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Old 04-28-2013, 09:30 AM   #31
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If you've made it this far in the thread I'm not sure I have much to add other than to tell you that you're not crazy - this new "premium top" is a ball buster. I took delivery of my 2013 JK Unlimited Rubi (Dual Top) late last year and kept the hard top on until yesterday. The soft top was still in the boxes and I started the install late last night in 60 degree temperatures. All the pieces are mostly self explanatory and easy to install if you take your time and use common sense. No matter what I did I could not get the front latches even close to the windshield hooks. I'm 6'4" 240 and no wimp - this thing was not about to give. I watched every youtube video, read the factory manual, watched the worthless DVD on my Mac and eventually went to bed defeated with a migraine from the workout. Before I locked up the garage I left the top close to the hooks and the rear most panels tucked under the tub hoping it would stretch a bit overnight. Letting it sit in the sun for a day would definitely be a BIG help but I didn't have that luck - it's raining. This morning I went back out, put the front seats all the way up in their tracks and seat backs fully up and gave it hell. The passenger side was very close but not close enough. I tried the same thing on the drivers side and got it. I latched it all the way and went back to the passenger side and it latched as well. It had stretched just enough over night. I then went back and followed the proper steps in order (latches hooked but not fully latched) and got it mostly installed. The back windows won't zip all the way yet and the rear window won't fully clip under the tub or sit in the channel but I'm okay with that for now. More stretching and hopefully some sun will get me to the finish line.

All that to say... If you're reading this because you can't get your latches to reach the windshield hooks you're not alone - it's normal for this top when first installing it. Give it some stretching time and allow yourself a day for the install (to let the warm sun help you) and you'll get it.

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Old 05-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #32
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Newbie owner. Swamped out the hardtop with the softtop for the first time yesterday. No issues, got the latches to close. However, then put it in the sunrider position for the rest of the afternoon/evening. At about 9pm, leaving a buddy's place, we could not get the front latches to close. During the day it was high 70s, but by 9pm, it was down to low 60s.

Thank goodness I found this thread today. Got the latches to close using by moving my seat and backrest all the way up. Thanks!

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #33
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newbie owner as well. that video was awesome it made it so much easier to get the latches to close. i didnt know what those extra straps were for until now.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:40 PM   #34
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Smile Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I just want to say a huge thank you to Michwags19 for the hint on sliding the front seats all the way forward, then using your back to push against the seat while pushing the latch and surrounding area forward enough to catch. WOW!! What a lifesaver!

I'm a newbee...just bought my first ever Jeep Wrangler JK (4 door) today and by this evening I was ready to return it. I traded in a Toyota Camry Solara convertible that was oohhh so easy to open and close at a moment's notice because I have always loved the look of the classic Jeep - but tonight I was in tears, wishing I hadn't done so. That is...until I found this forum and this great piece of advice.

Dealers don't tell you any of the tricks of the trades for how to "easily" get the soft top off and back on...and the owner's manual and DVD make it look so effortless and simple. Thank goodness there is an e-space out here for us all to share our experiences! I feel much better now!
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:22 PM   #35
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Okay, glad I am not the only one getting the soft top to latch the first time!!

In addition to moving the front seats up as described in previous replies (even doing this I could not latch them), what makes it really easy is to have someone in the back seat (JKU) pull down on the bar just above their head (when seated). If you do this, you don't even have to adjust the front seats.

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Old 06-17-2014, 01:09 PM   #36
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Hope this works!

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If you have the latches all the way loose but clipped on the header latches(hooked but open latches) even before you put in the retainer clips in the rear of the jeep that will help

So hook the header in but don't clamp it
Hook the rear retainers In
Zip in windows
Latch the header latches

That will make it much easier for you


Bought a 2012 JKU, so it's had 2 seasons to stretch. Still nearly killed myself with my husbands help trying to latch. Sooooo frustrating! But it seems that if the back isn't screwed to the roll bar yet, it should be easy.

Thanks for the advice!

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Old 06-17-2014, 01:27 PM   #37
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Here is a video you may find helpful for a refresher
Awesome video.
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:24 PM   #38
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Bought a 2012 JKU, so it's had 2 seasons to stretch. Still nearly killed myself with my husbands help trying to latch. Sooooo frustrating! But it seems that if the back isn't screwed to the roll bar yet, it should be easy.

Thanks for the advice!

Just as a thought...since I did the same thing with our '12 JK when it came from the dealer "wrong".......you do understand about the sunrider latches as well right?
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:30 PM   #39
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I've got a brand new 2014 Jeep Unlimited Altitude edition and for the life of me can NOT get the soft top to latch. My husband set up this ratchet tied to the back bar and we are only able to get it to close this way. There has to be an easier way???
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I've got a brand new 2014 Jeep Unlimited Altitude edition and for the life of me can NOT get the soft top to latch. My husband set up this ratchet tied to the back bar and we are only able to get it to close this way. There has to be an easier way???
I am sure there is something that you folks are "missing" don't feel bad, Jeeps are a learning experience........can you take us step by step the order in which you close up your top? The order or steps are very critical to the ease of closing a Jeep especially a JKU with more fabric and area to work.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:31 PM   #41
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I've got a brand new 2014 Jeep Unlimited Altitude edition and for the life of me can NOT get the soft top to latch. My husband set up this ratchet tied to the back bar and we are only able to get it to close this way. There has to be an easier way???
Us to, it was a real pia, immediately above the rear seats I had my ten year old twins pull down On that bar.....works like a charm
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:43 PM   #42
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I've got a brand new 2014 Jeep Unlimited Altitude edition and for the life of me can NOT get the soft top to latch. My husband set up this ratchet tied to the back bar and we are only able to get it to close this way. There has to be an easier way???
Are you opening the latches all the way? When you do, they should extend enough to catch onto the hooks. There should be no reason to use a ratchet or pull down on any bars to get the top back into position. They can be a little tight, but not THAT tight.

Here's a pic of my latch opened up to illustrate what I mean. If you're opening the latch all the way and you still can hook it, there must be something else off. I know if you connect the rear sail panels before the front latches, that can make it more difficult. The front latches should get hooked (but not locked in) first and then tuck in everything else. The last step is to lock the front latches.




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Old 07-25-2014, 11:22 PM   #43
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Are you opening the latches all the way? When you do, they should extend enough to catch onto the hooks. There should be no reason to use a ratchet or pull down on any bars to get the top back into position. They can be a little tight, but not THAT tight. Here's a pic of my latch opened up to illustrate what I mean. If you're opening the latch all the way and you still can hook it, there must be something else off. I know if you connect the rear sail panels before the front latches, that can make it more difficult. The front latches should get hooked (but not locked in) first and then tuck in everything else. The last step is to lock the front latches.
I'm going to say when we did ours for the first time it was no where near that close...now we've had ours a short time and maybe I installed it incorrectly (sure hope not) but it is much easier to do now.....almost as close as the pic you took. It's going in for its first oil change and I'll have them make sure it's done right....least they can do for not providing any instructions to begin with......(not op here sorry, just had same issue)

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