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Unread 02-10-2007, 09:04 PM   #16
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Ya I'm the kind of person that once I have something in my head to do, I hate putting it off...I want the soft top out...I worry about damaging it since it rests right on the rear window 'compression tubes' or whatever theyre called...

OK, I'll go through the manual of what to do, and start watching the weather..its supposed to warm up over the next few weeks.

Is the tool I need to remove the hardtop something common in a general socket/tool set, or am I gonna have to be buying special bits now too?

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Unread 02-10-2007, 09:05 PM   #17
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I asked the dealer to take it out before I took delivery since it is 20 degrees out. I also should mention that I loaded it in my wife's Discovery when she dropped me off to pick up the JK. If you have a way to get it home, it may be an alterantive for those who have not taken delivery yet.
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Unread 02-10-2007, 09:09 PM   #18
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Is the tool I need to remove the hardtop something common in a general socket/tool set, or am I gonna have to be buying special bits now too?
You need a T40 and a T30 to deal with this stuff. Just go buy yourself a set of Torx sockets and make sure those two are in there. You definitely will want to use a ratchet with an extender for this job.

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Unread 02-10-2007, 09:11 PM   #19
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ok, thanks, ill check my tools tomorrow too...i wish i had had the dealer take it out...but then my hardtop would probably leak haha
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Unread 02-11-2007, 12:00 AM   #20
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Mine has been in the back for a few weeks. Finally got warm enough to pull it out today.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 02:57 PM   #21
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Do I need a SOCKET set of torx, or can I just pick up a t40 and a t30 screwdriver???

The manual shows them using a screwdriver...
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Unread 02-12-2007, 03:04 PM   #22
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While you can get away with using a flat head screwdriver to get the screws off, I would pick up a torx multi tool so that you have different sizes. You may eventually need them.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 03:18 PM   #23
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While you can get away with using a flat head screwdriver to get the screws off, I would pick up a torx multi tool so that you have different sizes. You may eventually need them.
ya for sure, ill look for a multitool torx screwdriver, or just the 2 specific ones for now, thanks. i wouldnt use a flat head in there anyways...afterall, its a jeep...its not like its an H3 or something where it wouldnt matter
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Unread 02-12-2007, 03:22 PM   #24
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I did it myself with my 2 kids in about 30 minutes. I needed the space and had no desire to risk damaging the soft-top. At $1500 or so for a replacement, it wasn't worth the few minutes it was going to take me.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 04:10 PM   #25
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I was going to put it off myself but yesterday I went through with it. I had to find the T40 and T30 drivers the day before (had to go to sears to find a set). I got a screwdriver type but almost wish I had like an allen key type for more leverage (if there is such a thing).

I did struggle for a second with that wiper wiring connection - took me a few minutes to figure it out. I also didn't bother checking that I needed to unscrew the softtop bracket off the rollbar (with a T-30).

I had two people life the top up enough for me to pull out the softtop. The hardest part was getting the screws off - they seemed tight and there is litte room for leverage.

I think the best part was seeing the jeep with the freedom top panels off for the first time (cold here). Can't wait for spring!!!
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Unread 02-12-2007, 05:00 PM   #26
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Well, I went out and got one of those things that has 6 or 7 torx wrenches in a handle - maybe that's what you're calling a multi-tool, I dunno. Anyway, the thing didn't work for crap. Not enough leverage, made my hand hurt, and couldn't get a good angle.

I went back in the garage and got my torx sockets, ratchet, and extender. That made the job MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH easier. So, while you can go with something else, I dunno why you would want to. I imagine putting the thing back ON with something other than a ratchet would just be miserable.

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Unread 02-12-2007, 08:18 PM   #27
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Well, I went out and got one of those things that has 6 or 7 torx wrenches in a handle - maybe that's what you're calling a multi-tool, I dunno. Anyway, the thing didn't work for crap. Not enough leverage, made my hand hurt, and couldn't get a good angle.

I went back in the garage and got my torx sockets, ratchet, and extender. That made the job MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH easier. So, while you can go with something else, I dunno why you would want to. I imagine putting the thing back ON with something other than a ratchet would just be miserable.

Cheers!
Ok...I have a T30 bit, not a T40...maybe Ill just get the socket type for them...thanks.
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Unread 02-13-2007, 07:41 AM   #28
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Actually, on second thought and after seeing the previous post, I would go with the socket type if you haven't purchased anything yet - I saw them at the store but opted for the screwdriver. I totally agree that the socket type would provide the best option in terms of leverage.
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Unread 02-13-2007, 09:03 AM   #29
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For the record, any excuse to buy more tools is a good one...
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Unread 02-13-2007, 04:26 PM   #30
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Actually, on second thought and after seeing the previous post, I would go with the socket type if you haven't purchased anything yet - I saw them at the store but opted for the screwdriver. I totally agree that the socket type would provide the best option in terms of leverage.
I ended up getting a multi tool one, where you can use them at 90 degrees or straight like a screwdriver...10 bucks at canadian tire...seems like it should do the trick. thanks!
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