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Old 04-14-2014, 07:35 AM   #1
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Any tips or techniques for removing and storing the hardtop? I just bought my 04 Wrangler last week and getting ready to remove it for the first time. The vehicle has a soft top as well, so my plan is to store the hard one until the weather gets bad again late Fall. How heavy is it? I'm assuming my wife and I can handle the removal? Curious too.....what do Jeep owners who have only the hardtop do through the warm months?.....I mean when rainy weather pops up.

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I had a friend over this weekend to help me remove it. It really wasn't too heavy at all. I think my wife could have handled it just fine with me, but it would have been a bit of a longer process with her.

I've seen pictures of people using a hoist in the garage, so they can quickly remove it and put it back on if need be.

Picture from this weekend --- it is so much nicer with the top finally off!



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Old 04-14-2014, 07:44 AM   #3
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I have an LJ so it is a little heavier. I use ratchet straps for attachment points. Then I have two kayak ratchet style straps so it clicks and locks as I pull the top off. Then I just reverse it to lower it and I build a cart for it. With the TJ I used a boat style hoist but I had a different garage.
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I can get mine off by myself, but I can't get it on w/o a buddy's help. It is not to heavy its just awkward. I can carry it over my head across my yard and set it down on the storage blocks by myself. I read somewhere it weighs 140#s. Getting it lined up on the tub is the problem.
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My LJ top is more awkward than heavy. I'd make sure you have enough help. No way my wife could be the other person on mine. Anyhow, I bought a cheap boat winch, some pulleys and eyebolts, and made a hoist for mine. My wife's JK has hers on a cart since her side of the garage won't accommodate a hoist. (I planned for that when I "graciously" gave her the side closest to the inside door, hehe).



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Old 04-14-2014, 10:21 AM   #6
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We never take the rear top off. Seems like too much of a Pain in the Ass.

The fronts we take off maybe a couple of times a year and they are pretty easy. The Jeep came with a padded storage bag for them.

Too bad they don't have a powered rag top. Up here on the West (Wet) Coast, it can be beautiful one minute and then pouring rain the next.

There's no way you could leave the rear top at home. Too risky!
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Using a team of two people or using any of the various hoists are the best ways of removing he hardtop. The TJ hard top weighs about 165 pounds give or take a few.

A lot of us have a second vehicle for those rainy days, but it not, a quick way of installing the hardtop is to use one of the hoists unless you've always got a buddy to assist you.

I use the Lange Hoist-A-Top, makes it an easy, fast, one-person operation.


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Old 04-14-2014, 12:16 PM   #8
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I used to drive my Jeep over to my parents and my dad, his neighbor, myself, and my husband took it off. Then we stored it in my parents garage till it was time to put it back on. When we get a house though, I'm wanting to get a hoist system to make it easier. I say at minimum you need 3 people.
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Any tips or techniques for removing and storing the hardtop? I just bought my 04 Wrangler last week and getting ready to remove it for the first time. The vehicle has a soft top as well, so my plan is to store the hard one until the weather gets bad again late Fall. How heavy is it? I'm assuming my wife and I can handle the removal? Curious too.....what do Jeep owners who have only the hardtop do through the warm months?.....I mean when rainy weather pops up.
The Lange Hoists are a pretty popular solution. They both remove and store the top for you. Of course you have to have the room for something like that. They make 3 different styles; a manual hoist, a crank and an electric winch style.

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Old 04-14-2014, 12:27 PM   #10
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Im 19 weigh 140 and i can put it on and take it off by my self takes like 5 min . But i make sure no ones watching not the best sight to see
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:36 PM   #11
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Just removed mine for the first time(new to me Jeep). While you MIGHT be able to get it off yourself, if you can get someone to help you - do it. It's an awkward shape and too expensive to risk breaking it. My son in law and I did it with no problem. Unless you're going for a winch mounted on the ceiling and use that removal style, make yourself a dolly to store it on. Plans are easy to find here on forum. If you can cut a board and use a drill/screwdriver you can make one. I added a ratchet strap to secure the top to the dolly.
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I made a shelf in the front of my garage for mine.
I remove it with my daughters boyfriend

I feel it's a two person job. The top is not heavy its just cumbersome.

If my jeep fit into my garage I could remove it by myself and slide it onto the shelf. In my situation we have to walk it down the driveway an into the garage
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:12 PM   #13
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Like everyone said, it's not too heavy but it is bulky and hard to handle. I'm always worried about the rear window. They can take a pretty hard hit head on, but it doesn't take much of a hit to the side of the glass to shatter it.
I just hook up 4 small ratchet straps to the top and lift it up to the rafters in the garage for the summer.
I usually don't have the doors or soft top on the jeep all summer either, so I keep a waterproof trail cover in the jeep in case of sudden downpours.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:06 PM   #14
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I made a rack that the hard top sits on top of. Underneath I have storage got my doors and soft top windows (bestop nx). It's to dark for pics tonight, I'll get them tomorrow if anyone is interested.
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Southern, I'm definitely interested in pics. I'm considering adding a trektop nx in the near future and have a hardtop I'd need to store. Unfortunately neither of my garage bays have a high enough ceiling to accommodate a hoist system.
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We never take the rear top off. Seems like too much of a Pain in the Ass.

The fronts we take off maybe a couple of times a year and they are pretty easy. The Jeep came with a padded storage bag for them.

Too bad they don't have a powered rag top. Up here on the West (Wet) Coast, it can be beautiful one minute and then pouring rain the next.

There's no way you could leave the rear top at home. Too risky!
You obviously have a JK. This is the TJ section.
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You obviously have a JK. This is the TJ section.
Very obviously....lol
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Southern, I'm definitely interested in pics. I'm considering adding a trektop nx in the near future and have a hardtop I'd need to store. Unfortunately neither of my garage bays have a high enough ceiling to accommodate a hoist system.
I had some scrap wood laying around and this is what I came up with. I found those clamps @ Lowes, they work great for holding the windows from my trektop. Underneath I have a place for my full doors. I got half doors after I built the rack but there's room on the outside of the 4 x 4 posts to add them. I can get a materials list and dimension if your interested.

The top used to sit outside on the rack before I built my building. Never had a problem with it except for wasp nests! I would suggest tying the top down. Not sure if it would tip over or fly off but I know how my luck goes.
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Aight here's the other pic. Not sure why it didn't post the first time.
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I hang mine so I don't have to raise or lower it. My ceiling is pretty short anyway. I just do one side, followed by the other side, followed by the back hook. I have to lift it 2-3 inches. Then when I'm ready to put it back on I just back right under it and put one side down, followed by the other side, and finally the back.

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Some advice: If you get your wife to help, have her wear some gloves. My wife instantly complained about the bottom of the hard top cutting into her hands. The only time I needed a woman with "Man Hands", and she let me down. I thought she was going to drop it and we had to set it down quick.
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I'd love to see someone actually remove it by themselves!
Way too bulky.

I made a hoist in the garage, so now I don't have to get help.
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You obviously have a JK. This is the TJ section.
JK stands for "just kidding" it's not a real jeep

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