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Old 09-24-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Stuck Top

Here's a weird one. The weather is looking good so I thought I would try to take the top off my '98 TJ that I bought a few weeks ago.

I had no trouble getting the Torx bolts out but when I went to hoist the top off it felt like the front was glued to the headliner and windshield frame.

It kinda looks like it has been glued particularly on the right side window frame clamp Here's a photo, does it look normal or did the PO do something clever? I think he either damaged the hardtop or bought it at some point after the original purchase maybe off a different year and rigged it so it would work.

Being late September I don't want to screw with it too much but if it's messed I'll fix it in the spring.

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:14 PM   #2
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That "peanut butter" looking stuff sure looks like liquid nail to me. Liquid nail is a sealant and adheasive.

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:50 PM   #3
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great

So come spring should I rip it all out? I want to get a soft and or safari top which is one of the reasons I made the attempt. I wanted to see what I had for a headliner. I'm thinking what I have for a headliner is going to be trashed once I take the top off.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:07 AM   #4
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Well good wishes bud...I can't tell you for positive what you have there without being able to see it up close...could just be some silicone. Maybe the PO had a air leak and thought it to be a good idea to seal it up.

As for what header you have.....NONE. there is no header with the hardtop. Just the windshield and rubber seal.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:08 AM   #5
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wtf PO did he glue on the wheels too?
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:14 AM   #6
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I just have to ask, based on the pic.... Did you unlatch the clamps?
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Haha i sure hope he did but hey we all make mistakes
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From the looks of it, you could prolly very delicately score that sealant/glue/peanut butter with a nice sharp knife, and get a couple buddies to help you lift it off. Have them lift from the back and pivot up on it while you watch it from inside. Luckily for you that rubber windshield zeal in nice and thick and durable.
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I just have to ask, based on the pic.... Did you unlatch the clamps?
I wont lie but that would be hilarious! hopefully he did or hell be doing this alot -->
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I just have to ask, based on the pic.... Did you unlatch the clamps?

LOL. Yes, I did.

When I finally do get it off, should the hard top come away from the seal? Does the seal then come off the windshield?

distortedtj: You may be right. If he did have a leak he certainly fixed it. The passenger side clamp doesn't have that nice snug locking feel I would expect. Maybe it's shot.
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The rubber will stay with the windshield.
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Took another look at the seal the other day. It looks dried and cracked which is why I think the passenger side clamp doesn't have a firm clamping feel to it. A replacement seal from my local Jeep dealer would run me a $150. Are there less expensive options to fixing this up for use with the current hard top and a future soft top or am I better off just forking out for a new seal?
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Yeah the cheaper fix is called Liquid Nail
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Check JC Whitney, quadratec, or even morris 4x4 for replacement seals.

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