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Old 05-29-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy Hard Top

Does anyone have an alternative way to secure the hard top to the frame besides using the cumbersome torque bolts and nuts which take forever to remove?

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Old 05-29-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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There was a fast ht removal kit that used C clamps. You can also remove the torque bolts and replace them with regular ones which is what i'd rather do if i take off the top often. If you take it off often enough to where regular bolts are a pain, then you need a soft top. If you find the right bolts they will not be tight like the stock torx bolts so instead of having to crank on them all the time you will be able to hand tighten them until they are somewhat tight and then use a wrench to finish them.

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Old 05-29-2008, 07:39 PM   #3
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any ol C-clamps from a hardware store would do it
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Nope they wont. The top relies on those bolts to hold it centered. If you put any c clamp they wont center it. They will keep it on there however there will be nothing stopping it from sliding sideways (besides the clamps at the front window)
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:16 PM   #5
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I use (4) 3/8-16 x 2" long bolts for the rear and (2) 1/4-20 x 2'' for the 2 front bolts...

I stick the bolt up thru the tub and top add a 3/8 fender washer and spin the nut down with my fingers...

same thing for the fronts but i use a 1/4" fender washer...

after i get them all on finger tight i just tighten them a little bit with a wrench..

takes about 10 mins to do them all.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:28 PM   #6
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This is what I have on Mine.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:17 AM   #7
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I am with Triple88A. If you take the top off that often maybe you should consider the soft top as a viable solution to your dilema. I have had my hard top off twice sense I bought my Jeep it really is not that bad dealing with the bolts. Besides the bolts do a better job then any c-clamp at holding the top in place.
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:45 AM   #8
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I replaced the torx head bolts with philips head bolts, and I think things go pretty smoothly. I was able to get the same size philips head as the torx head ones, so everything still fits snug.
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I use (4) 3/8-16 x 2" long bolts for the rear and (2) 1/4-20 x 2'' for the 2 front bolts...

I stick the bolt up thru the tub and top add a 3/8 fender washer and spin the nut down with my fingers...

same thing for the fronts but i use a 1/4" fender washer...

after i get them all on finger tight i just tighten them a little bit with a wrench..

takes about 10 mins to do them all.
I use bolts and fender washers too but I use wingnuts and it works just fine.

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