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Old 06-02-2008, 12:48 PM   #1
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Soft Top question

This may be a stupid question but please forgive my ignorance as I am new to the jeep experience.

I just took off the hard top this past weekend and finally got the soft top up. Everything is perfect but I haven't installed the windows yet. With the windows installed, is there a special way to fold down the soft so the windows don't scratch?
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:35 PM   #2
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I'm a newb myself and I just got my soft top installed today. My understanding is that the windows have to be removed before folding down the soft top. I found the videos at this site very helpful...

http://www.jeep.com/en/owners/soft_t...oft_top_guide/

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Old 06-02-2008, 09:25 PM   #3
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thanks for the link; newb myself and was struggling a bit!
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I'm going to the dealer this Friday, but I asked him anyway. He said the windows need to come out when you fold the soft down. You can leave the windows on...but then you run the risk of scratching them.

I'm going to the dealer anyway and he said that he'll show me the proper way to fold the top down. If you're interested in my report...let me know and I'll post my comments here on Monday.
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would be intereseted thanks. just figured out today that i wasn't getting the sunrider part back correctly in the first step. watching the video was helpful - have no clue how u found it - i searched the jeep site and couldnt find it at all. now comes the storeage part. Is it worth buying those bags to store the windows in? I have a 4 door - wonder if i can fit them in the back without wrecking them
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watching the video was helpful - have no clue how u found it - i searched the jeep site and couldnt find it at all.
A helpful soul on this forum had posted it. I was just passing it along (I bookmarked it as a favorite).
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Still haven't put the softtop on yet, weather has been crappy so I'll wait yet another week.

My kid has it down pat, though I do not have this option. Yes, he takes the windows off first. When he has to put it all back up and the windows on he sends his girlfriend out to do it. He has informed me that this method is very hassle free! ROFL....


Does anyone use a boot for their top? If so what brand and how much of a pita are they to put on?
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The dealer said that the windows should be removed when taking the soft top down to prevent it from bending or scratching. Other than that, it was a lot easier than I thought to put up. Just make sure the side bars above the door frame clips in where the sunrider arms are.

After putting it up twice, I can have the soft top up and locked w/in five mins by myself.

I took it to the beach on Sunday w/ the top down and on the way home it rained like a hurricane. No windows and there was a girl in the back w/ the windows and back open. She didn't get that wet considering visibility was zero. Just the back of the jeep got soaked and part of the back seats.

Also, when you put the top on, make sure you clip down the sides on top of the door frame to prevent water leaking through.
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I am new here and need to know if a hard top will warp if hung from the celing of the garage by any of the hangers like made by Lange Hoist a Top. They have three hooks and a metal frame to lift the top off. I am concerned that the weight of the top may cause it to warp if it is not supported from the bottom. Who has tried this?
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Sell your "hard top" back to the Dealer (as I did), and ask for another "soft top"....that way you'll have two, and won't have to worry about getting another body to help you take down or put up your hard top.

In addition, your soft top will always have a backup, and you'll find it will last just fine and heat up inside just fine, in the winter.

I think they made a "Planter" outa my hard top at the Dealership.

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I am new here and need to know if a hard top will warp if hung from the celing of the garage by any of the hangers like made by Lange Hoist a Top. They have three hooks and a metal frame to lift the top off. I am concerned that the weight of the top may cause it to warp if it is not supported from the bottom. Who has tried this?
Hung it properly... Put additional hooks if necessary... The heavier your top is, the more more lift support it requires for it to be more secured...
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I'm going to the dealer anyway and he said that he'll show me the proper way to fold the top down. If you're interested in my report...let me know and I'll post my comments here on Monday.
Best suggestion I can give you is to leave the Jeep out in the sun for awhile to warm up. A warm top is 10x easier to put up or down than a cold one. Oh, you'll really want to take the windows out before putting the top down.


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now comes the storeage part. Is it worth buying those bags to store the windows in? I have a 4 door - wonder if i can fit them in the back without wrecking them
I've been using the one made by Cloverleaf for a couple of years now. Works great and my windows are still scratch free.

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Sell your "hard top" back to the Dealer (as I did), and ask for another "soft top"....that way you'll have two, and won't have to worry about getting another body to help you take down or put up your hard top.

In addition, your soft top will always have a backup, and you'll find it will last just fine and heat up inside just fine, in the winter.

I think they made a "Planter" outa my hard top at the Dealership.

-Soupy1957

Hells no... I love my hard top in the winter time. Why in the world would I want 2 soft tops?? Maybe one full soft top and bikini....
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I've been using the one made by Cloverleaf for a couple of years now. Works great and my windows are still scratch free.
Sorry, it's made by cloverpatch.


Why don't I have an edit button????
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would be intereseted thanks. just figured out today that i wasn't getting the sunrider part back correctly in the first step. watching the video was helpful - have no clue how u found it - i searched the jeep site and couldnt find it at all. now comes the storeage part. Is it worth buying those bags to store the windows in? I have a 4 door - wonder if i can fit them in the back without wrecking them
from the jeep.com page click owners and it is on the bottom in the middle.

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