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Old 06-10-2010, 10:46 PM   #1
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Soft Top Removal Question

I have watched several vids on how to lower the soft top for the 2010 JK and still had a question...do you have to leave the "V" when you fold the material or does it really matter? It never says why but it just says that is what you have to do, I was just wondering if there was a particular reason. I have had my JK for 2wks and want to lower the top this weekend, so any thoughts on this is appreciated!

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When I lowered mine for the first time, the folding happened automatically as I moved the bows. Just keep in mind that you don't want to go bending the hard plastic parts. They fold at the places that were designed to fold at. You'll get the hang of it quickly...I did.

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Thank you. I hope I get the hang of it without any problems...that is why I havent lowered my top down yet mostly because I am worried I will fold it wrong or that I wont be able to alone lol. I will try and lower it tomarrow bc its suppose to be sunny all weekend, so I wanna leave it down all weekend.
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You can do it alone just fine... it knows what to do, you just have to guide it, and go slowly at first... You'll get the hang of it quickly!

(now if I could just get mine up alone, I'd have it made... stupid rain!)
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Being a guy, I figured I didn't need instructions to lower the top on my 2 door the first time. I had a 1980 CJ7 and never needed instructions for that top. Of course the windows didn't detach and the entire top actually came completely off with just the bows remaining.

I couldn't for the life of me figure out why the top wouldn't lower past the roll bar. Luckily my Jeep was only a couple days old or I might have ended up breaking something trying to get it down. I decided to suck up my man-pride and go read the instructions.

While reading the instructions I saw mention of a video. Figuring a video is much cooler than instructions, I'd watch that. That didn't work as planned since my wife wanted to know why I was watching a gay guy fold down a Wrangler top. (not that there's anything wrong with that) Anyway he made a point of folding the Sunrider section in a "W". Ahh, a "W". I went out and properly folded the top and it practically fell down past the roll bar.

So JKGIRL77, what you are calling a "V" is actually a "W" and is definitely the key to folding the soft top.
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You can do it alone just fine... it knows what to do, you just have to guide it, and go slowly at first... You'll get the hang of it quickly!

(now if I could just get mine up alone, I'd have it made... stupid rain!)
cant you stand inside and pull it up and over? I got to drive in the rain last week ... it wasnt bad until I had to stop at the light
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I can pull it up alright, my problem is upper body strength to get the latches closed, esp the passenger side on mine is very tight. And clipping the windows in the door surrounds is a challenge. I'm probably gonna have to try it this weekend, and hope I don't fail
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I found that if I leave the sunrider slide forward (engaged), pull out the rain guide thingies (I love technical talk), unhook from the footman loops and click the side latch it only takes a little push and everything drops down nicely. The more you do it the easier it gets.

Once everything is broken in, you should be able to just get the first bow over the roll bar and it will slide into place. If you do it right, it will even engage the latches which makes it so much easier.

One more tip - put split key rings on your zippers - makes them so much easier to pull on.

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Getting the top down took me a good while the first time. I'm definitely getting better at it and it no longer take me half a day! Just need practice. The latches are almost impossible for me to do on my own, I get one aligned with the hook and then the other pops out!

My biggest problem though is the stupid rear window. The zipper never wants to unzip. It's about 10x more difficult than the side windows. I think the factory put it on wrong but the dealer says it's fine (even though it's clearly misaligned). Did I just get lucky or is there a trick?
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I use two hands. One on the zipper tag pulling and the other hand with fingers pushing on the zipper itself. When you get to the corners and especially the lower part of the back window on both sides being sure that the material flap is on the inside and not interfering with the zipper travel is a must. When you look closely at the construction on the lower half both sides you will see the two flaps.
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Trick for putting it up. Stand on the back seat and reach down and pull the header up and over your head. Easier than doing it from one side
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Two hands for the zipper & up and over from the back seat. Check. Wonder if my boss would mind if I left work to go try the new tricks and play with my jeep...
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I can pull it up alright, my problem is upper body strength to get the latches closed, esp the passenger side on mine is very tight. And clipping the windows in the door surrounds is a challenge. I'm probably gonna have to try it this weekend, and hope I don't fail
For a TJ top, leave the back corners unattached until the last step. That way you can attach the front to the windshield with no resistance. When it is time to do the back corners, you can reach up and pull down on the rear bow to get enough slack to attach the rear corners with minimal effort. This way, you can use your body weight instead of upper body strength to get the last seal on the top connected.

1) Put top up & clip to windshield.
2) zip in side windows
3) zip in rear window
4) attach over doors
5) attach bottom of side windows
6) attach rear corners by pulling down on rear bow to get enough slack
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Ok... I mis-spoke. Put the top up last night so I wouldn't get the 30% all inside my Jeep and realised I posted this in the wrong order. Move 6 to the second spot. Attach the front, then the rear corners, otherwise it's way too hard to get the back corners on with the side winnows attached.

Sorry for any inconvenience my incompetence may have caused.
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The order you use it not really all that significant - if it works better one way than the other, I suggest going with the easy way. Experiment. Personally, I attach the rear corners after the header, since I can pull down on the top to get a bit of extra flex.

It is important to remove your windows before taking down the top. We see lots of damaged rear windows, where the plastic gets poked by a bar. Or the tailgate, or whatever.

Some people fold their top very neatly in the back, and even use the boot covers. Some don't. I don't - I just drop the thing down, tuck in the corner "wings" and go.
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For a TJ top, leave the back corners unattached until the last step. That way you can attach the front to the windshield with no resistance. When it is time to do the back corners, you can reach up and pull down on the rear bow to get enough slack to attach the rear corners with minimal effort. This way, you can use your body weight instead of upper body strength to get the last seal on the top connected.

1) Put top up & clip to windshield.
2) zip in side windows
3) zip in rear window
4) attach over doors
5) attach bottom of side windows
6) attach rear corners by pulling down on rear bow to get enough slack
I do that, my biggest problem is that I'm your typical 98lb. weakling....
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We too just got a 2010 our first ...no problem getting it down but the vid implies a simple "click" on either side when putting it back up....RIGHT !!! I just spent an hour first "click" on passengers side a ok, but the drivers side was a totally work of sweat...somehow it wasn't even close to feeling like the nice and easy video/manual. And whats up with the back window zipper!!! around the corner and no more moving her. I know I weigh only about 100lbs but any suggestions.
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MrsD, for the zippers get a d ring type key chain clip and run it through the metal pull tab on the zipper, it'll give you better leverage, and save your knuckles... Try to put the top up when it's at least 70* out, it's easier to stretch if it's warm. And give it time and patience, like so many other things, it's harder to do when it's new Once it gets broken in a bit, it will be easier.
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Thank you I will be more patient...and thoughtful as I think it through while I 'm doing it. We spent 5 years weighing out a wrangler, we just love it but this getting the top back on caught me off guard...
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MrsD, you should just drive around topless and not worry about it.

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