07-28-2012, 09:07 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Jeep TJ hardtop given to me... I have a YJ...Strategy for using this ?
I've got an '89 Jeep Wrangler, YJ series.... I've driven it with a soft top as long as I've owned it - Since 1992.
A neighbor has a 1997 Jeep Wrangler (TJ Series I think), and had the glass rear right window break - he replaced it with a soft top. He offered the hard top to me as-isand I took it, knowing it might need some adjusting to work on my Jeep. I can get the replacement glass for it no problem.
I am in New Jersey, and am planning on using this for the late fall through early spring.
I have a few ideas of what I want to do and need to do, but please let me know if I'm missing anything, or making a mistake.
I understand I need to remove the rails the soft top clips into on the Jeep all-round. Fine.
I understand the hard top itself will fit correctly on the jeep body.
I plan to replace appropriate rubber grommets, etc. for the hard top.
I have the correct bolt set that came with it to secure it.
Items I'm not too clear on....
I have the steel 1/2 door original to my jeep[with squared-off tops], and do not want to modify the jeep itself. So, I don't want to change doors entirely. I don't want to modify the door latch pin on the jeep to use TJ doors - I'm happy to continue using standard YJ doors unmodified for summer...and don't want to cut metal I don't have to.
I would obtain top halves of these doors that have the glass sliders to put on the YJ bottom halves.
To fit the curve of the hard top where the doors will meet it, I will then need top half-doors for the TJ Series jeeps.... I think that of the three pins that slide in to secure the top half to the bottom half door, the backmost one may need to be cut off with an angle grinder. Will this work, or am I missing something?
Also, I know the clip-fastening mechanism for the front top of the door to the windshield frame on the TJ hard top is different than how the YJ hardtop would be secured. I understand that with the TJ hardtop there may be a gap. is this small enough that I can just use a long piece of dense rubber as a thick gasket, is there a cheap aftermarket adapter I can get?
So, I'm looking at:
- Getting new half-door tops, and modifying them - hopefully just cutting one pin.
- Dealing with mating the front of the hard to to the windshield frame.
The best part is that my Jeep is black and the hard top matches. I'm hoping this will work out, and am looking forward to hearing your suggestions.
Many thanks for the help...