Video: How To Take Off & Put On A Jeep Soft Top

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Following is a video we made as a how-to guide for removing your Jeep soft top…

Jeep Soft Tops

We’ve owned 2 Jeep Wranglers — one a 1990 YJ, and one a 2004 TJ.

On the YJ, we simply used the Bestop Supertop (for the front seats) and the Bestop Duster (for the cargo area) during the warmer months of the year. And in the winter, we’d put the hard top on.

These days, with the 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (our daily driver), we don’t have a hard top, so we ride around with the soft top — either up, or down, or completely off.

We really like the fact that a Jeep soft top is so flexible.

Here’s our video showing how to remove a Jeep soft top…


Since we’ve been married, my husband and I have owned 5 Jeeps (3 Wranglers and 2 Grand Cherokees). And when we’re not driving our own Jeep, we’re usually renting one (a 4x4 Wrangler on vacation). We keep a Jeep Bucket List of places that we’d like to go next, and we're always crossing more states off our list of 'Places That We’ve Jeeped in the USA'. As our daily driver, we keep the soft top on our Jeep Wrangler year round (and the back window permanently rolled up) so the dogs can enjoy the ride. Yep... even in the winter! I've been sharing my best Jeep ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998. When I’m not Jeeping or writing about Jeeps, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).

18 thoughts on “Video: How To Take Off & Put On A Jeep Soft Top

  1. Great video for how to take the soft top down, got a 4dr wrangler unlimited from a buddy last november so I am finally taking the top down to enjoy the nice weather… big help!

  2. 1994 jeep wrangler, when puttng the top on i cant seem to get the back bar to stay up and hold the rear up tight Thanks, Travis

  3. i have 09 wrangler with a hard top .it also came with a soft top.i need to in stall it .can you help.

  4. what is the exact type of soft top in the video?? I have a 2004 jeep wrangler unlimited and need the same soft top but can’t find it. can you help??

  5. I just purchased a 2002 Sahara-the hard top is on it-I want to switch to the soft top-is there a video or directions for putting the soft top on?

    1. Hi Reynom2 – I’m not sure if this will be of any help to you or not, but here are some manuals & diagrams showing how to install various Jeep accessories – including hard tops, soft tops, covers, and more. Perhaps you will find some basic tips in these examples…

  6. I bought a used 2005 Jeep Wrangler at a Jeep dealership, but it did not have an owner’s manual..the video was helpful but if anyone can help me with an owner’s would be greatly appreciated…[email protected]

  7. hve 1994 jeep…hvg hard time taking hardtop off….removed all screws…frt n bk…but can’t budge frt off at all….suggestions plze

    1. If your sure you have all the screws out if the front widow frame and sides – it should come right off. Perhaps if it has never been off since 1994 it needs a little encouragement. Maybe try a putty knife around the edges – perhaps a little nudge – it should come along.

  8. i just bought my first jeep, a 2011 Jeep Unlimited. I just took off the hard top and put the soft top on. On the back window/tailgate. does the window seal bracket just sit below the window. My does not form a good seal above the tailgate. I have watched video’s but all just show once the bracket/seal is slid on the rear window, it is just turned and set across from one side to the other. Then the door is suppose to seal against it. This seal is not very good. if the window is slightly pushed water could get in through the gap. Please help me with this. 

  9. I have a 99 model jeep wrangler never had the soft top off trying to get it off I bought a hard top to put on and can’t get the soft top off

  10. Hi there. Very nice video, 10x. I have a question – I took my TJ with a hard top (no spare assembly or parts). Now I am looking to buy a soft top for the summer. Checked the ebay, some nice things there, but I not sure. Is there any special fittings or accessories, needed with the soft top? The offers that I found on ebay are only the soft top. 10x in advance!

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