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Old 05-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #31
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I do this:
-start zipper a few inches
-bottom retainer
-door retainer part
-rest of zipper
-Velcro
I've never had it flap on me and I'm going on 5 years
Exactly..
the only thing you may need to do for the first couple times is start the leading edge retainer before the bottom retainer until the material breaks in..
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Cool, thanks. Will give it a try tomorrow.

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I put mine soft top on yesterday and noticed right away that something was wrong with the rear windows. Good thing for this site. I pulled mine off today and reset them. The top isn't quite as snug as the bottom, but they are much better now.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #34
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Have you read this thread and are sure you've installed them correctly?

It's very common for folks to think the doors themselves hold the windows in place. This is an incorrect assumption and will lead to the windows coming loose as you drive.

You need to ensure you have "rolled" the window edge completely into its channel.

Please post some pics and well get it sorted out. You should not need to add anything to a factory soft top to prevent flapping.
Thank you mgola27! I finally got it after your reply. Went and reinstalled the windows (correctly this time). Flap is gone! Windows are nice and tight. I appreciate the help!
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:39 PM   #35
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Did this today. Incredibly tough to get them to fit, but now they're in they're extremely tight. I assume that they'll stretch a little over the next couple of days.
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I posted these pics a while back. Should solve the problems!

Hopefully the link will work!

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/sof...ml#post2414343
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Thank you mgola27! I finally got it after your reply. Went and reinstalled the windows (correctly this time). Flap is gone! Windows are nice and tight. I appreciate the help!
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Thanks for the help. New to the forum and new to the Wrangler soft top. Been driving around looking like the flying nun for two weeks.

All good now.
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Thanks for the help. New to the forum and new to the Wrangler soft top. Been driving around looking like the flying nun for two weeks.

All good now.
LOL! Glad you got it straightened out.

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Old 06-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #40
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Mine is sahara2dr 2013 with premium softtop but the side window flapping crazy on highway speed
I put hardtop back yesterday, but the soft top is my love, it goes topless faster , soft top will be perfect to me if it does not flap...
Anybody fixed the flapping problem? Maybe use a tape to paste the side window?
i have the EXACT SAME SET-UP AS YOU right down to the silver bumpers (Sahara) i put my Premium top on last weekend and have had NO flapping.. i regularly get up to 70 mph..
CHeck your install...something isn't right.
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Great info guys. I also incorrectly assumed the doors held the windows in place. I didn't realize the windows tucked into the channels. That is why I love this site.
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This is great. Drove me nuts for a year.

Pretty Embarassed I couldn't figure this out.

Now it is solved!
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The dealer didn't install my soft windows right either. I knew something had to be wrong because there's no way engineers would design them the way they were installed. After reading some of these posts, I had an "aha" moment and lo and behold, I figured it out. All I had to do was wrap the L-shaped leading edge of the window into the slot in the plastic soft top door frame. Instantly fixed.
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I realised the other day that I have made this error, but I haven't yet got round to fixing it. What is the correct order in which to install the leading edge, bottom edge and zipper/velcro?
My sequence is:
1 - Start the zipper a couple of inches
2 - Door channel
3 - Bottom Channel
4 - Zipper
5 - Top velcro
6 - Back velcro
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Is there anything wrong with having the sunrider portion back while all the windows are installed? I want to try it but I'm worried I'll hurt the soft top somehow while going down the highway.
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Is there anything wrong with having the sunrider portion back while all the windows are installed? I want to try it but I'm worried I'll hurt the soft top somehow while going down the highway.
At low speeds < 40 mph you are fine. Above that the manual says remove rear window. I just unzip it and let it drop in the back with the tailgate bar still attached... Like this


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I can't believe that I couldn't figure this out without the help of this awesome forum, and you fellow jeepers I feel like an idiot telling my wife the soft top is beautiful but just one design flaw these Damn L shaped plastics that flap pen all the time, week I guess the design flaw was really me after all, that's why I support things I believe in, keep the info coming I'm reading!!
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:32 AM   #48
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At low speeds < 40 mph you are fine. Above that the manual says remove rear window. I just unzip it and let it drop in the back with the tailgate bar still attached... Like this


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I prefer to unzip the two side zippers of the rear window bottom to top, then roll the back window up and there are straps at the top of the soft top to secure the window when it's rolled up.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:43 AM   #49
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I prefer to unzip the two side zippers of the rear window bottom to top, then roll the back window up and there are straps at the top of the soft top to secure the window when it's rolled up.
I did that with my old one but it scratched the crap out of my window where the straps were. Flopping it in the back works great for me now and the window still looks new.
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Another way is to simply zip up both sides of the rear window part way while leaving the retaining bar in place. This will allow the air to escape.
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I did that with my old one but it scratched the crap out of my window where the straps were. Flopping it in the back works great for me now and the window still looks new.
Yes it does scratch it up, but mine is rolled up most of the time, it's only rolled down if it's really raining hard.

I rarely lock my Jeep, I have learned over the decades never keep anything worth stealing in the Jeep, currently the only thing someone can snatch is the phone charger.

But as Berk said rolling it up does come at a cost, I am will to take that hit.
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I did that with my old one but it scratched the crap out of my window where the straps were. Flopping it in the back works great for me now and the window still looks new.
This is what I do also if I'm not taking the top totally down. Works great.
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My sequence is:
1 - Start the zipper a couple of inches
2 - Door channel
3 - Bottom Channel
4 - Zipper
5 - Top velcro
6 - Back velcro
Yup, exactly how I do it.
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CHeck out my post

Side window install?
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I prefer to unzip the two side zippers of the rear window bottom to top, then roll the back window up and there are straps at the top of the soft top to secure the window when it's rolled up.
I saw that method this morning on the way to work. The girl had removed the side windows and tied the back one up safari style. Looked good. It's going to look even better with my half door uppers removed. 😝
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Thank you all for this post - i finally got around to installing my premium soft top on my 2016 JK this past weekend (after spending the previous weekend building the hoist to get the hard top off), and while it was great the first day, as soon as I hit the highway last night, the driver's window started flapping...annoying as all get out! I was thinking of using strips of velcro to hold it down, but I am going to follow the various instructions here first. I'll let you know how it goes.
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After years of owning soft tops (YJ and TJ) I have developed a pattern that works for me and is a little different than the published sequence.

Once you have the top up but nothing in the back connected, hook the front to the slots (footman loops on the JK) but DO NOT LATCH. Then to the back and clip the sail panels in the corner slots. Then zip the rear window in. Without the pressure on the top from being latched, you can adjust the position of the sail panes in the corner slots to relieve excessive force on the window zipper. (Cause of a lot of damage when trying to zip and the corners are too far out).

Then do the side windows. Start the top zipper and zip about halfway back. One trick to starting the zipper is to use the Velcro to temporarily hold the window in approximate place. You don't need to attache more than about an inch or so of the Velcro, just enough to hold the back upper part of the window so you can use both hands to start the zipper. Then when the zipper is about halfway back, insert the front seal strip into the slot, then zip the window all the way. Then insert the bottom seal strip in the bottom slot. After all the window are in, then latch the front.

I have found that running the A/C on recirc will pull the side windows in and the top after being on for years may tent to flap a bit. Third party thin tops will sound like Ringo Starr is in the back seat. However, running the A/C with outside air will pressurize the top and the side windows will puff out a bit and the top will be quiet. (Except for the think third party tops).
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It worked!

I finally figured it out - might've helped if I read the very minimal instructions that came with my Jeep! Because there were no instructions to install the soft top, I never bothered looking in my documentation. OOPS. The issue was that the front edge of the windows was not fully attached, in that I hadn't slid them into the channel (in retrospect, seems kinda self-evident that that's what you would need to do) - once they were in there, there's no way they're coming out. I took it for a ride, and there was NO wind noise, no flapping, no nothing! It's great - whatever they did to make this new soft top, it was the right thing. Of course, there's way more road noise, but at least there's no soft top noise.
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Thank you all for this post - i finally got around to installing my premium soft top on my 2016 JK this past weekend (after spending the previous weekend building the hoist to get the hard top off), and while it was great the first day, as soon as I hit the highway last night, the driver's window started flapping...annoying as all get out! I was thinking of using strips of velcro to hold it down, but I am going to follow the various instructions here first. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Thanks all for the L channel info.

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