Jeep hardtop interchangeability

Jeep hardtop interchangeability DEFAULT
Thanks for trying :)was writing that up on my phone earlier after the test drive and waiting for an opening with my mechanic to do a new car inspection. It is a clean very stock and unmollested 2001 and very limited extras. Things I just thought they all had. It doesn't have cruse control, or the rear wiper or defroster controls. It does have the full doors and the aluminum jeep wheels but other than that it must be the least featured jeep I have ever seen. Not that I expect a lot of extras in a wrangler.

I think I am going to get it. I read about swapping over the cruse control from a doner rig was easy if the wiring harness was available under the hood by the clutch master cylinder and if there was a wiring harness in the steering wheel. While the mechanic was doing his inspection I took the steering wheel part way open to see if there were wires in there but it looks like not.

I won't further hijack this thread but If some one does come across if I can harvest and simply run the harness from the doner rig pictured below and tie into the stock harness of the newer 2001 that I am looking at let me Know I will put my results also once I have them.

Doner rig (little sisters break all your best toys. Both her and the tree were ok for the most part)



thanks Guys and Gals



What year Jeep hard tops are interchangeable?

Short answer: The tops are 100% interchangeable from 2007-10 and from 2011+.

Are Jeep tops interchangeable?

Yes, they are interchangeable. Although soft tops are easy to install and remove, you do need to consider what you need.

Are all TJ hard tops the same?

They are all the same. The only difference is that the 97-02 models have a vertical vent on the rear, whereas the 03-06 does not. Other than that, they are 100% interchangeable.

Will a JK hardtop fit a TJ?

Will a hardtop from a jeep JK fit a jeep TJ? No, not even close.

Will a jeep hardtop fit in a truck bed?

No. Very cool, thank you. jscherb said: The bed of my Wrangler pickup is 4′ wide and with the cargo box just behind the cab there’s less than 5′ left in bed and a 2-door JK hardtop can be transported in a bed that size.

How do you transport a jeep hardtop?

If you have a soft top, put it up and take the Jeep. When you arrive put the soft top down and take the bows off the brackets. That way you can get the soft top well out of the way of the hard top. Attach the hardtop and drive home, remove soft top from the inside of the Jeep at home when the weather’s nicer.

Are Jeep hard and soft tops interchangeable?

Yes, you can convert a hard top to a soft top by removing all the hard top mounting components and replacing it with those specific to soft tops. The two are not interchangeable.

Are Jeep soft tops universal?

Yes, they are interchangeable. Although soft tops are smoother to install and uninstall, you do have to consider what you need. Are you looking for a new or replacement soft top for a jeep wrangler?

How long do soft tops last on a Jeep?

about 3-5 years

Which Jeep top is best?

When you ask other Jeep owners to recommend the best top for a Wrangler, the Bestop Supertop is likely the number one answer. The Supertop is the best-selling Jeep top in the Bestop line for several reasons. The Supertop is made from materials that are higher quality than those used to make factory tops.

Do soft top jeeps stay warm in winter?

While many owners have dual tops and choose to throw on a hardtop in the winter, a soft top certainly does keep a Jeep warm enough during the cold months as Jeep heaters are pretty powerful and will get the inside toasty in a short amount of time.

Can you drive with a soft top in the winter?

You should also be careful when using a soft top. Cold weather causes the vinyl or fabric to shrink a bit, so if you try to put the top up before letting it defrost, then it will rip. You want to clear off the top of your car as soon as you can, most convertible tops aren’t rated to handle a lot of weight.

Are Jeep Wranglers good in the winter?

The experts at U.S. News & World Report just named the 2019 Jeep Wrangler to its list of the 10 Best Cars for Winter Driving. “Built to handle tough terrain, the Jeep Wrangler excels in snow and inclement weather with relative ease.

Are soft top jeeps waterproof?

Hard Top and Doors The soft top on a Jeep Wrangler is probably the leakiest part of the vehicle. The soft top is essentially vinyl held together with overlapping zippers and Velcro. While it is relatively waterproof when it leaves the factory, over time it will wear out and begin leaking.

Can I take my soft top jeep through a carwash?

Can a Jeep Wrangler Soft Top Go Through a Carwash? In short, no, a Jeep Wrangler should not go through a carwash. If handwashing is not possible for your Wrangler then a touchless carwash will do the job. While some convertibles can brave a carwash it is not advisable for Wrangler soft tops with numerous brushes.

Are jeeps good in the rain?

In other words, your Jeep should be fine in most water situations such as big splashes or rainfall, but it should be kept as dry as possible afterward to protect its most important internal components. The Jeep Wrangler might be able to take on a water onslaught, but the Jeep is not invincible.

Do soft top jeeps leak in the rain?

All four-door Wranglers with A/C systems would also have water leaks on the passenger side’s front floor carpet due to condensation from the Jeep’s cooling process. Both hardtops and soft tops also cause Jeep Wrangler water leaks. These materials wear out and allow water to leak in as fast as two years.

Why does water get in my Jeep?

The most common reason that someone may end up with water on their Jeep’s floorboard is that a cowl is clogged. The cowl is a drain on the front of your Jeep, and if it is clogged, it is going to cause drainage problems.

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One of the best characteristics of Jeep Wranglers is the option to remove the roof. This creates a wonderful, open-air driving experience. Given that many Wrangler designs involve completely removing the roof (as opposed to it simply folding back into the rear of the vehicle), some people wonder whether the different tops are interchangeable.

Can You Swap Between Hard and Soft Top?

Some generations of Jeep Wrangler tops are interchangeable. In particular, the earlier generations (YJ and TJ) could generally switch between having a hard and soft top relatively easily. Although part way through the TJ generation, there was a small update to the fit of the roof. Some aftermarket tops are apparently interchangeable between years, but this needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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On later generations, the official tops are not as easily interchangeable. In particular, the way the roof is retracted/removed on the JL (current) generation is different between options. However, some aftermarket tops can be swapped for the official roofs. This can give owners a lot of flexibility.

Keep in mind that the roofs will need to be designed for the correct number of doors and the wheelbase. The Unlimited long-wheelbase version of the Wrangler cannot accept a roof from the two-door version.

Can You Swap Between Jeep Generations?

For the most part, tops cannot be switched between generations of Wrangler. This is because the shape of the vehicle changes slightly including modifications to how the body and roof connect. During the middle of the JK generation, a minor update changed how the roofs fit.

That being said, there are a few roofs that can swap between the YJ and TJ generations because they are so similar. However, this is not official support. So, it is advisable to check carefully before investing in any roof not designed for your model of Wrangler.

How Should You Choose a Roof?

The best hardtop for Jeep Wrangler is one that is designed for your model year and wheelbase. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available. Of course, you can stick with Jeep’s first-party roofs. However, there are also plenty of aftermarket options with extra features. For example, you can get hardtop roofs with removable panels for extra flexibility.

If you are trying to decide between a hard and soft top, the hard roof will typically offer a little more insulation and protection from the elements. In cold environments, this can be a major advantage. It also helps with noise on the road.

Soft tops can be folded down more easily. So, if you want to take the roof off on the trail, you won’t have to worry about where to put it. Ultimately, the choice comes down to the environment you will be in and how often you expect to take the roof off.

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