When the weather is sunny and the breeze is there, all that comes in a mind of jeep owner is to leave the hardtop and go for drive. Only a jeep owner can imagine this feeling, warm sunshine reflecting on your skin, cool breeze playing with hair.
If you are a jeep owner have this little wish of driving like this in day of autumn, smelling the nature while driving without the hard top, then this article is for you. It can be bit tricky to remove the hardtop by yourself but if you follow some step you can actually go out for an adventure like are wishing right now.
Step By Step Guide – How To Remove A Jeep Hardtop
Safety Comes First
First thing I want to clarify is that it is close to impossible when it comes to removing the hardtop alone. You should take a hand during removing it. Jeep hardtops are not heavy rather they are a bit big and bulky and that is why removing the hardtop is so complicated.
You probably are thinking that I am fooling with you because it is probably very easy because all you have to do here is to unscrew the bolts of all the attachment point and then you will remove the joint and then you will look for any electrical connection, if so then removing it. And then you can easily slide the hardtop and store it in the garage.
But this is not the actual or safe way, if you want keep the hardtop stay in a good condition and also the waterproofing intact then you have to take the other road. Because you have to be very careful in removing the hard top, because not matter what safety comes first.
In the removing process you will have to collect all the tools first and also take a helping hand and obviously you have be very careful. Because here your only goal is not just to remove the hard top but also insuring that you don’t end up hurting yourself or the Jeep.
Removing The Hardtop
Before you remove the hardtop you have to do this thing that you have to remove or disconnect all the securing points. In removing all the bolts be sure that you remember them very clearly when you put them later. For this you can serially align them for later to be put together.
In doing this be careful that no bolt or screw get lost. And one thing these attachments are very specific and also known by the by model year and number of doors on the Jeep, that is why user manual is very handy. Because here you will find the exact list of all the attachments and the manual of when and where to put and remove them.
After the attachments then comes the electrical connection, do one thing check if there is any electrical connection in the jeeps back and if there is then remove it properly.
After you remove everything and every connection that cause harm and come in way of removing the hardtop. Now it is your task to hoist off the top. But don’t be too happy because it is not a child’s play rather it is what that makes the hardtop hard to remove.
Over all do not go and try to remove it by yourself because it is dangerous. Only because you need to lift the hardtop up and clear of all the supports. Dragging is not an option because by dragging you will end up harming both the jeep and the top. That is why you have to take somebody’s help, a friend or family in removing the hard top.