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How heavy is that 4 door hardtop?

I just bought an 07 4 door Rubicon last week and was wanting to take the hardtop off and install the soft top for the remainder of the summer. Does anyone know how heavy that hardtop is? Can two guys handle it by themselves? Any tips would also be appreciated. Thanks ya'll.
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My wife and I took ours off without any issues. Just make sure you place it on some wood planks to protect it. They are very expensive to fix.
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Some one told me its a whole lot lighter if you unbolt it first, I dont he might be on to something.

My wife and I removed mine when I had it.


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95lbs the rear section 15lbs per freedom panel, as others said can do it with two people easy
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Some one told me its a whole lot lighter if you unbolt it first, I dont he might be on to something.

My wife and I removed mine when I had it.
Nah, bolts don't make a difference.
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4 eye bolts and ratchet straps from the ceiling in my garage makes me have no clue how heavy or light it is...
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Yep... about 95lbs.... more awkward than heavy. I can get in and lift it by centering my shoulder blades (looking down) in the middle, a little towards the rear where most of the weight is. You can feel where the center of gravity is after a little practice. I use my arms to balance it, ease it off then squat down to the ground. Like has been said, set it on some wood blocks.

I have done that several times when no one was around to help me. No longer an issue with the trek top....

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I've heard about 145... not sure though, I have a freedom top... use a winch to get mine off.

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My wife and I lift ours as well, the hardest thing is getting your fingers and hands under it!! Bulky and awkward is the worst part!!

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I just bought an 07 4 door Rubicon last week and was wanting to take the hardtop off and install the soft top for the remainder of the summer. Does anyone know how heavy that hardtop is? Can two guys handle it by themselves? Any tips would also be appreciated. Thanks ya'll.
My beautiful wife and I take ours on and off. We just lay it upside down on the grass in the yard. But we don't take it off for long periods of time, just a day or so now and then.

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As already mentioned, two people can handle it easily. Just watch the rear glass door, best to start with it up, as otherwise it may will pop up while moving the hardtop and shift the center of gravity.
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Thanks Ya'll. I appreciate the info.
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Come on guys i take mine off by myself,
unbolt, open hatch, climb in lift with my back slide it back over the spare,
get out grab the balance point lift,walk backwards to blocks on ground crouch and crawl out!

After changing the ful length hard top on my cj8 th jk is pretty manageable

But yeah a winch or ratchet strap is much smarter safer for the paint.

got Jeep got stuff, never enough of the right stuff tho

Am I in deep enough yet?
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Come on guys i take mine off by myself,
unbolt, open hatch, climb in lift with my back slide it back over the spare,
get out grab the balance point lift,walk backwards to blocks on ground crouch and crawl out!.
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[QUOTE=nourlmt;161455]Come on guys i take mine off by myself,
unbolt, open hatch, climb in lift with my back slide it back over the spare,
get out grab the balance point lift,walk backwards to blocks on ground crouch and crawl out!


I did it by myself too, but was facing out the tailgate and walked it into my garage with it balanced on my shoulders... do not do it this way, get help from anyone you can

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Come on guys i take mine off by myself,
unbolt, open hatch, climb in lift with my back slide it back over the spare,
get out grab the balance point lift,walk backwards to blocks on ground crouch and crawl out!

After changing the ful length hard top on my cj8 th jk is pretty manageable

But yeah a winch or ratchet strap is much smarter safer for the paint.
I've taken mine off several times and always by myself. I can see where this might be an issue for smaller peeps. Love to have had an extra hand but I'm to impatient and just want it done when I make the decision.
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