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Jeep Wrangler Hard and Soft Tops



  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Pictures would really help. I would think Bestop, but with that 'exterior windshield channel' I'm wondering. I think Quadratec or JCWhitney have a tool on their website and/or in their catalogs that help you determine which type of top you have.

    I replaced my TJ top, which was OEM, with a Bestop sailcloth Replace-a-top and it has been wonderful. IF you can go with Bestop, that is who I'd recommend.

  • pkearpkear Posts: 26
    I have run across many different message boards where people were reporting the same thing a leak in the modular hardtop system. I even had this problem myself due to this part of the top being removed and reinstalled at the dealer a couple of days before I bought it by salesmen trying to show it off. This is fixed simply by removing the sunroof part of the hard top and reinstalling it properly according to the owners manual. This is as easy to do as taking 5 min under the cover of a DIY car wash in the rain when it started leaking like I did.
    What is important is following the instructions and working left to right. First you remove the front panels and reinstall them by laying the left side in first then the right. You then clamp the front to the windshield. Next you screw the rear down, keep going left to right. Then you clip the back corners and finally the middle clips and you are done. This should fix the leak.
    I suggest you do this yourself as I have heard horror stories of some dealer service centers being unable to fix this after repeated visits because even they reinstalled the top improperly. If you do take it by the dealer keep in mind they most likely have never worked on one of these before so they are about as in the dark as you are before you read this. I hope this helps someone especially those who are complaining without even looking at the top to see what could be wrong.
  • lfraserlfraser Posts: 1
    I have a 95 Wrangler and have just replaced the soft top! I can't seem to get the old uppers off the doors? The new uppers come with a velcro flap that allows you easily install onto the existing doors, however the old uppers seem to be sewed onto the frame of the uppers. Does anyone have any idea how to remove the original Soft top uppers on a 95 Wrangler? Thank you!
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    Cut'em off chief. That's what you're supposed to.
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    I am looking for a Cover for my Jeep to use during the summer. I keep the hardtop off for three months and would just like a cover for when it rains. Yep..I keep mine parked when this happens and drive my Honda. The cover should be good quality and a fair price. Any suggestions on storing my hard top? I have heard that some folks have had problems putting the hardtop back on after extended periods of storage. I thought of just putting it on two saw horses and covering it with a tarp.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Some people have had problems with the hardtop sides spreading while removed. If you bolt the top to a couple of 2x4s with holes drilled to match the tub you shouldn't have that problem.
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    That is an good idea. Last year I just sit it on some saw horses that were laid down on the grass and it did spread some but not too much. I don't want a repeat of that problem. I have seen covers out there from 40 to 100 dollars and was wondering if I could get by with the less expensive ones.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735

    It's PERFECT, especially if you take your doors off too.

    Yes, I have one, too. Can't help with the hard top, as I don't have one.

    One of those hoist systems, where you store it hanging up in the garage may be an option, but not sure what stresses/distortions that may cause.

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    One of those hoist systems, where you store it hanging up in the garage may be an option, but not sure what stresses/distortions that may cause.

    You can attach the hoist to the 2x4s mentioned earlier.
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112 - =froogle&ct=title

    I see some Jeep covers at the site above for half the price of those at

    Is the quality that much of a difference? The one at jeepcovers is over 100 dollars and around 57.00 at the site listed above.

    How about some of the ones listed here? Thanks for your time. I just want to get a quality cover for the best price. 8/c-10108
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Those Froogle results are always interesting. You can buy a soft cover for your winch for $46.13 and a soft cover for the whole Jeep for $46.78! :)

    Can't help with the actual question, but from previous experience I'd guess that the cheapest covers would be best for keeping dust off the vehicle while it's stored inside a garage.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    My Jeep cover was right about 100 with shipping (and a free hat).

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Yes, that's where I'd be looking to ballpark it. While 'expensive' doesn't guarantee good quality, 'cheapest' isn't usually the best.
  • wheelsdownwheelsdown Posts: 250
    I paid about $100 for my cab cover. Didn't get the hat.

    Cover works good and takes a lot of the worry out of leaving the Jeep some place with the top down or off, like when I take it to bicycle riding trails and am gone for several hours. I carry it folded in a small sports bag. Takes less than a minute to put it on.

  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    Did you get it at What exactly is a hat?
    Was if water proof or water resistant? TIA
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    What exactly is a hat?

    I'm tempted, very tempted................but no, I'll be good. :shades:

    Oh.......why not? image image image image image

    Well, you did ask. :P
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    JeepCovers is where you order them from.

    A hat is an object usually placed on one's head to protect it from sun, wind, rain, etc. They come in many forms, such as baseball, tophat, helmets, fedora, sombrero, etc.

    The one I got a year or so ago from JeepCovers is a baseball variety. :)

    When the cover is on, no water gets in, so I guess you'd say it is waterproof. Check on their site and ask if you want clarification though. They'd know best.

  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    Your guys are a riot. Truth be told I thought it was some type of cover for the Jeep that had that type of nickname.
    Not sure why you mentioned that you got one with your Jeep cover because its not like...oh gee I must now buy one of those covers because I cannot do without that cap. Thanks for the other info. A cap could also be a in bust a cap... I will probebly get my cover from jeepcovers and just tell them to keep the cap. :)
  • lynnskilynnski Posts: 1
    Hi, I'm glad i found you all....i just read a great suggestion for stowing the hardtop.

    I dont seem to be able to find the fliptop soft top for the unlimited and wondered what you all have found....good or bad.

  • jeffr5jeffr5 Posts: 1
    I am very interested in buying either a 2005 or 2006 Wrangler Unlimited. I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on:
    1. which model, if either is better(more reliable)
    2. would it be a mistake to buy used as opposed to new(I have found a dealer that still has some 06's on the lot).
    3. Are there any inherent problems with the Wrangler Unlimited that I should be aware of.

    Thanks for your input.
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