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Old 06-01-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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help, new jeep owner, what are these for???

excited, but ignorant owner of a new 2K9 2DR RUBICON has two dumb questions:

QUESTION ONE - Found these wrapped up in a clear wrapper in the glove box:

1) elasticized bands, each with a snap on one end (female snap)
2) straps with velcro on opposite ends & sides

here's a picture of them:


any idea what they are for?

QUESTION TWO - how do you secure the back seat in the folded, upright position? It folds over, and pivots forward and up. How do I keep it in that upright postion so I can put some cargo behind it w/out removing the whole seat?

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer, wisdom you might share. BR, Tom

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excited, but ignorant owner of a new 2K9 2DR RUBICON has two dumb questions:

QUESTION ONE - Found these wrapped up in a clear wrapper in the glove box:

1) elasticized bands, each with a snap on one end (female snap)
2) straps with velcro on opposite ends & sides

here's a picture of them:


any idea what they are for?

QUESTION TWO - how do you secure the back seat in the folded, upright position? It folds over, and pivots forward and up. How do I keep it in that upright postion so I can put some cargo behind it w/out removing the whole seat?

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer, wisdom you might share. BR, Tom
I can answer your q about the straps:

The one without the snap is to secure the soft top in either sunrider of full down mode. There is a great Jeep video showing you how to put down the top if you need it.

The ones with the snaps are to use on the rear window if you choose to roll it up inside the Jeep and not removing it. There will be snaps on either side of the inside part of the rear of top that snap them together.

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Thanks Redsfan.

Where would that video be? A particular website? I've been putting the top down, in fact, it hasn't been up in a few weeks. I cleaned out the garage just so I could keep her top down & ready to go. Obviously, the Jeep is a 3rd vehicle and not my daily commuter.
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You should also have received a DVD in the same packet as your owners manual that shows a step by step video of how to lower and raise the top.
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Thanks Redsfan.

Where would that video be? A particular website? I've been putting the top down, in fact, it hasn't been up in a few weeks. I cleaned out the garage just so I could keep her top down & ready to go. Obviously, the Jeep is a 3rd vehicle and not my daily commuter.
I don't have a direct link for it, but if you search the Jeep website, you should find it quite easily there. Also you can do a youtube search for something like "Jeep Soft Top Installation".. My Jeep is my daily driver for work/family and the weather has been so schitty I have only had it down for 2 days
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You should also have received a DVD in the same packet as your owners manual that shows a step by step video of how to lower and raise the top.
I"ve watched the video and apparently although I have the straps, I don't have the slidy thingie (I know, not technical) mine doesnt support the 'sunroof' fun of putting top only half way back.
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I"ve watched the video and apparently although I have the straps, I don't have the slidy thingie (I know, not technical) mine doesnt support the 'sunroof' fun of putting top only half way back.

The straps are still used for securing the support arms together once the whole top is lowered.
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excited, but ignorant owner of a new 2K9 2DR RUBICON has two dumb questions:

QUESTION TWO - how do you secure the back seat in the folded, upright position? It folds over, and pivots forward and up. How do I keep it in that upright postion so I can put some cargo behind it w/out removing the whole seat?

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer, wisdom you might share. BR, Tom
I'm not sure what you mean here. Do you want to fold the back of the seat down but leave the bottom in place? I don't think that is an option.

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The rear seat has a release which lets your raise it upward & forward, against the back of the driver's & passenger's seat backs. However, it does not stay upright in this position, but will fall back down. Is there a way to lock it in this upright position other than some how tying it to the front seats? I don't want to remove the rear seat, just lift it forward so I can have some storage room in a pinch, say coming back from the hardware store and have a few items I don't want to put in the front floorboard.
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The rear seat has a release which lets your raise it upward & forward, against the back of the driver's & passenger's seat backs. However, it does not stay upright in this position, but will fall back down. Is there a way to lock it in this upright position other than some how tying it to the front seats? I don't want to remove the rear seat, just lift it forward so I can have some storage room in a pinch, say coming back from the hardware store and have a few items I don't want to put in the front floorboard.
Wow, mine is just the opposite, that is, it will stay in that position unless I return it downward with enough force to lock it in place. I can bring it all the way down and not lock it in, and when I let go it returns to it's up and fwd position. I'd go back to dealer (you did say new jeep?) and check it out with another jeep. Sounds like something is wrong.

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Wow, mine is just the opposite, that is, it will stay in that position unless I return it downward with enough force to lock it in place. I can bring it all the way down and not lock it in, and when I let go it returns to it's up and fwd position. I'd go back to dealer (you did say new jeep?) and check it out with another jeep. Sounds like something is wrong.

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Yeah, mine folds down, flips up, and stays in place. It takes a pretty good tug to bring it back down. Maybe you're not flipping the bottom up all the way.
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I even moved the front seats forward to be sure there is room for it to completely pivot forward in case it hadn't been doing so previously. The results were the same, it stays forward, but will fall back down to the floor while you drive. Its obvioulsy not catching or latching in the upright position. There is no obvious detent or locking position. I'll head back to the dealer and see if they can clue me in. Meanwhile, some bungee cords are sufficient to keep it from folding back down when I need some cargo space, but that's a bandaid solution.
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Curious about how the dealer treats this. I am guessing the little coiled springs on the metal rod are missing or broke, I hope they don't give you a run-around.

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The rear seat not staying in position is not really an issue so I don't think the dealer will do much for you. This is more of something Chrysler forgot to design well.

Since a lot of owner's have complained, aftermarket manufacturers have address this issue. The one that comes to mind is the seat retainer by die tech offroad. Here is the link. Hope that helps you out!

www .dietechoffroad.com/products/jkseatretainer.htm
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thanks man, that's exactly what I need. The bungee cords looked like %$#@!
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yea there are springs that keep the seat up and it does take a bit of force to pull the seat back down so if yours is falling then it is for sure broken. take it back to the dealership and show them on another 2 door that the seat stays up with a spring and yours just falls back down.

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