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Old 04-21-2010, 09:10 PM   #1
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Soft top giving me hell

I started messing with taking my soft top off today and the thing just kinda falls apart when u start taking it loose. I guess its a factory one but its seen better days for sure. I was wondering who makes a good affordable soft top. I've heard u have to be careful with what companies u buy from cause some are known to leak. Any advise

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Old 04-21-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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Don't mess around, "Best Top" is the best. (Super top) if your frame is still good you can just buy the replacement top and attach it to your frame.

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Old 04-21-2010, 09:20 PM   #3
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Yea the frame is what comes apart. It just slips together. No pins or anything to hold it together I don't think its the best design
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:22 PM   #4
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try this link, see what you need to replace
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:25 PM   #5
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If the frame is just coming apart, it sounds like someone had modified the frame in a manner that isn't working out well. If you can snap a couple pictures of the "problems" it would be a lot easier to tell you for sure what is going on with your top. But for a replacement, definitely go with bestop.
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If you need to replace the fabric too, I'd recommend Bestop...they are the suppliers of the factory tops and they are IMO the best in the market. Just remember you get what you pay for.

Keep an eye out...sometimes they offer some pretty good rebates on new tops.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:29 PM   #7
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I have a Bestop as well and love it. Never had a problem with leaking. Fits snug when it is up...
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:36 PM   #8
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Just got a trektop from bestop and it is pretty awesome. Unique look, and no hardware as far as bows. It isn't for everyone, but I really like mine (not to mention it is like $500 cheaper than a replacement.) Viking makes a similar top as well.
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Let me know if you have any questions. The top options and product lines can get confusing.

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Old 04-21-2010, 11:24 PM   #10
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Where the soft top frame connects to the roll bars behind the front seats is where it comes apart. The frame poles just slide onto the brackets that hold it to the roll bar. When u try to fold it down they slip off and just kinds stick out into the can. Ill take some pics. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong. Its should fold up and store behind the rear seat right
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Where the soft top frame connects to the roll bars behind the front seats is where it comes apart. The frame poles just slide onto the brackets that hold it to the roll bar. When u try to fold it down they slip off and just kinds stick out into the can. Ill take some pics. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong. Its should fold up and store behind the rear seat right

There are supposed to be bolts through the holes to hold the bows to the roll bar. Watch the video %20feed&hl=en
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Post up a pic of your hardware, that'll help in the diagnosis...
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I'm with Neil F. on this one, sounds like the bolts are missing from the pivots, which is an easy fix if they are. If that is all that's wrong with the frame side of it, order up the Bestop replacement fabric and call it a day.
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Yep! It looks like you just need some bolts. This picture shows our "quick release knuckles" which use a little spring loaded bolt - it's cool, but not necessary. You just need some bolts there.

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[QUOTE=Geoff@Bestop;605254]Yep! It looks like you just need some bolts. This picture shows our "quick release knuckles" which use a little spring loaded bolt - it's cool, but not necessary. You just need some bolts there.
yea where the bows connect to the knuckles is the problem. The knuckles slide into the frame poles right. The kunckles are connected to the frame just fine but the poles just slide off of them. U can see in the picture where they fit together what should be holding them together
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A pin would be best - they need to move a little, but also to fit tightly.

Cain was yakking a few weeks ago about a pin he bought for 22 cents or so at the hardware store.

The official factory part is a "shoulder bolt" - the smooth shoulder part of the bolt allows the bows to rotate. Then the bolt part screws in and keeps it all tight.

If it was me, I'd probably just pull one of the knuckles out and take it into the hardware store with me, and head for those big grey bins of "Specialty connectors."

Your Jeep dealer may have them as well.

The quick release ones are 25 bucks, and replace the whole knuckle. Which is great if yours are worn out or busted up.
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Yea I can see a small hole where it looks like a pin would have held it together. Ill see about finding one to fit back in it. Maybe put a small screw through the bow into the knuckle. Thanks for the help. It was much appreciated

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