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Old 11-04-2009, 10:08 PM   #1
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Soft Top to Hard Top Question

Just switched back to the hard top yesterday (2000 Sahara). Only stumper was when I removed the door frame piece, there was a rubber piece where it meets the body. Couldn't decide whether it should be there for the hard top or not, especially since the driver's side piece didn't want to come loose and the passenger's side wouldn't stay put. Ended up leaving them in and everything seems fine (supposed to rain tomorrow, then I'll know). Should they be there for a hard top or not?


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Old 11-05-2009, 02:20 AM   #2
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I guess you are talking of the rubber piece just behind the door, where the door frames meet the body. These are seals to protect from leaks. They should remain on the jeep when you put the hard top

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Old 11-05-2009, 07:06 AM   #3
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I know if I don't remove mine the hardtop doesn't fit correctly!
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:34 AM   #4
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Those rubber pieces are seals for the Softtop. You can leave them in I did when I switched from my softtop to hardtop but I found they fit better if you remove them. It doesn't matter but if you bought a Jeep with just a hardtop you wouldn't have those pieces.
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:53 PM   #5
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I just switched back to my hardtop and left those rubber pieces (muckets) in place. If you take them out then the hard top doesn't seem to seal correctly.
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:59 PM   #6
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I removed the rubber piece and closed the door and saw a tiny spot of daylight through a small hole which did not exist with the rubber in place so mine is in and the top lines up fine and no leaks .
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:43 AM   #7
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Does anyone know where i can get a hardtopd for my 05 Jeep TJ Unlimited that wont hurt my wallet.

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Old 11-11-2009, 07:30 AM   #8
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Does anyone know where i can get a hardtopd for my 05 Jeep TJ Unlimited that wont hurt my wallet
Check your local craiglist or ebay would be the place to look!
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:39 AM   #9
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I leave the muckets in year round. Also leave the soft top rear glass bar retainer clips in year round, and the hard top "nuts" that are in the plastic clip carriers year round. None of it gets in the way of anything and I don't lose them.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:52 PM   #10
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I decided to buy a used 2002 TJ hardtop for my 2000 TJ which has the factory softtop installed at present.

From some previous posts/threads...most have said that if I fold the soft top nice and snug...I can fit the Hard Top on the Jeep over the soft top...just need to remove the plastic door surrounds

Is there anything else I need to do ?

Note that I have the full doors and I don't want to go and get the top and have to struggle with anything else...

The hardtop will be transported about 25 km and taken off until re-install for winter months

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