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Old 07-09-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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Securing soft top while driving

I have a 2014 jku 4 door with dual tops.i removed the 3 piece hard top today and attempted to install the soft top.long story short,its tight fit and i'll need help.meanwhile i'm going to drive with top down(no rain expected)but i'm not sure if i should secure the bars or wrap(tie) the folded soft top closed

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The soft top should be put on when it's good and hot out to prevent tearing. I'm not sure how the JK secures by the windshield but the TJ has a buckle. Start with the hooks secured in the windshield but don't pull down tight. Then hook the back up without windows in. Secure buckles and put windows in. No need to tie top down when pulled back.

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Is your top attached to the roll bars?

I wouldn't drive around with an unattached or not fully assembled soft top, not at speed anyways.
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Watch the vid in post #5 of the "Soft Top Help!!!" thread. You WILL need someone to hang on the rear bows to attach the rear sails.
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I am pretty sure I saw a sunrider top laying on the side of I-696 a few weeks ago.
I assume it got ripped off by the wind...
I was not able to safely stop and check it out.
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When I have my soft top opened I use the two straps that come with the soft top to hold the frame rails together. Then I use some Velcro OneWrap around the rest of it, just in case. To get back and forth to the store I have to travel on a 70 mph road, so I just feel better wrapping it up.

Once you have a roll of OneWrap, you'll find lots of uses for it.
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The soft top should be put on when it's good and hot out to prevent tearing. I'm not sure how the JK secures by the windshield but the TJ has a buckle. Start with the hooks secured in the windshield but don't pull down tight. Then hook the back up without windows in. Secure buckles and put windows in. No need to tie top down when pulled back.
Thanks for your quick reply.I got a better nights sleep.Driving at over 65 mph today no problems although i'll feel more comforable wrapping the fabric like "STARBRITE" suggested.I stopped by my mechanic friend after work today and we got the top up 1,2,3.I guess you could call them buckles or 2 stage clamps.but the youtube video i watched,which was useful,didnt show that the clamp has a little give of its own to get it hooked when its 1 inch away from the "u" bar.All's well now.both of us like it too!Thanks again
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When I have my soft top opened I use the two straps that come with the soft top to hold the frame rails together. Then I use some Velcro OneWrap around the rest of it, just in case. To get back and forth to the store I have to travel on a 70 mph road, so I just feel better wrapping it up.

Once you have a roll of OneWrap, you'll find lots of uses for it.
thanks for the tip.i'll feel better securing the frame and wrapping the fabric.my kit came with 4 straps-2 round elastic straps with a "recieving end" snap and 2 flat velcro straps.i'll do some more research.thank you
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The two elastic straps with the receiving end are for securing your rear window after rolling it up. The other two straps are for securing your frame rails together when the top is down. Hope this helps!
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I have a 2014 jku 4 door with dual tops.i removed the 3 piece hard top today and attempted to install the soft top.long story short,its tight fit and i'll need help.meanwhile i'm going to drive with top down(no rain expected)but i'm not sure if i should secure the bars or wrap(tie) the folded soft top closed
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Careful with your windows when you take them off. I scratched my back window in one place. I now have a window storage kit that works great.

Also, the buckles can clang as you go down the road in Sun Rider position so I got some very small bungee cords to tie them tight.

You might want to add a SpiderWeb Sun Shade under your soft top. I love mine.
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Careful with your windows when you take them off. I scratched my back window in one place. I now have a window storage kit that works great.

Also, the buckles can clang as you go down the road in Sun Rider position so I got some very small bungee cords to tie them tight.

You might want to add a SpiderWeb Sun Shade under your soft top. I love mine.
How does the sunshade work with the sun rider
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The SpiderWeb Sun Shade stays under both the soft top and the hard top and stays there. You have to un tie two spider balls to get the soft top re-latched. I will get you all a pic when I get off this conference call I am on now.

Window storage:

Bestop HOSS™ Window Storage Duffle in Charcoal For Bestop and Factory Zip Out Vinyl Windows

Bestop 42810-09 - Bestop HOSS™ Window Storage Duffle in Charcoal For Bestop and Factory Zip Out Vinyl Windows - Quadratec

This works great. I don't hook it to the back of the soft top like in the pic I just toss it in the back with the window(s) in it. Most of the time I only have the back window stored there.

REMEMBER : Don't go faster than 40MPH with the soft top open and the back window IN. With the back window OUT you can go as fast as you like.
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I second the "don't drive with the sunrider open and rear window closed". My mpg dropped drastically. It's like dragging a giant parachute, plus it puts undue stress on soft top. This is not meant to sound smart ass at all, just a suggestion- the owners manuel that is on the CD or can be downloaded from Jeep.com goes into good detail about putting the softtop up and down, what the straps are for, and how to secure it in both positions. It even states the deal about needing the rear window out at over 40mph with SR down. I second do not use those straps to roll your windows up or expect scratches from the vibration and grit.
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OK

A series of photos and I hope they help.

Bestop Window storage bag with back window inside



Beavertail trailer hitch mod that I love to use to stand on when working the windows



Your back part of the soft top is a great place to work your windows so they don't get scratched. Bestop storage bag with back window inside.





SpiderWeb Sun Shade from inside Jeep



Velcro straps for securing soft top in Sunrider position





Small short bungee cords to keep buckles from rattling



SpiderWeb Sun Shade underneath soft top



One of two SpiderBalls you need to undo to re-latch soft top



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I have a 2013 JKU along with a Tuffy security deck. I bought some Velcro One Wrap from Amazon Amazon.com : Velcro One Wrap Straps, Black (91372) : Mounting Tapes : Office Products

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How long are those small bungee cords? Six inches or so? I've been thinking of doing something to stop the metal buckles from rattling. Any chance of the hooks scratching or puncturing the soft top material? Thx.
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How long are those small bungee cords? Six inches or so? I've been thinking of doing something to stop the metal buckles from rattling. Any chance of the hooks scratching or puncturing the soft top material? Thx.
You can use velcro straps. No metal hook to worry about : )
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How long are those small bungee cords? Six inches or so? I've been thinking of doing something to stop the metal buckles from rattling. Any chance of the hooks scratching or puncturing the soft top material? Thx.
I went and bought 6 felt pads that go under furniture. I bought 1" felt "super slider". They measure 6cm in thickness by my own measurement. In the sunrider position I put 2 vertically with the paper backing still on because they fit tight. 1 of the 2 go on each side of the buckles hinge because as you will see the hinge creates alot of the rattle. I peeled the paper on the 3rd and stuck the 3rd on the physical buckle (the smooth part that would face you in the locked sunrider closed position) to keep it from banging into the plastic of the header. They offer no resistance and issue when opening and closing the sunrider. They are black and are hidden from view when visor is in place. I added the 2 vertical ones becasue most of my rattle came from the loose metal on metal hinge.
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I went and bought 6 felt pads that go under furniture. I bought 1" felt "super slider". They measure 6cm in thickness by my own measurement. In the sunrider position I put 2 vertically with the paper backing still on because they fit tight. 1 of the 2 go on each side of the buckles hinge because as you will see the hinge creates alot of the rattle. I peeled the paper on the 3rd and stuck the 3rd on the physical buckle (the smooth part that would face you in the locked sunrider closed position) to keep it from banging into the plastic of the header. They offer no resistance and issue when opening and closing the sunrider. They are black and are hidden from view when visor is in place. I added the 2 vertical ones becasue most of my rattle came from the loose metal on metal hinge.
Any pictures? Good suggestion, thanks!
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To stop the seat belt return strap from fluttering in the wind, went to the dollar store and picked up elastic velcro straps, wrapped around side pillar, worked GREAT! Also picked up longer ones and wrap around the folded tarp in the back over the lapses, keeps everything tight and snug.
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The small bungees are like 6" or 8". They are under the plastic and not touching the soft top fabric.
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The two elastic straps with the receiving end are for securing your rear window after rolling it up. The other two straps are for securing your frame rails together when the top is down. Hope this helps!
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