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Old 08-05-2008, 10:58 PM   #1
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Soft top coming apart?

Hello there, I'm new. My girlfriend and I are about to move cross-country from California to Massachusetts in two weeks. We just noticed that the soft top is coming apart in a few places. In particular, it is ripping at the seams on the top (that run parallel to the ground) and if we hit rain this will cause some leakage.

Right now we can't afford to replace the soft top what with moving costs. The rips are small and I am hoping that there is some way to seal the rips, maybe with some waterproof cloth tape...anyone have luck with this?

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:54 PM   #2
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my top is falling apart but its been keeping me dry
on my top the stitching is almost gone my back side windows are falling out
but the last rain we got I was pretty dry inside the jeep

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Old 08-06-2008, 02:33 AM   #3
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Sew a patch on it!
DUCK TAPE! It comes in every color you can think of!
Just a segestion for a simple fix. If you do it from the inside it would at least give you a piece of mind about rain until you get up here. If you can hold out until winter the soft tops, here in the northeast, drasticly drop in price! And, if you want a hard top, wait tell right around april and it is easy to get one for $450 or so!
Good Luck on the move!


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Awesome, thanks.
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:25 PM   #5
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Hello there, I'm new. My girlfriend and I are about to move cross-country from California to Massachusetts in two weeks. We just noticed that the soft top is coming apart in a few places. In particular, it is ripping at the seams on the top (that run parallel to the ground) and if we hit rain this will cause some leakage.

Right now we can't afford to replace the soft top what with moving costs. The rips are small and I am hoping that there is some way to seal the rips, maybe with some waterproof cloth tape...anyone have luck with this?
Anyone who has had a soft-top has had this issue at one time or another. Get yourself some heavy duty canvas thread and a canvas needle and sew it back together. It might take you a a little while but it will save you some cash.

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Old 11-04-2008, 07:44 AM   #6
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I got the same problem, looking to buy a patch for it. Are there kits, or what would you suggest I use for the material, canvas, vinyl, something else?
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:38 AM   #7
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If the holes are big I would sew what I could then use denim iron on patches, once ironed on I would then sew them around the edges, the iron on will seal, the sewing will reinforce. They come in quite a few colors, go to a fabric store. You could also use the iron-on patches on both sides for more reinforcement. Another option is to hit an auto upholstery shop, they really are not that expensive.
For sewing a seam, start 2 inches before it starts to separate and continue for two inches after it comes back together. Once every thing is sewn back together I would hit the repair with a good seam sealer from a tent repair kit.
Living in Calif the UV has to tough on soft tops.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:26 AM   #8
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Head to Walmart and purchase some black duck canvas, water replent spray and some spray on glue....take your top off lay it out on the ground and spray the effected area with the adhesive. Cut the duck canvas to the proper size and spray the back side of it. Place the fabric onto the all ready preped suface of the top. Spray the water repelent on the area liberally. Prob solved. Total cost like $25...

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Old 11-05-2008, 02:27 AM   #9
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I'm pretty sure I can find the iron on patches and canvas thread. My biggest concern is that it is also torn down to the bottom corner seam next to the back window zipper. I know this spot can get alot of tension, and once it's on I won't be taking it off again until I can just get a new top, a couple months from now hopefully. I hope this patch works until then.
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:37 AM   #10
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You might not want to take it off if you are already in Massachusetts. If its cold, the top will shrink, and then you will probably rip it more trying to put it back on.
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You might not want to take it off if you are already in Massachusetts. If its cold, the top will shrink, and then you will probably rip it more trying to put it back on.
x2 - anything less than 55 degress can be very challenging.
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Naw I'm on the west coast. At night it gets below 55, but I'm not planning on taking it off until I get the patches, and after the Jeep sits in the the shop for at least a day (its heated).

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