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Old 04-30-2014, 12:29 AM   #1
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What is an easy soft top to handle

I hurt my arm pretty bad and it is very difficult for me to takeoff/put on the hard-top that came with my 2013 2Dr.. I need to sell or trade my hard-top for a soft top. Which soft-top seems to be the easiest to handle, take off/put on, lightweight, etc. ?

I'm new here so if this thread has already been posted, then I do apologize for the redundancy. I could really use some help on this topic.

Thanks folks, appreciate any feedback.

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Old 04-30-2014, 12:38 AM   #2
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I would say the premium factory soft top; check Craigslist in your area. They can sometimes be found for $750-1000.
Also, lots of great info: Soft Top HELP!!!

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Since the soft tops are manual, they all require some work to put up/down.

Maybe find a dealership that would be willing to demo the procedure for you to make sure you can do it?

I would not be able to put it up/down one handed, although many of the operations are very stress free on the offhand.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:12 AM   #4
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I would say the premium factory soft top; check Craigslist in your area. They can sometimes be found for $750-1000.
Also, lots of great info: Soft Top HELP!!!
Thanks very much. This article is fantastic ! After reading, I think I agree with you that the premium factory top might be a good way to go. The spring action can help a lot. It also appears that I can just take the windows out and fold it back, allowing me to open the whole top without disengaging the whole top.
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there is a auto soft top for the two door now. saw it at jeep beach
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:14 AM   #6
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Since the soft tops are manual, they all require some work to put up/down.

Maybe find a dealership that would be willing to demo the procedure for you to make sure you can do it?

I would not be able to put it up/down one handed, although many of the operations are very stress free on the offhand.
Ok, cool. I will probably go back to the dealer where I bought the Jeep and ask if they can demo 1 for me. I watched a youtube video this morning and it seems easy enough as long as I don't try to disengage the whole thing.
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there is a auto soft top for the two door now. saw it at jeep beach
Perfect. Are there any links to it as of yet that you know of ?
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dont have a link
Ok no worries, I'll do some searching; if I find any links that work pretty good I'll post them for others to see. Thanks for the tip.
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Hey Mike-7 if ya have a garage get 4 eye lag bolts and a couple ratchet straps. I have maybe $15 in this setup depending on how much ratchets straps are, my ceiling in my garage is low so only needed 10ft straps. I can do this by myself and it takes longer to loosen and remove the screws holding the hardtop down then it does to raise the top off and drive out of the garage.
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Ok no worries, I'll do some searching; if I find any links that work pretty good I'll post them for others to see. Thanks for the tip.
I don't know about the (JK-2door) but Rugged-Ridge put out a power soft top a few years ago, I thought it was only for the JKU(4door). It is/was pricey ($7200+ shipping was lowest I've seen (CARiD).
Maybe they have a JK top now, along with a JKU.
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Hey Mike-7 if ya have a garage get 4 eye lag bolts and a couple ratchet straps. I have maybe $15 in this setup depending on how much ratchets straps are, my ceiling in my garage is low so only needed 10ft straps. I can do this by myself and it takes longer to loosen and remove the screws holding the hardtop down then it does to raise the top off and drive out of the garage.
That is awesome !! THAT is exactly what I need ! Good grief I can not tell you how much I want to go install that system in your pictures into my garage right now. I am assuming you did that work yourself....did you just put the bolts into the studs in the frame of your garage and attach straps to the bolts ? The hard-top is extremely heavy to me (then again, I am only using 1 arm), did you have any issues with the bolts coming loose or shaking while ratcheting ?
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even easier is this setup. alot more money but may be your ticket.
Lange Power Hoist-a-Top 014-601 (07-14 Wrangler JK) - Free Shipping

XTRyan on here is one of our vendors and a super dude. hell hook you up. there is a non powered version too.
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Hey Mike-7 if ya have a garage get 4 eye lag bolts and a couple ratchet straps. I have maybe $15 in this setup depending on how much ratchets straps are, my ceiling in my garage is low so only needed 10ft straps. I can do this by myself and it takes longer to loosen and remove the screws holding the hardtop down then it does to raise the top off and drive out of the garage.
I, myself, have explored this option. My only concern would be reinstalling (lowering) the top. Undoing and letting ratchet straps out is not very controlled, cam buckles are another option but require actual manual lifting.
Is there something I'm missing with the ratchet strap method and lowering the hard top?
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I don't know about the (JK-2door) but Rugged-Ridge put out a power soft top a few years ago, I thought it was only for the JKU(4door). It is/was pricey ($7200+ shipping was lowest I've seen (CARiD).
Maybe they have a JK top now, along with a JKU.
Yep, I think you are right, I'm not seeing the 2 door version, but I did see the 4 door version you mentioned. Thanks, if I do see a 2 door version, I'll post it for others to see as well.
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even easier is this setup. alot more money but may be your ticket.
Lange Power Hoist-a-Top 014-601 (07-14 Wrangler JK) - Free Shipping

XTRyan on here is one of our vendors and a super dude. hell hook you up. there is a non powered version too.
Very cool, but yes a little expensive. XTRyan is a username of a member here ? How would I contact him ? Is there a private message thing I can do ?
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Mike-7 no never had them come loose and have had it hanging in the garage for days at a time, the bolts are screwed into my ceiling joists. fdisker - it is a little tricky getting the top up and on just have to take your time and adjust the top as your raising and lowering it, it's pretty surprising how easy it is to move the top around while it's supported by something. I wanted four straps at each corner but my ceiling is too low for that option, this works for me and is a fast way to take my top off on nice days. Like anything find what works best for you guys.
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Very cool, but yes a little expensive. XTRyan is a username of a member here ? How would I contact him ? Is there a private message thing I can do ?
Yes he is. in the upper corner to the right is a thing that says private messages. click there then click new message type his name in and ask him about the hoist.


for the record the power top from Rugged Ridge for the 4 door is 5000 dollars.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:49 AM   #19
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this one is cheaper and you could probably crank it one armed
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:49 AM   #20
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MtnBiker...yes man very very cool idea you have. After seeing that there are powered versions in the market, that might be the way to go for me because I messed up my arm pretty bad overseas and I am worried I might not be able to work straps very well. In any case, what you did is very nice and cheap and if I had use of both arms, I'd try your way first without question.
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Very true mike-7, a powered one might be what you need then. Sorry to hear about your arm, were you in the military overseas?
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Yes he is. in the upper corner to the right is a thing that says private messages. click there then click new message type his name in and ask him about the hoist.


for the record the power top from Rugged Ridge for the 4 door is 5000 dollars.
Not to hijack the thread(sorry OP) but where did you see it for $5000?
I've been keeping my eye on it, but I've only seen it in the $7000-8500 range.
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lee_indy, yeah the cranked version is $100 cheaper so I'll try for that 1 first. I do some more web search too see what is all out in the marketplace. I am going to try the message thing too, I'd like to support vendors affiliated with this site before outside sources....since ya know...this website has already been such a huge help and I've joined less than 24 hours. Can not thank you folks enough.
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Very true mike-7, a powered one might be what you need then. Sorry to hear about your arm, were you in the military overseas?
Well started off in the military then stayed on as civilian...in any case, I'm glad to have served our country (hate when people say "my" country) but I'm happier to be back and driving my JEEP !
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FYI - fdisker...I did my AIT training at Ft. H back in 1999. MOS was 96B...which I think they have now changed to 14Fox. You on the base there Fdisker ?
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Well thank you for your service Mike-7, served in the Navy myself 5 active and 7 reserves. Happy Jeeping and good luck with your mission of open air driving
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Not to hijack the thread(sorry OP) but where did you see it for $5000?
I've been keeping my eye on it, but I've only seen it in the $7000-8500 range.
oops maybe that was a me price..........
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Well thank you for your service Mike-7, served in the Navy myself 5 active and 7 reserves. Happy Jeeping and good luck with your mission of open air driving
Yes brother, thanks to you too, and thanks for getting this started about the hoisting ! This is 100% the way I am going to focus on for the moment and unless I can't afford it, I'll be posting pics of the whatever system I buy.
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Too all the folks who posted here....I really can not thank you enough. I've just joined this website/community less than 24 hours ago and my initial plan was to try to sell the hard-top or trade for a soft-top.

Now after the tremendous help I have received, and the fantastic idea's, I just might be able to keep my hard-top and support a small US business by buying a hoisting unit.....this is a win-win in my book.

I wish there was a way to show my thanks more than just saying "thank you". I am now a member of this community for life and hopefully, I can contribute back in some way.
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there is a auto soft top for the two door now. saw it at jeep beach
I saw that too. I believe I heard they wanted something like 4K for it. I wasn't too impressed with it as it made the side windows smaller and it didn't go all the way down in the back (just below the headrests). I'll see if I can find information about it and let you know.

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