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post #1 of 15 Old 09-04-2011, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hardtop Questions

Just bought a hard top for my 93 yj. My question is how do you other guys secure the front of it to the windshield frame? It has the holes in the frame where there was one before but I don't know what to use. I looked at another one and it was riveted in, but I don't think that will work for this.

Also is there any good place to look for the rear window bottom frame piece and glass for the hardtop?

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 10:53 AM
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Hardtop:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/c...el-fix-903719/

As for the glass it is a real commodity. You will need to do some searching. I know the question has come up so you might try to search the forum.
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 12:27 PM
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Is your hardtop from a CJ or YJ? Is it factory or aftermarket? These questions might help us find you some glass.
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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I believe it is off a yj and stock. It has the vents on the side. My dad's cj top looks different than mine.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 02:46 PM
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Nice looking YJ.
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 04:02 PM
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That's a good looking ride I've seen new glass for around $200-250 on eBay, and good luck on finding that rear bottom piece. Just keep a sharp eye on eBay, Craigslist, and multiple Jeep forums, and you might just luck out.

As for the front, if the holes on your windshield frame don't appear to be too stripped out, just find the correct size self-tapping screws.

If you could get someone to ship it to you from PA, I believe this would work
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I went up to the jeep dealership and all of the top hardware has been discontinued. So the search continues!
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Does your top have a rear window defroster and or rear wiper motor? I have a rear glass, clear, with no defroster lines, and has the holes for the rear wiper motor. I also have the bottom piece, but, the outside piece is scratched up pretty bad. The inside piece has some cracks, but, just about every one I've seen had them as well. Here are a couple of pics:





This was on an OEM YJ top that I found on the highway. I got the glass, installed everything, and found out that the glass around the passenger side hinge was busted up more then I thought. I ended up scrapping the top, using part of it for my hard bikini top, and the tinted glass for my own hard top. I have the glass, the wiper motor, and the inside and outside bottom pieces for the glass left.

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Does your top have a rear window defroster and or rear wiper motor? I have a rear glass, clear, with no defroster lines, and has the holes for the rear wiper motor. I also have the bottom piece, but, the outside piece is scratched up pretty bad. The inside piece has some cracks, but, just about every one I've seen had them as well. Here are a couple of pics:

This was on an OEM YJ top that I found on the highway. I got the glass, installed everything, and found out that the glass around the passenger side hinge was busted up more then I thought. I ended up scrapping the top, using part of it for my hard bikini top, and the tinted glass for my own hard top. I have the glass, the wiper motor, and the inside and outside bottom pieces for the glass left.

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post #10 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 06:14 PM
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it dont bolt along the windsheild, the holes are for a softtop. or bikini... the top should slide into the grove in the hardtop, and seal.... 6 or 8 bolts in the rear hold it on 3 or 4 on each side.

as for the rear window, 1/4 plexi glass 25 bucks cut to fit at you local glass shop...... and it wont break again. altho it will scratch, but whatever, its not 3 bills for a new glass

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Yeah I've researched replacing it with plexiglas. I bought it without the glass or the bottom frame. The reason I want to put it back to stock is so I can lock everything when I go hunting.
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 06:38 PM
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I use sheetmetal screws in the front holes just so I get a better seal. If I dont I get rained on.
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-06-2011, 06:43 PM
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I have an '87 yj and the front of my hard top has self tapping screws in it. That's how it was when i got it.
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hmmm must relook, mine has nothing, maybe someone welded them over, I have not put any in for years, it has been fine. I only run it in winter tho so.....

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^^^ Most YJ's that have a hardtop from the factory have sheet metal screws holding the front piece of the hardtop to the top vertical piece on the windshield frame. In my case, I used the Kwik Kit clamps to hold the hardtop to the windshield frame. I love it, just unclamp, unbolt the 8 tub bolts, and you're golden! No more fighting with stripped screws, There is another way, someone makes a metal strip that is double sided taped to the front edge of that vertical piece on the WS frame. The strip has machine screw holes that are threaded, which makes it a positive anchor, and won't strip (well, you could, but you would REALLY have to try hard to do that). Here are a couple of links to what I'm talking about.

Lange Kwik Kit

Hardtop Reinforcement Kit

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