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post #1 of 11 Old 10-13-2021, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hardtop alignment to windshield

So I am trying to figure out the correct alignment for a hardtop on an 85 CJ7. Specifically at the front top corners of the windshield frame. Should the topper corners sag just below on the front or should it be sitting up higher?


Anyone have a good picture of the alignment at the front?

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-14-2021, 08:12 AM
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Mine isn’t screwed to the windshield frame, but it is sitting very close to the correct location.

When you install the hardtop you have to raise the forward edge high enough to clear the flange that is on top of the windshield frame. After you have it in the correct position it will fall down into place. If it’s not in the right position it will sit too high. It’s a little hard to find the sweet spot the first time you do it, but after you get it on correctly once, it will be easier the next time. You can’t go too far forward either, because the flange that’s attached to the hardtop has to be behind the flange on top of the windshield. The two flanges overlap about 3/4” I’m guessing, I have never measured it though.

I’ll post some pictures. My top in the pictures is kinda a piece of junk. I’m planning on cutting it up to make a “ hard” bikini top for next summer. The holes in it, don’t line up with the holes in my windshield frame, so it’s just bolted on in the back for now, it’s a temporary installation.
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Mine is the same as Ax's, just with a little less rust.

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Mine is the same as Ax's, just with a little less rust.

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Matt is that dust I see on the hard top!!!


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Matt, is that latex caulk in the corners?


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Yeah, I called the seller for an add on CL, and asked if the top had any cracks or damage. It was advertised as in good condition without the hatch for $400. The pictures on CL didn’t show any damage, out of five pictures. None of the pictures showed the rusty flange in the front either.

His reply was “no damage, it’s in good condition”. I drove 5 hours one way to find out it’s a piece of crap.

I offered $50 for it, because I had already spent time, gas and toll money to get there, I figured it was worth $50 (more) to make a hard “Bikini” top with it.

Every defect I pointed out on it, he said, Man, I didn’t notice that, sorry.

Maybe he was blind in one eye and couldn’t see out the other.
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Yes, I got tired of the wind whistling thru the cracks between the hardtop and the windshield frame. A bit of caulk took care of that.

If I take the top off, which isn't often these days, it takes about 10 seconds to cut the caulking loose.

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Matt is that dust I see on the hard top!!!
Yeah,I must have been slacking when I snapped those pics.

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OP, if the previous owner used a bikini top, there may be a metal retaining strip across the top of the windshield frame. That strip will have to come off in order for the hardtop to seat correctly on the frame.

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Matt is that dust I see on the hard top!!!
I think I see dust too!

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I offered $50 for it, because I had already spent time, gas and toll money to get there, I figured it was worth $50 (more) to make a hard “Bikini” top with it.

Every defect I pointed out on it, he said, Man, I didn’t notice that, sorry.

I sold a hardtop this year for $400.00 to a buyer on CL. It was a flawless Laredo black colored top with tinted glass with a non rusted steel rear factory hatch and all the original hardware to mount it as a bonus. I know I could have gotten 6-8 hundred but I'm not like that since I only bought it for a 100 bucks back in 2007 and kept it in warehouse storage for 14 years before selling. $300.00 profit is enough for me but some people are really scrupulous when it comes to parts for a Jeep CJ nowadays.
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