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Old 06-10-2008, 09:25 AM   #1
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Finally switched tops

We pulled off the hard top and installed the soft one. It was a real bitch, I had my oldest do it for me, he has a best top for his and said it was cake compared to this one, however mine had to be fully assembled, nib.

It took him quite a while, a good two hours I think and some cussin. LOL!

Rained all day like a mother, had two small leaks by the doors but nothing major and I must consider that it needs a good warm day so we can perhaps restretch it around the side doors. Can't wait till it quits raining so I can pull it down. I must say it doesn't look bad at all and isn't near as noisey as I thought it would be.

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Old 06-10-2008, 11:30 AM   #2
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After the top gets locked, make sure you clip down the flaps above the door frame. I forgot to do that this past Sunday and some water seeped through.

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Old 06-11-2008, 09:48 PM   #3
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That's one of the major problems in installing soft tops...
LEAKS, one of my jeepmates also installed one and he really hates it when it rains...
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:53 PM   #4
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Tiny and I both have soft tops... No leaks. Never had em.
And before you say "it NEVER rains in SoCal".... I had a soft top in WV on my TJ and NEVER had a leak.
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:48 AM   #5
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I haven't mastered folding the sucker down. I am definately not thrilled with the messy look and since I prefer to drive with the rear seat folded up I am in a quandry on what to do with the mess of top in the back.

I also wonder if the kid actually installed the dang thing correctly, it does do fine up though. Might wander over to the dealer and have one of their mental midgets see if they can't give me a lesson. I was hoping it was kinda like a convertable, just undo a latch or two and whip the thing down, apparently I lack patience for dealing with the jeep top. Hopefully with alittle practice I won't get so frustrated with the whole ordeal.
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Old 06-14-2008, 03:42 AM   #6
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I have a softtop for my jeep as well and it looks like it would be a real pita to put on. However, my hardtop looks like it will be cake to take on and off. Ill find out tomarro, im taking the top and doors off for a few days.
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:58 AM   #7
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I have zero hassle putting the soft top on/up or down.....and it only gets rain water inside when I open the door and water drips in....

Now as far as storing my OTHER soft top goes, (yes, I have two), it's a BEAR to hang it from the ceiling brackets I constructed. (really needs two of us to do). So I haven't hung it yet....it just stands up against the side of the garage.....

As for a messy look to the top when down.......get used to it.....just make sure you put the velcro straps on both sides. The last thing you need is a parachute effect when on the highway.....



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Old 06-14-2008, 07:33 AM   #8
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Hard Top

Has any one had a proplem with long term storage of a hard top by hanging it from the celing with one of the aftermaket hangers like made by Lange. Will the top warp while hung by the three hooks?
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"aftermarket" even.......won't warp if it's hung level!

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Old 06-14-2008, 07:54 AM   #10
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Thank you!
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Old 06-15-2008, 01:11 PM   #11
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Okay so my top did not come with velcro straps. Grrrrrr, however it came with two elastic loops so when I want the back window open I don't have to competely remove it, just roll it up and snap it. So how do I fashion my own straps since I am sure it would be weeks to get a set? I could even use some small bungee cords I guess but what and wear am I gonna tie down to avoid the top from parachuting up?

I joked that I could get a couple pairs of handcuffs and just handcuff the top in place. Multipurpose gadgets, ya know JK
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Old 06-15-2008, 01:52 PM   #12
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I pitched the Velcro straps and use a set of nylon webbing with cam locks.

If you roll the window up, you're going to end up with a window you can't see out of in a year or so, from all the scratches. Then again, it's a Jeep thing.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:29 PM   #13
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I actually used two small nylon dog leashes, just looped the one end thru and snapped them on, figured out why I was having a tough time, kid had to finish installing the back to the bar, went like cake and no hassle. I went Topless all weekend. OMG, it was great. I never thought I'd hear myself saying butterfly hair clips and scrunchies are my friends! LOL!!

AND, I Went OFFROADING!!! Not in mine, my kid's TJ. We have a ton of trails at our soon to be permanent place, hubby made them two horse wide, so the kid could get through all the woods (and hills). They'll be widening them for me (not my butt, my jeep). We also got stuck in the mud, he doesn't have aggressive tires and no way could he punch through as mud was between two trees, really tight, used the six wheeler and winched him out, it was the thick mud, next to a creek area that tends to mud up good with this kind of rain. It was fun. I'll have to do the driving myself once asI think I still prefer atv's so far, like to go faster and slide the ass end around but we shall see. Next time I am driving! I am sure I won't be a true jeeper till I do. It was pretty freakin wild to be driving up all those dang hills and ravine type areas in it though.

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