Hi all, I'm new here and just put a 2nd hand soft top on my '08 unlimited. I've read that the original windshield header piece that came with the '08 soft top was "crap" and that there is a better, replacement, header piece out there.
I haven't been through a rain storm yet w/the softop on, I'm "anxiously" awaiting that, but I did wet it when washing the Jeep the other day and got some leaks into the front area. I didn't blast it w/the hose, I just rained some water on the roof. I'm going to mess around with it and try to re-seat, etc., (but it's so dang hot and humid out right now in New England that I don't really want to be outside, ugh!).
Just wondering if you guys have replaced these parts and what would be best to use.
And, yes, the engineers should be drawn and quartered for their POOR design that allows water into the cab when you open the door while it's raining. I'm still looking for a fix for this.
Just bought a 2014 premium soft top 2 door and had my first leak today, my first full day with my top on. Also, just getting the top to snap in above the doors has proven to be nearly impossible the 2 times I've had to do it. If there's an easier way to do this someone please share. I've tried every way to contort myself and it seems like nothing really works right - I just get lucky after ridiculously long battles and the peg finds the hole.
As for the leak, it is coming from my passenger door upper left corner. When I close the door the gust of air seems to push the fabric out and the window panel loses the seal that is supposed to be created by the door.
My '12 JK ST DOESN'T LEAK...and top is opened and closed frequently......my factory ST on my '04 never leaked either, replaced with frameless NX and it doesn't leak either.....IMO a lot of the time it is "operator error"...however let me qualify that by saying if it was NEVER put on properly at dealer or factory it will be easier to keep repeationg same mistake that causes the leak.
Update: the window panels are no longer outsmarting me. Wife came out with fresh eyes and the windows are properly in place. I honestly can't imagine this thing leaking. Seems sealed very well now, knock on wood.
As for the top pegs going into the hole on the roll bar. Seriously, there has to be an easier way. Is this thing going to stretch that much over time?
I have a 2013 2 door soft top. Had it out this last sunday in the mountains when it began to rain. After 30 minutes the top seam above the rear window had begun to leak. The white backing on the inside was soaked!
I also noticed that all the seams with the white backing was soaked and had started to drip.
Those who say thats just the way it is are either to lazy to make it right or they have more money to throw away than I do.
If you buy a Mercedes convertable or a Jeep neither should leak if the top is in good condition.
I saw a college student here in tucson the other day that had a 4 door JK with a soft top.
The rear sails were not tucked under the rails and the windows not tucked in to the door rail. I asked her why she drove around like that, she said
" I wasnt sure how they went so I just left them unhooked."
Some people care about the things they buy, some dont. Its easier to say "its a jeep thing" than to correect the problem.
The dealer here has aked me to drop it off and if they can duplicate the leak they will replace the top - so it must not be a jeep thing.
2009 jku and no leaks on my soft top i even power washed my soft top yesterday and no leaks on the other hand my hardtop leaked the first day i got it but took it to the dealership and they found out whats the problem the hardtop wasnt sitting right on the rubbers. but so far so good
I have a 2012 with the hard top. I have found that it leaks only when I over tighten the bolt in the sound bar. I have noticed just finger tight and it doesn't leak. I at first thought they needed to be extremely tight. Well live and learn.