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Old 05-05-2015, 10:17 AM
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Soft-top to Hard-Top (Conversion)

Sorry for the newbie question. If I order a premium soft-top and decide later that I want a hard-top. Can I just purchase a hard-top off ebay/craigslist? Does it require different mounting gear? Just looked at some of the hard->soft conversions and seems like a ton of hardware for soft-top.

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you need to make sure the hardtop comes with the 6 Torx bolts (assuming 2 door). That's it.

The softie has a lot of hardware for the initial assembly but then on a yearly basis when you swap back and forth it's only 4 screws and 2 brackets and then the door surrounds. Not that much. Putting the initial softop assembly together is a b*tch though and not helped by the worthless instructions provided by MOPAR.

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Short answer is yes. My 11 2dr came with a soft top. I bought a 07 hard top from a friend. You just pull the door surrounds off (2 bolts each side) and unbolt the soft top frame (2 bolts each side). It looks more difficult then it is. It is easier to take it off with 2 people though. Not super heavy just awkward.

For the hard top youll need the hardware, which Im sure Quadratec sells. 3 bolts for each side along with the nuts that clip into the tub rails. Im not sure about pricing because I got everything with mine.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:33 AM
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I'm seeing some hard tops on ebay for ~$900. Is this correct? What am I looking at spending in the aftermarket hard-top solutions? Am I best forcing myself to look for a hard-top when purchasing my 2015?
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To physically install the hard top, assuming you have a 2 door, you should have 6 torx bolts (or aftermarket 'quick bolts'), 6 special retainer nut/clips that sit in the rear tub of the jeep, and the 2 large screws that hold down the freedom panels, and of course the hard top itself.

If you want to have the rear defrost, rear wiper, and rear washer work, it gets a bit more involved. There's line that runs to the back for the washer that I wouldn't expect to exist if the jeep originally came with only a soft top, and a wiring harness that I believe also isn't there.

These can be added, though your wipe controls probably won't have the additional control for the rear wiper, and if you don't have heated mirrors, I don't think there's any switch to tell the rear defrost to come on. Quadratec has a kit, the instructions for it should give you an idea of how involved it is.

Of course, if you don't care about the defrost or wiper, it may be less of an issue.

As for aftermarket hard tops, all the ones I'v seen cost in the neighborhood of $2000. Used, of course, who knows, someone will probably chime in and say they got a hard top for $200 off craigslist...

Personally, I decided it sounded easier to get a jeep with a factory hard top, with all the wiring and everything else ready, and then add a soft top, than to do the other way around.
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Just picked up a slightly used 2015 4dr hardtop. I'm going to have to evaluate the wiring kit options. I have a few months to work it out. If I decide to go ahead with the wiring I'll post about it.

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