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It's that time of year to get my hard top on, and since it's my first time, I was wondering if you guys had any videos/pictures on what I need to remove as far as hardware and what I take off to get my hardtop on as easily as possible.

Any help is greatly appreciated in advance!
 

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Remove the door surrounds and the top itself. The two brackets that bolt on to the roll bar in the back can stay as they wont be in the way of the hardtop. In terms of storing, I hang it on the wall of my garage with two ladder hooks and velcro it shut.
 

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Remove the door surrounds and the top itself. The two brackets that bolt on to the roll bar in the back can stay as they wont be in the way of the hardtop. In terms of storing, I hang it on the wall of my garage with two ladder hooks and velcro it shut.
So the brackets stay on? Does the main part of the top bolt on to the brackets? I bought my jeep used and the soft top was connected under the hard top. Will I need to take the hard top off? Sorry for the questions?

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So the brackets stay on? Does the main part of the top bolt on to the brackets? I bought my jeep used and the soft top was connected under the hard top. Will I need to take the hard top off? Sorry for the questions?

Jay
No, the brackets have to come off if you have a later model soft top with the spring assist, don't mess with the other connection of the frame. Unscrew the 4 hex head bolts that go into the rollbars and the entire top and frame lift off. Here are the steps I do, in fact I just did this Saturday.

1. Remove all the windows of the soft top and tailgate bar
2. Fold down the soft top all the way and unhook the sail panels
3. Unbolt the 4 roll bar bolts and remove.
4. Remove the entire frame and top, use the factory spring assist straps and loops to help hold the top together from unfolding
5. Remove all the soft top accessories. Door surrounds and rear sail panel retainer clips
6. Install hard top
7. Store soft top somewhere clean and safe

I think that pretty much covers it. Did I forget anything?

Just found this thread. Spring assist loop pics.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/2013-spring-assist-soft-top-storage-those-straps-193019.html
 

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No, the brackets have to come off if you have a later model soft top with the spring assist, don't mess with the other connection of the frame. Unscrew the 4 hex head bolts that go into the rollbars and the entire top and frame lift off. Here are the steps I do, in fact I just did this Saturday.

1. Remove all the windows of the soft top and tailgate bar
2. Fold down the soft top all the way and unhook the sail panels
3. Unbolt the 4 roll bar bolts and remove.
4. Remove the entire frame and top, use the factory spring assist straps and loops to help hold the top together from unfolding
5. Remove all the soft top accessories. Door surrounds and rear sail panel retainer clips
6. Install hard top
7. Store soft top somewhere clean and safe

I think that pretty much covers it. Did I forget anything?

Just found this thread. Spring assist loop pics.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/2013-spring-assist-soft-top-storage-those-straps-193019.html
The 4 roll bar bolts being two on each side underneath the roll bar padding, right?
 

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youre the man...i was just about to do this tomorrow and was a little nervous id F something up
Haha, thanks. It's really pretty easy. The hardest part is cleaning it all before you take it off and then storing all the pieces. I have a bag on order that keeps it all together in a nice packet.

Just an FYI, after you unbolted the brackets, allow the left side of the frame/top to slide down towards the floor while you lift the right side up towards the sky. This puts the top at an angle which allows it to clear the rollbars to pull it out. Be careful, the right rollbar has an electrical wire that runs up the inside of the padding, don't pinch it.
 

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Which bag did you end up getting? And how much? I've already taken my soft top off 3 different times "for the last time of the season" before we had more nice weather and I put it back on. I just put it back on again this weekend, and in fact, I drove it top down last night and this morning. In November. In Michigan!

But, I really do think the next time I take it off will be the last, and the other times I've taken it off, I've just temporarily stored it on top of my door carts, but that's not a great option for the entire winter. Though, I may just grab a couple of 2x4's and store it using my hard top hoist. Trying to decide if I want a bag or not.
 

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Which bag did you end up getting? And how much? I've already taken my soft top off 3 different times "for the last time of the season" before we had more nice weather and I put it back on. I just put it back on again this weekend, and in fact, I drove it top down last night and this morning. In November. In Michigan!

But, I really do think the next time I take it off will be the last, and the other times I've taken it off, I've just temporarily stored it on top of my door carts, but that's not a great option for the entire winter. Though, I may just grab a couple of 2x4's and store it using my hard top hoist. Trying to decide if I want a bag or not.
Soft Top Storage Bag Black for Jeep 07 15 Wrangler JK 2 4 Door Smittybilt | eBay

I got the Smittybuilt based on a few users here. Cheap enough and it will keep everything together.....still waiting for it to arrive.

I'm going to do what you said. Put all the top pieces in the bag, then use my hard top hoist to ratchet it up to the ceiling for winter storage.

PS: It's going to be 70 here all week too, but I'm not putting my soft top back on, I'm just removing the Freedom panels for the week.
 

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Haha, thanks. It's really pretty easy. The hardest part is cleaning it all before you take it off and then storing all the pieces. I have a bag on order that keeps it all together in a nice packet.

Just an FYI, after you unbolted the brackets, allow the left side of the frame/top to slide down towards the floor while you lift the right side up towards the sky. This puts the top at an angle which allows it to clear the rollbars to pull it out. Be careful, the right rollbar has an electrical wire that runs up the inside of the padding, don't pinch it.
i cant believe the dealer charged 200 to install it....they said it was a 2 hr job. I learned my lesson on procrastination....i was going on a trip and wanted to have the soft top on
 

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i cant believe the dealer charged 200 to install it....they said it was a 2 hr job. I learned my lesson on procrastination....i was going on a trip and wanted to have the soft top on
In all fairness, to unbox from new, prep and install I bet it took me 2 hours the first time. Hell, it took me over an hour to uninstall it from soup to nuts.
 

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In all fairness, to unbox from new, prep and install I bet it took me 2 hours the first time. Hell, it took me over an hour to uninstall it from soup to nuts.
that makes me feel better:happyyes:.....so if its just door surrounds,windows, and unbolting whats the most time consuming ? my jeep is garaged so the top still looks new and clean
 

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that makes me feel better:happyyes:.....so if its just door surrounds,windows, and unbolting whats the most time consuming ? my jeep is garaged so the top still looks new and clean
Unbolting and actually wonkying it to get it out from the rollbars is the most work. That plus putting it all away so you know where everything is when you bring it back out for the Spring. Keep everything together or you'll forget where parts are!
 

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The first time I "put it away for the season" and then put it back on, I forgot that I had my back window bar stored on top of the whole folded-up fabric. I put everything back on, then couldn't find it. I had even closed the top, all the way to the front latches. Of course, it was night when I was doing this. I finally on a whim reached up near the top of the inside, and there it was. Thankfully, it didn't rip anything or bend the bar.

It took me longer the first time too, but it was mainly from not understanding well how it connected with the brackets. Once I knew which side it went on and how the little hook thing on the top of the mechanism slides into the top of the bracket, it's been cake.
 

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Just removed my premium soft top from '16 jku for first time.
Wondering if I messed up.

I unscrewed the torx screws and took the brackets off the roll bar frame. The spring assist mechanism tilted everything as they loosened which put tension in the screwed threads.

Pic of what I have removed:

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Revisiting manual I'm now thinking I was supposed to leave the bracket and unscrew the hex bolts seen above.

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What say you all? Can easily separate brackets and remount those next spring before mounting rest of top if that's how it's supposed to be done.
 

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Just removed my premium soft top from '16 jku for first time.
Wondering if I messed up.

I unscrewed the torx screws and took the brackets off the roll bar frame. The spring assist mechanism tilted everything as they loosened which put tension in the screwed threads.

Pic of what I have removed:

Revisiting manual I'm now thinking I was supposed to leave the bracket and unscrew the hex bolts seen above.

What say you all? Can easily separate brackets and remount those next spring before mounting rest of top if that's how it's supposed to be done.
Don't remove the brackets. Just undo the bow knuckles and take the soft top off.
 

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Just removed my premium soft top from '16 jku for first time.
Wondering if I messed up.

I unscrewed the torx screws and took the brackets off the roll bar frame. The spring assist mechanism tilted everything as they loosened which put tension in the screwed threads.

Pic of what I have removed:

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Revisiting manual I'm now thinking I was supposed to leave the bracket and unscrew the hex bolts seen above.

View attachment 2633625

What say you all? Can easily separate brackets and remount those next spring before mounting rest of top if that's how it's supposed to be done.
Just took my soft off a couple days ago. As you said, instead of removing the Torx bolts from the roll cage, you should have removed the hex bolts from the brackets that attach to the frame. The thick piece of sewed webbing with a piece of plastic off of it, is used to 'capture the spring' so that the spring stays in the proper position while storing. If that makes sense...

I can take pictures when I get home from work, my soft top is in my garage.

Hope this helped, let me know if you have any other questions.
 

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Just took my soft off a couple days ago. As you said, instead of removing the Torx bolts from the roll cage, you should have removed the hex bolts from the brackets that attach to the frame. The thick piece of sewed webbing with a piece of plastic off of it, is used to 'capture the spring' so that the spring stays in the proper position while storing. If that makes sense... I can take pictures when I get home from work, my soft top is in my garage. Hope this helped, let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks. Makes sense.
I've got the straps on the hooks properly to take up the spring tension but by taking off the wrong bolts possibly just weight of the top made everything drop. I'll remount just the brackets first in the spring I guess.
 
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