When the weather is warm and sunny, the best feeling in the world is ditching your Jeep Wrangler’s hardtop and going for a drive. Just imagine the feeling of sunshine warming your skin and a fresh breeze ruffling your hair. Now tell us you aren’t itching to head out for a drive! Of course, if your Jeep’s hardtop is still locked in place, it’s a bit harder to just grab your keys and go. One of the best parts of owning a Wrangler is the convertibility; however, if you don’t have help or a good Jeep hoist, it can be impossible to remove the hardtop on your own. Don’t delay your drive and miss out on another beautiful day of adventure. Here are a few tips from the TopLift Pros team for removing a Jeep hardtop.
So, here’s the thing. It’s not impossible to remove a hardtop without help. It is, however, not something we recommend trying without the appropriate equipment. Wrangler hardtops aren’t particularly heavy or overly difficult to disengage—but they are big and bulky, which is what makes solo removal so complicated. We understand the frustration. It’s easy to go around and unscrew the bolts at each attachment point and, if applicable, disengage any lights or electrical components built into your hardtop. From there, it should be easy to just slide your hardtop off, store it safely in your garage, and hit the road. Right?
Not so much. If you want your hardtop to stay in good condition and the weatherproofing to continue keeping the elements at bay, you’ll need to be careful in the actual removal process. So, safety first. We know it’s tough to wait when the weather is perfect, but if you don’t have another person or a Jeep hoist to help you remove your hardtop, don’t try to remove it on your own. You could injure yourself or damage your hardtop. Is replacing your hardtop really worth trying to remove it on your own?
Removing Your Jeep Hardtop
Before you can pop your top off your Wrangler, you’ll want to remove or disconnect all the securing points. Set aside a few containers or labeled bags to organize all the bolts and connectors that you’ll be removing to make it easier to reconnect your hardtop later. Since those attachments can vary by model year and number of doors on your Jeep, check your owner’s manual for more specific instructions. Also, if your hardtop comes in multiple parts, the owner’s manual will tell you the order in which each component needs to be removed so you don’t accidentally damage the weatherproofing or anything else. Also, if you have a newer model Jeep Wrangler with lights or other electrical components, be sure you’ve disconnected everything before you start moving your hardtop.
Once all the connection points are disconnected or removed, it’s time to actually hoist off your hardtop. But don’t get too excited and just start tugging on it. The trick to removing a hardtop, and the reason it’s risky to do it solo, is because you need to lift the hardtop up and clear of the supports. Don’t just drag it, because that can damage both the hardtop and the body of your Jeep. If you have a friend or family member, lift the hardtop up then shift it backward and away from the vehicle.
Removal By Yourself
It’s important that your hardtop is lifted straight up before being pulled away from your Jeep to make sure nothing damages it. Of course, trying to lift it then remove it by yourself could end up damaging you, which really isn’t worth it. If you don’t want to wait for someone else to come help you remove your hardtop every time, there are a couple of options: find a local hardtop removal storage or invest in a hardtop hoist. A hardtop removal service will make quick work of taking off your hardtop, and your doors, if you so choose. And, if you so choose, they can store your hardtop for you. However, if you like to take your top off and replace it frequently, that cost can add up quickly. A hardtop hoist, on the other hand, can fit easily in your garage or a storage shed and is designed to make Jeep hardtop removal by one person a simple process.
Get the freedom to take your hardtop off as often as you want, and store it securely while you’re out enjoying the sunshine. TopLift Pros’ specially designed Jeep hoist makes it easy to remove your hardtop without assistance, and it serves as a sturdy hardtop storage stand. See how easy our Jeep roof hoist makes it to switch between the hardtop and open skies, so you can make the most of every adventure. Learn more and shop online today!