Jeep Wrangler Hard Top Removal: Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide

If you own a Jeep Wrangler, you know how nice it is to drive with the top down and feel the wind in your hair. Taking a trip in your Jeep Wrangler without the top is the coolest thing ever on a sunny day. There are plenty of pleasant times to enjoy the outdoors while driving your Jeep.

But sometimes being free means taking off and putting back on a hard top. If you’ve never done it before, it can be a bit of a task.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to do everything, so you’ll be able to drive with the top down in no time.

Jeep Wrangler Hard Top Removal

Tools You Need to Remove Your Hard Top

  • T40 Torx
  • Drill or Ratchet
  • Wrench
  • A Friend or a Hardtop Hoist

The hard top of a Wrangler can be taken off with little more than a screwdriver, some simple hand tools, and a helping hand from a friend, thanks to Jeep’s thoughtful design.

Jeep Wrangler Hard Top Removal

How to Remove the Hardtop of Jeep Wrangler

To take off a Jeep hardtop, you need the tools we’ve already talked about, plus someone to help you lift the back of the top at the end if you don’t have a hoist. Removing a hardtop is an easy modification to make, but you should be careful because it’s one of the most expensive parts of your Jeep. Here is a step-by-step guide to taking off your Jeep hardtop.

  1. Self-removal of a Jeep Wrangler hardtop begins on the inside of the car, with the removal of the front panels. There are six latches, three on the front and three on the back, holding the front panels in place. To access the six latches on the front of your Wrangler, you’ll need to remove the sun visors.
  2. After you have finished working with all of the locks, you will be able to safely remove the panels from the front of the Jeep. One panel will be located on the driver’s side, while another will be located on the passenger’s side.
  3. If you have a four-door Jeep Wrangler, use a T40 Torx bit and socket wrench to remove the rear panel bolts. Back has two T40 Torx bolts. Under the trunk window of every Wrangler are three screws. If you have a recent Jeep Wrangler, you can store all eight screws in the truck so you know where to find them. Under the carpet is storage.
  4. Unplug the electrical and washer fluid harness after removing all rear bolts. These plugs are in the hardtop’s driver-side trunk. Unlock the red connector and pull off the electrical harness. Squeeze the oblong nose to release the washer fluid. This should detach both Jeep Wrangler plugs.
  5. You may now take off the Jeep Wrangler soft top in the back. You’ll need a helping hand from a friend if you don’t have a hoist to lift it.
  6. Open both back doors and the trunk window to lift the rear top with someone else. This will make it easier to lift the hardtop with help. Lift the top over the rear spare wheel, then rest it on the Jeep and slide your hand beneath. Then close the rear window.
  7. When you’re done with all of that, put the hardtop down safely on a dolly or somewhere else where it won’t get damaged.

After you finish these seven steps, your Jeep Wrangler will look brand new, so you can take it out for a drive or go off-roading and enjoy the fresh air.

The Pros and Cons of a Hard Top Jeep


If you’re behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler, you’ll appreciate the many benefits of the hard top. Here are the most significant advantages of the hard top:


The hard top’s best feature. This top is more durable than Jeep Wrangler’s soft top. They’re hard, sturdy, and can withstand substantial harm. This means lower maintenance costs.


Jeep Wrangler hardtops are secure. It’s a security feature because it protects all your belongings. Hardtops are significantly harder to break into than softtops.


Soft-top Jeep Wranglers are tough to drive in the winter. It’s hard to heat the entire automobile. Hardtops are better insulated. Summer heat is less penetrating, while winter heat keeps cold air out. It also minimises outside noise, making driving quieter.

Roof Rack

If you require more storage space, a hardtop is convenient for a roof rack add-on. Jeep owners often camp and carry lots of gear. The Wrangler needs to be improved because kayaks, bikes, and tents don’t fit inside.

Jeep Wrangler Hard Top Removal


In spite of its many advantages, a hardtop does have a number of drawbacks.

Hard to Remove

The fact that this hardtop is so difficult to remove is, perhaps, the worst negative ever. Depending on the size of the roof, this is essentially a job that requires the assistance of two individuals. Putting it on again is even more difficult than taking it off.

Storage Requirements

Buying the hard top from the start eliminates this disadvantage. If you’re driving a soft top and suddenly want a hardtop, you may require storage space. Hardtops are huge and rigid, unlike foldable softtops.

Expensive to Replace

The cost of the hardtop is quite high. Despite lasting much longer than the soft top, the Jeep Wrangler hardtop is highly expensive to replace, so be prepared for this expense before making your purchase.

How to Remove a Jeep Hard Top by Yourself

You can take off the hardtop of your Jeep by yourself if no one else is around to help. To do this, you can use any of the tools on this page to unscrew the four corners of the head top. Put down your tool and open your jeep’s back door. Then you have to sit in the trunk and push the hard top up with your hands.

When the hardtop is taken off, you can stand up and take it with you to keep it safe for another time.

Hardtop Hoist Framework.

Hardtop hoists are useful if you have a high carport or parking area roof. There are manual derricks that employ ropes and pulleys and lifts that use a tiny winch. You can store your top on the crane. Some think you can make your own crane system.

Those Internet analysts start their blogs by telling us how they created a crane out of $13 worth of little fastening ties and some 24’s they discovered behind the shed.

How to Remove a Jeep Hard Top by Yourself


If you need help lifting your hardtop but don’t have room for a conventional crane, consider the Lange Originals Hoist-A-Cart.

In order to remove the hardtop off your Jeep, this unsupported truck system employs the use of a crane. The truck itself serves as the structural support for the top, eliminating the need for a wall or roof.

As an added requirement, you’ll need a spot for the top and opportunity boards, as well as some way to keep them out of the way. This is the case if you decide against using a truck frame or if you opt to keep the top off the crane connection.

How to Remove a Jeep Hard Top by Yourself

Safety Concern

Take a moment to consider this. A hard top can be taken off without the help of a mechanic. However, doing so without the proper equipment is not something we endorse. Although the Wrangler hardtop isn’t particularly heavy or difficult to remove, its size and weight make it tough to do so alone.

Remove the lights and other electrical components from your hardtop by simply unscrewing the bolts at each connecting point.

You should take care when removing the hardtop so that it doesn’t get damaged and the weatherproofing doesn’t let the pieces fly around.

If you’re not careful, you can crack your hardtop or hurt yourself. Is it better to hire a professional or try to take off the hardtop by yourself?


If you own a Jeep Wrangler, you may use this guide to learn how to remove the hard top. After reading this article, you should be familiar with the numerous procedures involved in taking off the hardtop of a Jeep Wrangler. Work-intensive it may be, but doing it right will pay off in the form of a vehicle that is both safe and stylish for cruising around town or hitting the trails.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Jeeps come with the tool to take the top off?

Every Wrangler comes standard with a tool kit located in the glove compartment or in the rear of the vehicle.

How much weight can a Jeep hard top?

The Jeep Wrangler hardtop will safely support dynamic weight of up 150 pounds (70kg).

Is Jeep hardtop safer than soft top?

Your belongings inside your Jeep will be more secure with a hardtop. It’s much more difficult for an intruder to break into a Jeep with a hardtop than cutting a soft top’s fabric.

Do All Jeep Wranglers Have Removable Tops?

Yes, every Jeep Wrangler has a removable top but not every Wrangler has a removable hard top. 

Andrea Barbuti
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