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Old 08-16-2010, 06:12 PM
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Cutting hard top in half. Tools?

I bought a hard top shell for my TJ and I want to cut it in half and make it a hard bikini top. Has anyone tried this before? What tool would you recommend cutting it with?

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Dont do that....Its a waste of a hard top.

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Old 08-16-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:23 PM   #4
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I bought a hard top shell for my TJ and I want to cut it in half and make it a hard bikini top. Has anyone tried this before? What tool would you recommend cutting it with?

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how about i just buy you a bikini top and you give me the hard top
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You can use a Sawz-All or an angle grinder with a cutting disc.

While the thought of having a 2 piece hard top is great, I just don't see how you are going to make this work without some serious planning, designing, labor, and parts. How are you planning on fastening the hard bikini top to the Jeep? How are you planning on fastening the two pieces back together when you want a full top? And how do you plan on keeping it from leaking?
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How are you planning on fastening the hard bikini top to the Jeep?
this and this...

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this and this...

but seriously that is a very expensive part to be chopping up.
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i dont think his is wanting to use both pieces, sounds like he is just wanting to cut it to make a bikini top and trash the rest
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If that is the case, I hope it was super super cheap because............
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Sorry for the late reply, I bought the top for $100 on craigslist so yes it was cheap. I have a bikini top(Bestop), after a day of rain with a tarp on my jeep the bikini top got warped from the weight of the water collecting on top. I looked into buying windows for the hard top but it's just not practical. The back window alone would cost me $250-$300, I have seen complete hard tops go for $500 on Craigslist.

I don't plan on using the back half, but only the front half somewhat like a freedom top. I am going to leave the lower back half intact so it can still be attached to the tub, It will only be a couple of inches high. I don't think there will be any issues with stability, it will still be have same amount of latches/screws but with less weight.

Plus, in San Diego there is little need for a full hard top.
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go for it...make sure you post some pics too
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Well I guess $100 isn't bad. I personally wouldn't do it but if it were up to me I would fiberglass in some inserts right above the cage so that those soft top screw handles could be used to hold it on and just cut it off so it is just like a bikini top with nothing going down to the tub. I think it would look much better.

But if you must have it going down to the tub(I'm guessing so the doors seal up around the front area) I would think that as little hard top as you are going to have that you would not need the whole bottom area bolted to the tub. You should be able to use only the front mounting screw and leave about 3-5 inches of hard top passed the hole for the front screw. Then take a piece of steel(3/16" or so) that would go over the area from the front of the mounting area back to the cut edge and drill a hole in it where the mounting screw goes. That piece would sandwich the fiberglass between the steel piece and the tub. That should be enough but put a piece of foam or rubber between the metal piece and the fiberglass so it doesn't apply too much pressure to one tiny area and start to crack the fiberglass.

Just my 2 cents.

Oh, and post pics if you do this.
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post pics when you do this I wanna see it too
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:54 PM   #14
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Geeez don't waste a good hard top. They sell for 800-100. Resell it and make 700-900 then go out and make a hard bikini. Here is a link to a product that used to be around. Found the SKYTOP for a TJ - JeepForum.com You can make one from plexiglass. Some one in the thread mentions that they made one. There is another thread with the plans and picture but I can't find it right now.
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I thought about cutting more but I want to use the door surrounds but I like your idea Coyote of just using one bolt and going from there. I will see if I can scrounge up a sawz-all and start working on it tonight. I will post pics as soon as I get done!!
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Still a work in progress, but not bad for 2 hours of work. I can carry the top by myself now!! I am going to square off the back bottom pieces and thin them out. I let the top back stick out to cover the speaker bar, I think i will round out those edges tho.
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Hey looks pretty good dude!
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That's a neat project and being able to handle the weight by yourself is a plus. Any plans to paint it to match your Jeep?
Those jugs on the bumpers, could they fit on the hardtop somewhere?
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looks good for a hundred bucks and some labor. You can get that edge trim stuff like this to give it a finished look.

Rubber Edge Trim

That is just for an example. I am sure you can find the amount you would need much, much cheaper.
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Lol I know I need to get rid of the milk jugs, hopefully soon I can get some new bumpers!! To tell you the truth I like the black on blue look, not a big fan of everything being the same color.

Meyers that trim was exactly what I was looking for!! I think once I get the top trimmed down some more that rubber trim will give it that finished look and help protect against cracking.
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Not what I was picturing. It seems like you could have just left the windows out.
But like they say, it's your Jeep do what you want.
Can't wait to see it finished.
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I trimmed down the back some more and put on my full doors. Now I just need a little paint touch up and rubber trim to give it a finished look. I also took it for a test drive and it made zero noise. Would also look better with the back seat out and my wind jammer on.
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Cut it with childproof scissors? JK looks good
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i would cut those bottom strips off too....no bueno.
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I'm a little torn with cutting those bottom pieces off, I don't want to take away the stability of the top. After I paint the white and add rubber trim I will see what it looks like.
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i would cut those bottom strips off too....no bueno.
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like this....
That's what's holding the top to the tub.
Although, some type of strap or U-bolt set up, holding it to the sportbar, might work if those strips were removed. And, IMO, it would look a bit better and less like just a hacked hard top.
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Why in the heck would you ever destroy a hard top?
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He bought it w/ no wondows

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