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Old 04-16-2008, 03:47 PM   #1
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Trouble with the Locking Pin

I noticed I was having some locking trouble with the pin on the SunRider Top, or more specifically,with the Locking Pin itself, on the Plastic piece that has to be attached to the vehicle, to hold the Soft Top on.

I'm not sure if it is the Spring Mechanism or what. Anyone else have trouble with that Locking Pin? Any fix?

Obviously I'm still under warrantee, so I'll go back to the dealer on this if necessary, but I'd like to believe that perhaps I mis-aligned something or other.

Suggestions?

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Old 04-16-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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I LOVE the SunRider top! It's a beautiful design and allows for quick, instant-sun if I don't have time (or am too lazy) to take the whole top back. Anyway, I noticed my locking pin is quite stiff and I had to push down kind of hard on the soft top to get it to click. I think this might have been because the soft top is new and it's the first time it had been put up. Maybe the fabric had to stretch to make it comfortably to the locking pin. I haven't put the soft top all the way back yet, so it's possible it may be tough to latch again. I'll let you know.

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Old 04-17-2008, 06:38 AM   #3
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I have two Soft Tops. One is the SunRider that came with the vehicle (at the time of purchase, I also purchased the Freedom Top hard top, and had the dealer put "it" on for the winter, storing the SunRider Top).

Then, I sold back the Freedom Top to the dealer, and replaced it with a standard Soft Top. Which of course means that I now have TWO "soft tops."

As a result of having "two" soft tops, I also have two sets of the plastic door-frame pieces, (which is where I was going, with this), and so I went into the garage yesterday and got the other right-side plastic molding piece and substituted it for the one on the vehicle. The clip on THAT one seemed to hold better.

I'm thinking the spring-back mechanism is the culprit on the other molding piece.

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P.S.: As for the "lazy" factor.....I found that I was one of the few who have taken off their top on more than one occasion (I'll be going "topless" again today), and drove by many a Wrangler owner who WAS "too lazy" to go topless!! (Ladies included!!)
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:34 AM   #4
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getting ready to go topless today. Clearing out the garage to store the freedom top. How hard is it to get the soft top sorted?
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:15 AM   #5
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Speaking of "going topless!" (I ordered two bumper stickers that say: "CAUTION: Driver Often Goes Topless")......

I'm not sure what you are asking about, when you say "sorted" .....can you elaborate?

IF you are asking how hard it is to get the soft top put together, it's really easy....

Have you seen this video: http://www.jeep.com/en/owners/soft_t...oft_top_guide/

The "nuts-n-bolts" part of the install is really easy!!

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Old 04-20-2008, 11:16 AM   #6
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sorry - sorted - get my self organized to install the soft top! I did it yday; have to fix a few things - but other than that - pretty easy to get hard top off. the soft top was pretty stiff but let it sit in the sun all day. the kids loved it! real easy to get the roof half way back - however, i didnt get any of the velcro strips described in the video - they supposed to come with the roof? might just run down to the hardware store and grab some... thanks again!
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:07 PM   #7
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Velcro Strips

Yep, the dealer provided two Velcro strip straps and two snap button strip straps.

One presumably for the SunRider opening, and one set for the whole "top down" holding.

(Personally, I just use the Velcro strips for both, since it's an "either/or" situation).

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Old 04-20-2008, 08:27 PM   #8
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perfect - thanks, gonna call the dealer tomorrow and see where the strips are!? i also watched the video - thanks, found it helpful. didn!t have the back doors sealed properly! its topless for the rest of the year
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:57 AM   #9
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Except for the rainy days, 08fun!

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P.S.: I'm finding that the locking mechanism is STILL an issue, even after having swapped the plastic door frame piece.
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:45 PM   #10
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soupy - do u have a 2 door or 4 door? maybe i'm missing something - but i dont know what locking pin ur talking about!?! i have the 4 door...
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:24 AM   #11
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On the 2-dr model, there is a locking pin that is part of the plastic door panel that has to be installed when using the SunRider Softtop (or ANY "soft top" for that matter).

In the case of the use of the SunRider top, there is a metal loop hole, molded into the armature of the soft top that is meant to be "caught" if you will, by a clip that is mounted on the plastic door frame.

This "clip" is metal, and has a spring load to it.

I have no trouble locking the SunRider in place when the top is fully seated for full coverage.....BUT.....

When the nice days come, and I release only the front portion of the SunRider, which exposes the front seat interior to the outside, and fold back the top to the mid-point, the clip on the door frame does not
hold the metal loop hole. It lets it go.

This is not really a BIG issue, except that the clip is supposed to hold the loop hole so that the tension remains from front to back, so that it is not allowing slack to the rest of the top, when the front section is opened up.

I looked at the spring tension factor, and the alignment, etc....and can't seem to figure out what's going wrong, except that perhaps the spring-loaded clip does not have enough resistance to hold in the extended position, thus NOT allowing the loop hole to release.

The owner is supposed to have control over the release of the loop hole by a tab that sits behind and underneath the roll bar on each side. Once pulled toward the door opening, it should then, and ONLY then, release the loop hole.

I don't know the set up of the 4-dr models.

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Old 07-05-2008, 08:58 PM   #12
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Yep, the dealer provided two Velcro strip straps and two snap button strip straps.

One presumably for the SunRider opening, and one set for the whole "top down" holding.

(Personally, I just use the Velcro strips for both, since it's an "either/or" situation).

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Those snap strips snap to the inside of the top at the rear. They are used when the top is up and you want to roll up the rear window.
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:07 PM   #13
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Those snap strips snap to the inside of the top at the rear. They are used when the top is up and you want to roll up the rear window.
I may be wrong here, but I think you are talking about older Jeeps. The JK models don't have roll-up windows in the rear (or anywhere for that matter). The windows zip out. The rear window can zip out and just "drop" into the rear compartment.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:47 PM   #14
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I may be wrong here, but I think you are talking about older Jeeps. The JK models don't have roll-up windows in the rear (or anywhere for that matter). The windows zip out. The rear window can zip out and just "drop" into the rear compartment.
I've got two JKs in the garage. If you look inside the rear of the top, you'll see the snaps. I frequently roll up my rear window with the bar and secure it with the elastic straps.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:42 AM   #15
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I too have trouble with one of the locking pins (the right side). It does not lock well and as soon as I release the front right header, the sunrider locking pin on the right side also releases. The only thing it really does it prevent me from using the sunrider option ... annoying but could be worse . . . at least the soft top comes off quickly and easily. Please let me know if you are able to fix it. Thanks.

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