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post #1 of 6 Old 07-06-2013, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Tj hard top question

I recently purchased a 1997 Wrangler TJ and the soft top it came with will need to be replaced soon. I have a friend of mine that has an 05 hard top and they said they'd sell it to me cheap. I know between 02 and 03 there was a slight design change to the Wrangler and I'm wondering if the 05 hard top would be compatible with my 97. Any advice and info will be helpful and thanks.

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-08-2013, 06:52 PM
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I think after a certain year they removed the vents from the hard top and placed a vent in the tailgate to compensate. Other than that I'm not sure what the differences are.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-08-2013, 10:43 PM
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You are likely to find a lot of conflicting information about the interchanging of old and new TJ tops. Since this is a friend, do a test fit before you buy. Maybe for a couple days? If it fits it fits. But be sure to report back and let us know.
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I'll be sure to! And thanks for the replies.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-09-2013, 10:28 PM
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From 03-06 jeep tailgates had vents in them to let air escape, and from 97-02 jeeps had vents in the hardtops. But everything should bolt together fine. I had a 98 jeep with hardtop and I replaced the body with an 2006 tub and had no issues with fitment with my 97-02 hardtop.

I think the only issue you will have will be more of an annoyance than anything, because the initial air pressure of slamming a full door shut, might cause it not to fully latch, since the air has no where to escape fast enough. But there is a possibility that you won't have an issue with this problem.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-09-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you YoungGun for that.

Update: it turned out it was for an LJ and she just didn't know the difference. So I guess I'll be going with a new soft top!
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