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Old 07-02-2009, 02:46 PM   #31
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Up or down takes 5 minutes or less. The majority of that time is carefully packing the windows in my Bestop window roll.

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Old 07-06-2009, 12:57 PM   #32
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Picked up my JK about a month ago and it's rained every single day since.. up until the holiday weekend. I've removed the top about 5 times and the first time it took me about 10 minutes to get it down, but about 20 minutes to get it up and figure out how everything fits.

After the weekend, I'm down to 8 minutes down, and 12 minutes up - according to the wife. It's really quite easy to do if you have one of the backseats folded down. The part that takes the longest is folding the top so that it sits right. It took a while to figure out that part.

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Old 08-08-2009, 12:22 AM   #33
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TJ soft tops went up and down in a snap, wife and I could do it in about 3 min when rain would start, maybe 1 more minute alone. Unlimited Sahara soft top - HATED IT! More fun wrasslin' a grizzly bear! Too fussy and fiddly and yes, those instructionsAnd with all the metal around you from the 4 doors, it never really felt like it was open anyway. So after 1 summer with soft top, took it off, stored it and never looked back. Hard top with Freedom Panels removed gave virtually the same effect. Just got a 2 dr JK soft top, haven't tried it yet but it doesn't look a great deal different from the TJ so I'm not expecting any problems, except from that darn rear window!
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:46 AM   #34
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I've had my soft top down quite a bit once the weather warmed up. Some of the guys at work think I'm crazy for putting the top down instead of using the AC. I think I've put it down in about 5 minutes and have been able to lock it up in about 7-8 (with added incentive of rain coming) As others have said the intructions for dropping the 4 door top are crap, i asked a guy on the road with his top down how he did it and we pulled off the road and he showed me how to do it. I think the longest/hardest part is lining up side windows and zipping and fastening velcro so it's nice & tight.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:23 AM   #35
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Mine normally takes about 3 minutes to put up or down on a 2DR. I leave it attached. The longest part is taking the windows into my apartment.
I had this same problem and hated having to run up and down the stairs with my windows. Someone got me a window roll bag for xmas and now life is great. Time up and down is about the same but i'm not running around anymore. Can take the windows off any time, anywhere and get to keep em with me. Now if only the doors were that easy to store...
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:57 AM   #36
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I don't know about the JK's for sure, but I'd bet that they make a boot for it too. The boot for my TJ has bags that zip on to hold all 3 windows and it really cleans up the appearance. Also Bestops Trail cover is a lifesaver for those unexpected showers or when it's parked outside overnight and there's a chance of rain. Mine has been well used. Also keeps the cats out
Here's an old pic with the boot on....
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I don't know about the JK's for sure, but I'd bet that they make a boot for it too. The boot for my TJ has bags that zip on to hold all 3 windows and it really cleans up the appearance. Also Bestops Trail cover is a lifesaver for those unexpected showers or when it's parked outside overnight and there's a chance of rain. Mine has been well used. Also keeps the cats out
Here's an old pic with the boot on....
Hmmm that looks great with the boot InferonGirl!

I was wondering when some people say "I just roll up the rear window" when putting the top down...how the heck do you roll up a window that has a zipper that goes one way from right to left?? To be able to roll it up you would need a 2 way zipper that unzips from both ends at the same time...

Please 'splain Lucy...!! (or anyone that rolls up the rear "glass")
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5 min down, 10min up. i recently purchased a bestop cab cover also so i plan on leaving the top folded down in the back for most of the summer.
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Here again, Idk about JK's but on TJ's the zipper has 2 ends, so you unzip each side to the top and roll up the window, and there are two straps attached to the top to secure it. I don't recommend putting the top down with the window rolled up often tho'. The weight of the top can crease the window.
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Here again, Idk about JK's but on TJ's the zipper has 2 ends, so you unzip each side to the top and roll up the window, and there are two straps attached to the top to secure it. I don't recommend putting the top down with the window rolled up often tho'. The weight of the top can crease the window.
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I just went and checked and mine has a 2 way zipper too...

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Old 02-22-2010, 02:52 PM   #41
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There's a group of guys in our back testing area that stand at a buck (Wrangler body, but no mechanicals) and install a top. Then they take it down. Then they reinstall it. Over and over and over. After each install, they hit one of those counters, to keep track.

Obviously they're testing to see how many times a top can be installed.

But my point is this: I bet those guys can put a top up and take it down faster than you can.

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