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Thracks 05-13-2012 09:13 AM

How I managed the one-man hardtop removal
 
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I just got done removing the hardtop from my Jeep yesterday by myself with no straps/winches/rope. Seems impossible, unless you do a little work.

I started by removing the rear glass. The rear glass has quite a bit of weight and removing it would definitely make removing the roof easier.

1: Disconnect the wires that connect to the rear glass. This includes the wires for the heating elements and the harness for the wiper motor. To remove the wires for the heating elements, just pull them straight off. They snap on/off. To remove the harness and hose, pull off the cover over the motor. It's held by clips and comes off easily by just pulling it off. Undo the harness and remove the hose.

2: Disconnect the shock absorbers. I didn't have the right size tool for removing them from the roof, so I had to remove them from the glass. Easy, as just some quick work with the wrench takes them off. Fasten the nuts back onto the glass so you don't lose them after the shocks are removed.

3: Unscrew the four bolts that fasten the glass to the roof. To make this step easier, just unscrew ONE bolt from each side completely, then unscrew the other bolt from each side 90%. This way you won't be holding up the heavy glass very long when one side is disconnected.

4: With the glass removed, unscrew the six bolts that hold the roof to the body.

5: Place some towels on the ground behind your Jeep. This is where we will be placing the roof. You can also wedge some towels between the roof and the body if you want to prevent scratches. I did this.

6: Here comes the fun part. With the rear hatch closed, lift the roof off its pegs and slide it backwards until it almost reaches its tipping point. Be VERY careful as to not let the roof slide too far to the left or right, as it will slip off and could destroy your roof. Slowly let the roof tilt backwards and grab the roof from the frontal lip with your "weak" hand and the rear lip with your "strong" hand. Continuing this sliding motion, let gravity slide the roof until it's completely off, then softly place the bottom rear lip on the towel and let the roof lean back so it's sitting vertically.

All done! Hop in your Jeep and enjoy being exposed to the elements!

kjeeper10 05-13-2012 09:24 AM

I removed my Tj top myself "once" lol

I squatted in the rear facing out. Lifted the top and walked off the back. All while balancing the top with both my hands.
Then sat on my rear and laid flat on my back, sat the top down and done.

Never again lol

Battlecat 05-13-2012 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by kjeeper10
I removed my Tj top myself "once" lol

I squatted in the rear facing out. Lifted the top and walked off the back. All while balancing the top with both my hands.
Then sat on my rear and laid flat on my back, sat the top down and done.

Never again lol

Lol. I did something very similar with my hardtop. I'll never do it again.

coilrod 05-13-2012 10:02 AM

Taking the glass off will make it easier. I use a couple closet dowel rods, two 2x4's and a set of saw horses. Pull out of garage, undo mechanical connections, roll it almost all the way back, onto the 2x4's. (you gotta lift over the alignment pins) While the front balances on the dowel, set sawhorse and block it up a hair. Drive out. Not easy, but possible.

mattr 05-13-2012 10:23 AM

I found that taking my hard top off myself was much easier than removing my soft top... more brawn then brain I guess
I would just squat underneath it and stand up a bit and duck walk on or off the back of my unlimited

Phobos 05-13-2012 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by mattr
I found that taking my hard top off myself was much easier than removing my soft top... more brawn then brain I guess
I would just squat underneath it and stand up a bit and duck walk on or off the back of my unlimited

X2


I took my TJ top off all the time by myself. I'm too lazy to do the weight reduction. I unscrewed the locks, open the tail gate, clump inside, stand up with top on my head, walk off back of Jeep. Granted off your lifted more then I was you will need steps. A great step idea would be the steps they sell to get on to a horse. They are solid and not crazy expensive and easily manageable.. They can be purchased at any tractor supply store.

kjeeper10 05-13-2012 12:29 PM

Duck walk, that pretty much describes it lol

Johns01 05-13-2012 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by kjeeper10
Duck walk, that pretty much describes it lol

Haven't tried that yet I'm afraid of dropping it. Waiting on a buddy now to help me

HI-life 05-13-2012 12:54 PM

Did the duck walk also then I thought I would ask my fiancÚ to give me a hand thinking that it should be easier with her help well long story short I should have done it myself because it felt that way when she tried to help. I learned my lesson, I'll just ask a buddy to help out the next time.

Johns01 05-13-2012 01:05 PM

Thinking about getting a rag top for the summer months. Still waiting for my help (an hour later)

HashtagAmerica 06-01-2012 12:46 AM

Dang, I was hoping it was easier to do this alone. I tend to go "off the grid" for weeks at a time and I don't have a soft top. I hate trying to find someone to help me take the whole thing off and then put it back on when a storm starts a-brewing.

Duck walk? Like Chuck Berry or Angus Young?

JEEPDON 06-01-2012 04:22 AM

I just throw a blanket or some carpeting over forks on my front end loader and remove all hardware from top, open back window, run forks in, then lift off and have a special spot in my pole building to set the top. When I put the top back on, I lay a couple of 1X4's across the tub, then set the top on the 1X4's until it is lined up, then remove boards and VOILA!! Then re-attach all hardware!! Practically effotless!!:dance:

oliver_jeep 06-01-2012 07:22 AM

*Cough* Hoist* Cough***

CapnRich22 06-01-2012 09:24 AM

when i need to do it quick, i just put it on my shoulders and walk out the back.. and same to put it back on.. i'm 6'3 230lbs so it doesn't seem too hard for me, but when i have time, i hoist it.

dprimm 06-01-2012 09:34 AM

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Did mine solo as well, removed front freedom pannels undid the 6 bolts, unplugged harness then with rear door open just muscled it up a couple of inches and walked it off. Have to watch out for the spare tire though. I set it on a couple of half shelves I have that stand about 36" and placed moving blankets on them to protect the base of the top.
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gbtb87 06-01-2012 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by JEEPDON (Post 2425042)
I just throw a blanket or some carpeting over forks on my front end loader and remove all hardware from top, open back window, run forks in, then lift off and have a special spot in my pole building to set the top. When I put the top back on, I lay a couple of 1X4's across the tub, then set the top on the 1X4's until it is lined up, then remove boards and VOILA!! Then re-attach all hardware!! Practically effotless!!:dance:

Thanks now I have an excuse to get that front end loader i've been
wanting:D

Cleric73 06-01-2012 10:30 AM

I've done it once by myself after I youtubed it and watched some vids. Seems like most who do it with ease are about 6' tall. Me - 5'10" and it's a PITA!

I did the squat in the back, lift, walk out a bit. Balance it and get out of the Jeep,...military press and squat....lightly set it on the ground. Then calmly say F-THAT...NEVER AGAIN. As your shoulders, thighs and nerves slowly uncoil.

dprimm 06-01-2012 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Cleric73 (Post 2425841)
I've done it once by myself after I youtubed it and watched some vids. Seems like most who do it with ease are about 6' tall. Me - 5'10" and it's a PITA!

I did the squat in the back, lift, walk out a bit. Balance it and get out of the Jeep,...military press and squat....lightly set it on the ground. The calmly say F-THAT...NEVER AGAIN. As your shoulders, thighs and nerves slowly uncoil.

6'2" here, yeah if she sat any higher it would be hard doing myself.

snochick 06-01-2012 07:41 PM

:whistling: I got one up on you boys. I'm 5'4", and weigh about 115 soaking wet. I needed to get the hardtop off hubby's Rubi so I could go pick up his new soft top. I backed it up to my 2009 Cummins that I traded in last month for the Gecko, climbed into the Rubi and spent the next 30 minutes walking that thing into the truck bed.

Multiple people drove by me while I did this, and I'm pretty sure I created much laughing all around. But I got it done all by my wittle self.:rofl:

But now hubby comes home from deployment in a week and his Rubi is ready to go for one very fun summer.:punk:

rics1997 06-01-2012 08:13 PM

Removing it by myself was easy. not fun but easy. Put putting it back on again, now that's another story

tcunningham1979 06-02-2012 05:19 AM

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Originally Posted by rics1997 (Post 2427657)
Removing it by myself was easy. not fun but easy. Put putting it back on again, now that's another story

If you need to put it back on again, drop me a line. I don't mind to help someone out. When I took mine off, I kept thinking about all the things that would happen if I dropped it.

I made a u-shaped wooden contraption a little taller than the rails. All I have to do is pick it up an inch or two and slide the top back. The hardtop stays on it until I decide to put it back on.

dabolt55 06-02-2012 06:04 AM

Did this myself, thanks to this forum. just used the ratchet straps..

Cleric73 06-02-2012 09:38 AM

Yeah, forgot to mention. You can of course take it off yourself. Putting it back on, unless it's on a rack, almost impossible.

tribangle 06-02-2012 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by snochick
:whistling: I got one up on you boys. I'm 5'4", and weigh about 115 soaking wet. I needed to get the hardtop off hubby's Rubi so I could go pick up his new soft top. I backed it up to my 2009 Cummins that I traded in last month for the Gecko, climbed into the Rubi and spent the next 30 minutes walking that thing into the truck bed.

Multiple people drove by me while I did this, and I'm pretty sure I created much laughing all around. But I got it done all by my wittle self.:rofl:

But now hubby comes home from deployment in a week and his Rubi is ready to go for one very fun summer.:punk:

This HITS on so many levels! awesome

countrybassist 06-02-2012 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by snochick (Post 2427580)
:whistling: I got one up on you boys. I'm 5'4", and weigh about 115 soaking wet. I needed to get the hardtop off hubby's Rubi so I could go pick up his new soft top. I backed it up to my 2009 Cummins that I traded in last month for the Gecko, climbed into the Rubi and spent the next 30 minutes walking that thing into the truck bed.

Multiple people drove by me while I did this, and I'm pretty sure I created much laughing all around. But I got it done all by my wittle self.:rofl:

But now hubby comes home from deployment in a week and his Rubi is ready to go for one very fun summer.:punk:

Impressive! I'm 6'0" and 205lbs. I would be afraid to try that myself. But then again, I'm 47 and I have bad knees.

Steve91 06-02-2012 10:17 AM

i was thinking the other day how they have the hoists for garage but does anyone make an engine hoist type lift for people that dont have the room in the garage i think that wold be awesome

srynsht 05-22-2013 09:37 PM

hard top removal
 
the lazy way :-)

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MichaelEdwardsDO 05-22-2013 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by snochick (Post 2427580)
:whistling: I got one up on you boys. I'm 5'4", and weigh about 115 soaking wet. I needed to get the hardtop off hubby's Rubi so I could go pick up his new soft top. I backed it up to my 2009 Cummins that I traded in last month for the Gecko, climbed into the Rubi and spent the next 30 minutes walking that thing into the truck bed.

Multiple people drove by me while I did this, and I'm pretty sure I created much laughing all around. But I got it done all by my wittle self.:rofl:

But now hubby comes home from deployment in a week and his Rubi is ready to go for one very fun summer.:punk:

Quite Possibly Best Wife Ever Material!

rics1997 05-22-2013 11:15 PM

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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 2363595)
I removed my Tj top myself "once" lol

I squatted in the rear facing out. Lifted the top and walked off the back. All while balancing the top with both my hands.
Then sat on my rear and laid flat on my back, sat the top down and done.

Never again lol


Did my JK that way twice but after a failed one man put on, I never tried that again and convinced me I needed a soft top

Thracks 05-23-2013 11:19 PM

I've found an easier way to remove the shock absorbers since then, lol.


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