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adpanko 06-27-2012 09:40 PM

How much does the JK hardtop weight?
 
I figured this has already been asked and answered, but I couldn't find anything with the search function. I'm about to take off the hardtop on my 2012 JK 2-door, and put on the soft top. Just so I know how much help I need, how heavy is the hardtop? (obviously excluding the Freedom panels, which will already be off). Thanks!

spankinkopita 06-27-2012 09:50 PM

Two healthy adults that can work cooperatively can easily remove the top. Tape down the tailgate glass, it throws the balance off if out opens while removing

rics1997 06-27-2012 09:53 PM

Wouldn't call it real heavy but very awkward. I took it off by myself once. Wouldn't recommend that though but I just go up into the jeep and picked up and jumped off. As I said not recommended but it worked. No way could I have put it back on again without help.

Three people is recommended. As I said, not as much for the weight but the awkwardness of it. it is heavier on the back window causing it to want to tip that direction even with two people. I did put it back on with two but got a scratch when my help let it tip and lost balance.

RoxstarD 06-27-2012 09:57 PM

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

Jeepin_Dad 06-27-2012 10:03 PM

I always take it off/put it on by myself. The akward part is most of the weight is all the way at the back.

flyracin17 06-27-2012 10:38 PM

One thing to note I think is guys without jks always say they can do it themselves. Not saying noone has done it themselves on a jk but def wouldn't recommend it if you like your hard top and don't wanna be replacing it lol. Just you and another person is suffice. Do recommend a someone who has good stabilizing muscles. My girlfriend could get it up but it was just too awkward for her so I had I get another buddy over to help.

kdude 06-27-2012 10:42 PM

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....

Wrong Way Hal 06-27-2012 11:27 PM

According to my scale, the 2 door top with Freedom panels weighs 136 lbs. Each power / heated mirrored door weighs 62 lbs.

Cold 06-27-2012 11:34 PM

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.

sambo11 06-27-2012 11:46 PM

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!::banghead:

Toph00 06-28-2012 03:46 AM

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

N3M0 06-28-2012 06:01 AM

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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

Cosmic Charlie 06-28-2012 06:50 AM

The back portion of the 2 door hard top is 90 lbs. The 4 door hard top is 120 lbs.

dhdad 06-28-2012 07:43 AM

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!

JPzilla 06-28-2012 07:49 AM

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

robskully 06-28-2012 08:07 AM

Wouldn't it be easy to just take off the spare before even taking off the top ?
Rob .....

dukedallas 06-28-2012 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by robskully (Post 2523363)
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.

unionjewel 06-28-2012 09:19 AM

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.

Rooster76 06-28-2012 10:37 PM

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.

Mark73 06-28-2012 11:22 PM

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 .

Jkwrangler012 06-28-2012 11:30 PM

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

dazone 06-29-2012 01:43 AM

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.

JoeBot13 06-29-2012 02:22 AM

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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!::banghead:

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 ...

kdude 06-30-2012 07:25 AM

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 ! :))))

RoxstarD 06-30-2012 08:02 AM

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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

klkb 06-30-2012 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Rooster76 (Post 2526456)

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.

Orangutan 04-14-2014 03:18 PM

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.

express_wagon 04-14-2014 03:54 PM

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!

ciarraikerry 04-14-2014 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Orangutan (Post 9869401)
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 fiancÚ. 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.

Orangutan 04-14-2014 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by ciarraikerry (Post 9870513)
so I have to figure out some other way to store it.

Doh:censored:I 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.


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