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Unread 11-06-2008, 02:04 PM   #1
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YJ Hardtop quick release hardware suggestions?

I am looking for ideas to secure my hardtop on my YJ with hardware that doesn't require torx bits and a wrench. Something that will not require tools everytime I take it off and put it on. Checked out Q-tech and it looks like Lange Originals Kwik Kit Hardtop Hardware might do the trick, but not sure if they will work on a YJ.

any ideas?

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Unread 11-06-2008, 02:10 PM   #2
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sometime in the next few weeks i'm going to put my hard top back on and see if it's possible to convert all the hardware to wingnuts or something similar
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Unread 11-06-2008, 02:18 PM   #3
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I have the kwik kit on mine and it works pretty nice. At the most, you might need a coin if you want to tighten it up a little more than you can with your fingers. The front clips work especially nice to draw the front down tight. It reduces wind noise. I think its worth the price.
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I am looking for ideas to secure my hardtop on my YJ with hardware that doesn't require torx bits and a wrench. Something that will not require tools everytime I take it off and put it on. Checked out Q-tech and it looks like Lange Originals Kwik Kit Hardtop Hardware might do the trick, but not sure if they will work on a YJ.

any ideas?
This Kwik kit part number is specifically for your YJ.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/13022_00.htm
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This subject runs it's cycle every year or so & the last time I was reading about hard top latches I believe most settled on the type of fastener used on tool boxes - put 4 or 5 across the top and that seems to work. You can get that type of fastener with an adjustment mechanism on it & this removes some of the tolerance problem of installing these latches.
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My buddy also runs the Kwit Kit and it works well, I've been saying for at least two summers now that I'm gonna put it on before I put the top back on. Maybe next summer.
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Thanks for the input!
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Unread 11-06-2008, 03:03 PM   #8
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What about a peg w/ a hole for a cotter pin?



If you wanted to get fancy, you could have a peg machined that would have a thread at the top to fasten to the body and the top would just slide right onto it...? Put in the pin and voila!
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I use wingnuts on hex bolts - bolts up through the bottom and wingnuts on the top - very very quick and easy.

If you really wanted ease of use, you could weld the bolts into the tub, so you'd just have the wingnuts to deal with.
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What about a peg w/ a hole for a cotter pin?



If you wanted to get fancy, you could have a peg machined that would have a thread at the top to fasten to the body and the top would just slide right onto it...? Put in the pin and voila!
Even if it fit, it wouldn't pull the top tight against the windshield, causing a lot of clatter and whistling.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 04:03 PM   #11
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You've got the spring-loaded clips for that though...


(the ones at the top in the center...)

Speaking of which, one of mine broke - can you get those clips individually?
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Unread 11-06-2008, 07:30 PM   #12
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You can get wingnuts and wing bolts from home depot. Works great
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Unive...Q5fAccessories

ive been pondering getting some for my hardtop ... they look easy enough
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Use " I " bolts with washers. This way you have an anchor point for bungy cords to strap your cooler on the back seat. And you can install and remove them by hand.
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These work good for the back.

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