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Hey, what's up guys. Ryan here from ExtremeTerrain. And today, I'm here with the One Piece Hardtop in black, fitting your 2007 to 2018 2-Door Wrangler JK. Now, this is going to be for the JK owner that is looking for a factory-style hardtop in the aftermarket that's going to give them some peace and quiet when they're driving down the road. And, of course, some additional security. As we know, soft tops are not the most quiet top to have on our Wrangler. Especially when they're old, they're stretched out and worn out, they can cause a lot of noise when you're driving down the highway and they start flapping around. And not only that, but they're not very secure, and they're a huge pain in the butt in the winter when that plastic gets really cold. And a hardtop is really gonna quiet up that interior and reduce a lot of that road noise that you're hearing. When you have a larger vehicle, and especially when you're running larger tires, that can cause a lot of road noise. And having a hardtop on your vehicle is gonna allow you to have a normal conversation when you're driving down the highway, and of course, lock up any valuables that you might want to bring with you. Now, not only is it going to be a lot more secure on your vehicle, giving you that peace of mind when you want to bring something with you, whether you're driving down the road or if you're hitting the trails going out for an excursion, but it's going to keep the weather out. It's gonna keep that inclement weather out, and it's going to keep your heating or air conditioning inside. So you're gonna stay warmer in the winter months and you're gonna stay a lot cooler in the summer months.Now, hardtops in the aftermarket are going to come in all shapes and sizes. You're going to have your factory style square back like this. You're also going to have a slant back. Some of them are going to be a solid one-piece, and some of them are going to be a two-piece with that removable Sunrider panel. Prices can range anywhere from $2,000 all the way up to $5,000. And, of course, those higher-end options are going to have more features, such as a rear wiper, rear defrost, and of course, a two-piece design. But if you're not a fan of that, or if you're not looking to spend that extra money, you're not really worried about that removable front piece or those additional amenities, then I think this is a great option, coming in right around $2,100.Now, this top is handmade from fiberglass. That fiberglass is hand-laid, and it is designed for a perfect fit. It's going to make it a very rigid top and it's going to reduce any of that outside noise. And to add onto that, this is carpeted inside. Now, that carpet inside is going to give you a very nice look on the interior that you're not going to get with that factory top, and also, that's going to add to that sound deadening as well. That carpeting inside is also going to add retention to any heat or air conditioning that you may have inside. This has a black powder coating on the outside, and it is a UV-stabilized coating, so this is gonna prevent any UV damage that you may experience in those hot, warm summer months. And, of course, it's going to keep this top looking like new.With this top, you're gonna get huge side windows, plenty of viewing area. And you're going to get that tint, 31% tint, just like the factory. This is gonna add to privacy, and, of course, this is the maximum allowable tint. Now, all the windows are DOT approved, and they are safety glass as well. Now, this hardtop is a very easy item to install. It is rather large and heavy, so you will need a second set of hands. But I'm going to give it a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, as you can get this thing installed in about an hour. Now, like I said, this is the most affordable option on the site, and it's one of the better-looking options. And to add to that, this is proudly made right here in the USA. So, all in all, if you're looking for a very high-quality hardtop, maybe you're on a budget, or you're just not trying to spend that much money as those high-dollar options, this is a fully assembled ready-to-go option, and one of the best options in my opinion. So, with that being said, let's hop into our install.Tools we used for this install: 3/8 drive impact, 3/8 drive ratchet, 8-millimeter wrench, 3/8 drive socket extension, 1/2-inch socket, T30 Torx, T25 Torx.All right, guys. Of course, first thing we're gonna need to do is get this soft top off. Now, we're gonna unlatch it from the front, fold it back. But the first thing we're going to do, we're gonna actually remove these side windows. That way, we can get this thing folded back. This is relatively easy to do. All you're gonna do is just pull this Velcro back. You're gonna have a zipper all the way around. We're going to unzip these, pull them off, and then we'll just set them aside. You need to open your door. You're going to have a seam in here. We'll pull that out. This whole thing will slide out of this rail down, then we'll just take this and put it aside.So, the next thing we're gonna do, we're gonna work on our rear window. Now, of course, if you're going to keep this soft top or you're going to take it off, you want to take all of these windows out. We want to separate it. That way, we can keep them in a nice spot. They're not gonna get dirty, scratched up, etc. You can leave this rear window in when you're taking this soft top off, but I'm going to show you how to take it off. That way, we can put all these away. First thing we're going to do, we're gonna open up our tailgate, because we have our tailgate bar right here. So, you're going to need to take these little ends, pull them down, and release those. After that, we're just gonna tilt this bar forward, and that's going to be our tailgate bar. You're gonna have a zipper over here. We need to follow our zipper all the way around, and then we can disconnect it over here.And after you get that out, you can pull this whole assembly out, tailgate bar and all. So now that we have our rear window out, the next thing we're gonna do is work on disconnecting this, and of course, getting our tailgate bar retainer out. These ones are easy too, you just put your hand up here, pull down on that, and that's gonna release that section. And then to get these off, you're going to have a little bracket on the back. Well, kind of like a spot you can pry on. So, this is going to be held onto this piece of metal right here. And then this is gonna be held back here, so what you wanna do is just stick your hand under there. You're just gonna pry back onto that and that's going to release that and allow you to take that off. So, we got both of these off of, we're gonna go over there and then we'll get those off. The same thing, we're going to pull down and release that part of the soft top. And then, as you can see, I got back here, just push it back. And as you're pushing it back, pry up on that little lever right there, that plastic piece, and then you can pull this thing off.So, next, we're gonna go up to the front of the Jeep, and what we're gonna do, we're going to unlatch our soft top from our header channel. What we're going to do is just pull these visors down and out, slide them out of the way. You're gonna have two latches. You just pull this lever back. That's going to unlatch it. We're going to do that to both of these, and then we'll flip this thing all the way back. What we're gonna do, we're gonna go ahead and flip this section back. Now, there are two latches. You're going to have one on each side. They're gonna be right under here on this door surround. What you're going to do is just push them in. It's going to unlatch that, and we'll do the same thing for the other side and then we can pull this thing all the way back. This is the release that I was talking about. Just push that in. That's gonna release this, and then we can flip it back.Now, of course, this is going to be a lot easier with two people, because you can get it down and back easily and evenly, but you can manage by yourself as well. So, of course, the last thing we need to do to get this top completely off, we need to disconnect these arms. So, at the bottom of these arms you're gonna see that they're held into these brackets with these little machine screws. So, we use a T30 Torx. We'll take both of these screws out. We'll go to the other side, do the same thing. Take both those screws out. I'll go grab a second set of hands, and then we'll pull this soft top off.So, what I'm gonna do, just so I don't lose these screws, since we do plan on putting this soft top back on at some point in time, I'm just gonna put these back into these arms right here. You can also just put them in a bag, label them, and tape them to the soft top if you want to. So, now that we've got the soft top off, one of the last things that we have to do is take our door surrounds off. It's relatively easy to do. You're going to have two knobs up top here. All we're going to do is just unthread those, just like that. And then this whole thing is gonna come off. Now, same thing, once you pull this off, you want to put these knobs back in, because you don't want to lose them. So, then once you get those out, you're just going to pull out on this, lift up out of this little peg right here, and then you can remove these.So, the last thing that we need to remove on our Wrangler before we can get this hardtop installed is going to be these Footman loops up here for our latches. So, you're going to have one on each side, and that's gonna be where those factory soft top latches go. We have these brand new brackets that we're going to install. So, we'll use a T25 Torx to take both of these bolts out, and we'll pull these off and we'll actually use those same exact bolts, those factory bolts, to put these brackets back on.So, the first thing we're gonna do, we're gonna attach these brackets. So, we removed those little hoops off of there. We're going to put these brackets in place. Now, these do have an offset, so we're going to face that offset out, so you want this curve to face towards the front of the vehicle. All we're going to do is just lay it up there. We're gonna put these factory screws back in, and then we'll tighten it down. So, then we'll go to the other side and we'll do that same thing. And one bracket's only gonna fit on one way. There's not really much play in these brackets, so we shouldn't really have to adjust them, so you can just tighten them down now.So, at this point in time, we're ready to put our hardtop on. Now, of course, you'll want a second set of hands. So, I'm gonna go and grab a buddy, and then we're gonna pick this thing up and get it on. So, once you get this hardtop on, it's basically going to fall into place. Of course, you want to make sure that it is slid all the way forward, you have a nice flush surface here, and then all of the bolt holes inside line up. Now, then one of the nice things is we don't really have any assembly to do on this. Some of these hardtops are gonna come with a detached rear window. You'll have to install them and do other things, attach shocks, and so this thing comes complete as a kit. Now, you do get brand new hardware with this kit, so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go grab that hardware. We'll get this thing installed. There's going to be six total. You're going to have three on each side, and you get these little nut plates that you screw the bolts into. I'll show you exactly how to do that in a second. So, I'm gonna go grab that stuff and we'll get started.All right. So, we have our brand new hardware. We're inside of the back of the Jeep. Like I said, there's going to be three per side. So you're going to have one up here, one in the middle, one in the back. Now, as far as hardware goes, you're going to have these bolts. You're going to have a flat washer for each bolt. And then you're going to have this little nut plate. This is just a thick plate. It's threaded. Now, you're gonna have a little ridge on the top, and we want that ridge to face up, because it's actually gonna sit inside of the hole, in the metal edge of our tub, and that's going to help it line up. So, we're going to drop our bolts down through, we'll place this underneath, and then we'll get it all screwed together. So, first thing we want to do, we wanna slide this little nut plate in there and line it up with the hole. Wanna keep your fingertip on that, holding it up into that hole, then we're going to drop this down and all we're going to do is just hand thread it in. And, of course, we do have a good bit of gap right here, but when we tighten this up and get it situated, it is going to compress a little bit.All right, so then we'll go around and we'll just do this to all three of those, and then we'll go and get that other side installed. Now, this rear one is going to be right behind this roll bar. Now, of course, if you can't get these holes to line up, what you can do is just push up, lift up on the front of the hardtop where it's at the windshield, and then you can get someone to push on the back of it and that'll allow it to slide forward a little bit. That should get these holes to line up. It should drop right in place.All right. So, we got all of the hardware in, and what we're gonna do, we're going to leave it loose for now, because what we want to come up here and we want to get our latches installed. So, these latches are adjustable. What we're gonna do is we're going to clamp onto these little brackets that we installed. Of course, then we'll adjust them. We'll tighten down that setting nut, that lock nut, and then we'll go around, make sure that this is all in place, then we can tighten up the rest of the hardware. So, what you're gonna do with your latch, you're going to press down on this little release right here, and then you're going to extend this all the way up. So that's going to allow you to grab onto this bracket. Now, if you can't reach that bracket, what you can do is you can just unthread this a few threads, and we'll try to clamp onto that bracket again.Now, once you get it long enough, you'll be able to clamp into there. And then, of course, you want to pull it tight. You want these to not be that tight. We want them kind of loose. We do want it to seal up front, but at the same time, since these are screwed into fiberglass, this whole latch system, we don't want to rip them out. So, you want to make them pretty tight, but you don't want to overtighten them. So, I'm just going to expand this, extend it a little bit, that way, when we click down, so when you click down, this is actually going to lock it in place. It's going to keep it from unlocking. If you ever want to unlatch them, you're going to push that forward, pull it down. And this is that nut. So, once you get this set in place where you want it, we'll run this nut all the way up, and then we can tighten that nut in place, and that's going to lock it down.So, we'll go over to the other side and we're gonna do that same thing. We're going to adjust this out, make sure that it doesn't pull too hard. And when you're doing this, the reason we didn't tighten that hardware up at the rear, it's actually gonna pull this hardtop just a little bit to the front. So, we got that set where we want it. We're gonna run that little lock nut up, and then you can use an 8-millimeter wrench and you can tighten that all the way down. So we're just gonna hold this in place and take our 8-millimeter, and you can set it partially in there so it doesn't wiggle at all, and then we're gonna lock that in place. Then you can go over to the other side and do that same thing. Just set that lock nut.All right, so now that we've got our latches squared away, we're going to tighten up the rest of this hardware on the side rails. Now, we're going to use a 1/2-inch socket on a wrench. And when we go to tighten these, we want to tighten them up a pretty good amount. Of course, you wanna compress this side, make it come a little closer to the actual metal edge of the tub, but we don't want to overtighten them. If they come loose while you're driving around, you can always snug them up a little bit. We're just gonna get them pretty snug. All right, guys, so now that we have this top fully installed, what you want to do is you want to water-test it, make sure that you don't have any leaks. Drive it around for a little bit. And then, like I said, recheck those latches and bolts, make sure that all that hardware is still tight.However, that is gonna wrap it up from my review and install. For more videos and products like this, checks us out at extremeterrain.com.
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Quality Construction. This 1-piece hardtop for JK 2 door Wranglers is a great top to add to your Jeep. It is made from fiber glass that is hand laid for the best quality and most strength. The windows are made from 31% tinted DOT approved tempered safety glass, the maximum tint allowable by law. The exterior is finished with a textured black powder coating that is also UV resistant so the summer sun won't be an issue. The interior is fully lined with carpet adding a great look to the top but also canceling noise from the road, thereby allowing your speakers to be heard more clearly. The top also features Weather Guard, a system that keeps the elements outside and helps prevent wind from entering the cabin, increasing the performance of the cooling and heating unit of your JK. The rear hatch simply opens via two high strength gas charged struts which requires minimum effort.
Application. Fits 2007-2018 2 door JK Wrangler models.
Please Note. This Top is built to order and generally ships within 2-4 weeks after an order is approved. Shipping time frames may vary depending on seasonal demand.
Shipping Note. This product can not be shipped to an APO/FPO, Guam or US Virgin Islands address.
Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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