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Old 07-22-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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Hardtop problems

Hardtop is ripping my weather stripping on my hard doors tj
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:45 AM   #2
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Hardtop is ripping my weather stripping on my hard doors tj
Could you post a pic of the problem area with the door open and closed? I'm sure there is a solution.

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Old 07-22-2013, 11:38 PM   #3
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:11 AM   #4
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Post a pic of the front door gap. Along where the tub and the windshield pillar meet the door. I have a feeling your door is sagging
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:29 AM   #5
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That happened to me to. You may want to try moving your top back. It looks a little close to the door. I read that to readjust the hard top you can't simply pull it back. You have to lift it and reposistion. Worked for me.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:22 AM   #6
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03-06 tops have an alignment pin on the drivers side of the top. 97-02 do not. All tops are the same size and are interchangeable. I'd release the header latches, loosen the 6 bolts for the top and try to pull it back. There might be some play. If it is not that, your door is out of alignment. You are going to have to adjust the hinges. (note I wouls not have let it go this long, now you have to replace the weatherstrip.)
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:01 PM   #7
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Nice, but the mirror is in the way. Need to see the cowl to door gap and the tub to body gap also
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:59 PM   #9
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Is there any straight up and down movement in the door (can you lift it straight up)? To me, it doesn't look like it sagged, but it does look like it could possibly be a little higher (really hard to tell the clearances in the pics). Could be that the rings are worn off the bushings between the hinge leaves maybe?? How does it compare with your passenger door?
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #11
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The gap looks good all the way around. Does the door droop when you open it? Im thinking you just need to slide the top back a bit.
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The top is to far forward here are the same pics of mine. Hope this helps
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The top is to far forward here are the same pics of mine. Hope this helps
You kinked my neck bud lol
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:35 PM   #14
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I uploaded from my phone needless to say could not figure out the rotate part lol.


Ha Ha fixed it now you dont have to turn the screen
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I uploaded from my phone needless to say could not figure out the rotate part lol.


Ha Ha fixed it now you dont have to turn the screen
Brilliant! Now can I send the chiropractor bill to you?? hehehe
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The top is to far forward here are the same pics of mine. Hope this helps
The top looks like its aligned right. Is your door sagging when you open it?
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:07 PM   #17
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The top looks like its aligned right. Is your door sagging when you open it?
Crap, disregard that. Wrong jeep. Yes, his is too far forward
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Brilliant! Now can I send the chiropractor bill to you?? hehehe
Well everyone knows that you dont turn your head. Your supposed to turn your moniter
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Well everyone knows that you dont turn your head. Your supposed to turn your moniter

lol
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:23 AM   #20
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Ok I'll try an push top back further this week
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:00 PM   #21
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Top can not be pushed father back holes don't line up
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I'm tapped out on why... Something somewhere is not lining up...???
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I have the same problem on my 1997 Wrangler in exactly the same place. When I got it from the factory it was perfect. I think it happened when the dealership installed my light bar. I forget exactly what happened but I did get a new weather stripping while it was under warranty. The dealership said that they aligned the door, and right away it was torn again. The dealership sort of gave up. I have been dealing with this problem for 16 years!! My drivers door weatherstripping is all ripped up, in the top corner, and I don't want to keep replacing it, just to have it rip up again. My passenger door weather stripping is fine, so I don't imagine it could be my top. Otherwise, it would seem that both sides would be torn. I would love to solve this problem after 16 years. (I'll post pictures of mine this weekend.)
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #24
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It might also be the windshield gasket where the top of the windshield and top meet if it is allowing the front of the top to go to low which could cause the door to get to close.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:38 AM   #25
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I just sold it and went back to my soft top again I might buy a hardtop again idk yet.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:48 AM   #26
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Ya reposition the top as said above
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Old 01-16-2016, 06:05 PM   #27
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread as my first post but i have this same problem. I didnt realize it until I replaced my door seals. Ive tried moving my top back but cant due to the holes not lining up. my passenger side is fine so I think it may be a sagging door. The Torx bolts on the mounts look unmolested so I dont think theyve been messed with. Anyone with this issue come up with a fix over the past few years? 03 TJ for the record.
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Old 01-16-2016, 06:23 PM   #28
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Phot from earlier. Seal pushes out above the tub, I closed the door carefully and held the seal in before this pic.
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Old 01-16-2016, 06:30 PM   #29
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This works! PM me if you have any questions.

I had this same problem hardtop would not slide back far enough. You can adjust the hinges to resolve this issue. The key is to loosen the 3 torx on the door side of the hinge (top and bottom hinge). Make sure your torx is well seated, I can't stress this enough you don't want to destroy the torx. Once you have all 6 broken loose but still snug, completely loosen 4 of them two on top two on bottom. This works best with 2 people, one loosens the remaining top torx while second person lifts slightly on the end of the door, only move it a little at a time, tighten the 1 torx. Then do the bottom hinge letting the door drop slightly. Test the fit and continue until doors are far enough forward. Mine looked exactly like the pictures above prior to doing this.

Getting the torx broke free is the key, on 2 of them I used a tool that you could hit with a mallet to break the torx free. We actually broke one snap on torx bit breaking them lose, good idea to have a few spares.
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Thanks for the reply, I'll give it a try in the morning and report back

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