March 14th 2021
The hard top has always been a pain to take on and off. I don’t have a garage with headroom or storage space, so a lift isn’t an option. The muscle it on and off approach isn’t that bad as long as you have some help, but it’s always been hampered by how bulky (not necessarily heavy) the top is, and more importantly it’s lack of hand holds. That’s no longer a problem. These heavy, machined, and good-looking handles provide solid places to grab and handle the top. Though uber-practical, I was worried they would look a little silly, but I’m happy to say they actually look good. Maybe better than without them. Installation was easy with the included templates printed on heavy duty card stock for each handle location. Cut them out, tape them in place, and as the saying goes: measure twice - drill once. The kit comes with all the parts you need: handles, o-rings for the handles, bolts, washers, thread lock fluid, and small bumpers that are secured in place at each corner via hooking underneath the bottom lip of the top, and adhesive on the flat portion where it sits against the side of the hardtop. They’re to protect the bottom lip of the hardtop by keeping it off the floor when you take it off, but can be left off if you sit it on a dolly or something else after removal. You will need a 13 mm socket, an 11/32” drill bit (they recommend a brad bit, but I had no issues with the usual center punch, pilot hole and then final size drilling method), something to clean up the hole edges (slightly larger drill bit usually works) and a torque wrench capable of torquing the bolts to 20 foot-pounds. Access to the bolts, even with the torque wrench attached, wasn’t very difficult, even with the front handle bolts between the side roll bars and the hard tops sides. All told I’d say it took about two hours taking my time outside on a nice day to install these.