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Unread 11-12-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Buying YJ Hardtop...

Greetings! I would like to pick up a YJ hardtop that I looked at last week, but here's my quandary: The top (as well as MY Jeep) has no provisions for attaching the front edge to the windshield frame - my '91 never had a hardtop, so it has no attachment holes; the hardtop I'm looking at buying has had the holes 'glassed over before it was repainted. Can I bolt that top down securely using all the tub bolts "out back" and drive it home on the freeway without it blowing off? If not, any suggestions on temporarily attaching the front edge of the top to the windshield frame WITHOUT drilling any holes? I don't want to drill any holes yet because ultimately I want to adapt some TJ latches to the hardtop. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Unread 11-12-2013, 07:46 PM   #2
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You can do it.

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Unread 11-12-2013, 09:42 PM   #3
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I drove all last winter without bolting down the front edge. It wasn't actually too bad. I WOULD suggest using the largest washers possible on the back bolts so you can tighten them down pretty well, and spread the force out to prevent the fiberglass from cracking.

I picked up some latches similar to those ^^^, just never got around to riveting them on.

(also my little 4 banger with stock gearing- on 31's- now 33's- doesn't get much above 65 MPH)

I was actually going to start a thread about this. My Jeep is a 95, and the top was from a 95 as well. I've been wondering if having "closer" years between tops helps with fitment. I also picked up the front rubber "corner pieces", and don't see any possible way to get them in there where it would be beneficial to sealing the front.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 06:49 AM   #4
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Those latches look much better than mine, then again mine are about 1/6th of an inch away from actually latching. I think I'm going to cut some black tubing to length and stick it to the lip of the hard top to seal and raise it up a bit.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 08:43 AM   #5
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Those latches look better than the ones *I* bought too, which I got from "Fastenol"; can you advise a source for them?
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Unread 11-13-2013, 08:59 AM   #6
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Google image search directed me to this website:

http://www.directindustry.com/prod/i...90-495886.html

I think you can get them at any craft store like Michael's or linens and things. I will do a local search since I want to convert mine now.
Thanks for the inspiration, guys.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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Well, that's DEFINITELY the way I wanna go ULTIMATELY; meanwhile, back to my question, to wit: Will I be safe to drive ~100 miles at freeway speeds with virtually NO header attachment, assuming that I secure the tub bolts w/some big-*** bolts/flat washers? I don't want that thing pulling up/off on me and turning my smile upside down into a frown, doncha know...
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Unread 11-13-2013, 09:15 AM   #8
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There is no difinitive way to say that it'll be ok or not. Just make sure it fits snugly over the windshield frame and duct tape the front gap to eliminate any wind from getting underneath and lifting it off. Duct tape always wins
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Unread 11-13-2013, 10:04 AM   #9
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There is no difinitive way to say that it'll be ok or not. Just make sure it fits snugly over the windshield frame and duct tape the front gap to eliminate any wind from getting underneath and lifting it off. Duct tape always wins
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Unread 11-13-2013, 10:11 AM   #10
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i drove mine 2 hours without the front latched down, when i bought it. it was fine on the highway, just lour because it would lift up and let air in.

on the back part, there are supposed to be aluminum strips that run down each side so the bolts don't gouge the fiberglass and so the loud is spread out more. they fit right on top of hte lip the bolts go into
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Unread 11-13-2013, 01:17 PM   #11
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I did the same to get mine home. Just make sure you remember to pull off the soft top channel on the top of the windshield before you put on the hard top.
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