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#809 of 1886 Re: wrangler fiberglass top [jdfrmky]
Mar 22, 2007 (6:21 am)
I have a Jeep Unlimited 2005 with a hardtop. I can take the top off with one friend. The only problem I have encountered is dealing with the length. I am 6'1" so I can reach from front to back, but you have to make sure you ask the right friend with a large enough wingspan (never ask the wife). The top weighs very little imho. If he has a SWB than it should be easy for you two to remove the hardtop with ease.
#810 of 1886 Re: wrangler fiberglass top [jdfrmky]
Mar 22, 2007 (7:31 am)
I busted a brand new torque wrench the first time I took my bumper off..had to take it off to put the license plate on.
I am not sure which power screwdriver would have enough power to do that job.
#811 of 1886 Re: wrangler fiberglass top [jdfrmky]
Mar 22, 2007 (7:37 am)
Definitely a two person job..at least. My wife and I took mine off a couple of times but with great difficulty. We are both short and pushing 60. If he can get one or two friends to help him it would be a easier. After I take it off this year I am going to screw the top onto two 2 by 4's to make sure it stays straight and keep it covered.
#812 of 1886 Re: wrangler fiberglass top [eltipo]
Mar 22, 2007 (8:39 am)
I used to take the top off my '78 Bronco using a come along a pully and a bunch of motorcycle straps. (One man deal)
This looks like the cool tool for this job. http://www.truckstuffusa.com/hoistatop.html
Cheaper that an ER visit. Or repairing a broken top.
Bring out PBR's.
#813 of 1886 Re: wrangler fiberglass top [burntup]
Mar 22, 2007 (11:34 am)
Looks like something I need but I do not have a garage. I guess I could just leave it hanging in the driveway or lower it onto a couple of 2 by 4's. What do you think?
#814 of 1886 Re: wrangler fiberglass top [skyking49]
Mar 22, 2007 (4:08 pm)
Never use a torque wrench as a breaker bar. It's as big a sin as using a screwdriver as a chisel (or vice versa!).
For big stubborn nuts and bolts you need an impact wrench. Available as either pneumatic or electric (corded and cordless). Lots of choice under $100.
#815 of 1886 Re: wrangler fiberglass top [skyking49]
Mar 22, 2007 (4:10 pm)
Bolt it to a couple of 2x4s to help it retain its shape.
#816 of 1886 Hot/Cold Slider
Mar 22, 2007 (7:09 pm)
First off i have a 98 wrangler: my hot/cold slider (to control the temperature, left is cold, right is hot) will only go halfway and wont go any farther right towards the hot, it stops and seems jammed. It gets to where the blue meets the red and wont go any farther. I tried wd40, and i even pulled it out of the dash and checked to see if there were any crimped or messed up wires and everything looks fine, but it still wont go towards the hot. any help would be appreciated on how to fix this, thanks
#817 of 1886 Re: Hot/Cold Slider [ztaiji]
Mar 23, 2007 (6:16 am)
I had a similiar problem, but I had a lot of wires in the bezel underneath (I added several switches and moved my CB). Those cables were causing it to get stuck. I rearranged em and put it back in, no problems.
If you remove it and try to move the slider and it won't go, then the door that the slider controls sounds to me like it is stuck.
A Factory Service Manual can help you track that down.
#818 of 1886 Subject: jeep Tj 97 jump starts but not other wise]
Mar 24, 2007 (8:50 am)
hi there hope your problem worked out. i have one of my own, and i don't know much about doing it yourself thing, advice any one.
i have a TJ Se 97 - 2.5ltr - standard.
it was parked for a couple of months during this winter. now when i try to start it, it will start when i try to jump start it, but would not other wise, tried replacing the battery. even with the new battery, the panel lights up but the ignition does not tick. when i get it started by giving it a jump, it runs fine, but the battery does not get charged. i am realtivey new to the maintaining and repair thing. got a couple of my buddies who are truckers to take a look but they couldn't figure out what's wrong.