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Old 03-14-2010, 07:43 PM   #1
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Broken/frayed straps on rear soft top bar

Hi all,

I've been lurking for awhile while I looked for my own TJ...I finally found one I liked ('04 rocky mtn. edition X) and wasn't flooded or wrecked, which seems to be all that people & dealers want to sell around here. Thanks tons for everything I have already learned, but I have a few more things to go :-)

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On the rear bar of the soft top, in each corner, there is long 2~3" wide strap that is frayed on the end. They aren't the straps to tie up the rear window, so I don't know what they are for. Were they both connected to each other originally and broke, or are the ends just damaged from flapping in the wind? If they aren't useful, should I just cut them off? I didn't get the manual with the car so I'm guessing it would shed some light, but I'm at a loss. Here are some flashlight-lit pics, so sorry about the quality.


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Old 03-14-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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They should be connected to your soft top bows. One on each side, middle of the top to the rear bow. Maybe frayed from elements. Don't cut them off. If they aren't connected any longer, then you might see if you can see the screw holes that they should be attached to. I don't know exactly what their purpose is, but pretty sure they wouldn't be there if they weren't needed.

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Thanks for the quick reply!

Interesting. They are still attached to the rear bow with rivets, but not to the soft top material itself. In fact, I can't even see where they were attached to it in the first place. I wonder if the top has been replaced and the new one didn't require them or something.
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One of mine was broken and it made it hard to get the top on and off with just one connected so I cut it. I haven't had either strap connected since about last august.
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Thanks for the quick reply!

Interesting. They are still attached to the rear bow with rivets, but not to the soft top material itself. In fact, I can't even see where they were attached to it in the first place. I wonder if the top has been replaced and the new one didn't require them or something.
The straps are there just to assist with raising and lowering the soft top frame, since essentially without that frame, you're looking at two seperate bows for the softop. The softop itself should be held to the straps at all. In fact, the only place the soft top is attached is in the windshield channel by small screws. After that, it's just buttons and velcro'd in the middle.

/I know all of this and STILL can't get my soft top on.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:29 AM   #6
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Yep! What he ^ said. They are just attached to the bows, not the top itself.
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Mine were frayed also. I took them off and used 3 pieces (per side) of 1" webbing strap (because I already had it) and replaced them. I found the big head rivets at a really good hardware store, not Home Depot. I think they were called something like washer rivets or flange rivets, go on with a regular rivet gun.
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The straps are there just to assist with raising and lowering the soft top frame, since essentially without that frame, you're looking at two seperate bows for the softop.
To me, they also keep the bows in their proper place in the soft top itself and need to be tied to one another.
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Ok, after taking a closer look, I can see where they attach now. These are way too short after the damage though, so it looks like I'll have to get some new ones and go with the big rivets. I wonder how they broke in the first place...

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Maybe the PO didn't know what they were for either, and not being nearly as smart as you, failed to join the Wranger forum and find out...... He probably cut them off....
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The fact that you showed up here, is indeed indicative of your superior wisdom...
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Soft top retention straps

I looked them up on a MOPAR site and that the name of them. i am looking for the length of them. does anyone know how long they should be? I want to make my own. the Mopar site was selling them for $40 a piece plus shipping and I just can't stand to pay that much for something i could make and improve! any help?
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I also noticed my friends missing one and on that side the frame doesn't sit on the windshield the same as the other side. its not back as far and is higher than the other side.
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Part number please

So I was on Mopar's website. I have a 2008 Wrangler and both sides are frayed and have come apart. I cannot find these parts or part numbers at all. Hoping you can help me locating these.



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jeep wrangler tj soft top strap bow retaining

The straps are sold as a pair so 'Quantity - 1' is actually 1 pair.

Mopar part # 1-55176444AD

When you get the new straps, use washers under the screws or rivets when you secure them to the soft top bows.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:02 PM   #17
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This part number is not for a pair, it is for one strap. This is for a TJ, not LJ. Hope this helps.



It's about 50-1/4" long at it's longest point.


Each end comes pre-shaped, and pre-drilled:



About 21" from the tapered end, there are two holes in the strap as well.

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Interesting

I couldn't find any for a newer model jeep. I kept running across these however it was for models 1997-2006 and not 2007-2012. I found a site that sells nylon webbing by the foot. I bought 20 ft of nylon webbing. I am going to cut to length and take to a guy that I know who is a certified stitcher for hand-gliders. Going to have him fold over the edges and reinforce the ends. I plan on drilling out the old pop rivets and redoing both sides of the jeep as both have worn completely through. The nylon webbing for 20 ft was only 11 dollars. The pop rivets are free from my brother and the stitching is going to be done as a favor. 11 dollar fix!!! I like!!
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Here is a link to the webbing that I ordered.

Heavyweight Polypropylene 3 inch Black

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