Hey guys, I've finally found a TJ and will be picking it up later this week. It's got a factory hard top as well as an almost new Bestop on factory frame/hardware. I'm trying to plan ahead for picking it up, and am hoping to avoid taking a trailer to bring the hard top back.
My question is, if the side and rear windows are removed and the soft top is folded back nicely, will the hard top go on over it? I feel like I've heard that that's how they were shipped from the factory if they have both, but I could be wrong. It's not ideal and I'm sure there could be some rubbing if it goes, but I'm trying to avoid A) taking a trailer 3 hours each way if I don't have to, and possibly risking damaging the hardtop with it off the Jeep or B) making a second trip at a later date to get the hard top.
Also, I suppose I could take the soft top off completely (if the frame and top could fit inside somehow) and then drive it home with the hard top on. But I'd rather not if I don't have to, since I'll want the soft top on the Jeep for the time being. Thanks for any help/insight you can offer
If done properly the soft top should almost entirely fit below the rails. Only the header is above, and you should be able to fit the hard top on with care. See the pic of my soft top folded down. The roll on top is my cloverfield window roll. Just carefully remove your windows and lay in the back. Take some towels with you to layer between them so they don't scratch.
Glad to help. No real secrets. The owners manual details it pretty well. Once the drip rail retainers are free and the header latches are loose, remove all the windows. Fold the rear sails inside-out over the top and fold sides inward. As the bows fold down make sure to tuck the top between them. Just takes a little practice. Be sure the drip rails are folded in as well. I made three paracord straps to wrap around and contain my top to minimize the spaces it takes.
No tools are required to remove the surrounds. They are held on by two large knobs.
Also, one tip for putting soft top back up, is to clip the header latches into their slots, but don't tighten down. This will make it easier to attach sails, etc.
I can never get my top folded down as far as some can, my rear window doesnt come out, and it doesnt fold down right. it takes about 3 mines to remove the 4 torx to take the frame off. so if worst comes to worst store it in the jeep somehow and then keep the hard top on.
Ryan - A good eye, a light foot, and a smart rig. Bolt-ons are boring