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Unread 02-28-2007, 11:09 PM   #1
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hard top removal

has anyone removed their hard top yet?
if so how heavy is it? can me and wifey handle it or do I have to buy my buddies beer to come help everytime I take it off ?
I've owned two yj's but both were soft tops.
would a hoist be money well spent?
I saw some quick disconnect type handles that replace the nuts and bolts that seems to make better sense than jumping in the back with a drill evrytime.

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Unread 03-01-2007, 12:13 AM   #2
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It is easy. Your and your wife can do it just fine. Money on a hoist is a waste if you ask me.

Make sure you get yourself a T40 and T30 bit for a ratchet, and an extender, and you will be fine.
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Unread 03-01-2007, 05:39 AM   #3
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It is easy. Your and your wife can do it just fine. Money on a hoist is a waste if you ask me.

Make sure you get yourself a T40 and T30 bit for a ratchet, and an extender, and you will be fine.
I'll second that. It's not to bad to handle. Though if you bought the dual top then this is where the extender for you ratchet will come in very handy, trust me.
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Unread 03-01-2007, 06:30 AM   #4
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I made a cheap lift out of ratchet straps and that made it a snap to get the hard top on and off and stowed in the garage.
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Unread 03-01-2007, 06:44 AM   #5
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I'll second that. It's not to bad to handle. Though if you bought the dual top then this is where the extender for you ratchet will come in very handy, trust me.
Agreed! (And what redrom01 said...)
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Unread 03-01-2007, 06:57 AM   #6
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My wife and I did it. Not too bad, but a little scary. I lifted the back and she took the front. We had a neighbor help us put it back on. 2 is doable, 3 makes it much easier.
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Unread 03-01-2007, 07:23 AM   #7
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3 is a breeze... I removed/installed mine with my 2 kids 12/15...
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Unread 03-01-2007, 08:42 AM   #8
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put mine back on last night with my girlfriend and had everything on and tightened in about 20 min. not bad, little strange with the grip but nothing too bad
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Unread 03-01-2007, 10:18 AM   #9
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disconnect the bolts that lock it on the the body... get inside the back... push up and toward the rear of the vehicle... throw in trash... replace with soft top!

j/k

my YJ has both the hard and soft top... hard top is a ***** to remove, but is quieter and warmer in the winter. mine weighs about 85-100 lbs
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Unread 03-01-2007, 12:47 PM   #10
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It is easy. Your and your wife can do it just fine. Money on a hoist is a waste if you ask me.

Make sure you get yourself a T40 and T30 bit for a ratchet, and an extender, and you will be fine.

What are the storage options if you don't use a hoist? Can you just stand it on end in the garage?--or do you at least have to use one of those dollys or other type of stand?...
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Unread 03-01-2007, 12:58 PM   #11
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What are the storage options if you don't use a hoist? Can you just stand it on end in the garage?--or do you at least have to use one of those dollys or other type of stand?...
i would not recommend standing it up... b/c it is heavy for one and the fiberglass chips easily

i would lay it flat (not on the top) on a blanket or hoist it up...
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What are the storage options if you don't use a hoist? Can you just stand it on end in the garage?--or do you at least have to use one of those dollys or other type of stand?...
I plan to just put it in the back yard with a tarp over it. No room in my 1 car garage, that's for sure.
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Unread 03-01-2007, 02:36 PM   #13
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What are the storage options if you don't use a hoist? Can you just stand it on end in the garage?--or do you at least have to use one of those dollys or other type of stand?...
How high is your garage ceiling? I don't use a hoist. I built a shelf/platform with 2x4's and plywood and lag-bolted it into the ceiling studs. Twice a year I swap out the hard top to the soft top, etc.

http://www.imagestation.com/6259975/4165811230
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Unread 03-01-2007, 02:59 PM   #14
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How high is your garage ceiling? I don't use a hoist. I built a shelf/platform with 2x4's and plywood and lag-bolted it into the ceiling studs. Twice a year I swap out the hard top to the soft top, etc.

http://www.imagestation.com/6259975/4165811230

Nice picture--that would work for me. Do you remember how low it hangs from the ceiling?

Anyone use the Mopar dolly that holds the top and doors?

Thanks,
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Unread 03-01-2007, 03:04 PM   #15
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Nice picture--that would work for me. Do you remember how low it hangs from the ceiling?

Thanks,
Steve
Off the top of my head, I don't remember. I cut the lengths of the 2x4's hanging down from the ceiling to be about 6" longer than the height of my Hard Top. Cost of materials for the whole thing was about $60.
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