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post #1 of 21 Old 04-25-2009, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hard top removal.

Can one normal size guy remove a hard top by himself? All my boys are busy today but I have to get my hard top off. I've never done it before, just bought the jeep over the winter and I guess I'm wondering how much it weighs, can one guy maneuver it?

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post #2 of 21 Old 04-25-2009, 08:37 AM
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its more awkward than heavy. it has always taken me and 1 other guy. my wife tried but she couldnt do it


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make sure you have the tailgate closed and the rear window open. that way the spare isnt in the way and you can just move it straight back. thats a technique we had to discover

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Thanks guys, luckily my girl's dress shopping today or else she might want to help, silly girl, she's been told never to touch the jeep.
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also make sure you disconnect the washer hose and the electrical connection for the wiper. it likes to keep the hardtop from going anywhere

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it weights alot more than youd think. something like 150-175 lbs, i tried taking mine off with my girl but it was way to heavy she said. Shes pretty small though. let us know how it goes

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i can take mine off by myself but i dont think i can put it back on without tearing something up

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I have taken my hard top off by myself but I can't get it back on by myself.
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-25-2009, 09:13 AM
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I would recommend rigging some sort of lifting system to assist removal of your hardtop, it is a very expensive piece to replace if you break it! waiting until you have help is highly recommended !
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I take off and put on my top bymyself. its awkward and back end heavy. just slide it back til you can get under it. lift with your legs and ease it to the ground with you under it.

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I would recommend rigging some sort of lifting system to assist removal of your hardtop, it is a very expensive piece to replace if you break it! waiting until you have help is highly recommended !
You can do it, but it's a real pain. More bulky/awkward than heavy.

I got a hoist-a-top and couldn't be happier. I got the one with the electric winch, but you can get a manual one (uses a come-along) quite a bit cheaper. They have a website but I just bought the thing through JC Whitney.

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I tryed with my unlimited and It wasnt gonna happen. May be a SWB guy might be able to.

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well the way I did it the other day was to put my trashcan behind my Jeep, lifted from the middle from inside the Jeep and moved it back and rested the right side on the can. Then got out and got under the middle lifted it straight over my head and moved it off. Kneeling down with it over my head was the toughest part, go slow. But if you don't think you can do it by yourself I'd wait for some help, its pretty heavy and awkward.
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I have taken my hard top off by myself but I can't get it back on by myself.
Haha, me too. What I have done is open the tailgate, and get under the top, and stand up while balancing the top on my head and holding it in a military press stance. Then I carefully step down onto the ground.

It's prolly best to have help. It would be an expensive drop.


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Definitely not an easy task to do. I wanted mine off badly and didn't have anybody to help. I got it off and back on without too much trouble but, it was a little on the heavy side.

I used the military approach as stated above. My advice would be to wait if possible. However, if you want it off badly enough you will figure out a way.
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