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Old 04-13-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Help: New Jeep-Cannot get soft top to reach the latches over windshield

Basically what the title says. Two weeks ago I lowered the roof on my new 2012 and no matter what I did I couldn't get it to reach the latches when trying to put it back. I went to the dealer and three salesmen took ten minutes to get it, finally by pushing from the rear while I got the latch. They said it's because it's new and just like shoes it will eventually stretch.
Today I went topless again. I tried to latch and same thing. Wouldn't reach. I had my wife and son push from the rear while I tried to latch and nothing. Will it stretch or were they just pacifying me? Do I have to go back to the dealer everytime I want to put the top back? Anyone have the same problem?

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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Next time you have it latched, set it in the sun to conform to the closed position. After awhile park it in the shade to cool at that position, should be fine after that, just work with it, also maybe latch first, then hook the rear sides in. good luck... the sun is the key though.

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I'm not sure if its the same on the JK, but on the TJ you can extend the latches a bit more by raising the latch handle part upwards.
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I'm not sure if its the same on the JK, but on the TJ you can extend the latches a bit more by raising the latch handle part upwards.
JK's are the same.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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Latch your header before connecting the rear sail panels or any windows.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:43 PM   #6
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problem top

hi, i also have a 2012 jeep wrangler 2 door, with the same problem,
it helps to get a second person to help and it does get better with time. when
you lower the top and it is warm and later it gets cool that will also cause the issue. also snap the rear sail panels last...good luck..
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #7
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Thanks all. I'm going to wait till the morning to try again.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:31 PM   #8
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I *also* have a 2012 wrangler 2 door --- with the same exact problem. I try to snap the rear sail panels last, but they're a good 6 inches from lip -- it looks like somsething is just wrong, it's that far apart. The manual says "gently pull" and the video shows the sail panel just sitting like an inch away from the lip. I tried putting all my weight on it, couldn't get it to move more than an inch. Something is off... any solutions?
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:56 PM   #9
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Try this. Open the latches all the way and get them hooked on the windshield, do not close the latch. Attach the sail panels , then close the header latches.

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