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Old 05-26-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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2 Door Soft Top Install HELP!!

Hey there!
I got my 2014 Jeep Sahara 2 Door (dual top) about a week ago and today I switched it to the soft top. I've read tons of directions and watched so many youtube videos but I'm a little stuck -
Problem:
The rear panels of my soft top don't reach the car. I know there is going to be tension since it's brand new, but I dont think almost 6-7inches is right and I dont wanna force anything. I've tried undoing it and redoing it in case I missed something but I'm at my wits end!

I would appreciate any suggestions! ... especially since it's gonna rain tomorrow haha.

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Make sure the front latches are just hooked, not locked down. Grab the bow on one rear corner and pull it down enough to secure the corner of the top to the tub. repeat on other side. Then fully latch the front.

Tops that are a few years old still use this method.

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Can't tell from your pics, are the front latches totally latched? If so, you'll want to hook them to hold the top to the windshield header but don't fully close the latches until the rear panels are secured into the body J-bead.

Also, check to make sure that the straps that tie mid and rear bows together aren't wrapped around either of the bows or caught between them. The strap should run over the top of both bows.
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Make sure the front latches are just hooked, not locked down. Grab the bow on one rear corner and pull it down enough to secure the corner of the top to the tub. repeat on other side. Then fully latch the front.

Tops that are a few years old still use this method.

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thanks for your reply!

I tried just hooking the front latches, not locking them down and it only gives a tiny bit of leeway. Not enough for a good pull to do the job. So still about 5 inches away, is that normal?
I just dont want to force anything and lead to real problems
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Can't tell from your pics, are the front latches totally latched? If so, you'll want to hook them to hold the top to the windshield header but don't fully close the latches until the rear panels are secured into the body J-bead.

Also, check to make sure that the straps that tie mid and rear bows together aren't wrapped around either of the bows or caught between them. The strap should run over the top of both bows.
Thanks for your reply!

the front latches are just hooked, not locked. The straps that tie the mid and rear bows arent wrapped or anything, though they do have more leeway than the top itself, not much though. Still about 5-6 inches from the car. Is that normal? I dont want to end up pushing/pulling too hard and really messing things up. I know there was gonna be tension but this seems like a bit much, or Im just a paranoid new-car owner haha
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It is pretty typical for these tops. The will loosen a little with time, temperature, and use. Mine was that way when new, but with a lil practice you figure it out just fine. I use mine for fair weather days, (the Joys of being Semi -Retired) so most times I either have the top all the way down or top up and the two sides and rear window out.
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Thanks for your reply! the front latches are just hooked, not locked. The straps that tie the mid and rear bows arent wrapped or anything, though they do have more leeway than the top itself, not much though. Still about 5-6 inches from the car. Is that normal? I dont want to end up pushing/pulling too hard and really messing things up. I know there was gonna be tension but this seems like a bit much, or Im just a paranoid new-car owner haha
Forgot to ask, regular soft top or premium?

I'm not sure about the regular soft top but the new premium soft top has a spring assist feature for the sunrider portion. With the front already hooked, that spring assist could cause the rear bow to sit high until you give it a bit of a pull to flatten out the spring assist.

Try gently pulling down on the rear bow and see if it flattens out which will reduce the gap you're dealing with. It'll be obvious if that's the issue as it will sort of pop down into place once the spring assist gets fully tensioned.

It happens to mine all the time but usually at the windshield after I've locked the front bow into the door surround latches. A little coaxing to fully tension the springs and it pops down into place.

Give it a try; gentle downward pressure on the center of the rear bow.

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