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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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cutting cj top to fit yj

I just got a hardtop off of an '83 cj for my yj. The front along the windshield does not quite line up because of the different roll bar causing it to not sit flush along the tub of the jeep. I was wondering if anyone could tell me exactly where to cut before I just go wildly hacking away at the top. I'm not sure if I can just cut around the roll bar mounts or if I will have to shave a bit off the outside of the top where it sits on the outside windshield.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 01:24 PM
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there should be no cutting involved if its a cj7 top. thats what i had on mine with no modification

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post #3 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 02:05 PM
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^^I agree. If the soft top rail is still on the windshield or if the windshield isn't lined up the way it needs to be, you won't get any hard top on.
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The only time I've ever heard of any trimming necessary was around the rear door area and I don't remember why that had to happen. Shouldn't be any need for cutting. Maybe take some pics and host them on photobucket and post the "img" links here, then we can give better advice.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 02:16 PM
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I have a CJ-7 hardtop on my YJ right now and the PO did notch the corners to fit the roll bar attaching the rear cage to the windshield. I can take some pics if you'd like. It looks like he had to do it to keep it from hitting the roll bar.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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All of the soft top hardware is off the jeep, there is about a 1/4-1/2 inch gap inside between the top and top of windshield due to the roll bar. This is causing about the same size gap on the tub right by the doors. Outside it seems to rest fine where it needs to be. I've seen on some other threads that sometimes they need to be cut so I didn't know if who had already done it could tell me exactly where to cut. Also I'm in the army and live in the barracks so tools are limited. Any cheap ideas there?
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 02:52 PM
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I have a CJ-7 hardtop on my YJ right now and the PO did notch the corners to fit the roll bar attaching the rear cage to the windshield. I can take some pics if you'd like. It looks like he had to do it to keep it from hitting the roll bar.
I had to do this as well with a CJ7 top I bought a few months ago. It was hitting the roll bar "spreader bars" where they attach to the top of the windshield. I just used an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel to notch the INSIDE of the two channels of the hardtop. I'll try to get a pic later if you need one.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 03:38 PM
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I ended up loosing my roll bar where it fastenens to the windsheild frame, I also loosened up the adjusters as well. Once my top was on and in place I tightened everything up.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 03:59 PM
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Yes, you may have to notch the area where the roll bar connects to the windshield frame.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-23-2011, 08:35 PM
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I had to notch my CJ top as well. Sorry, I don't have any pics as the top is in the basement for the summer. However, it should be fairly obvious. I set the top on and marked where I needed to cut. If I remember correctly it was not much maybe 3/8" or less just in the corners to clear the sport bars. I just made my marks, took the top off and laid it upside down in the yard and took a cut off wheel to it. It should only take a few minutes and if you marked correctly and smoothed the cut it will look factory.

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post #11 of 11 Old 08-26-2011, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Got it done, cut the inside and still had to shave about an 1/8 of an inch off the outside where it rests on the windshield to make it fit. Hopefully that doesn't cause problems with the doors.

Thanks for the advice,
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