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Old 07-09-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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Inflating soft top

I looked around for a bit but didn't find too much on this. I just put on my new soft top for the first time. Its been great. The only concerning thing is how much it balloons up on the highway. Is this normal? Do I need to tighten up something? I have a friend with a TJ and he said his does it too, I'm just not sure how much is should do it.

I put up a short video of it so people could see how much I'm talking.


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Old 07-09-2014, 09:20 PM   #2
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That's not normal. Doesn't appear to be attached to the cross supports of the top. My top is folded right now but I'll try to show in a pic what I mean.

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I looked around for a bit but didn't find too much on this. I just put on my new soft top for the first time. Its been great. The only concerning thing is how much it balloons up on the highway. Is this normal? Do I need to tighten up something? I have a friend with a TJ and he said his does it too, I'm just not sure how much is should do it.

I put up a short video of it so people could see how much I'm talking.

What brand of soft top is it?
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:25 PM   #4
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Ok here is the bad picture. Looks like a bestop like mine. Please post better picture of your whole top inside

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Old 07-09-2014, 09:27 PM   #5
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There should be velcro across the whole top to attach it to the center bow which would stop that from happening. At least the factory OEM and aftermarket bestops have that. Not sire about the NX.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:07 PM   #6
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The top is the QuadraTop. It's Quadratec's top with all the Bestop hardware. I really like the quality of it, but the instructions were about worthless. The softtop material comes completely separate and you have to attach it all. I'm not sure if I got something wrong. Im attaching a bunch more pictures. The top does connect in the center, but it seems like its not tight enough or something.
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Also the bar you see in the video is an extra bar that is included. It says its supposed to keep water from pooling on the top. It is actually right in the middle of the front over the driver and passenger.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:26 PM   #8
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The pics help. My older top ('98 TJ) used to inflate quite a bit and I could easily get my hand between the fabric and the header channel while driving, it was just the way the top was.

The newer tops have been getting more taught so the inflation isn't an issue with newer OEM and aftermarket besttop (they supply the OEM).

That extra bar will also help eliminate/limit flapping on the highway when you have the windows down.

I'm assuming the top only inflates at highway speeds with the windows up?

You could try putting your air on recirc rather than fresh; that should stop the inflating but will make it a bit stuffy inside and you may have window fogging issues.

Personally I wouldn't worry about it.
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Go to you tube and watch a video for better installation info. See if you did something different. I think you didn't attach the top to the bar in the second pic. There are tabs of fabric you screw into the thin bar.

Those extra bars are not needed. I broke my clip and never put them in. They ruin the open feeling anyways.

I'll take a better pic tomorrow of my inside top.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:56 PM   #10
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Yes, in only inflates this much on the highway with the windows up. I didn't even thing about switching over to recirculating, I'll definitely try that tomorrow.

I looked for videos but wasn't finding any. I found plenty of how to install the top once the fabric is attached, but none about actually attaching the fabric to the frame. I'll take another look though.

I agree about the extra bar, its pretty annoying. I have been pulling it off every time I open the top. I might just leave it though.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:35 AM   #11
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Are you located in Lancaster/Palmdale Ca? Saw a jeep of your color going down J I think all ballooned out. I
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I looked for videos but wasn't finding any. I found plenty of how to install the top once the fabric is attached, but none about actually attaching the fabric to the frame. I'll take another look though.

I agree about the extra bar, its pretty annoying. I have been pulling it off every time I open the top. I might just leave it though.
Try this . It is a TJ but is very similar. I too pull the extra bar off when open but I replace it when closed. It does hold tighter against the top therefore reducing any movement.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:04 PM   #13
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Did you get it figured out? Here are better pics

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Old 07-14-2014, 01:43 PM   #14
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Are you located in Lancaster/Palmdale Ca? Saw a jeep of your color going down J I think all ballooned out. I
Nope. I'm in Ohio.

I tightened up the back by changing where the rear bow connects. That seemed to tighten it up a bit. It seems better now. Not perfect but better. I'm pretty sure everything is connected up right. I think at this point its pretty good. I saw a few Jeeps on the road this weekend and I could see theirs inflating as well. I also emailed quadratec and they said some inflation is normal.
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Old 07-14-2014, 03:19 PM   #15
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Mine balloons and flaps if I open the windows, I can't see any way of stopping it.

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