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Old March 19th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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anybody done a quick disconnect on soft top doors?

I was wondering if anyone has done or modified their slider soft top doors to something a little quicker and easier to get off. I used to have a TJ and all you would have to do is lift the soft top half of the door off and you were done. I am not a big fan of digging out the tools everytime the weather changes. Colorado, it changing everyday. Wondering if anyone has fabbed up some sort of easier way to accomplish more FUN.

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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:04 AM
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have you tried the quick release bolts? no tools required you just screw and unscrew them by hand. Takes only a minute or two.....I hope that was what you were asking about.

They sell these bolts Atlantic British



After reading your post again I see you meant the Doors, not the sliding windows. my mistake
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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:26 AM
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I want to remove the top half of my door with ease. I have those two long bolts the fit into the lower door, with a 5/8 nut that screws in on that from the inside door panel. you can only fit a deep well socket in there. just trying to elimnate the tools. I will check out Atl Brit to see what they have.

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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:35 AM
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Yeah, the AB stainless quick nuts are the way to go. You'll still need a wrench of you want to tighten them down real-good - but most of the time just on-and-off by hand is fine.
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Or do like me and just don't use a nut.

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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:59 AM
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Or do like me and just don't use a nut.

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x2, when I got my new Series the studs were so rusted (on brand new door tops) I can't put a nut on. So I never use them.
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Or do like me and just don't use a nut.

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So what you're saying is that you don't have nuts?
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No, I still have them, all four, but they are now in the cupholder.
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I replaced the bolts with new ones from RN but did not get the quick release nuts. I then got tired pretty quickly of tightening/loosing the nuts and fighting behind the door panel.
I do not bolt them down now. As long as you do not flip the truck, works fine.
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I have those bambo like shafts that fit around the bolt to help secure it into place. without the nut, they just slide out the bottom and then the whole top is really wobblely. I dont plan to roll my 90 but seems like I still need them to hold better in place.

Not sure if I am ready to loose my nuts. =)
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The best option- Badger door tops.

You see better out of them, they're quieter, and damnit if that zipper isn't still easier to use than the damn sliders.

I lost a few of those quick-release nuts. Hand tightening does not keep them on. However, with the stainless studs from AB (they're tapered) you don't really need the nuts to keep the door top secure.
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No, I still have them, all four, but they are now in the cupholder.
Along with your swivel-balls?
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And the input-shaft
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