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Old 05-14-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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New Hoist and Soft Top Install. Some Questions ?

Just put up my Harkin Hoister in my garage and popped the top on my 2011 Sahara Umlimited! The install was simple and the hoist works awesome. The top is now safe and sound at the top of my garage. The soft top went on easy except for when I had to close the front latches! That was a pain because I guess the top was not stretched enough yet. After some stretching, I finally did it: the rear windows were also a pain.

My question is: do you replace the torx bolts in the rear area where the hard top was or do you leave them off. The receivers seem to slide around a lot and one even came off without the bolt?

Also, what is the best stuff to use on the soft windows for cleaning? Sorry if this has been answered before. Thanks Dan

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Old 05-14-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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What will happen if you hit the rear washer with the harness and washer tube disconnected for the soft top? Is there a valve that keeps it from shooting out into the jeep?

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Old 05-14-2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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I put the bolts back in, but I added some small thin plastic washers I had. My factory hardtop harness has a plug for the rear washer supply tube & so far so good.
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What will happen if you hit the rear washer with the harness and washer tube disconnected for the soft top? Is there a valve that keeps it from shooting out into the jeep?
Yes, there is supposed to be a one way valve right where you disconnect the hose. It should prevent any problems. Before choosing to buy my 2011, I had test driven a really nice used 2008. I found the rear area soaked in washer fluid and very rusty. Naturally I tried the rear washer and it didn't work. Upon further inspection, someone had disconnected it at the wrong point to take the hardtop off, and had never reconnected it. Everytime someone tried to use the rear wiper washer, it was all leaking down into the rear storage and tailgate area. What a mess.
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I just store the bolts in a zip-loc in the center console. I didn't notice that the receivers seemed loose, but maybe now I'll double check them!

That's a good question about the washer fluid. I was wondering the same thing. I have been meaning to test this with the tube pointed outside the vehicle.
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If you leave the bolts off, put them in a ziplock and tape them to the hardtop or hoist strap. There should be a snap apart harnass in the rear to disconnect the washer/wiper.
As far as cleaning and protecting the soft top and windows, Bestop make some very good products for that. Always rinse the windows before wiping to prevent scratching and use a microfiber towel.
Never try to chip or scrape ice from your windows, allow the heater to melt it from the inside.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:34 AM   #7
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In the compartment under the mat, just Fwd of the tailgate, is a place for the Bolts. Already stamped/drilled. Heck, I think it's even labeled. There are holes for the Door Bolts as well.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:39 AM   #8
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i have an empty baby food jar that I use to keep the bolts and torx bit in. I just drop it in the center console.

I am thinking about getting fancy and glueing a magnetic sheet to the underside of my console lid to hold my bit driver, torx bits etc.

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