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Old 09-02-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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Soft top queston

Picked up my first Jeep (a TJ) earlier this summer. Took the top down and never looked back. Went to put it back up today.....windows shrank??? Major process to re-install windows,even after you-tube how-to vids! Did I miss something,or......
"it's a Jeep thing"?

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Old 09-02-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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Hook but don't completely latch the front latch hooks into the windshield frame first. Then install the rear soft top corners into the tub rail. Latching the front latches are one of the last things to do.

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Old 09-02-2013, 02:29 PM   #3
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Hook but don't completely latch the front latch hooks into the windshield frame first. Then install the rear soft top corners into the tub rail. Latching the front latches are one of the last things to do.
Thanks. Did that,still went very 'dry'. Could the fact that it was a new top have anything to do with it?
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #4
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I have a Bestop Trektop NX and Bestop Classic Trektop - trying to figure out which I should keep. I've had the NX on for about 2 months and not crazy about it. I have not put the Classic on yet. Who out there has tried both and what do you think? Also, does anyone know where I can get a video on how to install the Classic. Video for NX was on youtube and it helped a great deal. Regular instructions were useless.
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Same problem here! The side windows were a chore and a half and the back window was nearly impossible. Now enjoy a Softopper and can go from full coverage to topless & door surrounds off in about 10 minutes. Then all back on in about 15.

I find the stock rear window on the TJ to be ridiculous with 1970s tent zippers that suck. And the side windows to be needlessly undersized.

Not saying Softopper is the best for everyone but it meets me needs:
- fast on
- fast off
- top rolls nicely and lays behind the font seats
- windows roll nicely and lay behind front seats

And I never worry about going topless or getting caught in rain since it's such a breeze!

I timed myself once and with the door surrounds already in place got the top on and window in under 8 minutes hussling.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:38 PM   #6
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Let your windows sit outside in the warm weather for a few hours. If they are cold it makes them much more difficult to work with.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:22 PM   #7
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Let your windows sit outside in the warm weather for a few hours. If they are cold it makes them much more difficult to work with.
I know that's the battle cry but seriously, doesn't that limitation bug folks?!

If it's dark out still and 55 degrees and I want to put my windows in I want to do it without waiting for the sun.
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I know that's the battle cry but seriously, doesn't that limitation bug folks?!

If it's dark out still and 55 degrees and I want to put my windows in I want to do it without waiting for the sun.
I know it's a pain but it is what it is.... Either I learned how to circumvent the problem or dish out a pretty penny for a new aftermarket top. Either sun or like another poster said, don't button everything up til you have the windows zipped in. Another set of hands always helps to. Personally I'd rather have a little trouble getting it all back together nice and tight than to have it too lose and flapping in wind. Good luck.

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