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Unread 09-11-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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Doors off hardstop still on

This may sound dumb but I was thinking about it today. Is it safe to drive a 4 door with the hardtop on and all 4 doors off? Especially on the highway going like 70 or more.

I was thinking today thats alot of wind resistance that gets caught in the back of the jeep. Could it rip the top off?

Also, is it ok to to just take the 2 top panels off and leave the rear on?

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Unread 09-11-2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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no problems here.. to answer both your questions.
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Unread 09-11-2012, 11:13 PM   #3
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I do it with the soft top all the time, I feel like since the hard top is bolted on it would be even safer.
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Unread 09-12-2012, 05:28 AM   #4
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Done it both way for years. You will not have any problems. Tee tops off and front doors off. From about 4 years ago.



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Unread 09-12-2012, 08:30 AM   #5
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Done it both way for years. You will not have any problems. Tee tops off and front doors off. From about 4 years ago.



That was just before the mall cops showed up...........................
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Unread 09-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #6
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I actually open up the back window when I'm riding that way (doors off/roof on, not mall crawling lmao). It give the wind someplace to go, IMO.
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Unread 09-12-2012, 02:45 PM   #7
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I actually open up the back window when I'm riding that way (doors off/roof on, not mall crawling lmao). It give the wind someplace to go, IMO.
If you check the back gate you'll actually see that there is a vented opening for this very reason.

Hardtop on, doors off is how I've spent all summer. Up to 75mph on the freeway as well as cruising around town.

I get the open air, while keeping the sun off my head.

(full disclosure, I STILL haven't gotten my hoist installed, so I haven't take the hardtop completely off since I don't have anywhere to store it).
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Unread 09-12-2012, 04:44 PM   #8
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67Alecto:
you mentioned you haden't taken your top off because of not having a winch.
I just backed into my garage, after putting eye bolts into the ceiling joists,(my living room floor), and did the following:
Loosen and remove all the bolts from the top,
Lift the front section enough to slide a 2x4 under the front section, (if alone, leave one bolt loosely connected in the furthest rear hole so the roof dosen't slide off),
Slide another 2x4under the rear section of the hard top.
I went to Lowes and bought a 4 Pack of strap ties and lifted the top about 1" above the vehicle.
Drive out from under, incrementally raise the top to the elevation needed, and from then on just park under it.
Just be sure the 2x4's are verticle, not flat, and they are plenty strong for the task.
I did this with my brand new Sahara, and had no problems. Takes about 40 minutes if you do it alone, and I advise having a person there the first time to control the tendency for the top to slide back. (I had my daughter stand by, no sweat).
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If the air pressure inside the Jeep rises AT ALL above the pressure outside the Jeep, no more air will get in until the pressure is relieved. What that means is that the high pressure inside will be constantly relieved by the air flowing right back OUT the door (and the vent). If the roof is attached, it won't go anywhere, and there's no way it'll blow out a window.
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Unread 09-14-2012, 12:41 PM   #10
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Done it both way for years. You will not have any problems. Tee tops off and front doors off. From about 4 years ago.



My daughter calls that "princess carriage mode" on mine.
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Unread 09-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #11
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67Alecto:
you mentioned you haden't taken your top off because of not having a winch.
I just backed into my garage, after putting eye bolts into the ceiling joists,(my living room floor), and did the following:
Loosen and remove all the bolts from the top,
Lift the front section enough to slide a 2x4 under the front section, (if alone, leave one bolt loosely connected in the furthest rear hole so the roof dosen't slide off),
Slide another 2x4under the rear section of the hard top.
I went to Lowes and bought a 4 Pack of strap ties and lifted the top about 1" above the vehicle.
Drive out from under, incrementally raise the top to the elevation needed, and from then on just park under it.
Just be sure the 2x4's are verticle, not flat, and they are plenty strong for the task.
I did this with my brand new Sahara, and had no problems. Takes about 40 minutes if you do it alone, and I advise having a person there the first time to control the tendency for the top to slide back. (I had my daughter stand by, no sweat).
Thanks - it's not that I haven't taken it off because of the winch, it's that I don't have anywhere to put it. I've helped others with JKs take the top off - it's more awkward than heavy. I don't have anywhere in my garage that I could store it, and that would only leave outside in the backyard, which I'm not willing to do. That leaves the winch option, with the top tucked against the ceiling of the garage.

My friend was supposed to help my install the harken hoister I purchased for the top, but he flaked out on me.
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