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04-16-2014 10:26 PM
Destroyer6 I installed this set-up today in about 20 minutes for $25 from Lowes. I installed 4 eye bolts into my garage joists and ran 2-14 ft retention straps and it worked great and I removed the top without any help. The weight is at the back, so as you rather up the front you have to step back and push the rear of the top back up to keep it level, then ratchet up the front again. It's just an idea that worked for me.
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04-15-2014 06:43 AM
tulsarubicon The hardtop on my JKU was more than my wife and I could handle. It's not the weight, it's the shape and weight distribution. I gave the dolly I made to the 16 year old down the street for his 2 door and I bought the Racor. Love the Racor and ability to store the freedom panels up top.
04-15-2014 06:17 AM
FXnut
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Originally Posted by FXnut View Post
Myself and my bro-in-law pulled my HT off this past weekend. It went ok, however I'm going to be investing in a Harken Hoister for future use. Back to OP's original question.. Doesn't anyone know definitively what the weight of an unlimited hard top would be (less freedom panels)? Harken appears to have a couple different hoist options.. One being 145lbs and the next up being 200lbs. I have built myself a hardtop stand which works great and I won't be using the hoister for storage, only to remove and reinstall the top myself. Will the 145lb hoist work fine?

Edit : I just noticed Q sells the 145# version, so my guess is that's enough for the weight of the top
04-15-2014 05:39 AM
ciarraikerry
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Originally Posted by Orangutan View Post
DohI can't tell you how many times over thirty years and five Jeeps how friends, neighbors and relatives would call me around the Fall, wondering when I would pick up the hard top, while adding politely.., they need the space next year lol.
I'm a recent transplant here, so I don't have many options. I'll probably just header it off and cut a wider door. Thought about making a stand with the top as a roof and using it for more storage. I just don't want the seal baking in the sun all summer.
04-14-2014 11:44 PM
FXnut Myself and my bro-in-law pulled my HT off this past weekend. It went ok, however I'm going to be investing in a Harken Hoister for future use. Back to OP's original question.. Doesn't anyone know definitively what the weight of an unlimited hard top would be (less freedom panels)? Harken appears to have a couple different hoist options.. One being 145lbs and the next up being 200lbs. I have built myself a hardtop stand which works great and I won't be using the hoister for storage, only to remove and reinstall the top myself. Will the 145lb hoist work fine?
04-14-2014 11:36 PM
JeepSteeler It's a stupid mistake to make but usually end up forgetting to unhook the washer hose and wires. I was removing mine with 2 friends Saturday and it' like: why is this hanging....ohhh yeahhh
04-14-2014 04:39 PM
Orangutan
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Originally Posted by ciarraikerry View Post
so I have to figure out some other way to store it.
DohI can't tell you how many times over thirty years and five Jeeps how friends, neighbors and relatives would call me around the Fall, wondering when I would pick up the hard top, while adding politely.., they need the space next year lol.
04-14-2014 03:04 PM
ciarraikerry
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Originally Posted by Orangutan View Post
Im moving from a 2dr to a JKU. I always thought on my 2dr, the width of the rear glass section (much smaller than JKU) seemed wide when grasping the rear corner and front door entry. I look forward to the JKU as it looks to be a foot less. I also assume the longer top over the rear doors should balance the top better upon removing. (Hoping). I found the tailgate glass open, tailgate/spare tire closed, and walking it straight back was always best.
I took the top off my jku yesterday with the help of my fiancé. It definitely balances with the glass open. I had the gate unmatched but in place. Everything went smoothly. Just found out I can't fit it through the door of my shed, so I have to figure out some other way to store it.
04-14-2014 02:54 PM
express_wagon This experience was a turn off for me. I did it with my friend and definitely would like a 3rd person for security next time. I really need to do some weights!
04-14-2014 02:18 PM
Orangutan Im moving from a 2dr to a JKU. I always thought on my 2dr, the width of the rear glass section (much smaller than JKU) seemed wide when grasping the rear corner and front door entry. I look forward to the JKU as it looks to be a foot less. I also assume the longer top over the rear doors should balance the top better upon removing. (Hoping). I found the tailgate glass open, tailgate/spare tire closed, and walking it straight back was always best.
06-30-2012 08:07 AM
klkb
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Originally Posted by Rooster76 View Post

NOTES

*Don't forget to unhook the wire harness and washer hose
It's a real pain in the butt to get halfway through the process, pissed because you can't figure out what's getting the top stuck. Trying to stabilize it to fix the problem isn't fun, particularly because that clip can be a little tricky.
06-30-2012 07:02 AM
RoxstarD
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Originally Posted by kdude
Not too hi-jack this thread but can anyone tell me if and where the wiring harness is and how it attaches to the rear defrost and windshield wiper?

I may or may not have it because my JK was ordered with a soft top.

Any one can help me sort this out ?

Thanks
H.

ps... the hard top install is no joke ! )))
If your Jeep was not ordered with original hard top you may not have the harness. It should be beside the left rear roll bar cage. Move the carpet around the rear wheel well and if you have one it'll be there
06-30-2012 06:25 AM
kdude Not too hi-jack this thread but can anyone tell me if and where the wiring harness is and how it attaches to the rear defrost and windshield wiper?

I may or may not have it because my JK was ordered with a soft top.

Any one can help me sort this out ?

Thanks
H.

ps... the hard top install is no joke ! )))
06-29-2012 01:22 AM
JoeBot13
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Originally Posted by sambo11
I go ahead and open the back glass to avoid it springing open! Plus you don't have to lift it over the spare. My gf (a buck twenty soaking wet) helped me take it off once and wasn't a big deal, putting it back on was a different story.... she dropped it!:
My wife dropped mine too ... On my jeep ... Left a nice big scratch ... It's a jeep and is supposed to be banged up ... but I still like to give her crap for it ...
06-29-2012 12:43 AM
dazone My first time taking my hard top off the other day. 2 dr. it wasnt that bad with 2 people. harderst part getting it over the spare tire and lifting higher to let it rest on my deck. I built that storage cart with wheels for about 30buck's. Im happy. make sure your in the open. hard top is too easy to scratch. my next purchase. touch up hard top paint.
06-28-2012 10:30 PM
Jkwrangler012 I just took mine off with a friend (we are both decent sized guys). I have a 2 door 2012 jk. But the most challenging part was balancing it. And it was heavy. Sure seemed like more than 120 pounds. Opening the back window did seem to help alot too
06-28-2012 10:22 PM
Mark73 I take it of all the time alone and back on . It's awkward though but I've got it down now . I'm only 5.6 and I think that helps . Last time I put it back on I had bigger tires and now it's a little harder. Tipy toes lol
If I had a hoist I'd use it but no .
06-28-2012 09:37 PM
Rooster76
It's balanced weird toward the back - I would get help

I would recommend getting a hoist or
1) A friend
2) Open the rear window
3) Keep the gate closed with or without the spare - I've done it twice like that with no problems. The first time I took mine off with my brother we had the gate open. It ended up going bad and I scratch up my rear gate a bit as he tried to close the gate with the top resting on it.

NOTES
*Its back heavy
*Don't forget to unhook the wire harness and washer hose
*I'm almost positive that if you put it on flat ground with the rear window closed it would rest on the rear glass. Not good. I have mine resting on a couple of 2X8 and I can shut it.
*It has a peg toward the b-pillar (rear of door) that you need to lift up before you can start pulling back.
*I would take out and store the 2 rear most "nuts" that the hardtop screws into. There is not much holding them in with it removed and can easily slide out.
06-28-2012 08:19 AM
unionjewel The first time I took mine off I thought it was stuck...then I realized it was just flippin' heavy. It was heavy for two big guys and ackward as others have said. I put mine on a funiture dolly and stood it in the corner.
06-28-2012 08:07 AM
dukedallas
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Originally Posted by robskully View Post
Wouldn't it be easy to just take off the spare before even taking off the top ?
Rob .....
You can just open the tailgate door rather than take off the spare. I invested about $130 in a harken hoist, its great. The installation looks daunting with all the pulleys etc. I installed it with a buddy in about 2.5 hours. The hardest part for me was screwing in (2) 2X6's into my roof joists 12 ft. above me.
06-28-2012 07:07 AM
robskully Wouldn't it be easy to just take off the spare before even taking off the top ?
Rob .....
06-28-2012 06:49 AM
JPzilla About 125 lbs if you can get a hoist be it electric or manual that's the way to go. I just installed a lange electric hoist and from start to finish I can have the hard top off in about 10 minutes. Good Luck. KD
06-28-2012 06:43 AM
dhdad I've done it on my wife's JKUR twice every year since 2007. I find it works best with 3 people, I leave the glass open so it's easier to get past the spare (both my wife and I are vertically challenged, not an issue with 2 guys over 6'). Once past the spare my son closes the glass and hooks a bungee on it so it will stay closed since we store it on end in our garage. My wife has done it with me but it's a bit of a struggle as it's a bit too big and awkward for her, when I do it with my brother-n-law it's very straight forward. Did it once with my "Trekkie" neighbor who's actually bigger than me but I don't think he's lifted anything heavier than a remote control in his life, that was a real scary experience!
06-28-2012 05:50 AM
Cosmic Charlie The back portion of the 2 door hard top is 90 lbs. The 4 door hard top is 120 lbs.
06-28-2012 05:01 AM
N3M0
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Originally Posted by RoxstarD
I always take mine off and put it on by myself. It's probably 120 # and like said very unstable and awkward to balance but you can do it
This
06-28-2012 02:46 AM
Toph00 I recommend using at least 2 people to take it off. I always use 3. Like Rics1997 said, its very awkward. I took it off by myself for a while and I dinged it pretty bad so I play it safe from now on
06-27-2012 10:46 PM
sambo11 I go ahead and open the back glass to avoid it springing open! Plus you don't have to lift it over the spare. My gf (a buck twenty soaking wet) helped me take it off once and wasn't a big deal, putting it back on was a different story.... she dropped it!:
06-27-2012 10:34 PM
Cold I just took mine off with my wifes help. Bit of a war. I usually strap it to the top of the car port and pull it off.
06-27-2012 10:27 PM
Wrong Way Hal According to my scale, the 2 door top with Freedom panels weighs 136 lbs. Each power / heated mirrored door weighs 62 lbs.
06-27-2012 09:42 PM
kdude Whatever it weighs it feels like a lot more. I put mine on for the first time with a strong big guy and it was a major hassle....

As Spank says tape down the rear glass as it tends to open up just about the time you think you are in control and that your about to set it in place .. then all hell breaks loose...

Having said that i'm sure after doing it once or twice it gets easier....
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