I have an 02 TJ with the Bestop. It is a work out to get the front latches to make it down to the slots. I have to push on the front of the frame with a long handle, and fight it for about 5 minutes just to get them in the slots. Something's gotta be wrong or no one would ever take the darn thing back down. Is there any kind of tension adjustment on the TJ, or some trick I am missing?
The TJ top is somewhat different than the JK. You might get some better answers by posting your question in the TJ section.
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I have an 08 JK 2dr and have the same problem. I don't raise it from the sides. I'm able to raise it from the back. Hands on both bars and I push it up and over. Once I get here it rest and the rest is easy. I'm also 6'6 so I have an advantage.