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Old 07-29-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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spiderweb sunshade issue?

So I just bought the spiderwebshade and it looks nice. Viewed the video online which was okay, but I have the extended version, so it was a little different. Anyways I am confused with the front. They gave me 3 short spider balls, but I have 4 holes. 1 on each side and 2 in the middle. I was then given 8 long spider balls which did all the sides all the way back. I feel like I am one small spider ball short for the front..??

Also when the shade is installed I can't flip open the sunrider part without taking the front spider balls off!?! That just doesn't seem right to me. I am hoping I am missing something, cause that will be a PAIN to keep taking them off and on.

I have not driven it yet, but I do like the looks of it.

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I put mine on last week and thought the same thing...one short spider ball short. Never thought about the sunrider issue.

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Old 07-29-2013, 07:25 PM   #3
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If you think your short one, call or email them and to ask if your missing one and find out about your other ? .
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:28 PM   #4
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For the front, I just used the middle hole that was closest to the loop on the windshield. I think they all come with 3 short spiderballs.

I also read somewhere that you do have to remove the balls from the loops for the sunrider and top to go down. I thought the same as you, but dont see any way around it.
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just watched a youtube video/review. the guy takes the two front spiderballs off, which makes sense, since the top is going to be over it, it won't flap. i have to put the trektop on tonight anyway, so i'll let you know
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So I just bought the spiderwebshade and it looks nice. Viewed the video online which was okay, but I have the extended version, so it was a little different. Anyways I am confused with the front. They gave me 3 short spider balls, but I have 4 holes. 1 on each side and 2 in the middle. I was then given 8 long spider balls which did all the sides all the way back. I feel like I am one small spider ball short for the front..??

Also when the shade is installed I can't flip open the sunrider part without taking the front spider balls off!?! That just doesn't seem right to me. I am hoping I am missing something, cause that will be a PAIN to keep taking them off and on.

I have not driven it yet, but I do like the looks of it.

Ken~

If you have a newer version JK Wrangler you have the correct number of spiderballs. There is supposed to be one unused hole in the center of the front of the spidershade when installed correctly. There should be 2 center holes...only the one to the left should be used.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:32 PM   #7
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Buy some extra ball bungees, long and short, never know if one will break on the trail, get snagged by a branch etc. Then use a short for the extra hole. But you only need three to make it work.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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One center hole is for newer jeeps, older jks have the footman loop off center so the other hole lines up with older style jks.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:36 PM   #9
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The shade is made to support all JK wranglers. I believe older JK's (2010-earlier) had an off center center loop. You only need 3 short spider balls. The 2 outers come off for both the hard and soft top. The center comes off in addition for the hard top.
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One center hole is for newer jeeps, older jks have the footman loop off center so the other hole lines up with older style jks.
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As far as removing the two outer balls to close the sun rider you do have to do that. It literally takes less than 10 seconds start to finish with some practice.
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When I got mine I actually felt the same ay about the removing of the 2 small cords each time so I called them and asked. I got Chris on a call back and he was very helpful and explained that they do need to be removed to put the top freedom sections back in place. Now that I have had the shade for a month it is super easy and I just wrap the 2 small cords back around the ball on themselves to keep them in place.
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Wow you guys are quick to respond! Thanks for the tips. I will have to show the better half how to undo them.

This is more of our weekend fun car anyways so the sunrider will be back most of the time.

Have not been able to remove the top all the way yet as I can't get it up easily by myself :-( I have to jump in the back of the Jeep and lift the top up. Looks very odd but its the only way I have found it to work. I have a 13 - 2 door.

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Have not been able to remove the top all the way yet as I can't get it up easily by myself :-( I have to jump in the back of the Jeep and lift the top up. Looks very odd but its the only way I have found it to work. I have a 13 - 2 door.

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I'm assuming you have a soft top....if so it should be very easy to fold back.

1. Take the side windows and rear window out
2. Unhook the front 2 clamps and fold back the sun rider.
3. Un hook the 2 rear sail panels
4. Squeeze the 2 latches connecting the front bow to the door surrounds
5. The whole top should then fall back to the rear with little effort.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:14 PM   #14
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Getting it down is simple, its putting it back up that is causing me issues. I can get it up but, look like a fool standing on the back bumper lifting the whole top up. When I stand on one side and try to lift it will keep getting stuck on the padding.

I am used to my mazdaspeed miata top. It can go up and down in 3 seconds :-)
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When I take the front spider balls off, I just loop them over the windshield wiper stalk. Always know where they are ! I always keep a few longer ones on the grab bar over the glove box too. We use them for everything. Even strapping the seatbelts to the roll bar to keep them from flapping !

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