To be honest I'm bored at work and I can't leave so I decided to do a little informative write up....
I've had my 05 X for almost a year now and with that come some trials and errors putting on and taking off the top. I figured I'd do a little write up with some tips I've learned and maybe you guys and gals can add to it. And who knows maybe we'll help someone out.
Taking the soft top off:
I start by unclipping the two hooks by the windshield.
Then I remove the two rear side windows.
I usually fold them in half and put in the "trunk."
I have found it is easier to just unzip the rear window zippers towards the top middle of the window rather than removing it completely. Leaving that back bar that the window slides into, attached to the window but not the Jeep.
Undo the rear corners and fold on top of the big portion of the top.
Then ease the top back and down, with corners and back window down into the "trunk."
A problem I usually run into is that the plastic folding part from the driver and passenger sides sometimes gets bent in a way it's not supposed to bend. It takes some shimmying around to get it, to where I'm comfortable that it's not being stressed or ruined.
Then basically just stuff it down into the "trunk" area.
Putting the top on (trickier for sure):
IF IT IS SPRING/FALL/WINTER, MAKE SURE TO PUT THE TOP AND WINDOWS ON BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN!!!! - That canvass can be like rubber in the heat and like wet leather in the cold.I learned this the hard way recently. It was warm enough to wear the top came off without a problem. But when I tried to put it back on at 8 pm in 40 degree weather was a pain in the a$$ to the point where I couldn't the the front hooks back in place until the next day.
On that note:
First you basically just unpack it from the "trunk" and get the front hooks in place but not clasped down.
Next I get the back corner pieces folded into place.
Then, I like to get the 2 pieces of plastic on the driver's and passenger's side in place but not folded under yet.
(Just learned this one this week) I then put the side windows on by getting the zipper started then folding the plastic under on the side closest to the door. (SOOOOOO MUCH EASIER TO DO FIRST THAN WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETELY ZIPPED THE WINDOW UP!) Once that side is in place you zip it up and fold the plastic under the part that is even with the rear seat.
Do the same as above for the other side window.
Then you zip the back window into place, slide the bar back in place and fold the plastic under on the back of the Jeep.
Clasp the hooks on the windshield.
Not sure if this is helpful or a waste of world wide web space. But it is what it is.......