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Old 09-04-2014, 11:19 PM   #1
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Bolt size for hardtop mounting

Recently bought a 94 yj and all of the bolts are missing out of windshield section the hardtop mounts too. Just wandering what size/thread count to get for it

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Old 09-05-2014, 02:19 AM   #2
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I think that they start out as something like #8 or #10 self-tap screws. But with enough on/off cycles, they get stripped out and there are two or three different kinds of screws in mine
Somewhere, I've seen that somebody sells an insert rod with threaded holes so that you can use (all of the same) machine screws. It wouldn't be hard to make such a thing yourself.

Anyhow, just take a few different-sized sheet-metal screws and try them in your holes. Maybe they're still all the same. I prefer the hex-headed ones that you can use a nut-driver on.

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Old 09-05-2014, 09:33 AM   #3
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I just went with this and it makes the top a snap to remove plus I don't have to fiddle around with getting new screws every few years

http://www.jeep4x4center.com/kwick-k...a-020-289.html
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That looks like a winner to me.

Until I get around to ordering and installing the above linked kit, I have some sheet metal screws, #8 I think, that fit the bill. I started with fresh sheet metal though, my Jeep had the factory rag top on it, which is not compatible with Michigan winter.

For bolts, I think it's a 3/8" x 1-1/4" long. 1" would probably work too. Get the flanged head if you can, much easier than dealing with washers.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:24 PM   #5
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Thx for the info
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:50 AM   #6
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I was wrong on the bolt size. It's a 5/16 -14 bolt if you want to use the stock fastening blocks.

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