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Old 09-23-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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Soft top question: upper strap?

Guys, can anyone tell me what purpose this strap folds on the TJ Soft-tops? Its the strap that runs from the back upper rail to the middle one on each side. Mine connected with what looked like two non-removable inserts and a screw.

My right side one came loose and I couldn't get the inserts out to replace them with a bigger head to cover the worn holes in it.

Made me wonder what its there for and if I can just cut it off?

Any tips on easily re-connecting it since the cloth has torn around the holes?
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:19 AM   #3
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If i remember right it helps to pull the rear bars up as you push the upper bars forward towards the front of the top. Mine ripped off my old jeep and I never had any issues after I took it off.
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It keep tension on the bows. You can't cut it off. I drilled into the bow through the fabric and resecured with a small screw and washer.
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It keep tension on the bows. You can't cut it off. I drilled into the bow through the fabric and resecured with a small screw and washer.
Glad someone knew better than I did!
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You can also use a pop rivet with a washer over the rivet.
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You can also use a pop rivet with a washer over the rivet.
Yeah I think that's what is currently holding them in there (didn't know the name, but it sounds right). I can't get the suckers out. Looks like a couple new holes might need to go in there then.

Thanks for the advice. Makes sense to keep tension on the bars. Wish they had designed it a little better though. A large washer would have gone a long way...
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The rivets can be easily drilled out.

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