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Old 07-12-2015, 10:08 AM
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Hard top over soft top: Why not?

The manual says that you are supposed to remove the soft top before installing the hard top. However, the dual top option ships the soft top under the hard top.

I'm planning on using the soft top most of the spring/summer, but there are times when I'll want to use the hard top instead (parking at the airport, etc.). I have a hoist for the hard top, so it's not bad at all to remove/install by myself, but the soft top is a bit unwieldy, and it'd be nice if I could just put the hard top over it short-term.

Anyone know why this isn't recommended?

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Old 07-12-2015, 10:14 AM   #2
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Rubbing of the ST material against the HT, MAY cause premature "wear" on ST. In THEORY, if you could "secure" the ST so that it does not contact the HT AT ALL, you would be fine.

Different suggestion, strap wrap your material to the ST frame when in the down/ lowered position, Then remove the bolt or quick release pins. Open tailgate and grasp the St material and frame as one. (kinda like a horse shoe) carry to an appropriate storage point.

I attached two L shaped hooks to the garage wall when I used to remove the ST.

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Old 07-12-2015, 01:13 PM
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Ah, that makes sense. Going to put it on later in advance of some coming storms. Other than the fabric, I can't see how there'd be any issue. Probably just easier to tell people to not use both than to explain how to avoid rubbing/pinching fabric, etc.

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Old 07-13-2015, 05:34 PM   #4
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Plus with the soft top back there it will be a pain to load and unload things without it getting in the way.
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You have to deal with the door surrounds too, they have to come off with the hardtop. Too much work if you ask me.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:46 PM
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Definitely not convenient, but it doesn't appear that anything should get damaged if it's all tucked away. For parking at the airport on the occasional business trip, or if a big enough storm is blowing through (reports of golf ball hail south of here), it looks like it'll be fine. Fair trade off, I'd say.

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