Hey guys, seems like I'm having a bit of an issue with my soft top. I currently own a 2002 Wrangler and the other night I took the top off completely so I could have a nice drive to the keys. However, mother nature decided to surprise me while I was on the boat (said only a 20% chance of rain). Well to make a long story short, I decided to take out all my seats and carpets and give them a really good cleaning (i bought the car used so I decided it was time to do it anyways).
Now this is my problem... I can't seem to get the top back on. No matter how hard I push down and towards the windshield, the damn hatch won't clip on to the it. I have to be doing something wrong here, because there's no way it's this hard to put back the top.
Do you have a stock soft top? First do not connect your rear valance (the corner pieces) until after you have hooked to the header. Did you make sure that the top was latched in on the sides? There should be a pull loop on each side just behind the doors that the frame latches into. If neither of these work, I can post a link to a site that will give you step by step instructions. I just have to find it first. There should also be pretty detailed instructions in the owner's manual if you have it.
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Mine is 9 years old and so tight that its like a snare drum and I put the front clips on the header first then tuck the sails under, then the windows, after that I tuck under above the doors, and put the rear window in.
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Your problem is that you're trying to connect the front to the windshield after the rear is done. Latch the front of the top to the windshield first, then connect the rear of the soft top at the sides & corners.
You can leave the front latches unlatched to make installing the rear easier but at least have the top's latches inserted into the slots in the windshield frame. The top is too tight to allow its latches to be inserted into the slots after the rear is done.
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Hey guys I noticed one other thing... Is it possible for these thinks to shrink a bit? Because I did what you guys said, and the only problem I had was that I was only able to fold in one of the things on the door sides. It seemed as if it shrunk from width wise.
They definitely can shrink...temperature plays a big part (see the response above from wolfen). Try putting it out in the hot sun if you're where it's warm and then see if you can get the other "things" to fold in.
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