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300chopper 12-26-2012 11:33 AM

TJ hardtop differences
 
Is there any differences in TJ hardtops other than the vents on the earlier ones? Any fitment issues?

Neil F. 12-26-2012 01:37 PM

Any 97-06 top will fit. The only other differences are with the connector at the hardtop if yoi want to connect to the wiper and defroster.

300chopper 12-28-2012 08:50 PM

Thanks, I wasn't sure.

richsipe 12-28-2012 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by 300chopper
Is there any differences in TJ hardtops other than the vents on the earlier ones? Any fitment issues?

Without the vent in the hardtop and I you have a tailgate Also ventless - post 2002 I think then you may get a whistle when you turn on the hvac because of being over sealed.

Also the post 2004 hard tops have a seating plug to help alignment and my 2000 tj doesn't. No biggie though the alignment pin is plastic and just pops out of the hardtop.

I don't have my electrical hooked up yet because of the plug issue but no problems of fogging etc.

Jacqui 12-28-2012 10:05 PM

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Originally Posted by richsipe
Without the vent in the hardtop and I you have a tailgate Also ventless - post 2002 I think then you may get a whistle when you turn on the hvac because of being over sealed.

The vents were moved from the hardtop to the tailgate... I believe that started in 2003? So yes, it's possible that if you have a '02 or earlier TJ (no tailgate vent) and get a '03+ hardtop (no vents), you may have a mild issue with the Jeep being over sealed. Either install some junkyard vents in a newer hardtop or swap out your tailgate with a vented one. That would fix the issue for sure. :)

The only fitment issue would be with the Unlimited TJ hardtop. Obviously too long for a regular TJ.

If your Jeep came from the factory with just a soft top, you would have to install proper wiring for the hardtop's wiper and defroster. Unless you don't care about those working. You also need to make sure you have a tailgate seal, which goes on top of the tailgate.

MarkGLHS 12-29-2012 02:30 AM

also the hardtops came with untinted or tinted glass.....tinted hard top glass was optional on the Sport and standard on the Sahara.

300chopper 12-30-2012 01:57 PM

Thanks for all the help guys, I missed out on the one I was trying to buy. May just go with a new soft top the only issues I am having is wind noise and windows not clear.

fdkss03 12-30-2012 02:38 PM

I have a newer hard top on my 99 tj... works fine, i dont have the connector hooked up

SquatchPatrol 12-30-2012 02:42 PM

I'd like to know the differences as well. I got one with my jeep that I don't use and want to sell, but I don't know much about them to be able to tell the seller about it. Mine does have vents on the side of it, but the glass is out of the hatch. I sub'd to this thread for info thanks guys.

Akers1995 07-22-2013 12:35 AM

I got a hardtop off of a 97 and its on my 2004 rubicon and it tore up me weather seal on my drivers door

wwch99tj 07-22-2013 07:24 AM

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Originally Posted by SquatchPatrol (Post 3160441)
I'd like to know the differences as well. I got one with my jeep that I don't use and want to sell, but I don't know much about them to be able to tell the seller about it. Mine does have vents on the side of it, but the glass is out of the hatch. I sub'd to this thread for info thanks guys.

The 97-02 tops have a vent behind the side windows
The 03-06 tops don't have the vent

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Originally Posted by Akers1995 (Post 3988849)
I got a hardtop off of a 97 and its on my 2004 rubicon and it tore up me weather seal on my drivers door

Then you have an alignment problem with the top or door, it has nothing to do with an earlier top on a later model...

tailhole 07-22-2013 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Akers1995 (Post 3988849)
I got a hardtop off of a 97 and its on my 2004 rubicon and it tore up me weather seal on my drivers door

Hum. The same thing happened with mine on the pass side.
(2000 top on a 05)

Akers1995 07-22-2013 11:10 AM

What's a way to fix it ?


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