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Old 05-04-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Broken soft top latch.. Help!

I was taking my soft top and the screw snapped when I was loosening it. I tried to get it out but nothing will budge it. I plan on drilling it out and replacing the screw if nothing else.. I looked for a few minutes trying to find replacement clamps but no luck.. It's for a "Besttop"

So please, if you have any idea where I can get these, let me know!

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Old 05-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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This is what it looks like
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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Contact Bestop where to get replacement parts.
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #4
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What year is your jeep? Is that from a no drill header? If so let me know.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:01 PM   #5
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Bestop warranties lasts for two years. Are you still within that window?

If it's just the bolt, you wouldn't need to replace the entire clamp. I think it's just a run of the mill machine bolt. You can probably run to a Home Depot and change it out. The installation instructions note that the bolt is 5/16 x 1-1/4".

I have the same clamping system that you do. I'm trying to remember how it works. I only touch it twice a year.

Otherwise, Neil F. is right. According to Bestop's Support page, you can buy replacement parts from them by contacting their customer service department. Again, according to the installation instructions, it looks like the part number is 378.59.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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From what I can see, that looks like a perfect application for a stainless-steel pop-rivet. Drill the screw out & set a stainless steel pop-rivet in its place. Aluminum pop-rivets are too soft & will start giving in that area.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #7
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Wouldn't a pop rivet make it permanent, though? The only thing I'm thinking is that I replace my soft top with my hard top during the winter months. The windshield channel has to be able to come off when I do that.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:17 PM   #8
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Whoops I thought one of the two screws holding the bracket to the main bar had broken but I see now from enlarging the photo that there are already pop-rivets there. Them being shiny made me think screws had snapped. Now that I look at it closer, I can't even see exactly what the problem is since that is a bit different from mine. Just that the big bolt snapped where it passes through the lower clamp?

Sorry for being so dense on this.

Sounds like the OP figured out how to fix it anyway.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:26 PM   #9
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Thanks for y'all's help. And the screw snapped inside the threads. I'm not sure how but the whole screw was obviously bent. It must have cross threaded without me knowing. I tried to get the screw out every way possible but had no luck so I just ordered and new windshield channel off eBay for cheap so I'll be able to put the top back on for the rain coming. And be able to go in mud without it coming inside with me lol!

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