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Old 04-16-2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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Taking Top Off

Is it a big deal taking a soft top off....like can I take the top off to drive home from work and then put it back on...How hard is it?

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Old 04-16-2008, 04:56 PM   #2
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Do a search, it was just covered in the last couple of days, someone posted a link to the video of 'how to'....
never mind, here it is
http://www.wranglerforum.com/tj-jeep...own-17597.html
Remember to hit the play button...

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Old 04-16-2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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Removing and replacing a soft top

Taking a TJ's top off and putting it back is a piece of cake once you have done it a couple of times, providing the weather is warm. When the top is cold it can be a pain in the ass because the plastic shrinks a little and becomes stiff making it tight and hard to work with. On a hot day I can take off the whole top (folded back), the doors and their upper surrounds in about fifteen minutes, and put it all back in about another fifteen to twenty. Getting the zippers started when it is dark is a pain if your top (like mine) is black. One tip to make the zips a little easier is to take a old bar of soap and run it along the zipper teeth; however, this has to be done on a regular basis to work well; doing this can help slow down the zipper wear if you use it a lot.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:22 PM   #4
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I dont even take the back window off any more, takes me 3 mins
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:18 PM   #5
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Taking a TJ's top off and putting it back is a piece of cake once you have done it a couple of times, providing the weather is warm. When the top is cold it can be a pain in the ass because the plastic shrinks a little and becomes stiff making it tight and hard to work with. On a hot day I can take off the whole top (folded back), the doors and their upper surrounds in about fifteen minutes, and put it all back in about another fifteen to twenty. Getting the zippers started when it is dark is a pain if your top (like mine) is black. One tip to make the zips a little easier is to take a old bar of soap and run it along the zipper teeth; however, this has to be done on a regular basis to work well; doing this can help slow down the zipper wear if you use it a lot.
Nah, use sex wax....works better..
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:26 PM   #6
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15 minutes you guys are slow!!
i do it by myself in about 5 including taking off doors, i leave the windows on as well, as for putting it back up by myself it takes like 10-12
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Old 04-17-2008, 03:20 AM   #7
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it takes me about 5 min. for my top and about 10min. to put it back up
I leave my back window in to
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:44 AM   #8
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I've had a few experiences now with taking the top down, and I'll be doing it again today.

Doesn't "not taking the windows off" create a bit of a storage hassle? I find that I can't get a full collapse as it is, WITHOUT the windows.

Also, along the same lines, I noted that the snap bands that were provided, for wrapping around the rods of the top when open (2008 model "X," 2-dr) are supposed to slip through some sort of slot on the body, to hold the rods to the body, but I can't seem to locate the slots on the body????

Back to the "leaving the windows on" issue.....doesn't that compromise the condition of the windows, as well????

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Old 04-17-2008, 08:27 AM   #9
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well i dont see how it compromises the windows b/c they are supposed to be rolled up anyway, so instead they're being folded, and they're plastic so they can bend, just make sure its only when it's warm out.

and yeah it doesn't fold all the way down below the trunk but its not smart to put anything on top of the top anyways when its folded so who cares if its up an extra 2 inches from where it would be, plus then you dont have rolled up windows to worry about carrying around
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If you are going to roll or fold yoru windows when you take teh top down, you better carry a clean rag and some cleaner at all times. The windows i just ot rid of were in terrible condition from rolling and folding. Might as well havebeen driving a panel wagon from teh visibility i had. ow that I have a new to, i leave my sailpanels and rear window at home when i am topless.
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:22 AM   #11
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I only dont remove my back window because its already messed up beyond repair. If it was new I would remove it.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:02 AM   #12
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On my 03 tj x i can't remove the rear window.... Its just on long zipper all the way around and when i get to the end of the zipper theres stiching going across both sides of the zipper connecting the window to the top! Is that how it normally is? Also since I leave my rear bench in the garage (I rather have extra space then more seating) can I lay the side windows flat ontop of eachother on the floor in the back? I wouldnt set anything on top of them of course. I got my wrangler this past december in Ohio so its just starting to get to the point I can remove the top. From what I understand from the manual I unzip the rear side and back windows, undo the latches behind the visors, unvelcro something along the front sides and gentally fold back? I have full doors btw.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:27 AM   #13
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Step one, I roll up the rear window, it has two zippers, one on each side, I zip them up to just past the curve, unclip the bar above the tailgate and roll it up, then use the two stretchy bands with the snaps on them to hold it up. I then remove the front door tops, then the side rear windows, put the door tops and windows in the house. Then I drop the top.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:17 PM   #14
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Never thought of using the snap-straps for holding the rear window up (rolled)..interesting idea!

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Old 04-17-2008, 04:30 PM   #15
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the first time you do it will take ya while
its just getting the pattern of doing everything down
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:44 PM   #16
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Never thought of using the snap-straps for holding the rear window up (rolled)..interesting idea!

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Just make sure you have it INSIDE the top corners or you will have that bar slide out on a turn and that puppy is $89.....yes I did... one side was not tucked in behind the corner and I had the top up, just the window rolled up and the side windows at home with the uppers. PMO...
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On my 03 tj x i can't remove the rear window.... Its just on long zipper all the way around and when i get to the end of the zipper theres stiching going across both sides of the zipper connecting the window to the top! .
THANK YOU!!! I am not the ONLY one with the Retarded Zipper!!! I just got done posting in another thread about this. I do not have the Stitching holding the window to the top though.........??......mine will come right out, I just have 1 zipper pull, it's on Pass Side, I zip all the way to driver side to separate window. The PULL stays on the window.

To stay on topic, I dropped the top for 1st time today...took 5 min down and 10-12 up. Pretty straight forward, I'd like to get the folding technique better to get the top to lay down better behind the seat....and I think I can do better on the Up time next time around (I did have practice for 9 Years on a YJ though.....very different though)

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