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Old 09-19-2009, 12:29 AM
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Can I offroad with the hard-top?

hello folks. Just registered this evening because wifey and I bought a 2000 wrangler 2 weeks ago. We're going to Moab utah for vacation again this year and finally we have a jeep! Question is this....can we offroad rock climb etc with the hard-top on the vehicle or do we need to leave it home? Our rag is in pretty bad shape and I'm currently watching some on e-bay.
just concerned about body flex and this rigid fiberglass top. If it is an issue can I unclasp it from the windshield frame and loosen the bolts holding it down to avoid any problems? Does anyone have experience with this?
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:39 AM   #2
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No worries and welcome to WF! Your Wrangler has a strong full steel frame under the body which makes it more than strong enough for a hard top while offroad. Though I sold my hard top last year, I wheeled with the hard top plenty when I had it and never an issue. Go for it.

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x2. Only issue you may have (probably not in Moab) with a hard top would be puttin' a rock thru the window (and I don't mean a flying rock, I mean a boulder attempting to enter the interior of the jeep).

Breaking a window would be pretty much the worst of your worries with a hard top.
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x3.. I have even done a flop over in mine to the side.. it was CJ, but top was fine...
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Back in the 80's I layed my CJ-5 on her side after hitting black ice on the interstate and ground a huge hole through the back corner of the fiberglass top and busted the side glass out but those hillbilly C-clamps kept the top on the Jeep and my seatbelt kept my butt in place. What a ride that was!
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i have no issues with me hardtop. only complaint i have is the squeaking that it makes when i flex it out. i could probably put some sort of lube up on the windshield header seal and it would stop, but then again, im too lazy to do it soemtimes and i forget about it when the top is off...

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You can wheel with the hard top no problem. The only issues most the guys with have tops is they are heavy, and expensive. Especially if you are planning to run the tougher trails, I'd put the soft top on as I'd rather ruin something I can replace for less than half the coin.
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I have no problem with mine either.
Just like crazyredneck said though, mine creeks pretty good too.

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