Quick question: I am selling the Hard Top off my 2000 -- It is the OEM top. Do they fit any 97-06? I found someone who is interested but it's on a newer Jeep and they were told only 04-06 tops would fit it... I don't see what would be different.
2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport
4.0L / 5spd
The only difference is the vents in them. I can't remember off the top of my head exactly what year they switched. But the older Jeep hard tops had air vents in them on the back corners, and the Jeep itself had no vent in the tail gate. Then the newer Jeeps had vents in the tailgate and the newer hard tops had no vents in them. I have a 99' with no vent in the tailgate, with I believe a 04' hardtop on it, and it does not have vents either. Sometimes my doors need an extra push to get them all the way closed because I don't have either air vent. Correct me if I have this backwards but I believe this is true. I've also heard rumors which I don't know are true. But I've heard people in my situation blowing there back windows out if they shut both doors really hard at the same time because of the air pressure in the cab not being able to be released. I don't know if that's true or not.... But like I said if my door doesn't shut all the way I just push it in a bit after closing it, or I leave my driver side window cracked a bit and it makes it easier for them to shut.
A quick word on this. There is a small difference in some years of hard tops. I have a 97 and bought a newer top after my Jeep was rolled and the newer top had a plastic guide thing on the mounting surface close to the door frame that my Jeep did not have a hole for. It was easily removed and would then fit my 97 but I could see how if that guide was made from anything other than plastic it might make it a bit more difficult to make fit.
97 TJ 6cyl, 5speed 37" Krawlers on American Racing 17" wheels. (Beadlocks someday)
RE 5.5 Long arm, Currie 9" front and rear with ARB's, Warn hubs and axle shafts, CTM u-joints
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The top will fit. The clearance MAY be a little close between the top and the sound pods, so it may rattle... at least that was my experience. An old towel worked nicely to stop the rattling. Jeepsareus.com sells OEM hardtop wiring kits, as well as wiring adapters to go from new to old or vice-versa.
2000 Wrangler Sport - "Red" - Stock
1999 Z-28 - "The GLUMAKR" - Not Stock
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