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Old 09-05-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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This weekend I purchased a hard top for my son's YJ. We bought the Jeep used last year and it only had a soft top. I think that it only every had a soft top. We purchased the top from a guy in VA and had to go there to pick it up. The only real way we had to get it home was to put it on the Jeep. I turns out that we had to take all of the hardware for the soft top off of the jeep before putting the hard top on. It took me about 2 hours in the humid VA air....PIA!

While I was doing this, I was thinking about the Jeep I ordered (2012 JKU) Please tell me that they have designed the Jeep to have integrated hardware for the soft top, so that it does not need to be removed to put the hard top on...fingers crossed.

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No BUT it is very simple to change over.
My 07 had the hard top on it when I bought it.
If I recall there is only 2 brackets that install to the side bars (mine were still on)
The used top I bought was easily switched over from one jeep to another.
I do think if your jeep is ordered with the duel top, the soft top will be folded up in the rear but MUST be removed per manual for risk of damage.

If the soft top is ordered separately it might take a little time assembling it

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Negative. The hardware must be removed. The good news is that if you are going to do it frequently, they make a kit for quicker removal.
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Negative. The hardware must be removed. The good news is that if you are going to do it frequently, they make a kit for quicker removal.
bummer...thanks guys. I will have to look into the quick change kit.
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Will these work for 2012?
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Negative. The hardware must be removed. The good news is that if you are going to do it frequently, they make a kit for quicker removal.
I have both tops. There are minor things that have to be done for the switch over.

The six anchors that hold the hard top to the tub I remove so that they don't get lost over the summer.

The front of the permanent part of the hard top is bolted in. I don't recall if those spots are used to bolt anything on the soft top but if not, I put the bolts back in and tighten to keep them there. I seem to recall there is some plastic knob screw that holds the door surround in that attaches there. In that case, the bolts are stored with the hard top hardware. Other than the door surrounds which pretty much go on and off with the soft top, I can't think of anything else that has to be changed or modified.

The changeover is pretty easy compared to the YJ. I have a YJ and I agree, it is a PIA even without the humidity. For the love of a jeep, though, it's a labor pain that is totally worth doing.
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I have both tops. There are minor things that have to be done for the switch over.

The six anchors that hold the hard top to the tub I remove so that they don't get lost over the summer.

The front of the permanent part of the hard top is bolted in. I don't recall if those spots are used to bolt anything on the soft top but if not, I put the bolts back in and tighten to keep them there. I seem to recall there is some plastic knob screw that holds the door surround in that attaches there. In that case, the bolts are stored with the hard top hardware. Other than the door surrounds which pretty much go on and off with the soft top, I can't think of anything else that has to be changed or modified.

The changeover is pretty easy compared to the YJ. I have a YJ and I agree, it is a PIA even without the humidity. For the love of a jeep, though, it's a labor pain that is totally worth doing.
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