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Old 05-08-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
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Question Soft top HELP

Hi I just got a 1990 YJ wiith a hard top on, and came with a soft top....I am not sure how to put it on, or if it has all that is needed...can anyone help
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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you should have rails that came with it also...on the top of your windshield one should screw where you removed screws from hardtop..its a channel that runs the length of the'll notice on the fabric of the soft top mat that there is a plastic strip sewn into it...that strip goes into the channel..
should be 2 rails that bolt into the body of the jeep above the rear tires.
should be 2 corner rails that attach to the rear corners just behind the ones i just mentioned...the "bows" that hold the canvas,have plastic sliders..i think thats what was in your pic..the round part slides in those rails you just bolted to the flip up your visers and unbolt the driver and passenger side roll bars the attach to the will need a torx bit...think it was a 45 size
those funny looking metal brackets with 2 large holes goes there....the small "L" shape piece is outward towards the door and points to the back of the jeep...
ok after you have the all that attached and screwed back,and the top all 3 windows on but only run the zippers about 2 will make it to tight if you zip them all the way...goto the rear quartersof the jeep you should see 2 flaps with plastic strips like the windshield,attach both sides,when you get the windows zipped
stand on your step sides and pull the top towards the windshield..
stretch the plastic over and push into the channel.
now go ahead and zip the windows all the way..
on the bottom of the side windows are the plastic strips..insert both into thier channels..goto the rear of the jeep,on the top of the quarter rounds that you attached earlier should be square channels...on the back window you'll notice there is some weather stripping on a metal strip that strip slides into that square channel..
ok now there should be 2 metal bars hanging on each side of the has a tapered end...that tapered end goes into the hole just above on the body..the rail you installed earlier...attach both driver and pass sides...the other bar should have a screw and nut on the end...if not find 2 screws/bolts and fitting nuts....pull that bar so the holes line up with the wholes in the roll bar piece,screw them in and make sure its snug...
get in the back of the jeep
you should see the bows one in front and one in the rear..first the front..pull the bow so its over the roll bar..should be almost perpindicular to the roll bar.
push the rear bars almost to the end of the body rails...look above both side windows...
should have on each side,2 small bars connected by an elbow..hold by the solid part of the bar and push up...DON'T PUSH ON THE ELBOW IT WILL BITE YOU...I have done this lol hurts like hell...
Enjoy your soft top.....after you pull down and up a few times youll get it down to being able to do it in under ten minutes, hope this helps

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:48 AM   #3
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bruceandjo 95yj,
Thanks for your thorough directions, much appreciated. I am missing the rails for above the wheels and the corner ones. I have the one for top of windshield and now I know where the L shaped ones go! I'm going to call the guy we bought it from and see if he has the hardware and see if we can make it work... of course there's always this option:
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:05 AM   #4
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:45 AM   #5
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lol you may also try craigslist and ebay...sometimes you can find peeps on that just sell the hardware...
o and btw...we call that the "redneck topper" lol
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