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post #1 of 11 Old 06-15-2016, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hard top to soft top conversion

I am looking at a Wrangler, it is a hard top with full doors. My thing is I prefer the soft top with no doors or half doors. How difficult is it to make this conversion, and how hard is it to remove the doors on a 98 Wrangler? My last jeep was a 79 CJ5, so it's been a while since owning a jeep.

Lastly, where can I purchase a good quality soft top?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-15-2016, 09:32 PM
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It is an easy swap. I switched from a hardtop to a frameless top and it took me a few hours to put on all the necessary surrounds and retainers plus the top itself. The doors should just lift off if there is no nut on the bottom of the hinge. I have had great luck with my Rampage Trailtop.

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Subscribed. Looking to due the same myself to a 92 YJ. Would like input on brands, frameless VS. framed etc...
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I'm in the same situation , I'm looking at the new improved Softopper frameless top
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And they say there's never any hardtops for sale... 3 right here.

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I remember when...I had a 79 CJ5 and I had to replace a top it was so easy. Now, there are so many options to choose from and since I am getting back into the jeep world so much has changed. I am really torn between two 98's that I have been looking at. One has a hard top the other a soft top, but with the other money I need to spend to get them through the WV inspection I am not sure which way to go. As I explained to my wife, I prefer the top off and no doors, but a hard top doesn't lend that choice to me. Plus this one has the full metal doors, so it just seems to be a headache. I'm waiting on the seller to give me a call before I make my decision on Monday (hopefully).

DirtKar, If I knew someone that was close and was willing to do it, I would probably do an even swap as long as the soft top and half doors are in as good of shape as the hard top.
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Run the Hard Top in the winter, and then run the Soft Top Spring, Summer and Fall. But in the South, I don't think we will have many more winters... this past winter only had two weeks of sub 35* weather and I only ran my Hard Top for like two months, lol
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I purchased the rampage frameless soft top for my 94 about 2 months ago. I absolutely love it. So easy to take off the back and sides. Bout a 5 min job... However this is my first jeep and first top too, so I do not have anything to compare it too.
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I remember when...I had a 79 CJ5 and I had to replace a top it was so easy. Now, there are so many options to choose from and since I am getting back into the jeep world so much has changed. I am really torn between two 98's that I have been looking at. One has a hard top the other a soft top, but with the other money I need to spend to get them through the WV inspection I am not sure which way to go. As I explained to my wife, I prefer the top off and no doors, but a hard top doesn't lend that choice to me. Plus this one has the full metal doors, so it just seems to be a headache. I'm waiting on the seller to give me a call before I make my decision on Monday (hopefully).

DirtKar, If I knew someone that was close and was willing to do it, I would probably do an even swap as long as the soft top and half doors are in as good of shape as the hard top.
A hardtop and full doors are worth some big bucks. You could go with the hardtop Jeep then sell the top/doors and get whatever soft top you want. I suppose it depends on which of the 98's you like better regardless of the top configuration. For what it's worth, I really like my hard top in the winter and if I had AC I may even leave it on longer.

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