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Old 07-09-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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What are these straps for?

I just picked up my JKU about 4 weeks ago and when I went to put the premium soft top down, I found a pair of of velcro straps and a pair of straps with a snap at the end. I know what the velcro straps are for but I am not really sure what the straps with the snap at the end are for. Of course when I went to the dealership to ask my salesman, who is a self professed "know it all" when it comes to the Jeep Wrangler, he had no clue and said he has never seen the strap with the snaps at the end before! LOL!

So, let me ask the real experts. What are the straps in the attached photo for?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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They snap into the soft top above the rear window and will hold up a rolled rear window.

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Old 07-09-2013, 02:11 PM   #3
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I believe they are for when rolling up the back window on the soft top. There should be snaps on the rear soft top frame.
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When u have your soft top folded down you put straps around the arms so there is no chance of blowing open just look it up on youtube
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The snaps are used if you roll up your rear window. There are some snaps on the back of the soft top frame to attach to. But some advice, DO NOT roll up your rear window unless you want it scratched up!! When you take the top down, remove the rear window.

I made the mistake with my YJ way back in the day and rolled the rear window up all the time. It did nothing but scratch it and it left a mark where the straps were touching the window. Toss the snaps or use them for something else besides rolling up the rear window.
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Thanks everyone!

It never occurred to me that it was for rolling up the rear window because I do not have any intention of rolling up the rear window. Therefore, I never looked above the window to check for the button. LOL!

Geeze, you think the self professed Wrangler know it all salesperson and the shop manager would have known that. But then again, nobody ever accused a salesman or the guy in charge of fixing the product of knowing about the product! LOL!!!!!!
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:30 PM   #7
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Echoing Greg 2012 JKU, your window will get scratched to hell if you roll it up with the straps. I learned the hard way, but now that my window already looks like crap, I roll it up all the time. I do like having that window up if I'm in between rain storms.
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The snaps are used if you roll up your rear window. There are some snaps on the back of the soft top frame to attach to. But some advice, DO NOT roll up your rear window unless you want it scratched up!! When you take the top down, remove the rear window.

I made the mistake with my YJ way back in the day and rolled the rear window up all the time. It did nothing but scratch it and it left a mark where the straps were touching the window. Toss the snaps or use them for something else besides rolling up the rear window.
Yep, I just noticed today that my rear window was getting scratched from rolling it up instead of just taking it off.
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I hate to piggyback on a thread, but along the lines of the OP original question...why do the straps that are attached to the soft top arms have snaps on them? I know they are supposed to be used when removing the soft top to keep the frame strapped together.
But why do they have snaps on the end?
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The straps with snaps are only for rolling up the rear window. The velcro straps are for securing the top down or the sunrider open.
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For those of you that have scratched up your rear windows by rolling them up, get this stuff Amazon.com: Novus Polish Kit, Plastic Polish & Scratch Remover: Automotive

It works like magic.
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I hate to piggyback on a thread, but along the lines of the OP original question...why do the straps that are attached to the soft top arms have snaps on them? I know they are supposed to be used when removing the soft top to keep the frame strapped together.
But why do they have snaps on the end?
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The straps with snaps are only for rolling up the rear window. The velcro straps are for securing the top down or the sunrider open.

He's talking about the other straps that you use to lock the frame up when you remove the soft top. These straps are permanently attached to your soft top's frame.
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For those of you that have scratched up your rear windows by rolling them up, get this stuff Amazon.com: Novus Polish Kit, Plastic Polish & Scratch Remover: Automotive

It works like magic.
It helps a little but it is not magic. I have used the kit for years on face shields and tried it on my rear window with not a whole lot of success.
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The snaps are used if you roll up your rear window. There are some snaps on the back of the soft top frame to attach to. But some advice, DO NOT roll up your rear window unless you want it scratched up!! When you take the top down, remove the rear window.

I made the mistake with my YJ way back in the day and rolled the rear window up all the time. It did nothing but scratch it and it left a mark where the straps were touching the window. Toss the snaps or use them for something else besides rolling up the rear window.
That pretty much sums it up.

I wouldn't throw them out though. No matter how well you take care of them,
your windows will eventually get scratched up. Then you can roll up the rear window with the straps. It is so much easier than always removing and storing the window.
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I had the same scratches on my YJ... didn't have WF back in 95! Anyway... I went to JoAnn Fabrics and bought three yards of black micro fleece (for about 4 bucks a yard...) And use it as a "liner" when rolling up the soft windows, haven't had a scratch yet
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the CD that comes with your "stock" owners manual ( Yup ...you have to call Mopar to get a full blown owners manual ) says to remove or roll up the rear window when in Sunrider mode. Took me 8 months before I learned what these straps were for. I believe it's to keep the wind from stretching the canvas...maybe to help maintain better gas mileage??? My "Expert" couldn't help me lower the soft top on delivery. Two years on the job and he knew nothing. Go figure

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