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Old 08-11-2009, 05:55 PM   #1
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trouble with drip rail retainers

My 17 year old daughter just bought a 2002 Wrangler. I'm not sure how often the old owners took the soft top down, (maybe they are unaturally stiff, or maybe the top itself is stretched very tight) but the drip rail retainers were a BEAST to get undone. Her grandfather ended up practically prying them out with a crowbar. (luckily no damage to the vehicle) Then it took 2 grown men over 10 minutes to get them back into the slots when we put the top back up. (Everything else involved in taking the top up and down was easy. We did clean all of the zippers with WD40, so theyr'e working great)Any advice or tricks of the trade about dealing with the drip rail retainers over the doors (hard doors) would be appreciated, because there's no sense having a Wrangler if you can't go topless! Thanks.

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Mine are stiff, and my fingers are usually a bit sore when done, but nothing like you are describing. The top is much easier to deal with when it's warm as it expands and contracts a bit so, you might want to try parking out in the sun before trying it next time if you didn't try that last time.

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Old 08-11-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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My 17 year old daughter just bought a 2002 Wrangler. I'm not sure how often the old owners took the soft top down, (maybe they are unaturally stiff, or maybe the top itself is stretched very tight) but the drip rail retainers were a BEAST to get undone. Her grandfather ended up practically prying them out with a crowbar. (luckily no damage to the vehicle) Then it took 2 grown men over 10 minutes to get them back into the slots when we put the top back up. (Everything else involved in taking the top up and down was easy. We did clean all of the zippers with WD40, so theyr'e working great)Any advice or tricks of the trade about dealing with the drip rail retainers over the doors (hard doors) would be appreciated, because there's no sense having a Wrangler if you can't go topless! Thanks.
Are you talking about the ones above the doors? If so, yes, they stink. I found that if I unhook the header over the windshield first, it loosens the top up enough that you can pull them out. Might not work on yours, but, it worked on mine. I had a 97 with the factory oem top and frame work.
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