How to Remove the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Soft Top and Hardtop
Hey Jeepers! When the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL finally debuted, there was a lot of great stuff to look forward to. A new powertrain was added with the new turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, eTorque became a thing, and new configuration options for Jeep tops were introduced. Jeep vehicles have always been known to offer consumers various options for the doors and roofs, but they’ve never been easy. For 2018, Jeep changed that, and we put together a little video to show you how easy it is to change the new Sunrider soft top and hardtop of a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.
Removing the Soft Top
When removing the Sunrider soft top, the first thing you want to do is get comfortable with the design. It comes in four parts – the roof, the rear side windows, and the rear windshield. The roof itself acts like a convertible top once unlocked. The side rear windows have a hard column that is easy to remove but locks into the rear corner of the Jeep to keep it secure, so keep that in mind when putting it back on. Here’s how to go about removing the soft top:
- Open the trunk to find the plastic tabs built into bottom folds of the rear windshield covering. These are tucked under the window sill and easily snap out of place.
- Peel the rear windshield side flaps out to get a better grip, and then simply slide the rear windshield off of its track to the left side of the vehicle until it comes off completely. You can then store this in the trunk.
- Grab the column of the rear window near the trunk (either side) – it pops out without much effort. Then undo the velcro that attached the rear window to the soft top.
- You can slide the rear windows out by sliding each along its track towards the front of the vehicle. Store each rear side window in the trunk.
- Once the rear side windows have been removed, there are two latches inside the cabin. Pull down the vanity mirrors to reveal each latch and pull them open to unlock the soft top.
- Once unlocked, push the top up to get it started. Then, once outside the Jeep, you easily grab the lip of the soft top, lift it, and push it back. The soft top should fold easily due to its convertible design.
- After the soft top folds unto itself, pull a latch near the back attached to the top to unlock it further, and then continue to pull it back towards the trunk of the Jeep to secure it.
- Secure the soft top by locking its frame. The locks can be found on the joints of the soft top where the legs connect to the frame of the Jeep.
- Test the soft top by trying to move it upwards. It shouldn’t go more than several inches if properly secured.
- That’s it, easy enough.
Removing the Hard Top
You’ll need two people for this. It’s fairly easy to do yourself, actually, but unless you’re training for the Strong Man Competition, removing the roof will be easier with a helping hand. The hard top roof comes in three parts – the driver and front passenger panel, both easy to remove, and the rest of the roof. It is not necessary to remove all three parts to enjoy the fresh air.
- Inside the cabin are eight latches that need to be either opened or turned to unlock. Two can be found behind the vanity mirrors, and the other six need to be turned inward towards the cabin – they should take little effort, so if stuck, you’re probably turning it the wrong way.
- Push either panel up to get it free, and then remove each one at a time. Store these in the trunk, and the front part of the hard top is done. Ta-da!
- Want to remove the rest of the hard top? Your 2018 Jeep Wrangler should have come with a tool kit, found either in the rear floor storage compartment or the glove box. It will contain the tools you need for this part.
- Locate the windshield wiper fluid line and electrical cables in the back on the driver’s side. Press the red switch and pull down on the electrical cable housing to unlock it, then secure it into the adjacent platform. The windshield wiper fluid line disconnects easily and can also be secured onto the electrical cable housing.
- There are six screws along the sides of the Jeep Wrangler JL with a hard top, three on each side. Use the tools to unscrew each one, and then store them in the grommets Jeep has drilled into the trunk near the tailgate.
- You may notice two extra grommets. That’s because there are two more screws that attach the hard top to the frame of the Wrangler. Locate these on the front corners of the roof, unscrew them, and then store them away with the others.
- Now get a friend to help you lift off the hard top. It’ll be easier to to with the rear windshield open, or the trunk open and out of the way.
- We don’t know where you’re supposed to store this, so if removing the whole roof, best to do it at home before you head out.
Not bad, ey? Jeep did good by consumers by making the soft top and hardtop easier to remove for the 2018 model year. The Sky OneTouch Power Top is available in late 2018/early 2019. Hopefully, we won’t need to make a video for that one! Contact us with any questions on Aventura CJDR social media, or come and check out the Jeep Wrangler JL for yourself.