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Unread 07-30-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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1st time jeep owner w/dumb question (:

hi,

i've had my tj for about a week, it didn't come with an owners manual

how do i remove the hardtop? after i open the two latches does the front of the top lift up or slide back? what kind of tool is needed to remove the bolts in the back of the top? can someone email the instruction to remove the hardtop or can i download them from a web site? checking ebay now for a used manual.......sigh

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Unread 07-30-2006, 02:54 PM   #2
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You need a TORX set. Torx bolts are all over the Jeep and are what secure the hard top in the rear. Once you take the front latches off, remove the Torx bolts and the top lifts up and off the Jeep .
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Unread 07-30-2006, 02:55 PM   #3
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you need to undo the screws on the sides of the body in the back, welcome to the forum please remember to use the search tool it will answer 90% of your questions...
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Unread 07-30-2006, 02:56 PM   #4
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Unlatch the two front latches, unscrew the six torx bolts around the sides (under the rear windows), unhook the electrical hookup for the window defrost and hose for washer fluid, finally find a buddy to help you lift it off. It can be done by yourself but many don't recommend it. Have fun topless!!
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Unread 07-30-2006, 02:59 PM   #5
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hi,

i've had my tj for about a week, it didn't come with an owners manual

how do i remove the hardtop? after i open the two latches does the front of the top lift up or slide back? what kind of tool is needed to remove the bolts in the back of the top? can someone email the instruction to remove the hardtop or can i download them from a web site? checking ebay now for a used manual.......sigh

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Unread 07-30-2006, 03:01 PM   #6
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welcome.....check your pm's.........................

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Unread 07-30-2006, 03:03 PM   #7
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if I recall it's a torx 40 I should remember I just did 20 minutes ago and there are 3 on the right side and 3 on the left side you have to undo and the top may be stuck to the body so you may have to wiggle to break it loose and pick it up and slide it off useing 2 people
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Unread 07-30-2006, 03:13 PM   #8
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with the first two in the front near the doors, you gotta make sure you reach your finger up in there and hold that piece when you take the top bolt off, because once that metal piece falls into the frame say goodbye to that piece. just take it slow, it's easier than it sounds

i'm mechanically retarded, so... it shouldnt be too hard for you
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Unread 07-30-2006, 03:19 PM   #9
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Just remember that you'll want some help getting it off. That thing is pretty damn heavy, you'll probably need at least one strong friend... two if you're a slim build.
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Unread 07-30-2006, 03:48 PM   #10
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also, as obvious as it sounds, you want to make sure you have a spot laid out for the top before you take it off. i use some 2x8s with carpet remnants stapled to it to protect the fiberglass edges. watch out for the rear glass which may pop open unexpectedly when you lift the top.
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Unread 07-30-2006, 04:03 PM   #11
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also, as obvious as it sounds, you want to make sure you have a spot laid out for the top before you take it off. i use some 2x8s with carpet remnants stapled to it to protect the fiberglass edges. watch out for the rear glass which may pop open unexpectedly when you lift the top.

wooden picnic table works perfectly....lift up back glass and straddle the table and sit hte sides of hte top on the benches of the table.
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Unread 07-30-2006, 07:32 PM   #12
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Where are you at in AL? I'll be heading down to the Dothan/Enterprise area at the end of September. Are there any good trails down there?
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Where are you at in AL? I'll be heading down to the Dothan/Enterprise area at the end of September. Are there any good trails down there?
madison. i'm new to jeeps so i don't know anything about trails or 4 wheeling, yet....i hope to learn soon i'm trying to find a local jeep club to join.

thanks everyone for your advice and instructions

i'll make sure i get help from a male friend or two before i try and remove the hardtop, i know i can't remove it alone it looks heavy.
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Unread 07-31-2006, 06:49 AM   #14
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So I pick up my Sahara today and the soft top is on it at the moment. I get his hardtop also so do I need to ask for the tool that came with it? Or will it be just as easy to just go buy a Torx 40? Cost?


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Unread 07-31-2006, 07:14 AM   #15
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it is just a bit, you should be able to find one pretty cheap.
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