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Old 04-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Dum-dum - soft top won't close after first install

I just took off my hard top today (first time i my 2012 JKU) and I have installed the hard top. The windows are installed. I nice and tight but I can't get the front clamps to reach to hook. I am fairly strong and I have reefed on it pretty good. I think it may be the temperature (about 15 Celsius out) from what I have read. It maybe I missed something as the instructions provided by jeep are pretty awful - "just do the removal in reverse!"

Rain is coming so I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I don't have room I. The garage doesn't have room until I build my hardtop dolly tomorrow.

Thanks in advance. I am trying to search the forum but it isn't working well on my iPhone.

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Old 04-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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Make everything loose for the install then tighten it once everythings connected

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Old 04-14-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
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Make everything loose for the install then tighten it once everythings connected
Loose as in the windows and rear window? I peeled out the rear connection already but I will loosens it all. Thx for the advice.

I will let you know if that helped.
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Is ur softtop frameless?
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:54 PM   #5
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What temp is it up there? I did mine in 70 degree and it was a bitch. Got the top on shut it with out clamping it. Ran heat full blast for about 15 min.

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Also make sure the clamps are all the way extended. opened up all the way.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:58 PM   #6
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AHAHAHAHAH!!!! I didn't resize that these buggers extended further. That did it!!!
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Glad you found out the problem
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:09 PM   #8
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AHAHAHAHAH!!!! I didn't resize that these buggers extended further. That did it!!!
I was going to suggest this because that's EXACTLY what I did my first time. I'm glad you figured it out now it's easy peasy from here on out.
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I think it was a combo. One I realized the clamps extended I had things loosened and it closed nicely. I tightened it up a bit ten did it again and felt the stretch. Redid it all and it was way easier.

It got up to about 65F today but it isn't sunny so I wouldn't think the roof was warm at all.

Thanks a ton guys!!!
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Oh, I forgot to mention that there was rain on the roof as I closed it finally. Perfect timing!
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I was going to suggest this because that's EXACTLY what I did my first time. I'm glad you figured it out now it's easy peasy from here on out.
Dont feel bad. Took me about 45 minutes to figure that one out my first time too
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Dont feel bad. Took me about 45 minutes to figure that one out my first time too
It was really a big DOINK moment where you hope no one was watching you or ever finds out about it.
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Ok... so just FYI... the factory suggestion works great for putting it up....

First... latch the front clamps and the little clips over the door (if you are using the plastic braces)( dont forget to slide the plastic collars on the bar back to lock the bar from hinging).

Second... pull the rear bar down, unfold the rear pillar covers, and hook the pillar covers to the back of the jeep.

third... Attached side windows by velcroing the top rear corner and hook and zip the top part of the window. then take the stiff part near the door and hook it in the door jam. Take the bottom plastic part and hook it in the lip of the side of the jeep. Then zip the rest of the window and velcro the rest.

Fourth... Install plastic clips on rear of jeep for the rear window. Then slide rear window through tailgate support brace. Zip window in place. Then snap support brace into plastic brackets. Close door and sit at awe how you just finished.
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oh and you arent supposed to attach the soft top til it reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
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^ I put mine on at about 40.
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^ I put mine on at about 40.
Nice. I took the hardtop off to remove the soft top at -20 but that isn't the same - though it made for a fun ride I the snow and ice!
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oh and you arent supposed to attach the soft top til it reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yeah - apparently - but where do they tell you (me really) that?
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^ I put mine on at about 40.
Same here, must be a Midwest thing. I take the top all the way down when it's 50 degrees or above, have even had down a few low and mid 40 degree days with a sweatshirt on.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:26 PM   #19
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I got a lil piece of paper that came in the box with the factory soft top.

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