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post #1 of 50 Old 11-01-2011, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Question for Hardtop only owners

If you have only a hardtop, how often do you actually remove it?

I see so many hardtops running in the summer on JK's and can't imagine someone pulling it off on a whim. Just curious.


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post #2 of 50 Old 11-01-2011, 09:17 AM
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I have both but run the hard top primarily. With the 4 door it's a bit of a chore, really a two person job. I run more with the freedom panels out "on a whim".

If I had a garage and a hoist setup I don't think it would be as big of a deal. Still no comparison to the convenience of running a soft top.

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I have the hard top only. I take it off in late spring and put it back on once it starts raining. I usually leave the front panels in for shade, so even if it rains a little it's not the end of the world.
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When I had my TJ it had both tops - when I bought the JK I only wanted the hard top. With a garage and the hoist the hard top was a better option for me. The soft top was just a worry and hassle.
However, now I am using my garage and can't park in it - so the hard top has not been off yet. hahaha
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Got a 2dr pull the top with a boat trailer winch fifteen min top. Do it all summer and for some snow runs.


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I have just the hardtop and had it off a few times in the spring and several through the summer. It was crazy hot down here this year and I didn't want to be soaked in sweat every day driving home from work. I do pull the panels frequently.
I do have a hoist in the garage so removing and storing isn't much of a chore.

Personally, I love having the top off, but prefer to have the doors off even more.

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I leave mine off from late spring to early fall. I have a mopar sunbonnet and deck cover that I use. I leave the doors off, then, also.

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I have just the hardtop and a Spiderwebshade on my 2-door. I'd take mine off on a weekly basis in the summer and just set it on my tablesaw for the weekend. Easy enough.
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I have the hardtop only and after 6 months ownership I have yet to remove it. However, I have little kids that aren't thrilled about wind and noise just yet and all I really wanted was an offroad vehicle with a big moonroof this time around. The freedom top panels work awesome for this need. In time I'm sure the hardtop will come off, especially when the little ones get older.

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I ran with just a hardtop for 2 years before i bought my soft top. If you don't have a place to convienently store it or a hoist to take it off by yourself, its a pain to get the rear portion off. I rarely took the hardtop off, just the freedom panels. If i knew it was going to be nice for 3-5 days i would take it off and leave it off for a couple days then put it back on. But i think i only did that a hand full of times. Now that i have my soft top, its so much easier and more convienent in the summer to take the top down. I put the hardtop back on for this winter.

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I ran with just a hardtop for 2 years before i bought my soft top. If you don't have a place to convienently store it or a hoist to take it off by yourself, its a pain to get the rear portion off. I rarely took the hardtop off, just the freedom panels. If i knew it was going to be nice for 3-5 days i would take it off and leave it off for a couple days then put it back on. But i think i only did that a hand full of times. Now that i have my soft top, its so much easier and more convienent in the summer to take the top down. I put the hardtop back on for this winter.
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I have only the hard top and have never actually taken off the rear portion...in 3 years. But I lived in an apartment for 2 of those years (no place to store it) and live a little too close to Mexico to feel comfortable leaving the jeep totally open in the parking lot... I have a garage hoist now but have to make a few more adjustments before I can use it. Planning to test it in a few weeks...
The freedom panels come off all the time tho, I made canvas storage bag that I keep in the jeep so I can take em off anytime and not worry about them getting damaged by throwing them in the back.

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I typically pull mine around May, store it and put it back on around Sept/Oct depending on the weather. With the freedom tops, there's no reason to put the hard top back on..

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I have just the hardtop and a Spiderwebshade on my 2-door. I'd take mine off on a weekly basis in the summer and just set it on my tablesaw for the weekend. Easy enough.
Same here hard top and spiderweb shade! 4 door I took it off every weekend this summer. I have to put it on for work i don't trust people downtown. I take the panels off no less then 4 - 5 times a week weather permitting. The back takes 2 people. you can look on youtube and there are people with videos of them doing it by themselves it is not heavy just awkward all the weight is in the glass.

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As soon as the weather breaks the HT is off until it gets chilly again. If it rains well, its a jeep...

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I have mine on/off all spring, summer, and fall. It literally takes five minutes to remove or put back on. With my set up, it's easier to deal with the hard top than a soft top.
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I only take my hardtop off when I know when I can get at least 1 week of nice weather. With my rack it does become kind of a pain to remove the top. I can do it with just me but makes the job a whole lot easier with 2.
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No top whatsoever. Front panels and rear are covered for protection and are stored in the tractor barn. Rain or shine, no problem at all.
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I have an Unlimited with hardtop only. With winch in the garage, it's an easy chore to take off. It's been off most of the summer. We drive the truck on rainy days. I use the Safari Straps extended cage to keep wind buffeting down. May eventually do a bowless soft top but don't need it right now.

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My Jeep is just a weekend toy so I take the top off in the spring and leave it off until Oct. I have a garage to store top and Jeep.
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I pull my hard top off in April-ish and it stays off till October-ish. I have a spiderweb shade and nets that go on. I will occasionally throw it back on if we have a heat wave (multi-day at above 110f) so I can use the A/C for my daughter.

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I have had mine off about 3 or 4 times. Once for a week while it was being painted white to match the rest of the jeep. Also a few times for topless day. I leave it on most of the time for security and to keep all of the junk I have in the back from blowing out.

Now the freedom panels is another story. I've removed them lots of times.

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I pulled myJKU hardtop off a lot with my simple porch swing hooks in the ceiling and ratchet straps method. Very easy one man operation and very cheap. Put the crank end on the front so you don't drop them on the rear glass. It's also easier to adjust in the front seat area. Now that I have my softop it has been hanging in the garage every day. I waited 4 years for a softop so I'm leaving it on for awhile.



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I have the freedom panels off on a whim. Took the hard top off around Labor Day and its been off ever since. It is my second car and its in my garage. Taking the hardtop off is easy. Its just 8 bolts and unplugging the rear window wiper. The top is not heavy but bulky so you will need a friend or neighbor to help you. Doesnt take long at all then there you go! I'll put it back on once the weather is consistently cold down here.
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My hard top has been off pretty much since March. I scored a H.O.S.S. storage cart w/ the door cart for $175, so I use that to store it on. Makes it fairly easy to move around, but still putting it on/taking it off is a 2-man job. Currently running a TrekTop NX, but the hard top will be going back on in the next couple of weeks. Need to bedline the inside and let it off-gas for a few days, but once I put it on, it'll probably stay on for the winter. Although, it has been off quite a few times in the year that I've owned my rig.

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