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Unread 11-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #61
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Just get some small self tappers and some 8? Bolts for the back with nuts.. I haven't looked at my setup since I put it back on.. Three or four months ago.. And another reason I know why you want the hard top is security, Vallejo is sometimes very nail biting going through.. I have an uncle who lives over there.. And I know I wouldn't drive through there an park with out my hardtop....

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Unread 11-06-2013, 06:31 AM   #62
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you will have to pull the light bar to put the top on but once its on, you will be fine. those long bolts will keep the top from sliding on without removing the light bar
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Unread 11-06-2013, 08:05 AM   #63
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I can roast a turkey in my soft top. (Thanksgiving is on it's way)

Yes, the windshield channel must go. I would imagine all the side channels and other soft top related hardware must go too.
Dont know what year your jeep is but I have a 92 with an 87 HT and I dont have to remove my header bar/windshield channel. Fits good and doesnt leak.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 08:33 AM   #64
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Unread 11-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #65
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an automatic.
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I enjoy simplicity

lol

enjoy rebuilding that sucker by yourself
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Unread 11-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #66
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wrong thread

if it ever needs rebuilding, i will just throw another one in though
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Unread 11-06-2013, 04:09 PM   #67
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There's one I found

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Unread 11-06-2013, 04:20 PM   #68
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I love my hard top. This one is a Acme from a cj7. I picked it up off craigslist for $200

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Unread 11-06-2013, 04:42 PM   #69
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Could you post a picture of yours? I havent finished mine yet. I actually cut out the rear section that held that hatch too and plan to fiberglass it to whats left, hugging the rollbar
Here you go. It's not finished yet. I might extend it further back but probably not until next summer. I still need to finish the inside but it's fine for now. I'll probably put a liner to dull outside noise and insulate a little more.



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Unread 11-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #70
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I run a hard top in the winter and just a Safari top in the summer. I have pretty much relegated my soft top to just another box in storage.

I was originally going to find a YJ hard top, but decided against it as I want to be able to open the hatch door without having to open up the tailgate first.
So, I searched and found a nice CJ7 top for 200 bucks. It was a good shape, but needed a coat of paint.
Another plus to the CJ hard top is that the rear hatch door uses spring-loaded door supports. The YJ top uses gas-filled that often fail or get weak.
Overall, I'm happy with it and I won't get rid of it. I will probably sell my soft top at some point, though.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 06:32 AM   #71
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Here you go. It's not finished yet. I might extend it further back but probably not until next summer. I still need to finish the inside but it's fine for now. I'll probably put a liner to dull outside noise and insulate a little more.



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Thanks, looks great! Real clean jeep too! My plan is to go with the angle of the roll bar

And I do need to find myself a CJ top for when I swap in my CJ tailgate. $200 is a good deal
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Unread 11-07-2013, 07:34 AM   #72
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Thanks, looks great! Real clean jeep too! My plan is to go with the angle of the roll bar And I do need to find myself a CJ top for when I swap in my CJ tailgate. $200 is a good deal
I'm actually thinking why not put two barrel locks on the side. That way you can open it from outside?

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Unread 11-07-2013, 07:44 AM   #73
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I'm actually thinking why not put two barrel locks on the side. That way you can open it from outside?

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You mean on either side of the tailgate? That would work but I like the clean look of nothing back there. Besides, I see opening the hatch first, then the tailgate being more convenient over the stock way. I always found that to be a hassle
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Unread 11-07-2013, 07:58 AM   #74
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You mean on either side of the tailgate? That would work but I like the clean look of nothing back there. Besides, I see opening the hatch first, then the tailgate being more convenient over the stock way. I always found that to be a hassle
As I say this is because I want to do the cj style drop down, but around here (cali) hardtop a are expensive. So i want to do a lock of that sort from the outside so I can keep the YJ top...

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Unread 11-07-2013, 08:12 AM   #75
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Viewed the top yesterday. Needs to be painted and all glass when does and seals are in good condition. Carrying my Jeep there today to try it on but first I have to remove the soft top hardware
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