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Unread 02-07-2007, 03:20 PM   #1
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How many have left the soft top in the back?

as it was when you got it brand new? the sticker on mine says to 'remove' one of them...but it looks like a pain in the *** to do, especially now that its winter...

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Unread 02-07-2007, 04:11 PM   #2
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yeah same here, too cold for now.. wish I could take it out thought.....

I might try to do it this weekend in my father in law's garage...

will give a bit more space in the trunk !!!
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Unread 02-07-2007, 04:32 PM   #3
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I looked at it...I guess its OK in there, although I worry about it getting damaged....looks like a pain in the *** to get out of there though....
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Unread 02-07-2007, 04:34 PM   #4
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I made the dealer take it out when the car was being delivered....it took 3 guys in service dept. almost 45 minutes. Then they had to readjust the doors, which weren't closing properly. It's a job, and if I were you, I'd go to the dealer, get them to remove the soft top and lay it down in the back.
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Unread 02-07-2007, 04:47 PM   #5
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Looks like it would rub thru in spots after awhile
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Unread 02-07-2007, 04:52 PM   #6
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To reomve the hard top on my 2 door involved one wiring connector and six screws. It was off in less than 15 minutes and my wife and I lifted it off easily. The hardest part (if you call it that) was removing the soft top brackets that mount to the roll bar. Just make sure that you have the right size torx bit,ratchet and extension for removing the screws. You will laugh at yourself for dreading doing it once its removed..
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Unread 02-07-2007, 05:25 PM   #7
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Additional benefit of hard top. It is much easier to load stuff in the back of the JK with the hard top on-- You just flip up the window. Ootherwise you have to unclip and unzip the window-- maybe not a big deal unless you need to do it often or it is really cold.
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Unread 02-07-2007, 05:26 PM   #8
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I made the dealer take it out when the car was being delivered....it took 3 guys in service dept. almost 45 minutes. Then they had to readjust the doors, which weren't closing properly. It's a job, and if I were you, I'd go to the dealer, get them to remove the soft top and lay it down in the back.
This must be the dealer that has 7 guys to change a light bulb.
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Mine's still there in the original warning packaging. It was freakin 10 below zero this week -- it's gonna stay until spring. I'm not worried about damage - I've had 4 soft top jeeps in my life and they are not made out of tissue -- went almost a whole summer with a soft top in the down position and there was no friction issues.

The only bummer is the lack of available room for STUFF. I can wait.
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Unread 02-07-2007, 05:41 PM   #10
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i took my top out of the back first chance i had

after the hardtop is out, the soft top will come right out
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Unread 02-07-2007, 05:52 PM   #11
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My wife and I took the soft top out the day after we took delivery. You need a #40 torx bit to undo the top bolts. It took us all of about fifteen minutes.
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Unread 02-07-2007, 10:00 PM   #12
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My wife and I took the soft top out the day after we took delivery. You need a #40 torx bit to undo the top bolts. It took us all of about fifteen minutes.
seriously, 15 minutes?? the manual is in the truck, but is there specific instructions for just taking out the softop how it is packaged from the factory???

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Unread 02-09-2007, 02:35 PM   #13
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It took my brother-in-law and I probably around 40 minutes to take the hard top off, take the soft top off, and then put the hard top back off. 6 T-40 bolts to take off the hardtop (once you remove the panels) and 4 T-30 bolts to take off the soft top.

I wasn't worried about it rubbing, I just wanted the extra space. Of course, I did have the luxury of doing this when it was a relatively balmy 40 degrees out - don't know if I would be attempting it in sub-zero temps unless I was in a heated garage....
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Unread 02-10-2007, 06:24 PM   #14
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ya its gotta be warmer here for me to do this...f'ing freezing out...thanks!
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Unread 02-10-2007, 07:50 PM   #15
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as it was when you got it brand new? the sticker on mine says to 'remove' one of them...but it looks like a pain in the *** to do, especially now that its winter...
I did it in winter - and I live in Alaska.

It is painless. 8 screws, pop the top off. Take the soft top out, put the hard top back on. You just need someone to help you. It's easy. I would not hesitate to do this if I were you.

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