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post #1 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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how heavy is a hardtop?

is it a one man job putting it on and off? thanks.

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post #2 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 01:59 AM
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heavier than a soft top...I'll tell ya that!

seriously, I have heard that they have gotten heavier, but when I was in college I had a YJ w/hardtop. I would unbolt/move everything stand up in the back and lift the top off with my shoulders/back and walk out of the back of the jeep. Nowadays if I had a hardtop I would rig up somekind of pulley system to help me lift. If I had to guess a weight on the YJ top i'd say 250-300 pounds...but it was a few years back and I have had a beer or two since.
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Two person job, unless you have some kind of lift/hoist setup. It's not that heavy, just bulky. Probably around 100 lbs.
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^^^^^^^Wuss...j/ think it's just a hundred pounds? Thats not much.
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post #5 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 04:06 AM
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one person can lift but it is extremely cumbersome to maneuver. the back window is prone to pop open. it is a 30 second job with two people.

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post #6 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 05:28 AM
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i tried it by myself and almost ended up having to purchase a new one.

i screwed eyelets into the 2X4s in the ceiling so i had one on each corner. i got 4 ratchets straps and hooked them to the 4 eyelets. now i just back under it, undo the screws and latches, hook on, ratchet up, and drive out. i have one on each side at the front, and two that i hook to each side at the top of the back window. total cost? $15.87.

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post #7 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 07:01 AM
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IIRC the top from my '02 is 140lbs.
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post #8 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 07:26 AM
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140-150 lbs

as mentioned, it's bulky. two person job to do it safely, health wise and breakage wise.
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Agreed on it being a 2 person job without a hoist.

There is no way I'd EVER try to get mine off solo. Sure... you can lift it... no problem. And there's about a 50% chance you'll get it off safely without breaking anything.

...Then there's that other 50% chance that you break the window or crack the top and you're out hundreds of dollars.

I'm assuming all of you have at least ONE friend or aquaintance you know well enough to come over and help you throw your hard top on at the end of the summer

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according to Chrysler its 140lbs. You need to people or a one person hitch.
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post #11 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 08:57 AM
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I took mine off alone one time, it's not to heavy to lift but it's so hard to balance that it's not worth the risk of dropping it. It's a quick 2 person job.
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i think its easily a 2 person job, i wouldnt even attempt to do it by myself

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Took it off by myself the first time, not fun! Built a hoist and have never looked back.


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post #14 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 09:19 AM
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Just like the others said its not that heavy but if you screw up lifting it by yourself and drop it, itll cost you about 900-1000 bucks for your mistake, its much easier to just go get a friend to help, or in this case my 5' wife and put it on. I have heard that the lifts work real nice but I live in base housing and cant just start screwing things into my carport.
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post #15 of 43 Old 09-15-2006, 09:35 AM
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I have had this hard top issue with my 2000 TJ. There are times when helper is not available, and the garage is not my own. I ended up buying a soft top. But I have thought about this a lot and here is my idea:

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