle catches (the freedom latches). Then move to the front seat and pull the rest of the way, aligning and locking those freedom latches, then the front latches.
To put down, reverse the process by undoing the front and middle (freedom) latches while in the front seat, then move to the rear middle seat and drop it down.
Pretty simple really, just involves climbing in and out of front and rear seat areas. There' an extra fold required to get the top to fit properly when down, but I do this after I've dropped it down. There's a video on Youtube on how to do it all from the outside. That never worked without finger pinches for me.
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:13 PM   #9
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I put mine up and take it down all the time by myself. I normally just open the tailgate and stand to one side of the rear of the Jeep and grab one of the arms and grab the back of the top and lift up. I will get the arms to just rest on the top tracks and then I just go to the sides of the jeep and make sure the arms are in the tracks properly. It takes a couple of times to get it down pat. But I can put the top up in about 5-10 minutes and that includes putting the windows in.

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Old 09-22-2010, 02:30 PM   #10
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I have a 2010 Unlimited and the first time I tried it it was a nightmare, and happened to be in a downpour, so that didn't help. However, since then I have put up the soft top by myself numerous times and it goes up pretty quickly and easily. I open the tailgate and then will get in the back seat, grab the soft top as close as I can to each side and then pull it up and make sure it gets in the track and lock it in. I have gotten it down now where I don't need to stand in the back seat and can just muscle it up from one side and get it into the track. From start to finish, including windows, can have it done in less then 5 minutes.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:12 AM   #11
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In my opinion the hardest part has become the friggin' rear window. Getting it unzipped to take off then zipped back up.
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In my opinion the hardest part has become the friggin' rear window. Getting it unzipped to take off then zipped back up.
Especially if the previous owner (or dealer) had put the back window on with the zipper about 2 pr 3 teeth off... so that the zipper pulls won't slide over the metal ends as designed. THAT was fun!

Anyways, as has already been pointed out, putting the top down gets easier each time you do it. After only a couple of weeks with my Jeep ('10 JKU), I've gotten pretty adept at it.
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