How to Install 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ OEM Soft top Hardware

July 18, 2017

How to Install 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ OEM Soft top Hardware

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ OEM Soft top Hardware and Installation


One of the most common questions I get is, what hardware do I need to install my soft top?  


This article will cover two of the main pieces of hardware you will need to install the OEM Jeep Wrangler TJ Soft top! To start you off, check out this video:


First thing we need to do is determine if you have an OEM soft top.


Below is a diagram of an OEM soft top.  


The features that set apart the oem top are the front latches that clamp to the windshield frame.



The plastic door surrounds:



And lastly the shape of the soft top frame:



Now that you have identified that you have an OEM soft top, you will need to make sure you have all the parts to attach it!  


That’s where we can help!  


The door surrounds (The plastic frames that fit around the full steel doors or the half doors with “canvas” uppers) are held on with 4 knobs.  


These knobs are shown below.


They are $24.00 Each plus shipping. ( Mopar® Part #: 55176198 )



You are going to need four of these knobs to secure your door surround.  So that will set you back $24 x 4 plus shipping (Around $10) plus tax.  (Total out the door price would be $114.48 with sales tax!)  


Here at Stryker Motors, we are Jeeping on a budget, so we came up with an alternative knob for your door surrounds.  


Our knobs are assembled in the USA and they are only:  $22.99 with Free shipping and handling to the lower 48 states!



Note the knobs we make have a smaller knob on the end, but they function just the same as the OEM knob and you save over $91.49 over dealer price for the set of four!  


See the images below for a comparison of our knos to the OEM knob.  



Please click here to purchase 4 door surround knobs:  


 Buy 96-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ Soft Top Door Surround Knob


So now you have your door surrounds installed but you need to install the soft top canopy.  


The soft top canopy is held to the roll bar with four torx T30 bolts.


These bolts are installed into the plastic ends of the soft top frame as shown below:


These bolts are also often missing from the jeep top. These bolts are Mopar® Part #: 6036311AA and they are $5.00 each!  (You will need 4!)  plus tax, plus shipping and handling!  So most places are charging you $32.40 for these for little bolts!   


Stryker Motors has sourced an alternative that is easier to install and they are only $9.99 for a set of 4 including shipping and handling!



Please click this link to purchase:



Note!  Our soft top roll bar bracket / knuckle bolts are textured or knurled so they can be installed without any tools!  


So like many jeepers we have encountered some challenges with our soft tops!  We would like to share the solutions with others and we have one final offer to save you even more money and make your life even easier!


You can purchase the door surround knobs and the soft top bolts for $29.99 including shipping to the lower 48 states!  These items replace 4 ( Mopar® Part #: 55176198 ) which would be $114.48 with sales tax! This also replaces 4  Mopar® Part #: 6036311AA which can be as much as $32.40 out the door.  So the total for these OEM parts would be $146.88.  We offer a solution for just $29.99!  A savings of over $116!!!  


Please click this link to purchase the kit below!  



Please come back and look for more information and browse our selection of new and used Jeep parts!  


-Thank you and happy Jeeping! - John Stryker - :)