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Allagash 11-08-2008 09:05 PM

Hard Top Questions
I just picked up my 2000 TJ and I want to buy a hard top for it. I've got a couple of questions for you guys.

Will my 1/2 hard doors with upper soft doors work with a hard top?

Will all 1997 through 2006 hard tops fit my Jeep? Are there any issues I should keep in mind while looking for one such as wiring harnesses, etc?

Here's a picture of my Jeep for reference:

tj jockey 11-08-2008 09:34 PM

should be fine
all hardtops from those yers will fit, keep in mind the vents changed around 03. the earlier hardtops have vents down the side of the roof the later had the vents in the tailgate. i ran mine with soft doors, wasnt bad from memor, now got full doors though

distortedtj 11-08-2008 10:03 PM

Yes the half door w/soft uppers will work with a hardtop.

As far as all hard tops fit. Yes and No. There is a split year as tj_jockey said. If I remeber right it is 97 to 02 and then 03 to 06.

On the 97 to 02 the hardtop has vents on the sides just behind the side windows. On 03 to 06 the hardtop had no vents, But the 03 to 06 have a vent built into the tailgate.

If your jeep is a 03 to 06 the YES any hardtop will work. But if you have a 97 to 02 you'll need on with the vents in the top or you can put vents in the top.

Triple88a 11-09-2008 01:41 AM

whats the point of the vents? They are worthless, i wish my jeep didnt have them.. all they are good for is popping out.

Allagash 11-09-2008 07:20 AM


Originally Posted by Triple88a (Post 281001)
whats the point of the vents? They are worthless, i wish my jeep didnt have them.. all they are good for is popping out.

I was going to ask the same question. What purpose do the vents serve? Do they help the defrosters by circulating air?

jeeperman 11-09-2008 07:27 AM

The primary reason for the vents is to make sure that you don't blow out your windows when you slam your doors. But it also helps with air circulation.

One other little thing: you will have to cut a pin off of the top that is located near the rear of the door, if you buy a top that is 2003+.

slf41002 11-09-2008 10:26 AM

The vents do help!!!!I have a newer style top on my 97 and have no vents in the gate or the top and the worse thing is the wistleing noise you get from runnimg thr blower motor on high.The next thing is the soft upper sliders poof out everytime you close the doors.....I have fot used to sliding the window open a little before exiting the Jeep but would like to find a set of vents for my top or one for the tail gate.

ExDementia 11-09-2008 03:40 PM

How much are hard tops in junk yards? If they haven't already been taken of course.

Triple88a 11-09-2008 03:46 PM

every so often people sell hard tops here in the forum.. usually they go for 8-900 bucks.. (no idea on the junk yard though)

search around here, search around craigslist.. hopefully you'll find something.

Allagash 11-09-2008 04:33 PM

I've been searching craigslist and they range from $200 to $500 for a YJ and $300 to $1000 for a TJ. Average for a TJ is $700 to 800 on CL around here.

slf41002 11-09-2008 05:33 PM

I got mine on Ebay for around $700 but had to drive to Wheeling WV (3 hours) to pick it up.But I saved around a grand over new.

cork1958 11-10-2008 11:33 AM


Originally Posted by Triple88a (Post 281001)
whats the point of the vents? They are worthless, i wish my jeep didnt have them.. all they are good for is popping out.

Have wondered the same thing about my TJ as the rubber seal is loose on one side and blows out from under vent sometimes.

Need to get some clear drying glue or something to keep it inside.

Atthehop 11-10-2008 12:21 PM

Is there really a need for a hard top. I had one for my YJ and hated taking it off every summer here in NJ. I ordered my 04 TY without one and ordered 1/2 doors and run all rear without any problems. Plus I saved the cost of the hard top.

foxinthemudd 11-10-2008 02:27 PM

I got mine for free from a friend cause she didn't want it and it had a branch that landed on the driverside rear corner (nothing a little fiberglassing didn't fix). The vents are actually exhausters (they let the air out of the jeep when the doors are closed). I like my hardtop in the winter due to living in oregon (I hate getting into the jeep and having the downpour from pooling on the roof). Its nice to have, I agree that removal and storage sucks but its worth it in my opinion. Oh and my half doors work fine on it...

emev0l 11-10-2008 02:37 PM

I like my hard top in the winter a lot, keeps the heat in, its very quiet, I hear you get a mile or 2 better mpg, there not as easy to break into.

But it's great that you can pull that top off in the spring!!!

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