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Hard top conversion

Discussion in 'Wrangler TJ (1996-2006)' started by Deanna.M, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Oct 10, 2016 at 11:17 AM
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    Deanna.M

    Deanna.M [OP] Member

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    hi I have a 2003 wrangler TJ I was looking into getting a hard top for the winter someone in my area is selling a hard top from their YJ is there anyway that it would fit on my jeep and if so how difficult is the process

    Thank you!
     
  2. Oct 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM
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    OFFGRID

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    I found this at another site, "I have a YJ hardtop sitting in my garage that I tried on my TJ. It fits perfectly. You have to drill new holes in the hard top because they do not line up with the holes in the rear sides. Also once you take the tj windsheild seal off it fits almost perfectly. Theres a tad bit of a gap between the front top of the doors and the top but only about a half inch. So it will fit with some minimal modifications." I also found several references to noticeable gaps. If it were me, I'd keep looking for a TJ top.
     
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  3. Oct 10, 2016 at 2:38 PM
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    Deanna.M

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    I eventually do want to get a tj hard top but we're suppose to have a bad winter so I was trying to get a top soon and I don't have the crazy amount of money for a hard top at the moment so someone in the area is selling a yj top I was going to try that. Now if I take the windshield seal off how does that effect my soft top?
     
  4. Oct 11, 2016 at 5:55 AM
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    Hard top guys chime in here. The softtop and mounting hardware for the softtop will have to be removed. The hard top will sit flush on the body. There is a seal/latching bracket for the soft top on top of the windshield that has to be removed (maybe 4 or 6 screws) in order for the hard top to rest flush on the windshield. I have only helped with a hard top once. It bolts down to the body in back, but I don't remember how it attaches to the windshield.
     
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