JK Wrangler Hardtop RemovalLast Updated August 4, 2019 | Alison Smith
It’s a beautiful day outside, and you can’t wait to take your Jeep Wrangler out for a spin! There’s only one problem — you need to remove your hardtop first. Jeep hardtop removal doesn’t have to be overly complicated. With just a few tools and help from a friend, you can get your Wrangler top off in no time at all! If, unlike the Beatles, you don’t like asking for a little help, then you have the option to invest in a hoist or mounting system so you can safely remove your Jeep hardtop all by yourself. Less time spent in the garage is more time for you to spend on the trail and in the great outdoors, which is where your Wrangler belongs!
There are many benefits to having a Wrangler hardtop, but easy removal isn’t one of them. While new tops are getting easier and easier to remove, they are still not completely hassle-free. However, with a little elbow grease, you can quickly get your Wrangler top off and ready for the trail! If you want to learn how to remove the roof on your JK Wrangler, then make sure to check out this video from CJ Off-Road that shows you the Jeep hardtop removal process step by step.
CJ Off-Road Video
- Drill or ratchet
- Driver socket
- T40 Torx bit
- Additional person
Duration: ~30 minutes
- Begin by removing the front panels. There are six latches holding the two front panels on, three up front and three in the back. Pop out the sun visors so you can reach the latches behind them. Go around and unlatch all six latches.
- Once the latches are unhooked, lift up on the driver side panel to remove, and do the same for the passenger side.
- To remove the rear section of the hardtop, let’s start with the top. There are two T40 Torx bolts on each corner that need to be removed. With those two bolts removed, we can move to the rear!
- From the factory, there are three T40 Torx bolts on each side of the hardtop, underneath the window. We had already replaced our JK Wrangler’s factory hardware with Lange Originals Kwick Hardtop Fasteners, which have a wingnut design so they don’t require any tools and are easily removable by hand. Swapping out the factory bolts for these Lange Originals allows for quicker hardtop removal in the future. For removal of the factory hardware, just remove those bolts like you would have in step three.
- Once all of the bolts are removed, disconnect the electrical connection by pushing on it and pulling it off — it’s that simple!
- Grab a friend! It is highly recommended that you do not try to take the rear section off by yourself unless you have a hoist or other system in place.
- Once you have some help, lift up from the center of the top and pull back.
- That’s it! Make sure to place your Jeep Wrangler hardtop in a safe and secure place when it’s not in use. When you’re ready to put the hardtop back on, just reverse the process. Most importantly, have fun tackling the trails!
One Person Jeep Hardtop Removal
One final note. While it is not recommended, it is possible to remove the Jeep hardtop by yourself. That being said, solo hardtop removal is neither easy nor safe. One person (with good upper body strength) can handle the weight of the hardtop during removal, but its bulky size and the manner of which you would have to lift it out by yourself puts you in a potentially dangerous situation. Ideally, you should either have a hoist or a buddy to remove the Jeep's hardtop. Again, just because one person jeep hardtop removal is technically possible, that doesn't mean that you should do it. At the end of the day, owning a Jeep isn't a solitary experience. Without friends, what good is a Jeep anyway?
Please Note: Please keep in mind that this guide is a tool to help you install the parts on your vehicle. If you don’t feel confident in performing this installation properly on your own, have a professional install the parts for you.
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