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Any trick to removing the soft top installed inside the hard top

on a JKU without removing the hard top? Just got a 2012 and the soft top is installed inside the hard top. I know the manual says to remove the hard top in order to remove the soft top when shipped from the factory, and to not have both tops installed at once. So I'm just wondering if I really have to pull the hard top to get it out or if y'all have figured out a way to do it.
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I pulled my hardtop off my 2012 JKU to get the soft top out.
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I pulled my hardtop off my 2012 JKU to get the soft top out.
Well if I hadn't seen TWO of you post here, I would've been calling shenanigans. I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how the soft top can fit inside the hard top.

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I just bent mine in half to get it out. You want to buy it ?lol
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Sawzall works wonders...

Just pull the hardtop. You'll spend more time and effort and probably break/bend something if you don't.

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You will definitely have to take the hardtop off. The first time I did this I disconnected everything hard and soft top wise. I then got got in the back and lifted the hardtop just high enough to have my wife and another person slide the soft top out.
My method now is an 8' stick of barndoor track from Tractor Supply with wheels and a 110v electric hoist.
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Well if I hadn't seen TWO of you post here, I would've been calling shenanigans. I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how the soft top can fit inside the hard top.
I think OPs use of installed is misleading. Stored is a better choice.

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I'm so confused.... pics ?

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I think the OP meant the sunrider top was stored collapsed within the Jeep ,under the Freedom Top (right?) ....dual tops and the bracketry and softtop were in place but folded down ...if not ,then it is shenanigans ....

Here's a YouTube video ....reverse this process ,uninstall the softtop stuff and then install your hardtop....


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Remove Freedom Top , then uninstall all that ,reinstall Freedom Top....


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Sorry for the confusion, this is what I meant. It's not all wrapped up like new but it's in the down/folded position like that.

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I think OPs use of installed is misleading. Stored is a better choice.
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Sorry for the confusion, this is what I meant. It's not all wrapped up like new but it's in the down/folded position like that.


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Ok, yeah, much different than I was trying to picture in my head. I'm with everyone else here; you're going to have to at least unbolt the HT and lift, if not remove it. It's not heavy, just awkward, so it's a piece 'o cake for you and a buddy/reasonably sturdy spouse/child to remove.

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i have a pulley system on my garage ceiling and can lift the top off with one hand.

without pulleys, you can probably still remove it yourself but it will be difficult. with a friend (even a relatively weak friend) you will easily be able to remove the top. the top doesn't weigh a lot, but it needs to be balanced while lifting or it will be a pain in the butt.
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