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Old 02-04-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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hardtop mounting nuts?

Bought a used 1999 sahara and the PO had wingnuts on two front bolts that secure the hardtop to the rails? I tried using the ones that are used on the other 4 bolts,they are plastic clips that hold a square nut,but they wont fit under the rail,its a pretty tight spot. Anyone know what the front pieces/nuts are suppossed to be?

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All six mounting nuts/bolts are all the same on my '04 hardtop. They are the original hardware that came with the Jeep. A torx bolt with a rectangular nut that fits under the rail. I've been taking my top off and on every spring and fall for years. It takes minutes to remove the factory hardware. I do not know why people spend the money for fancy wingnuts and gizmos for their hardtops. I would just buy some factory hardware for your top and be done with it.

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can use anything that will fit but unlike the other 4 these are removable. This is because the door surrounds for a soft top fit where the 2 front nuts/bolts go. For this reason they seem to get 'misplaced' alot. i just screw them together and toss em in the glove box when i take the hard top off and screw the other 4 in place.
this is how my 98 works and sure your 99 is pretty much the same.
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I agree wi TJDave. I take mine off three or four times a year and can take the top off just about as fast as someone could take down their soft top. Go to the Jeep dealer and get a set of OEM hardware (Torx bolts and nuts with keepers so the nuts stay in place). It's easier in the long run.
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thsts exactly what I intend to do, get the oem,I just waent sure if they were the same as the 4 rear ones which have a plastic clip that holds the square nut inder the rail ? the ones I have(4 rear ones) are too big to fit under the tight space where the front holes are? so if I understand correctly the front 2 nuts (oem) are just nuts without the plastic retaining clip?

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the 2 front ones are rectangular nuts so they do not spin when installed(don't need a wrench on em)
if they're like everything OEM (cost) you may decide differently. don't rem the cost but friend's daughter has a yj and needed the bolts-think he ended up going to the hardware store.
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they are like 16 bux for one bolt and nut at the stealer, I looked into this. so if you need 4-6 it gets rediculous on price. I only run 4 on mine, the 2 front and 2 back.
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Anyone in the know?

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what is the size of the screws that hold on the two retaining plates on the tailgate that hold the back of the top down-have brackets and holes-no screws-two for each plate

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If you do a search on eBay they are cheaper. I needed one nut and looked there finding the sets. They also normally have the "Buy it now" button.
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When I got my Jeep a week ago all that held on the hardtop was the 2 clamp things on the top of the windshield frame.
I just went to ACE Hardware and picked up six 5/16-18" x 1-1/2" bolts 6 corresponding nuts and 12 washers.
The ride has been a lot quieter (and a lot safe for the guy behind me).
I will say the hardtop was "chirping" for the first couple of days; only over really good bumps or potholes, but has since been silent.
Only cost around $15 and 20 minutes.

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