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Old 06-03-2013, 11:05 PM   #1
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Hard top usage question.

If i put the soft top down, will i be able to put the hard top over it?

I ask because i just purchased, a hard top 5 hours away and i need to drive togo get it, and i dont want to drive that far with the top off. (not that i cant) just preference,

I had my friend buy and pick it up for me, and he went through a lot of miss fourtune, not fitting in his van by inches, having the uhual place close before he could get a truck. The seller of the top was a very nice guy, and he felt bad that i couldnt get it that he offered to let us borrow his trailer, and all kinds of other things. Because we went though all this, he felt bad enough (and wanted it out of his garage too im sure) he took some money off, and threw in bikini top thing.

Some people are just so nice. Wish there were more people like that around.

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:09 PM   #2
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If you carefully tuck the soft top inside the tub you should be able to fit the hard top on. But remember to take off your door surrounds before you try to put the hard top on

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:13 AM   #3
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why risk the chance of it not fitting when you get there? The soft top including frame can be removed in one piece easily by folding back and removing the 4 bolts on the roll bar.
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I can't see why it wouldn't fit with the soft top folded down. My 03 came from the factory with both tops installed at the same time.
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If i put the soft top down, will i be able to put the hard top over it?

I ask because i just purchased, a hard top 5 hours away and i need to drive togo get it, and i dont want to drive that far with the top off. (not that i cant) just preference,

I had my friend buy and pick it up for me, and he went through a lot of miss fourtune, not fitting in his van by inches, having the uhual place close before he could get a truck. The seller of the top was a very nice guy, and he felt bad that i couldnt get it that he offered to let us borrow his trailer, and all kinds of other things. Because we went though all this, he felt bad enough (and wanted it out of his garage too im sure) he took some money off, and threw in bikini top thing.

Some people are just so nice. Wish there were more people like that around.
I don't know if it will fit with both installed. I know the door surrounds will need to be removed at least. Depending on if you have anyone in the Jeep with you, I have fit a full soft top in a TJ with the hardtop on and 2 other passengers before. Granted it was only a 2 hour drive, not 5 but it worked good enough for us.

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Old 06-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #6
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My plan of action was to take the back window out before i leave. ( i think there is less top movement, I have a huge air pressure theory on it but that's for another day.)

I just dont want to be in this guys garage, looking dumb, messing around trying to take the top off completely when ive never done it before, if i can just put it down.

Door surrounds should come off easy enough.

Now im sure this has been asked a million times, but here it is again.

The top is from an 03 and my jeep is an 06. I know it should fit. correct me if im wrong.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:40 AM   #7
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As long as it's TJ to TJ you're good to go, if it's an LJ to TJ you're out of luck.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:43 AM   #8
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I have both and the soft top will fold neatly inside and the hard top will fit over all. Again the surrounds must come off but that is minor.
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Can the soft top be taken off and packed in the Jeep?
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:41 PM   #10
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Can the soft top be taken off and packed in the Jeep?
Doing so amounts to "EXTRA WORK". as in the removal of the Roll Bar
mounting Bolts. The Soft Top would still be stored / carried in the exact
same fashion as it would if the Top were only folded down, one, side to
side fit. Trying to carry the Top front to rear won't work / fit, unless you
have one end hanging out the rear Hard Top Window, over the Spare Tire,
or the other end up into the Front Seat area. A tape measure would
confirm this in about 5 minutes.
NOW THEN ---- If your suggesting / meaning as a means to just carry the Top
"in-case" you would want to install it down the road, say for instance, taking a
Road Trip, or Trail Ride, and it starts to Rain. That would entail removing the
Canvas from the frame as you would do if you were replacing the top.
(EVEN MORE WORK INVOLVED) Then you would STILL have the Framework
of the top to deal with. Not practical at all.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:11 PM   #11
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Me and a buddy picked up a Hard top for his TJ one times and We had to remove the soft top. We tries to fit it but could not. So I dont know what every else has done but we had to remove the top and kinda fanagle the thing into the Cab.
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A stock rag top will fit under the stock hard top. Go out and fold down the soft top and see where the top of the bows end up. Inside the tailgate or hanging over the back. The material will fold up inside just fine.
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If it is an OEM softtop and hardtop then it will fit no problem. I have folded my '03 softtop and my '06 sunrider top down and installed the hardtop over it on seperate ocassions without issue.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:05 PM   #14
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If i put the soft top down, will i be able to put the hard top over it?

I ask because i just purchased, a hard top 5 hours away and i need to drive togo get it, and i dont want to drive that far with the top off. (not that i cant) just preference,

I had my friend buy and pick it up for me, and he went through a lot of miss fourtune, not fitting in his van by inches, having the uhual place close before he could get a truck. The seller of the top was a very nice guy, and he felt bad that i couldnt get it that he offered to let us borrow his trailer, and all kinds of other things. Because we went though all this, he felt bad enough (and wanted it out of his garage too im sure) he took some money off, and threw in bikini top thing.

Some people are just so nice. Wish there were more people like that around.
Just did the same thing you will be doing and it worked out fine. It had the soft top on when I looked at it and I had them slip the hard top on for transportation purposes.

No worries
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Doing so amounts to "EXTRA WORK". as in the removal of the Roll Bar
mounting Bolts. The Soft Top would still be stored / carried in the exact
same fashion as it would if the Top were only folded down, one, side to
side fit. Trying to carry the Top front to rear won't work / fit, unless you
have one end hanging out the rear Hard Top Window, over the Spare Tire,
or the other end up into the Front Seat area. A tape measure would
confirm this in about 5 minutes.
NOW THEN ---- If your suggesting / meaning as a means to just carry the Top
"in-case" you would want to install it down the road, say for instance, taking a
Road Trip, or Trail Ride, and it starts to Rain. That would entail removing the
Canvas from the frame as you would do if you were replacing the top.
(EVEN MORE WORK INVOLVED) Then you would STILL have the Framework
of the top to deal with. Not practical at all.
Scratch that idea. Thanks!
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If it is an OEM softtop and hardtop then it will fit no problem. I have folded my '03 softtop and my '06 sunrider top down and installed the hardtop over it on seperate ocassions without issue.
I still have the OEM soft top. If this hard top owner doesn't sell it this afternoon, I'm next in line. If it's like he says, I'm going to buy and give it a try. Thanks!
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Like others said, it fits, did it myself for a longer drive when i picked up my hardtop. you don't want it to stay that way longer than necessary because it will likely rub the soft top.
I notice alot of TJ drivers can't fold a soft top worth a damn though and in alot of those cases there would be no getting a hard top on...
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I notice a lot of TJ drivers can't fold a soft top worth a damn though and in a lot of those cases there would be no getting a hard top on...

I'd SAY YOUR assumption is TOTALLY OUT THERE IN LEFT FIELD.
The possibility could also be the same reason I never took the time to fold it down "CORRECTLY" when i utilized the OEM stock soft top.
I now use a Rampage Frameless. But back then, the Top would be up and down, ALMOST on a Daily basis. (no explanation required)
So why bother ? Just put it down, then put it up as needed. My Jeep, as well as others I'm sure, are NOT treated as if they were a
Military Uniform, needing "EVERY CREASE to be as sharp as a Razor Blade, and a Finish that's fitting of a WHITE GLOVE INSPECTION at the drop of a Hat"
Now then ---- With all due respect to your Prim and Proper ways of doing things, concerning YOUR JEEP, I might find myself doing the SAME, If I too drove a Mall Crawler for the purpose of trying to IMPRESS, but alas, I AM NOT.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #19
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Well, my only assumption regarding the OP's post was that he was doing it once, to transport a hard top. Unlike your assumptions about me and my opinions about soft top lowering and Jeep usage...
My comment was meant as a response to those saying that it would not fit.
They came from the factory that way.


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