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Old 04-04-2010, 07:07 PM
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Put the soft top on yesterday....pain in the a**.

So, I switched over the hard top for the soft top this weekend. Wow!!! What a pain in the a**! The directions in the manual were horrible. It was pretty tough getting everything to zip in. I went back to the dealership for some tips. They told me that the directions were wrong and showed me a totally different sequence for setting up the top and it made things much easier.

Plus, everything seemed so incredibly tight. Please tell me things get easier once the top has been on a while.

Also, I had a lot of trouble getting the driver side sunrider latch to catch. Anyone have this problem?

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Old 04-04-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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I have heard the initial set up is harder. Once the top stretches out and u get the hang of the process it gets easier. Now when I try it on mine for the first time and it proves difficult, I'll ask u for tips Go SOX!!!!!!

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This is the third summer for my top. Mine was a bear when I first put it on, being able to stretch it and get the sail corners under the flange and the rear windows in. I find it a snap to do it now. You will develop methods that work best for you and that keep the top looking nice. At least I have. I have the four door and I do not consider it an issue. I would imagine that the two door is easier though. Still happy with the four door over the two door choice though. Happy trails....that is where I enjoy having the top down the most.

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I had the problem a little last summer when mine was new. The instructions on the card said one thing, the maunal said another - I finely found the video on the Jeep website which helped a lot. Over time the latch works better. I don't know about the 4 door but on the 2 door I just pull the top, push on the support right behind the door and everything clicks - then I latch the top down.

Only real problem I had was remembering to remove the rain trough hold down flaps (or what ever they call them). I still do that and can't figure out why the top won't budge.

Top's down, doors are off and it may stay that way for a few months ...

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You have to wait for the weather to hit about 70 and it will be alot easier to put on.
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Hook the header latches, but don't clip them. Then do the rear sail panels. You can pull down on the bows to help hook up the rear sails with no damage if you don't put all your weight on them. After you install the windows and do all the retainer clips, go back and close the header latches.

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The best way I've found so far is to lay the whole top down on the jeep first. Then I connect the arms. After that, I secured the front latches. Then just tuck everything in and zip in the windows. It will get easier for you

Yeah, I'd stop playing around with that. It looks expensive.
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