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Old 09-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Just took my delivery of my first ever Jeep a week ago, a 2013 Commando Green with black hard top Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.

Am I right in assuming that to get the soft top out of the car that I have to take the hard top off? It's still wrapped up as it came new from the factory and from what I can tell, there would be no way of getting it through the back of the jeep without the roof off. The DVD that came with the Jeep says as much, just wondering for short cuts, didn't expect to have to take the hard top off before winter.


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Old 09-22-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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I've never heard of anyone doing it but I'm sure there's some guys with the hardtop interior and glass scratched up from trying.

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Old 09-22-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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Get a few friends to help. You will need to remove the freedom panels, but, the rear section only needs to be lifted up a foot or so to get the soft top out.

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Old 09-22-2013, 01:52 PM   #4
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Cool. Will do thanks. Better safe than sorry.

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Old 09-22-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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Don't know if you have a garage or not. If so, I'd recommend the roof hoist system. Since you've got both tops (like me) you'll be swapping them twice a year. Now I can swap whenever I want and don't have to find helpers
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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Yes, the shortcut way is to have 3 people. Remove the freedom panels, unhook the wiring and washer hose, unbolt the 8 bolts. Go inside and make sure the spring assist retaining straps are hooked up, without them you'll release the springs which is a huge pain to get back straight afterwards. They are small staps so a snap on one end, and a loop on the other. The loop end goes over a hook on the soft top bracket at the roll bar. After getting the straps hooked, remove the 4 bolts that you can see from looking inside the rear doors. They face towards the front of the Jeep. Once the bolts are in removed, slide the bracket up to disengage the T shaped part from the roll bar brackets. Be ready for the spring assist to snatch tight against the strap I mentioned before. Now have 2 people, one on each side lift the top up, and have the 3 rd person slide the soft top out the back. Then you can set the hard top back down and reattach it.

If you have a garage, getting a hoist is definitely a good idea. I have the harken Hoist and works great, makes changing tops a snap.

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Old 11-06-2013, 06:38 AM   #7
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Its not a big deal to remove top. Its just hard to balance. I have a 2013 Dual top. I recommend removing and doing a dry run of soft top operation, plus picture op. I was able to remove with the help of my 115 Lb wife. (No scratches.) Recomment using pool Noodles, (Slice and place between top and jeep, avoid pinching.)

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