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DocG2828 02-26-2007 07:00 PM

Soft Top Questions
Mine came with the hard top, and the previous owner is supposed to be dropping off the soft-top to the dealer, if not, they still owe me one if it has to be a new one.

Anyways, how difficult is it to drop and raise the top? How long does it take once you get the hang of it? When its folded down, does it leave any storage room in what I guess you would call the "trunk" :rolleyes:

I'm looking to take the Jeep on a vacation this summer with my wife, and we're going to VA Beach, so top down fun would be great! Just curious how much room for luggage we'll have, and how much trouble we should expect raising and lowering the top all the time.

BlueBoy 02-26-2007 08:03 PM

Once you get the hang of it, it takes about 5 min to take the top down and around 10 min to put everything (side and back windows) back on. The top doesn't sink all the way into the trunk. You will have room for about 1-2 bags? The trunk is nothing to begin with. You might want to look into other options for luggage if you have a lot of it.

chucky cheese 02-26-2007 08:05 PM

Once you get the hang of it, under two minutes. the top goes up and down real easy. It doesnt take up any rear storage space. the top folded down lays across the top of the rear door. the only space you would loose is if you have half doors and side curtains off and you carry them with you in the storage space. but there is room to spare.

coolman8bc 02-26-2007 08:24 PM

Yeah it's pretty easy to put it down, putting it back up can be a pain though if it gets colder and shrinks.

DocG2828 02-26-2007 08:30 PM

Well we'll be taking out the rear seat, and probably have a suitcase, average size cooler, and maybe another bag. So it sounds like it should be ok. And it sounds like spending a few minutes dropping the top will be well worth the open air fun of a road trip to the beach!

And I'll have my 32's, black steelies, and lift by then too.....since a couple of my current tires are wore unevenly, and I'd really hate to drive that far on bad tires. ;)

dbwvu 02-26-2007 09:26 PM

take out the seat for cargo room

amerijeep 02-26-2007 10:53 PM

I was wondering about somethin' myself. The YJ top doesn;t fold down. It has to be removed, which is easy as heck. I very rarily see a TJ with the top folded back. They are almost always completely removed too.

Does it flap in the breeze or somethin'? I really thought it would be a nice feature to fold it back but it seems like complete removal is more popular. What's up with that?

04moneypit 02-26-2007 11:00 PM

I usually fold mine back, and laying down doesn't make much noise driving around.

Dare2BSquare 02-26-2007 11:06 PM

My yj top folds down. They make a cover that you can put over it when it is folded down, but I really don't see the need. It is barely visible when folded and it doesn't flap in the wind.

amerijeep 02-26-2007 11:09 PM

Dare, I guess you have an aftermarket top. Which one is it? I might want to upgrade to one that folds down when I retire the original.

Dare2BSquare 02-27-2007 12:15 AM

It was on there when I bought it last year, so I'm not EXACTLY sure which Bestop it is. What happens to your frame when you take yours off? Doesn't it fold down? Go to the Bestop site and they have PDF instructions for all of their tops, as far as how to install, fold down, ect.

amerijeep 02-27-2007 12:18 AM

It collapses, but it doesn't fold down to stay on the jeep. I won't need a top this year anyway. I already have mine off for the summer. Won't go back on until the end of the year. Looks like the OE top will make it another season.

mud707 02-27-2007 10:41 AM

Mine factory top drops real easy, plus I got the tonuea cover from a yj for 5 bucks at a yard sale (tight fit but works) to keep everything out of sight and dry for those afternoon showers. Been thinking about getting the besttop half-top since I never bought a bikini top though. anybody use one of them?

tiny terror 02-27-2007 11:01 AM

DocG, buy a window roll. I bought one first thing when I got the jeep and it's really convienent when you're out and about to have your windows with you. Mine's a clover patch I think. Roll the windows in it a couple of times so you get the hang of it because if you roll them too tight the nylon bag will flap.

Other than that, the top folded back is the only way I have mine. I didn't even know it came all the way off. It doesn't make a sound. The back seat belts make more noise but I strapped those down with some velcro and now there's nothing flapping back there.

erickpl 02-27-2007 11:43 AM

I remove my TJ soft top (and hardware) each summer. I run a safari top and a duster cover. The safari top has the no drill header, so putting the top up is not an option when running the safari. It is a cleaner look IMO. I did homemade quick discos by drilling out the torx screws in the hardware ends and installing some pins. Cost like $5.00 total.

With the safari on top, duster over the back, and doors on, you stay remarkably dry/warm, even at highway speeds. When I get to my destination, the doors come off and store in the hotel room. I have a Rain Gear cover that covers the entire cab and open door area for the evenings to keep water and critters out.

This is my summer configuration:

Just add the doors for the road trip part. If you want less wind, get the windjammer behind the seats - your luggage will still be under the duster and covered.

Skitzic 02-27-2007 08:53 PM

I have more problems getting the top back up because I usually decide to do it after midnight and it's gotten a bit colder. One time I was litterally hanging on the corner trying to get it close enough to catch the front latch. It didn't work and I ended up parking it open.

erickpl 02-28-2007 08:16 AM

Easy tip for putting it back on when it is cold.

Attach the latches to the windshield frame just so they clip in. Leave the clips in as wide open as possible while still having them clipped. On my 97, that means the end with the clip is in line with the lever to close it.

Once you do that, flip the plastic pieces that go into the door surround out, so they don't get stuck underneath the surround itself. Then go to the back of the Jeep, press down on the rear-most bar and clip in the rear corners. It works MUCH easier that way instead of fighting to get the clips in after the corners are done.

TJeffro 02-28-2007 09:18 PM

When I drop mine, it takes about 2-3 mins to drop it, and since I have the technique down, its about 5-6 to put it back up. Thats including putting the doors back on (with the window sliders).

After reading these posts. I am interested in finding out more about what you guys run in the summer... maybe a new thread to start...


jp'rs_peep'rs 03-04-2007 11:36 AM

Large piece pvc tubing with two end caps and some brackets make an excellent soft window holder. Spray paint what ever color desired (plasti coat) and assem and go. Make sure to deburr the pvc.


jp'rs_peep'rs 03-04-2007 11:38 AM


Head to the the abric section of wally world and buy some $1 closeout fabric to act as separaters.


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