Originally Posted by daggo66
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.