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Old 05-29-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Hard to secure freedom top with spiderwebshade installed?

Hi everyone,
I had a spiderwebshade on my TJ and loved it. I especially liked that I could just flip the soft top up over the shade. I made the switch to a JKU and my question is for those of you running the shade with a 4-door hard top:
Is it difficult to secure the freedom top panels when the shade is installed? I am particularly interested in what those of you with the full length 4-door shade have to say as that is what I am looking to get for my jeep.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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I only move the 2 side levers into lock. The front, center one always remains unlocked. Very easy

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Old 05-29-2013, 01:17 PM   #3
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Not a lot of help now, but I just order the full length spiderwebshade to go on my JKUR. Once everything arrives and I install it, I'll let you know.
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I only move the 2 side levers into lock. The front, center one always remains unlocked. Very easy
What about the screw in ones... do you leave those out?
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:22 PM   #5
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What about the screw in ones... do you leave those out?
I put those in, sorry. Now THOSE are a PITA since the shade sometimes moves due to the rubber stops on the rear hard top, making it so the grommets in the SWS don't line up. I REALLY wish they would have made the grommets a lot larger. I was debating on leaving them out, but with having the shade there, I doubt alignment would be well enough to keep leaks out.

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Old 05-29-2013, 01:28 PM   #6
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4 door spider shade is no problem with the hard top, as long as you leave the screws out. The grommets are way too small and make it too hard to line up. It's completely secure with all the other latches. Many people run without the screws.

It's a PITA to put on the first time, but I can put it on in about 5 minutes now. So, I prefer to leave it off until I need it. It really reduces the head room with the top on.
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I undo the front 3 spiderballs and the ones on the side of of the driver/passenger rollbar while leaving the front corners strapped in. That gives it enough slack to latch everything. When I pull the freedom panels off, a quick stretch makes hooking the balls back up pretty easy. Wish they were hooks that went into the footman loops but it's pretty easy. Doesn't flop around with those 5 unhooked.
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Thanks for the info guys. I might have to look into installing larger grommets to help ease the pain of the rear screws.
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This worked for me.

1. Remove 3 front spider balls.
2. With the slack created latch center latch on freedom panels.
3. Using a flat head screw driver line up grommet through the metal hole.
4. Press up hard on the spider shade against the freedom panel near the grommet once grommet is lined up.
5. Remove flat head screw (pressing up hard keeps it lined up).
6. Insert the black screw cap through the grommet.

Repeat 3-6 on other side. Once I figured out this method life was easy.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:32 PM   #10
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I find there is enough slack to get everything latched as long as the three front balls are undone. The swivel latches are pretty easy to open and close through the shade. The grommets usually don't line up, but I just grab the top and pull it over. Then I push the bolt through. Also, after the tops are back on I slide the middle front ball over the middle latch. It holds it perfectly and tightens the shade back up a bit. The left and right front balls just get looped over themselves until the top comes off again.

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