How to remove the hardtop - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 12-05-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Sprockett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 31
How to remove the hardtop

Ve had my jeep for about a month now, I want to paint the inside of the hardtop this weekend. Since I have no owners manual for a 2001 tj, is there anything special about removing the hardtop?

I figure I'll have to remove the back glass, and figure out how to set it down safely. It doesn't seem heavy, but being I've never done it, I figured I'd ask first before I do something stupid...

Thanks...

-Paul-

Sprockett is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-05-2013, 03:36 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
Salbanal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 27
YouTube is probably the best way to see how it's done. Give it a quick search

Salbanal is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-05-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
jefferyfghezzi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: SANDUSKY OHIO
Posts: 565
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sprockett View Post
Ve had my jeep for about a month now, I want to paint the inside of the hardtop this weekend. Since I have no owners manual for a 2001 tj, is there anything special about removing the hardtop?

I figure I'll have to remove the back glass, and figure out how to set it down safely. It doesn't seem heavy, but being I've never done it, I figured I'd ask first before I do something stupid...

Thanks...

-Paul-
The last thing I would do is remove the back glass. Too many people have shattered them replacing hinges or installing the glass it self.
jefferyfghezzi is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-05-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Shark_13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Idaho
Posts: 1,414
Its pretty easy, should just be 3 bolts/nuts on each side, & undo the latches above windshield.
Also defrost wiring or washer fluid hoses if so equipped.

Personally, I found it easier to make room to remove off back by removing my spare tire (and CB antenna which I also have mounted back there).

Find a strong buddy & lift off, walk it off the back. Set it down gently.
Shark_13 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-05-2013, 11:39 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Neil F.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Marlton, NJ
Posts: 5,314
Images: 1
I've removed the rear glass from the hinges several times. It's no big deal. But for what you are doing, just unbolt the hinges from the top
__________________
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.
Neil F. is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-06-2013, 10:03 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
sparky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Phila
Posts: 1,889
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shark_13 View Post

Find a strong buddy & lift off, walk it off the back. Set it down gently.
+2

It's not a one man job. You need that extra set of hands.
sparky is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-06-2013, 03:00 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
4xWheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 121
Quote:
Originally Posted by sparky View Post
+2

It's not a one man job. You need that extra set of hands.
It most certainly helps to have someone else...... or two to help. I removed mine by myself...... once...... and put it back on..... myeslf. It was very tricky to say the least.
4xWheeler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-06-2013, 03:27 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
gntlgnt61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cambridge Ohio
Posts: 46
I invested in a manual rooftop lift and man did that make a hell of a difference! Stores it up off the floor during the summer too. Just get the straps and hooks in the right places. Turn the hand crank and up goes the hardtop.
__________________
JEEP...Just Empty Every Pocket
gntlgnt61 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
Shark_13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Idaho
Posts: 1,414
Quote:
Originally Posted by gntlgnt61 View Post
I invested in a manual rooftop lift and man did that make a hell of a difference! Stores it up off the floor during the summer too. Just get the straps and hooks in the right places. Turn the hand crank and up goes the hardtop.
This is going to be my next project once we move......
Shark_13 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-06-2013, 06:09 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
gntlgnt61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cambridge Ohio
Posts: 46
You'll be in Heaven. And your back will kiss your feet for doing it. Lol
__________________
JEEP...Just Empty Every Pocket
gntlgnt61 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-06-2013, 06:19 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
Oldchief's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Astor, FL
Posts: 71
I'll second the advice NOT to remove the back glass. Hard top I recently bought had the glasss removed. When I attempted to reinstall it, it shattered in to a billion little pieces that sprayed all over me and my driveway. Forget finding a replacement in a junk yard...you'll have better luck betting your state's lottery! New ones found on eBay go from about $250 to over $500 for Mopar factory replacment.
Oldchief is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-06-2013, 09:09 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
-DMB-'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: south Louisiana
Posts: 254
Lifting it on and off with 2 people can still be awkward (I have an LJ). I built a simple hoist using several pulleys in a block and tackle style setup, and raised with a cheap boat trailer winch. I went back and ran straps under it since it is probably going to hang for a while and I was always a bit nervous with it hanging from hooks. With two pulleys on top and one at the connection point, my 12 year old can raise it.

When I'm ready to put it on, I can just back in under it and lower it in place.

-DMB- is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-07-2013, 01:59 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
MarkGLHS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Ellington, Connecticut
Posts: 1,178
one Lange Hoist-a-Top = two helpers, and you do not have to feed it pizza afterwards:


__________________
2002 Wrangler Sahara, all stock, 5-speed, Dana 44, duel tan tops, 2nd owner.

2008 Hemi Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4, Quadradrive II, original owner, 22,000 miles.
MarkGLHS is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #14
Jeeper
 
Sprockett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkGLHS View Post
one Lange Hoist-a-Top = two helpers, and you do not have to feed it pizza afterwards:


This is now on my list of Jeep "Must Haves", my wife will be thrilled

Sprockett is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:46 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC