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Jeep Wrangler Hard and Soft Tops



  • davedenndavedenn Posts: 26
    Thanks for your help. I finally figured out that the doors actually just lift off! Fortunately, the mirrors are attached to the hinges so they stayed put.

    Dave :)
  • What year hard top will fit a 2005 wrangler.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    97-06, BUT 2002 and earlier have, I THINK, a slightly different placement for the hood clamps.

    Additionally, if your rear gate already has a vent in it, you likely want the top that has no vent integrated.

    But they will all FIT.

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Additionally, if your rear gate already has a vent in it, you likely want the top that has no vent integrated.

    Vent combinations:

    One (tailgate or top) :)

    Two (tailgate and top) :)

    None :sick:
  • I recently broke the slider on my 2005 wrangler unlimited's back window. The teeth have gnarled and the slider gets caught on them often, last time I tried wrenching it back and must have pulled a little hard. Is there any cheap way to fix the teeth so they stop catching and put a new slider on the zipper without having to replace the whole top?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    It may be possible to reshape the damaged teeth with a scalpel and a fine file, but it's doubtful.
    I would just have a new zipper sewn in. Any upholstery shop (marine/RV/domestic/custom) will do it; and the appearance should be almost seamless! :) :blush:
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    No pun intended. :)

  • Looking at purchasing a wrangler unlimited. Saw an 07 4dr sahara hard top auto with 31000miles for 23,000. What would be a good offer on this 19500? Or would leasing new be better?
  • I just bought an older Wrangler and it did not come with an owners manual.Will someone please help me with the proper way to remove the soft top and also how do you remove the frame around the half doors with the soft top down for that open air feeling!
  • I've read from the First page to the Last and didn't see this question answered (but it's late, maybe I missed it...): on 2007 newer Unlimited Wranglers with the Dual Top Option, is it possible to have both the hard top and soft top installed at the same time? I don't want to have to store the soft top during the "off season" (live in WI). Thanks in advance.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    edited April 2010 it possible to have both the hard top and soft top installed at the same time?

    Can it be done......yes, they're delivered that way with a protective cover on.
    Should it be done, because it will wear the hood and take up a lot of space.

    From page 118 of the 2007 Owners Manual:

  • akcijasakcijas Posts: 13
    I'm looking at buying a 2010 Wrangler Sport (not an Unlimited) and want to get the Dual Top Option. Living in the northeast I want the hardtop for the long winters and the soft top for the summers. One Jeep salesman told me that they do not recommend removing the soft top when using the hard top because it is too difficult to take off and put on. He even said that they often have customers come back to the Dealership to have the mechanics put the soft top back on and that there's no excess wear/damage from keeping both the soft top and hard top on at the same time . I had a hard time believing that so I checked at another dealership. Their story was different. He said the hard top isn't worth the extra money, as the new soft tops are quieter, dryer and warmer than the older ones.

    What's the truth ?

    Also, if I buy only the soft top now, can I buy a freedom hardtop later?

    Thanks for any and all help.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    edited May 2010
    What's the truth ?

    See the except from the Owners Handbook in the previous post (#171).
    Salesmen are employed for their selling skills, not their technical knowledge.

    Also, if I buy only the soft top now, can I buy a freedom hardtop later?

    Yes, they should be coming back on stream now, but they had been unavailable even to Jeep for a while; hence the sales spiel about how the soft top was just as good.

    It's an apples and oranges issue. They both fulfill the same function but in different ways and the choice is personal and subjective.
    If you can't choose, get both. It's also cheaper to get the dual top option than to get the tops separately.
  • akcijasakcijas Posts: 13
    Thanks for the reply. I did see the post (171) but that was for an Unlimited. I thought maybe the answer was different for a 2 door versus the Unlimited.

    In any case, I thought the salesman was full of &^% and you verified that.

    I will likely get both tops. Problem is I cannot find a Wrangler in stock that has the options I want (dual tops, tow package, etc.) and doesn't have the options I don't want (Navigation, etc.). So I may have to order it. Never done that before.

    Thanks again.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Order it. You get it the way YOU want it.

    I've done it on several cars and it really makes it yours. :)

    THEN you can MODIFY IT - making it even more personal!

  • akcijasakcijas Posts: 13
    edited May 2010
    I probably will order a new Jeep for the reasons you cite.

    I've read in other postings that the 2007 - 2008 Freedom hardtops frequently leaked. And many trips to the dealer didn't fix the leaks.

    Does anyone know whether the 2010s Wranglers with Freedom tops still leak or did they finally fix the design problems?

    I wanted the hardtop because I assumed it would be quieter and warmer in the winter. Is that true? Is there a big difference between the soft top and the hardtop in terms of noise and warmth? Living the northeast, the winters are long, windy and cold. But if there's not a big difference, especially if the hardtops still leak, I'd be happy to save money and not get the dual top option.

    Any thoughts?

  • busman01busman01 Posts: 46
    I have had my 2010 2dr Sahara since 09/09. I have the 3-pieice freedom top and have experienced no leaks thus far. It has been exposed to numerous car washes and lots of bouts of heavy rain.

    I can't compare it to a soft top, but my hard top is extremely quiet. I use the bluetooth all the time with no speaking/hearing issues. The voice recognition works fine as well.

    The heater/AC works great. My granddaughters ride in the back and are comfortable in all seasons.

    I did not go with soft top as most of my family are indoor types and I did not want to spend too much time taking the top up and down. It's all a matter of choice and I am completely satisfied with the hard top.

    Good luck.
  • akcijasakcijas Posts: 13
    Busman, Thanks for the reply. I just got back from test driving a hardtop and was very surprised with how quiet it was. And it is raining and very windy today. Even better was that it was dry -- no leaks. Maybe they finally fixed the leak issues.

    But since I also want the soft top, I'll need to order the Jeep versus buying off the lot. I haven't seen a dual top optioned car at a dealer yet.

    Thanks again for the reply.
  • busman01busman01 Posts: 46
    One thing I forgot to mention: when I ordered my Wrangler, I had them install the MOPAR heated seats option. Each front seat has a seat warmer with 3 settings,
    LO-MED-HI. You will break out in a sweat on a cold day in the HI setting.
  • rpullenrpullen Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 04 Wrangler X and don't seem to have the same soft top that is discussed in my manual. I can't get the front to release and can't figure out what a traction bar is. The manual says to pull it out the back.

    I have a full door, not the half door listed in the directions in my manual.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Your Jeep is about six years old so it's quite possible that you may have an aftermarket top rather than the original one.

    It's hard to tell without a pic! ;)
  • bluejeep19bluejeep19 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2004 Jeep Soft top for my 2002 wrangler. The top itself looks to be in brand new condition, but the top sits very loosely on my jeep. The clamp bars are way too easy to put in and the back of the jeep is almost sagging it's so loose. The hardware and windows are all from a 2004. Is there anything i can do to tighten the top down so it doesn't fly off, or is it just stretched out?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Pics would really help, but I assume that you have each of the corners attached at the back as well and that the looseness is front to back.

    One thing I did when I installed my new top was attach it to the header wrong. It folds kinda goofy so you don't see the plastic tab. If you do that wrong, the top will be loose.

    You should be able to look on Bestop's website. Look for their Replace-A-Top and get the instructions. That should walk you through installation.

  • trapperjj1trapperjj1 Posts: 1
    Just got a new 2010 unlimited it has "2" two tops how hard is it to remove the hard top? Can "2" people do it. How heavy is it? The one thing i don't like it comes with no owners manual 6 to 8 weeks to get one from jeep. Any help will be greatly appt:

    Regards Trapperjj1
  • busman01busman01 Posts: 46
    Don't know why a manual was not in the vehicle but follow the link below to get to the jeep page for downloading the manuals in .pdf format.

    They are identical to the print versions.

    Enjoy the Wrangler.
  • ross16ross16 Posts: 5
    The 2010 wrangler unlimited no longer comes with a print manual. The manual is now delivered with the vehicle in a DVD format. I found that the Freedom top was not that heavy when i removed it but it was very clumsy. You need two or better yet 3 people to handle it. I also found the instructions for raising the soft top to be lacking. To install and put the soft top up took me over 2 hours.
  • grizzly6grizzly6 Posts: 5
    I got a used hard top what do you use to clean it, I have been told you can't
    use just any polish. :confuse:
  • grizzly6grizzly6 Posts: 5
    I have a 2005 wrangler with a soft top I got used and it heated great .
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,281
    That's been my experience with my 1999 Wrangler. I've never run anything but a soft top and the heater has absolutely no trouble keeping things warm- even at 5F or below.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • mrgsjeepmrgsjeep Posts: 1
    edited August 2010
    I have a 99 wrangler sport and its time to replace the soft top, looking on some advice about what top to buy... kinda like the tinted windows wondering witch tops to look at and witch ones to stay clear off
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