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Old 09-02-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Cool Help....soft top question...

While I was in Florida I noticed a jeep 4-door just like mine and they had only the front part of the soft top folded back?? The top looked like a factory top....is this ok? They unhooked the top above the front and back doors and left all of the back (removeable) windows in. It still stays latched in the middle. Anyone else do this??

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Old 09-02-2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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I think what you're describing is called the "sun-rider" position for the top. It lets the front and rear passengers feel like the top is down without having to take it all the way down...I do this from time to time, but I never leave the windows in. The trick is to make sure the top is folded correctly, otherwise it sags into the heads of the rear passengers...

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Old 09-02-2009, 01:12 PM   #3
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I think what you're describing is called the "sun-rider" position for the top. It lets the front and rear passengers feel like the top is down without having to take it all the way down...I do this from time to time, but I never leave the windows in. The trick is to make sure the top is folded correctly, otherwise it sags into the heads of the rear passengers...

Ok, but this "sun-rider" position is ok with the factory top? I always thought this was only for a sun-rider aftermarket top. THANKS!
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:27 PM   #4
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Mine's a Factory Top, and it has the SunRider. Check out this video, and see if you have the same parts up front. If it's an '07-'09, it should.

JEEP SUNRIDER VIDEO (Link)

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Old 09-02-2009, 01:36 PM   #5
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What BB said. And also note the recommended limitation on speed with the rear window installed - I seem to recall 50 MPH or slower.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:51 PM   #6
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The key to the sun rider position is forming the W.
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I am super stoked....feel like a dumb A$$ but had no idea it did this!! BTW awesome link Blackbeard!!!!!
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:57 PM   #8
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If you are going to cruise in the "Sunrider" position, I would definitely take the back window out or at least unzip it and let it lay down. My salesperson said they will blow out and mess the frame up.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:22 PM   #9
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Here is an awesome video that is pretty step by step.

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:13 PM   #10
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If you are going to cruise in the "Sunrider" position, I would definitely take the back window out or at least unzip it and let it lay down. My salesperson said they will blow out and mess the frame up.

Really?? This takes the fun out of it....are you sure? You must have to go pretty fast?? Any clues?
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As someone mentioned earlier, 50mph.
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Really?? This takes the fun out of it....are you sure? You must have to go pretty fast?? Any clues?
The issue is that the back of your jeep will fill with air, and it's got to go somewhere. In mid 2009, they made the vent on the tailgate bigger, but not sure if even that's enough - you just need to unzp enough to let all that scooped in air escape.

(you get the same effect in a station wagon or SUV when you open the front two windows -- it gets that big "boom" sound in your ears. If you crack a back window even a bit, it goes away).
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The issue is that the back of your jeep will fill with air, and it's got to go somewhere. In mid 2009, they made the vent on the tailgate bigger, but not sure if even that's enough - you just need to unzp enough to let all that scooped in air escape.

(you get the same effect in a station wagon or SUV when you open the front two windows -- it gets that big "boom" sound in your ears. If you crack a back window even a bit, it goes away).
Also known as wind buffeting.
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Be VERY CAREFUL PULLINNG INTO GARAGE!! Her jeep is lifted and she broke her top.....
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:14 PM   #15
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Be VERY CAREFUL PULLINNG INTO GARAGE!! Her jeep is lifted and she broke her top.....

I guess you don't have to worry aboout how to open your sunrider at least.
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I guess you don't have to worry aboout how to open your sunrider at least.
No not me my friend's jeep.......it isn't funny either. Mine's fine, and I love it.

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