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rogersc6 05-21-2013 08:37 PM

Moving, need to fit soft top inside hard top
Hi! New to the forum with a question that hopefully has a very easy solution. I have a 2007 wrangler sahara (2 door) that currently has the freedom hard top on it. I also own a factory model soft top. I am moving from Colorado to Tennessee and need to find a way to fit the soft top inside the already attached hard top so that I can drive both down there. Is there a way to disconnect the soft top bars and put the soft top in the trunk? I apologize for what might be a very silly question. I need to get this done prior to Sunday and completely understand if a car expert needs to get involved, I just need to know if this can be done.

Thanks in advance for your help!

docbott 05-21-2013 08:41 PM

You should be able to fit the hardtop on if you lower the soft top and remove the soft top frame from around the doors. I have had both on at the same time without any issues.

Rob66 05-21-2013 08:53 PM

It shouldn't be a problem. When I got mine from the dealer, the freedom hard top was on and the soft top was down, and fastened in the back, like it would be if you put the soft top down all the way with the windows out. Like the other person said, just make sure the plastic door pieces are removed that you need when the soft top is in use, and you will be able to do put the soft top inside the hard top.

jp2611 05-21-2013 08:53 PM

Easy answer yes it will fit .......they come from the factory that way...however they caution that "damage may occur if ST is not removed.....IDK what type of damage they are referring to but that is my caution for you.

Now I also understand that most likely it is the "Lawyers" trying to keep from getting in a bind over damaged tops but the easy way to ship them is folded down in side the Jeep with HT on as well.

Do your best to avoid putting any extra weight on the frame so that it doesn't get "tweaked".

Fold your rear seat up so you have plety of room to see what you are the install videos and think backwards as far as the ST frame installation.

IMO (fwiw) your top should be fine just be cautious what you are doing.


docbott 05-21-2013 09:06 PM

Also, I use some wide Velcro straps to contain the soft top so that nothing gets pinched in the hard top. One on each side of the top and one in the middle when it is down.

miloman 07-20-2015 11:57 PM

How to store ST under HT
Hey guys

I know this is an old thread but I am moving house and am facing the same problem.

Can you explain how I tuck the soft top in when I want to fit the hard top as the soft top folds, specifically on the far ends, sit on top of the jeep's body.

Thanks in advance

Jeep1029 07-21-2015 09:40 AM

Park in the sun for a couple of hours
I did this couple of months ago when I sold my 2007 JK Sahara.

1. Wash car with soft top - not needed but if soft top is dirty you should.

2. With soft top on covering the Jeep, park in the sun for a few hours, it makes the top really soft and you can fold it up tighter.

3. Drop stop top, and make sure it collapse like an accordion, that way you have less canvas to deal with. I always did this during regular use, I hated the soft top not tucked in properly and hanging over the body.

4. Once the top is folded up nicely and nothing hangs over the body, install hardtop, make sure the inserts are set properly to receive the hardtop bolts, you don't want to be fiddling with those inserts after the hard top is on.

5. Remove the door surrounds etc.

6. Bolt down and go.

The key here is to park in the sun for a couple of hours to get that canvas soft and nice to work with.

miloman 07-22-2015 05:30 PM

Thanks for the reply Jeep1029 :)

Some good tips there, especially parking it in the sun to get the soft top nice and soft.

You've sort of got me on point 3. I was simply folding the top back accordion style, but a lot of research has pointed out that you have to pull the soft top folds toward the back of the jeep so that they don't get caught by the roofs folding arms, as this will slowly wear through it.

This also means that it hangs over the back of the jeep. I'm going to try find a picture of how to tuck it in. Its the far left and right corners that are my concern as it bunches up quite hard (need to try in the sun, but there is a wire that runs through the side that I want to avoid damaging). Spares are not cheap to come by in New Zealand lol

With the top hanging over the sides, stops me from moving onto point 4.

I'm sure once I've done this once, it will be painfully obvious how easy it is.

Once again, thanks for the reply and good tips.

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