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Old 07-12-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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What are the sound bar grommets for? They are rattling against the bar as i drive and it's maddening. Am I missing a part or did I hook this up wrong?

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Old 07-12-2012, 09:30 AM   #2
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I didn't use them for anything. But I have seen some use the tie downs around the sound bar. Mine don't make any noise. Maybe you could use something to pad it. Like thick double sided tape or such.

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Old 07-12-2012, 09:33 AM   #3
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If you have a hard top, it allows you to run the thumbscrews through the shade into the freedom tops. That way you can leave the spider shade on under the top. The 2dr is the same.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:37 AM   #4
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The shade should have come from the factory with a velcro covering on the grommets. The covering keeps mine from making any noise when it hits the soundbar.
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If you have a hard top, it allows you to run the thumbscrews through the shade into the freedom tops. That way you can leave the spider shade on under the top. The 2dr is the same.
Yeah, thats the weak part of their design intent. With just the freedom panels off, you need to spiderball the mesh using the screw holes...a PIA. And then when you attach the panels you have to line up the grommet hole to the screw, not hard, put also a PIA. I just added new grommets to use spiderballs to wrap all the way around the soundbar. Extra bungeeballs are like 8 for $4 at Harbor Freight.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:45 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info. I do have the Velcro but it still slaps.

Biggest question. What is the best way to raise the top with that thing on?

I struggled mightily last eve. Hurt my damned back!
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:53 AM   #7
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No problem on mine, i didn't get any soundbar gromets anyhow. I have a softop, not a hard top.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:49 AM   #8
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As do I. Not having the grommets and the velcro covers prob prevents the sound on yours. It looks great, however putting the softie up is a royal pain. I'm almost wondering if I was to let them know that I don't have the hard top?



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Old 07-12-2012, 11:15 AM   #9
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the middle of the shade does flap against the soundbar. the grommets add to the noise.

solution: stick a cloth between the shade and the soundbar.

why are people having trouble putting the soft top up over the shade? it makes no difference on mine. the freedom panels are near impossible though with the hard top
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why are people having trouble putting the soft top up over the shade? it makes no difference on mine. the freedom panels are near impossible though with the hard top
I take care of this on my hard top by removing the small spider balls and the large spider balls on the sides closest to the front. I then take the two large spider balls on the front corners, fold the spider shade back and hook the spider balls to two of the straps on the back portion of the spider shade. This keeps the spider shade on the jeep, but it is out of the way of the freedom tops. It is easy enough to unfold the spider shade when taking the tops back off. Takes about 2 minutes.
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The shade should have come from the factory with a velcro covering on the grommets. The covering keeps mine from making any noise when it hits the soundbar.
I took a pair of velco straps and wrapped them tightly around the front portion of the sound bar [through the holes in the sound bar]. Then sandwiched those straps with the velcro covering the grommet holes. Holds the shade down nice, tight and completely eliminated the flapping. I'd post pictures but the Jeep is at the shop getting gears/lockers, etc.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:30 PM   #12
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the middle of the shade does flap against the soundbar. the grommets add to the noise.

solution: stick a cloth between the shade and the soundbar.

why are people having trouble putting the soft top up over the shade? it makes no difference on mine. the freedom panels are near impossible though with the hard top
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #13
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I have issue because I (used) to put the soft up from within the back seat. I just curled the top and lifted straight over my head. Now I lost my leverage and have no clean direct approach to lifting it from the sides. I tried from the tub but almost fell backwards.

At least my cabin is cooler, right?

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I've learned to stand on the back bumper, lift the top up first and then push or sort of throw the top forward. Not as easy as standing on the back seat and lifting over your head without the spiderweb, but with a little practice, I can do it now without falling over backwards.

edit: just saw my same response to your post in another thread.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:43 PM   #15
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Ah! Think I found the best of both worlds. I connected the bungees lower in the rear corners which allows me to remove the back 2 easily to get the top up the way I am accustomed to doing it w/o blowing my lower back out.



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Before I had it around the top and looped on side like the website instructions say. This placement still keeps the top tight on the road and prevents me from having to get in the tub.
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I bought 2 bolts and put them through the grommets and the holes in the soundbar. Wing nuts on the interior side of the sound bar. No more flapping for me, and easy to remove when I take the webshade off for the winter.

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