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    Ok so i will be getting a hardtop for the jeep either this weekend or next and was just wondering how it fastens to the jeep. I know it has the 2 header locks but is that it? I am wondering because i may have to drive my jeep to pick it up and just throw it on and drive it home and don't want it falling off on the way home.

  • #2
    should be six bolts in the rear body. 3 on each side right under where the window is

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    • #3
      Make sure you get it seated well... so the doors clear... then bolt it down good, or it'll shift on you while driving.
      While the dealership sells the bolts and the funky rectangular nuts that seat in the channel on the tub, I'd think you could do fine with regular bolts, w/ washers and nuts.
      There is a pair of bolts that mount right beside the rollbar that are a pain to get into place btw.
      Enjoy! Much less wind noise w/ the hard top!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tomsjeep
        Make sure you get it seated well... so the doors clear... then bolt it down good, or it'll shift on you while driving.
        While the dealership sells the bolts and the funky rectangular nuts that seat in the channel on the tub, I'd think you could do fine with regular bolts, w/ washers and nuts.
        There is a pair of bolts that mount right beside the rollbar that are a pain to get into place btw.
        Enjoy! Much less wind noise w/ the hard top!
        I use regular bolts from the hardware store on my YJ. looks better, easier than the torx bolts and funny square, holds just as well

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 4angrysquirrels
          I use regular bolts from the hardware store on my YJ. looks better, easier than the torx bolts and funny square, holds just as well
          Anything is easier than torx bolts!

          A bolt is a bolt is a bolt.

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          • #6
            What is the bolt size?

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            • #7
              my 97 had a hardtop with no bolts attaching it to the tub when i bought it, i drove it like that for mounths before i got around to putting bolts and wind nuts on them. yeah not the smartest thing to do, but im lazy. any way it rode just fine

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 4angrysquirrels
                should be six bolts in the rear body. 3 on each side right under where the window is
                I was doing some work on the jeep and noticed that i only have 2 holes per side. and their in the back

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                • #9
                  they also sell some fast removal screws on ebay for tj hard tops. They may have them here on 4wd, I haven't ever looked for them on here though. You can check the ones I'm talking about out here http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Hard-...17350485QQrdZ1

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                  • #10
                    Bolt Sizes

                    I'm using 5/16 x 1 1/2" long bolts, with washers on either side of the jeep metal, it hasn't scratched the paint for the last two years I've had it.
                    You do have to check the tightness of the bolts while the hard top is on, my front bolts(the ones that are a pain to get to, due to the roll bar) will loosen.

                    Good luck.

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                    • #11
                      Zip Ties!

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                      • #12
                        I got some knurled knobs and locknuts (the ones with the plastic ring in them) at the local hardware store. That kept the ones by the center roll bar hoop from coming loose. Also...are you wired for a hard top? If you want to be able to use the rear wiper and defrost, you'll need the harness, washer bottle, extra pump, switch, etc. It's about $100 at the stealership for the kit.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Blupupher
                          Zip Ties!
                          Not that we drive the safest vehicle in the world....but I don't think you would want zip ties holding on a few hundred pound part of your car if you ever got hit or hit something else.

                          May not kill you, but might kill someone else...use the proper bolts...use all of them...do it right.

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                          • #14
                            Moz, while that is a valid point, I could say that about almost any mod we do to Jeeps.

                            My brother in law has used zip ties on his CJ top for years without an issue in some severe wheeling (but no, no accidents), but he does use some heavy duty ones and 2-3 per hole.

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                            • #15
                              I used four 2" c-clamps for a while then when the tonneu cover for the truck bed ripped i stole the clamps that hold the frame in place. the c-clamps where easier to use but the aluminium clamps look a little better.

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