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02-22-2010 02:52 PM
Geoff@Bestop There's a group of guys in our back testing area that stand at a buck (Wrangler body, but no mechanicals) and install a top. Then they take it down. Then they reinstall it. Over and over and over. After each install, they hit one of those counters, to keep track.

Obviously they're testing to see how many times a top can be installed.

But my point is this: I bet those guys can put a top up and take it down faster than you can.
02-22-2010 02:22 PM
mowbizz
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl View Post
Here again, Idk about JK's but on TJ's the zipper has 2 ends, so you unzip each side to the top and roll up the window, and there are two straps attached to the top to secure it. I don't recommend putting the top down with the window rolled up often tho'. The weight of the top can crease the window.
OOps...

I just went and checked and mine has a 2 way zipper too...

Nevah mind........!
02-22-2010 12:05 PM
InfernoGirl Here again, Idk about JK's but on TJ's the zipper has 2 ends, so you unzip each side to the top and roll up the window, and there are two straps attached to the top to secure it. I don't recommend putting the top down with the window rolled up often tho'. The weight of the top can crease the window.
02-22-2010 11:48 AM
messianic 5 min down, 10min up. i recently purchased a bestop cab cover also so i plan on leaving the top folded down in the back for most of the summer.
02-22-2010 11:29 AM
mowbizz
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl View Post
I don't know about the JK's for sure, but I'd bet that they make a boot for it too. The boot for my TJ has bags that zip on to hold all 3 windows and it really cleans up the appearance. Also Bestops Trail cover is a lifesaver for those unexpected showers or when it's parked outside overnight and there's a chance of rain. Mine has been well used. Also keeps the cats out
Here's an old pic with the boot on....
Hmmm that looks great with the boot InferonGirl!

I was wondering when some people say "I just roll up the rear window" when putting the top down...how the heck do you roll up a window that has a zipper that goes one way from right to left?? To be able to roll it up you would need a 2 way zipper that unzips from both ends at the same time...

Please 'splain Lucy...!! (or anyone that rolls up the rear "glass")
02-22-2010 07:57 AM
InfernoGirl I don't know about the JK's for sure, but I'd bet that they make a boot for it too. The boot for my TJ has bags that zip on to hold all 3 windows and it really cleans up the appearance. Also Bestops Trail cover is a lifesaver for those unexpected showers or when it's parked outside overnight and there's a chance of rain. Mine has been well used. Also keeps the cats out
Here's an old pic with the boot on....
02-22-2010 02:23 AM
jbtrojan
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Originally Posted by skydivelucky View Post
Mine normally takes about 3 minutes to put up or down on a 2DR. I leave it attached. The longest part is taking the windows into my apartment.
I had this same problem and hated having to run up and down the stairs with my windows. Someone got me a window roll bag for xmas and now life is great. Time up and down is about the same but i'm not running around anymore. Can take the windows off any time, anywhere and get to keep em with me. Now if only the doors were that easy to store...
08-09-2009 12:46 AM
jeepnpr I've had my soft top down quite a bit once the weather warmed up. Some of the guys at work think I'm crazy for putting the top down instead of using the AC. I think I've put it down in about 5 minutes and have been able to lock it up in about 7-8 (with added incentive of rain coming) As others have said the intructions for dropping the 4 door top are crap, i asked a guy on the road with his top down how he did it and we pulled off the road and he showed me how to do it. I think the longest/hardest part is lining up side windows and zipping and fastening velcro so it's nice & tight.
08-08-2009 12:22 AM
liv2ryd TJ soft tops went up and down in a snap, wife and I could do it in about 3 min when rain would start, maybe 1 more minute alone. Unlimited Sahara soft top - HATED IT! More fun wrasslin' a grizzly bear! Too fussy and fiddly and yes, those instructionsAnd with all the metal around you from the 4 doors, it never really felt like it was open anyway. So after 1 summer with soft top, took it off, stored it and never looked back. Hard top with Freedom Panels removed gave virtually the same effect. Just got a 2 dr JK soft top, haven't tried it yet but it doesn't look a great deal different from the TJ so I'm not expecting any problems, except from that darn rear window!
07-06-2009 12:57 PM
bkw Picked up my JK about a month ago and it's rained every single day since.. up until the holiday weekend. I've removed the top about 5 times and the first time it took me about 10 minutes to get it down, but about 20 minutes to get it up and figure out how everything fits.

After the weekend, I'm down to 8 minutes down, and 12 minutes up - according to the wife. It's really quite easy to do if you have one of the backseats folded down. The part that takes the longest is folding the top so that it sits right. It took a while to figure out that part.
07-02-2009 02:46 PM
daggo66 Up or down takes 5 minutes or less. The majority of that time is carefully packing the windows in my Bestop window roll.
07-02-2009 01:20 PM
dogsnhorses The iniitial install took several corona's while I watched my big kid cuss and swear cause, yeah the directions stunk and he told me over and over again I should of bought a best top! LOL!.

I take my side windows with, usually roll with the back seat folded up and that is where I tuck my windows.

Takes this girl about five minutes or less to get her top off. Putting it back on depends on how many beers I've had!
07-02-2009 11:54 AM
Hwyblades No more than 5 minutes each way. Quicker up if it is raining while I am doing it.
06-02-2009 12:19 PM
cy76065 Had a '02 wrangler and it went up/down VERY easily, less than 5 min each way....

fast forward to '07 unlimited 4 door.... first few times rough, and still tricky for a small gal to manage, but I can now get up/down in 5-7 min alone, less than 5 if someone helping me.
06-02-2009 12:15 PM
cy76065
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Originally Posted by JohnSul View Post
trick50, ditto on the directions sucking. I put my soft top on for the first time a couple of days ago (09 unlimited 4 door). Took me quite a while, probably 1 hour, but I knew nothing about doing this. Zipping up the quarter/back windows is a pain. I came to this site to figure out the "sunrider" option where you pull the roof back so front and back seats exposed, but not all the way back. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like you can do this without taking any of the windows off.
good luck with that, I learned mine doesn't have that 'feature' although the glove box had the accessories for it... when I try it although I strap it all down, it still has the top too loose that the sails flap in the wind instead of staying on (but I've also got windows off as wel) haven't tried with windows on...... I tend to simply remove all windows during the summer....
06-02-2009 12:01 PM
Geoff@Bestop Dual Top issue:

I'm not familiar with your fancy JK Wranglers and their anchors and bolts. As a Caveman Jeeper, I've got a 79 CJ. And when faced with a problem, we just pull out the duct tape and a hammer.

But there are some smart people on our customer service team.
csbestop@bestop.com
800-845-3567

Geoff@Bestop
Bestop Blog
06-01-2009 09:29 AM
skydivelucky Mine normally takes about 3 minutes to put up or down on a 2DR. I leave it attached. The longest part is taking the windows into my apartment.
06-01-2009 08:17 AM
Ape I've only had my Jeep (2 door) for a month and I can say the top is a PITA to put up, but fairly easy to fold down. Make certain your new top is well heated up (put in the sun for 10 minutes) as it makes the top up process much easier.
Since my car is a fun weekender, I seriously doubt that I will use the top. That being said, I ordered and received these this past weekend...
Bestop Safari-style Header Bikini Top - BLACK DIAMOND : JC Whitney: Auto Parts & Accessories
Header....
Bestop Header Windshield Channel : JC Whitney: Auto Parts & Accessories
This was a very easy install and I can say this will be my de-facto top.
06-01-2009 03:47 AM
jk'n I take the bolt anchors out of their spots on all six and store them with the hard top parts. Pull down slightly on the part that faces the inside of the car and possibly pull down on the carpet too then wiggle them out of there. I didn't want to lose any of them over the summer. One sure way not to is remove them. I didn't have any problems removing them. A couple of them were a little snug. Once you do it a few times, you'll get the hang of it. I strap the front of the top support bar to the bolt hole when the top is down. It looks like it should be that way when it is done that way. And of course, that is how it was designed to work.
05-31-2009 10:54 PM
redsfan
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Originally Posted by ddincincy View Post
I have a 2008 with the dual tops. The last step has you run the velcro straps through the body, but with the dual top setup, the holes are filled with the hardtop attachment anchors. Anyone figure how to work around that?
apparently those of us that have the anchors are faced with a problem. Some say they can take those anchors out. How? Dunno, because I try and they are stiff as you know what...However, all I do is use the velcro straps as I do in sunrider mode and there hasn't been a problem yet. If the top sits up in high wind tied down with the straps, sitting down in the vehicle should be a piece of cake as the top has nowhere to go when windy. I would just not worry about tying through the body and just secure them to the bows if you want.
05-31-2009 09:35 PM
emailj
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Originally Posted by buckscrape View Post
Thanks for the link, once my rails come in (and looks like I need something to secure the tailgate bar) I'll give the soft top thing a whirl.
05-31-2009 08:56 PM
ddincincy I have a 2008 with the dual tops. The last step has you run the velcro straps through the body, but with the dual top setup, the holes are filled with the hardtop attachment anchors. Anyone figure how to work around that?
04-23-2009 09:38 PM
Badfish
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Originally Posted by JeepGirl17 View Post
That's a great video. I saved it in my links because i KNOW i will need it when the time comes! I'm spoiled.... on my Volvo hard top convertible, I just push a button, and it does everything for me! It looks complicated, but seems like the more you do it, the easier it gets! When do you think they will come out with the fully automated Jeep top?
your totally right the first time i put it down and back up is was the worst experience of my life but now i can do it in under 5 up or down. practice makes perfect. an automatic drop top jeep would be sweet too dosent look like it would be too hard just expensive
04-23-2009 04:06 PM
JeepGirl17 That's a great video. I saved it in my links because i KNOW i will need it when the time comes! I'm spoiled.... on my Volvo hard top convertible, I just push a button, and it does everything for me! It looks complicated, but seems like the more you do it, the easier it gets! When do you think they will come out with the fully automated Jeep top?
04-20-2009 09:41 PM
dogsnhorses Same here, 5 down, 10 up. I just roll up the back window, it's an absolutely nightmare to take off and put back on. Should have bought a best top!

Got the hard top on at the moment, flippen at the end of the month.
04-20-2009 04:30 PM
The Real SASQUATCH 5 mins down, 10 mins up (standard drop top) and 15 mins down,15 mins up (complete removal/reinstall) plus or minus 5 mins.

Sounds like you need one of those emergency tops, Quadraoverpriced sells a couple variations, just go on there website and check them out. Quadratec that is
04-20-2009 08:17 AM
JohnSul trick50, ditto on the directions sucking. I put my soft top on for the first time a couple of days ago (09 unlimited 4 door). Took me quite a while, probably 1 hour, but I knew nothing about doing this. Zipping up the quarter/back windows is a pain. I came to this site to figure out the "sunrider" option where you pull the roof back so front and back seats exposed, but not all the way back. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like you can do this without taking any of the windows off.
04-10-2009 04:06 PM
mishel I had to remove the soft top part that is pre-installed in the car, under the hard-top, so that I can have some more space in the trunk (to carry my own winter wheels, for instance, to the service, to have them replaced...). Decided to do that. Looked at the instructions, looked at the car, decided to just leave it there until the summer, called a taxi-truck to take the wheeles...
04-10-2009 02:00 PM
buckscrape Try this site:

My Jeep: 2008 Jeep Wrangler Soft Top Guide
04-09-2009 08:51 PM
jk'n
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Originally Posted by trick50 View Post
Take down is 5 minutes 7 tops if I am rolling up the windows and bringing them with me...(I usually leave em home, not necessary if I get rained on) Putting it up is about the same...If I just need to throw up the top without the windows in a pinch for rain or whatever I can do that in about 45 seconds.
08 4dr. Unlimited Sahara
**Assembling softtop (dual top option) 2 hours and a 30pk of coors light. This was when i first got it and had no idea as to what i am doing and the drections suck.

***Putting the top up for the first time clueless still...almost 4 hours...Damn OCD and ADHD***.

Now that I have a system down its cake.
Totally ditto, even setting mine up....about the same time only I did it without the 30 pk.
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