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Old 03-20-2010, 03:49 PM   #1
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convert softtop to hardtop

i have a 97 tj and and i want to convert the soft top to a hard top. is it just a simple bolt on after i find and buy a hardtop or will in need additional frame/mounting brackets ect?

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Old 03-20-2010, 03:54 PM   #2
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easy bolt on. 6 bolts 3 per side (torx head of corse) and the same 2 front laches as your soft top just did the switch myself. so much quieter and honestly rides a little nicer.

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Old 03-20-2010, 03:59 PM   #3
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just make sure you get the right TJ years, different year groups will give you different wiring setups and all. I dont know the specifics but search through this forum (note dont put up another post, theres been a 1000 threads on this subject)
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:05 PM   #5
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do you have full hard doors? Or do you have soft uppers? If you have soft uppers you may want to look into getting full hard doors along with the hardtop.
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Some of us believe that the better change is to get rid of the softtop completly and just go with a bikini top. But I guess putting on a hard top is Ok too....... If you're into those things.....
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:53 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by curleystj View Post
easy bolt on. 6 bolts 3 per side (torx head of corse) and the same 2 front laches as your soft top just did the switch myself. so much quieter and honestly rides a little nicer.
What size torx? My TJ didn't come with an owner's manual.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:48 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by mtramme

What size torx? My TJ didn't come with an owner's manual.
You can use regular bolts to hold it down. Get some fender washers and wing nuts , that way you don't need any tools to remove or install it


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