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Old November 11th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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So, we've probably all wondered if this was possible. Many people have answered that question by saying "no, just buy the correct one." I personally don't want to spend $900, so I opted to try this.


Here is how I did it...


The first thing I did was to cover the entire inside with Felt to give it a nicer appearance.





The next thing I did, was I had to work on that front edge which has to be angled where it meets the windshield instead of completely flat on the bottom edge.

You can see the black weather stripping still on the hardtop in this picture.




Here is a side view of the progress. The leading edge is right where it needs to be.




As you go, continue to remove material from the weather stripping channel area. This area will need to be removed.









Here is a side profile of a slight concave...





Here is the Jeep with the CJ hardtop, Con Ferr Roof rack, and some lights...

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Old November 11th, 2010, 07:07 PM   #2
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Very interested in how you did this. Just picked up an 01 and had thoughts of doing the same.

A few questions:
- Was it very time consuming to do?
- Does it take a lot of body work skills (I have none)
- Any fitment issues elsewhere?

Thanks for any and all help on this
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Old November 11th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #4
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Old November 11th, 2010, 11:37 PM   #5
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Very interested in how you did this. Just picked up an 01 and had thoughts of doing the same.

A few questions:
- Was it very time consuming to do?
- Does it take a lot of body work skills (I have none)
- Any fitment issues elsewhere?

Thanks for any and all help on this

I did this over a period of 2 days. The first day consisted of me and a belt sander as it was all I had to remove material quickly. The following day started with a trip to Menards to buy an angle grinder.

The moral of the story. It is a quick deal with an angle grinder.


I have zero body work skills. This was something that I caught on to and feel that I was able to do well enough.

One trick...use masking tape to establish a line that you want to grind to. It helps to give you a straight line on the leading edge.


Fitment issues...

There were slight gaps at the top of the doors near the windshield. I put some rubber strips on the inside of the door jam with some rivets to seal any gaps that may exist. Very easy fix that did wonders for weather proofing the hard top.
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Old November 11th, 2010, 11:58 PM   #6
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Great info! Thanks!
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Old March 28th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #8
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ok I am definatly doing this, now I just gotta find a YJ top..
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Bump for the season. Try it. Works great.
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