Top fitament across model years - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 01-15-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
Jeeper
 
gluestick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 715
Top fitament across model years

I have a question about tops. I am talking to a guy about trading his '11 soft top for my '08 hard top. I believe I have read that the soft tops are fully compatiple across the model years so long as you get the surround/header kit that came with the top, however I thought I had also read abut fitment issues with the "older" hard tops and newer models, based on the "D" shaped clips on the top of the inside of the windshield being different. I don't want to waste my time or his and need to seek help from the experts. Do I have this all squirreled up?

Thanks

gluestick is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
cavsvet74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Naperville
Posts: 1,276
Images: 5
There was a change to the way the tops attached to the windshield. I don't remember what year that occurred.

You can attach the freedom panels of the hard top without the rest of the hard top needing to be installed. There is a flip down "foot" on the back of each panel that rests on the sound bar for when the full top is not on the Jeep.

Meet up with your buddy and see if the panels will fit on his Jeep. That should be a good indication if the swap will work.

__________________
Determination: the feeling you get right before you do something incredibly stupid.
cavsvet74 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:22 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
gluestick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 715
Quote:
Originally Posted by cavsvet74 View Post
There was a change to the way the tops attached to the windshield. I don't remember what year that occurred.

You can attach the freedom panels of the hard top without the rest of the hard top needing to be installed. There is a flip down "foot" on the back of each panel that rests on the sound bar for when the full top is not on the Jeep.

Meet up with your buddy and see if the panels will fit on his Jeep. That should be a good indication if the swap will work.
My "buddy" lives 3 hours away, so it won't be a casual visit the first and last time we meet. My only real Jeep buddy drives an '07 2 door...
gluestick is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
Dont forget a Jack strap

WF Supporting Member
 
jkaufman_95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: On the Road,
Posts: 30,846
The hinges in the front of the 11/12's is different, but idk if it works or doesn't work with older models, the 11/12 are way different inside (nicer), kinda like I doubt the doors are compatible
__________________
Do I look like a cat to you boy? Am I jumpin' around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree? Am I drinking milk from a saucer? DO YOU SEE ME EATING MICE?
jkaufman_95 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:29 AM   #5
Jeeper
 
cavsvet74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Naperville
Posts: 1,276
Images: 5
Sorry Gluestick, I don't know why I assumed you knew this guy. Do you know anyone with a 2010, 11 or 12 Wrangler you can try this with?

Or, wait for somebody who really knows what they're talking about to answer.
__________________
Determination: the feeling you get right before you do something incredibly stupid.
cavsvet74 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:32 AM   #6
Dont forget a Jack strap

WF Supporting Member
 
jkaufman_95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: On the Road,
Posts: 30,846
Quote:
Originally Posted by cavsvet74

Or, wait for somebody who really knows what they're talking about to answer.
I'm just here to up my post count
__________________
Do I look like a cat to you boy? Am I jumpin' around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree? Am I drinking milk from a saucer? DO YOU SEE ME EATING MICE?
jkaufman_95 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:45 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
gluestick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 715
I thought I had read that '09 or '10 and newer have an additional clip on the top middle by the windshield to help keep it quiet and water tight, but was not essential to fit the top. If the deal goes through, we would meet and swap tops on the spot. I would hate to waste an afternoon to find out we are wasting our time and then put everyone's top back on
gluestick is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 08:49 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
cavsvet74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Naperville
Posts: 1,276
Images: 5
I hear ya. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

As a side note, your hard top is worth a lot more than his soft top.
__________________
Determination: the feeling you get right before you do something incredibly stupid.
cavsvet74 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 09:30 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
gluestick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 715
Quote:
Originally Posted by cavsvet74 View Post

As a side note, your hard top is worth a lot more than his soft top.
He is offering me his top (2 months old) plus $400. I was thinking more like $600. There is nothing wrong at all with my top and it is perfectly leak free. Does this sound reasonable? I just got this crazy idea the other day and don't know what used hard tops are going for nowadays.

Thanks
gluestick is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 09:51 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
CorvusCorax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Shediac, NB, Can
Posts: 173
I have a hardtop off a 2007 on my 2011...it fits fine with no leaks other than the passenger side door which leaks with the soft top on also.
CorvusCorax is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-15-2012, 10:10 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
cavsvet74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Naperville
Posts: 1,276
Images: 5
Just an fyi, Quadratec has new Mopar soft top for around $1500. Hard top is around $2300, new Mopar also.
I can't say what used are going for, I haven't been in the market.
I hope this works out for you. Good luck.

__________________
Determination: the feeling you get right before you do something incredibly stupid.
cavsvet74 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2.5L Jeep Engine - which years are the same JeepnUSA YJ Tech Forum 0 06-22-2011 03:25 PM
Upgrading the Sound System between model years TerrorJ2001 TJ General Discussion Forum 10 01-07-2011 08:37 AM
84 Years Old and Still Driving His First Car lost Off-Topic 4 08-24-2007 10:22 AM
97 TJ tons of Extras *must sell* Michigan Crawler97 Classifieds Archive 3 10-19-2005 11:00 AM


logo carid shop wrangler parts carid fender flares custom wheels store avs deflectors at carid
» Rates
Get low rates on auto insurance in Canada!

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:38 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC