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Old 07-27-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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Assembling a factory JK Sunride Soft Top?

I just purchased a soft top for my 2010 2dr Wrangler, and can't decide if I want to assemble it myself, or pay someone $100-250 to do it for me.

I'm extremely familiar with the operation of the soft top, but assembling it (attaching the cover to the bars, etc etc, bolting the top into the roll bar, blah blah) could be annoying.

Has anyone ever done this, could you advise on whether or not it's easy?


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Old 07-27-2010, 06:47 PM   #2
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Wow, it comes in pieces when you order it separate? I had mine pre-installed under the hard top, that's why I'm asking.

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Old 07-27-2010, 06:54 PM   #3
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Yes, when it comes dual-top from factory it's already completely assembled and attached to the frame. Otherwise, it needs to be installed. Normally if you purchase it from a dealer you pay for installation, but I work for the dealer and don't want to pay :-P
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:01 PM   #4
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I see. well, I would pay. Just to make sure everithing is fitted and bolted and attached properly. So will minimise the water leaks, you know?
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Where did you buy the Soft Top from? Dealer? Private Owner?

If it's from the Dealer, then I'd have them Install it for you. Your Warranty will cover any Soft Top problems you have from here on out.

I recommend this because:

My '09 JK 2-Dr came with a Hard Top. I wanted the Dealer to swap it for a Soft Top. They did! A month later, I had an issue with stains on the Top, that originated at my Selling Dealer (40 miles away...), when it was sitting under a tree on the other Jeep that the Top was removed from, when it was on display. My Local Dealer (3 miles away...) checked my VIN, and noted that I had purchased a Hard Top, not a Soft Top. So, they weren't willing to touch it, until the Selling Dealer added the Soft Top info into their Jeep's Computer Data Base, letting the Jeep Dealer Realm, know that I had a legit Soft Top installed. My Selling Dealer cleaned the Top, and entered all applicable data in their Data Base, to indicate I now have a Soft Top that was Installed by a Jeep Dealer, and not an Aftermarket/Private-Owner-Sale Top that I had installed myself.

For example, you'll get on the TSB/Recall List, for any Soft Top Issues that warrant a TSB or Recall. You'll receive a notice to have the Repairs/Replacements done for FREE under your Warranty. I received the New & Improved Metal Header for my Soft Top, when I had Wind-Noise Issues last year with the OEM Plastic Header. Didn't cost me a penny!

Sounds like BS, but it's the real deal! If you run into Window Issues, Zipper Issues, Header Issues, etc... later on, you'll be covered by your Warranty! Spend a few $$$ now to have it done right, and save yourself some major $$$ in the future having it Repaired/Replaced out-of-pocket!

Just my $.02!

Best of Luck!

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Old 07-27-2010, 07:51 PM   #6
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$250? I'm sure you can get a fellow Jeeper to help you for a couple of beers.
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Did you pay for them to switch from the hard to soft top? Just curious if they agreed to switch tops for free!?
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:26 AM   #8
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The dealership that I bought my jeep from wanted $200 to do the sot top install. I decided I would do it myself when it finally comes in.
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Im kinda in the same situation,,, I busted out my instructions,, kinda crappy. Then seen you have to drill the header section several times..............not cool.

So I called the dealer and I think they said about $200 to have installed. This is a closer one to my house, not where I got the Jeep. So I might be able to work a better price from the delaer I got the Jeep at? Havnt tried yet.

But having them install it, then if it were to leak or anything thing else come up,, they can work to fixx and repair it.

This was with me taking off the hard top.....

But then I have to store the hard top,,, and then if and when I would put the hard top back on, I lose alotta access space with the soft top folded down in the back.

So..............Im in Limbo right now.

And thats why I have my new OEM sunrider with tintied windows up for sale.
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Didn't sell them yet? I thought you said there was no reserve on your auction.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:49 AM   #11
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Well I just wanted you too look at it... Fail.

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If it will be covered by warranty if they install it, pay them.

if not DIY
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Did you pay for them to switch from the hard to soft top? Just curious if they agreed to switch tops for free!?
Yes, they did the switch for both tops for free!

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Old 07-28-2010, 06:59 PM   #14
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Like I said, I work for the dealership I bought it from. Warranties are not an issue, if I want it covered, it will be.

The service advisors of course want me to pay if I'm going to make a tech do the install, but the tech's are willing to do it on the side if I just toss them some cash. $250 to get it done legit, $100 under the table to a tech to do it on the side.

But is it even worth $100 to get it done, when I can do it myself?
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Do it yourself.
Might as well learn how.
Hardest part is zipping up the rear window and you'll need to know how. You'll do it every time you put the top down.

You've got access to the exploded drawings and everyhting.

Unzipping the covers on the lower portion of the roll bars and bolting two torx screw in is easy.

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