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post #1 of 20 Old 11-09-2015, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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What soft top do i need?

I'm new to the forum and i need your help.

I have a 2006 Jeep TJ Sport and I'm looking for a soft top.

So here is my question:

What soft top can i put up and take down with one hand?

Why would i ask this?? Well i only have one hand. I am able top put up and take down the factory top on my YJ with no problems. Are the TJ framed tops any different? Should i look at a frameless?? What do you think?

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post #2 of 20 Old 11-09-2015, 09:39 AM
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The TJ top is about 100000 times easier to put up and down than a YJ..

So saying someone can do it one handed is not a snarky comment against you..

About the hardest part of the TJ top is wedging the plastic clips in above the front door seals.

A new top will need some stretching before it gets easy... But leaving it in the sun till its good and hot will make it go pretty easy.

Think there is a couple of good videos on how to removing and put up a factory top.

I am going to try putting my new top on one handed to just see if I can do it.

My father only has one hand also.... I never even notice till we go fishing...
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Great
Thanks for taking the time
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post #4 of 20 Old 11-09-2015, 10:49 AM
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I have a CJ, YJ and a TJ and I couldn't remove/put up the top with just one hand.
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post #5 of 20 Old 11-14-2015, 12:51 PM
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well I just tried to put the side windows in,. I found it impossible to put it in... The zippers require 2 hands and a pair of pliers..
Not saying it can not be done.. But get a buddy to help will make this way easier..
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post #6 of 20 Old 11-14-2015, 01:06 PM
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Video. You decide.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...1543E60C7F78E6

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post #7 of 20 Old 11-15-2015, 10:12 AM
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Just my input, but I don't see how a two handed individual can answer this question. Sure us two handers, can try doing things with one hand but it wouldn't be the same.

One handers, would have developed skills and techniques over time, like with any other physical challenge. I'm amazed at what some individuals have learned to overcome.

I'm not sure I could even put toothpaste of my toothbrush with only one hand.

My best input would be to put a "shout out" to other local jeepers and I'm sure they would let you try raising/lowering their top.

I would say good luck, but something tells me you have faced worse challenges.

I am multi-talented, I can talk and piss you off at the same time.

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post #8 of 20 Old 11-15-2015, 12:17 PM
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I can answer that. I can put my stock top up, down, on ,off. Those Trek / frameless tops sound a little challenging with how tight they are. I've nevered tried the frameless, but too hear my buddies talks they're quit a pain. But they whine about everything
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I think taking the windows out wouldn't be a problem. Putting them in would be the problem. Once the windows are out, don't think you'd have a problem flipping the top back. Just think you'd need help putting the windows back in.

Wouldn't be as hard when the top is brand new and warmed up/stretched out. As the top gets older (3-5 years depending on weather, storage, etc.) the zippers get harder to deal with.

One trick most people use to put the side windows in is to use the velcro to hold the windows up in the rear while you connect the front zipper. Getting those zippers in is not easy though. You have to be able to hold it in there snug while you pull the zipper.

For the rear, I would just leave it in and roll it up. The window will get creases, but that window is even harder to get in than the two sides. I have an old top that is ready to be replaced. It would probably take me 30 minutes to get that rear window out. Zippers are broken and need lube. I just leave it in. I unzip the zippers on the sides, then roll it up and tuck in the holders that snap on. I can still fold the top all the way back.
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You hit it spot on suicideking.

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post #11 of 20 Old 11-15-2015, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help.
I use the velcro to assist, on my YJ, when putting the windows in. I just wasn't sure if i should try a frameless on my TJ or stick with a framed top. But I'm starting lean toward the factory frame style top.
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post #12 of 20 Old 11-15-2015, 08:36 PM
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I wouldn't recommend a framless top. I love my Trektop NX but every single time I try to put the windows in it's like trying to skin a drum. The top is so tight that if I undo the rear window the only way I can get the zippers to line up again is to unclip the side windows from the belt rail, zip up the rear window, and then put everything back together.
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I wouldn't recommend a framless top. I love my Trektop NX but every single time I try to put the windows in it's like trying to skin a cat. The top is so tight that if I undo the rear window the only way I can get the zippers to line up again is to unclip the side windows from the belt rail, zip up the rear window, and then put everything back together.
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My frameless Trektop NX fits tighter than Jessica Simpson's tank top and is way less fun to remove.

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