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Old 02-04-2014, 01:41 PM
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hard top vs soft top installation?

Do all years of the Yj Tj wranglers have same connections for hard top and do they swap in and out easily? I was noticing the clips on my soft top have nothing analogous to it on the hard top I am getting ready to put on. I found the Jeep hard top in a field abandoned in the jungle and am getting ready to install it on my jeep. I am a total newb to jeeps, so type slow and explain clearly please?

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There is a header on the front of the windshield frame that you need for the soft top - this must be removed for the hard top to seat tightly, could damage them if you try to put the HT on with the header bow in place.

The rear has channels that must be removed as well - this rail uses the same holes as the hard top to put the torx bolts through and secure it.

You basically remove the entire soft top hardware to place the hard top.

TJ:
Totally different design - the TJ actually had a "dual top" option now - you can leave almost all the soft top in place when you put on the hard top. There are door surrounds for the soft top that need to be removed (2 knobs on pass and driver side). You can remove the soft top or just lower it and tuck it out of the way - to remove it, there are mount points on the sport bar that need to be unhooked, there are EZ disconnect ends available if you do this a lot, otherwise it's a torx and some fussing to get them off.

YJ and TJ use different soft top and hard top designs - little to no crossover of major parts.

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Old 02-04-2014, 08:10 PM
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YJ:
There is a header on the front of the windshield frame that you need for the soft top - this must be removed for the hard top to seat tightly, could damage them if you try to put the HT on with the header bow in place.

The rear has channels that must be removed as well - this rail uses the same holes as the hard top to put the torx bolts through and secure it.

You basically remove the entire soft top hardware to place the hard top.

TJ:
Totally different design - the TJ actually had a "dual top" option now - you can leave almost all the soft top in place when you put on the hard top. There are door surrounds for the soft top that need to be removed (2 knobs on pass and driver side). You can remove the soft top or just lower it and tuck it out of the way - to remove it, there are mount points on the sport bar that need to be unhooked, there are EZ disconnect ends available if you do this a lot, otherwise it's a torx and some fussing to get them off.

YJ and TJ use different soft top and hard top designs - little to no crossover of major parts.
Oh thanks so much- I will post another thread with pics for identification!
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Do any of y'all know where I can buy this plastic piece that has the screw in it?
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