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Old 04-11-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Question Ease of taking soft top down/up?

alright, so this is my first summer with my 2002 wrangler... she came with a hard top, and i locally bought a soft top for summer. now when we were putting it on, it took 2 of us working pretty hard to get everything snapped and zipped.
my worry is being out and about & it starts raining.. would i be able to pull it up real quick myself?

and also, it doesn't create a very good seal at the tailgate... which is a problem because i have a subwoofer back there that i don't need getting wet.

sorry for the stupidity, i'm just really new to all of this

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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Did you get the tail gate bar?

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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Depends on temperature sometimes too. Too cold and it'll be tighter that a glove. The warmer the easier it is to handle the soft top. I always have trouble zipping my back window in. I've tryed different lubes and messing with the zipper itself, no luck. In a rain storm I can get the soft top road worthy in minutes now though!
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:34 PM   #4
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plenty videos on you tube . this one has just one person . it usually takes about 5 min
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:37 PM   #5
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ahh thanks guys! yeah it's about 50-60 degrees here today so that might contribute.

and as for the tailgate bar... my back window has a bar with grooves and padding on it... is that the same thing?
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plenty videos on you tube . this one has just one person . it usually takes about 5 min

Haha...this is same video I watched to get ready for my first take down of my top. It easily a one man job. I've only owned my Wrangler for a couple months and took the top off 5 times. Takes me about 10 min. My zippers are a little tricky...but with a little patience its all good. I can see the guys advice about temp tho.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:47 PM   #7
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You'll get the hang of it. Takes me about 5 minutes to put mine up or down. Faster if I know I'm being timed lol
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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ahh thanks guys! yeah it's about 50-60 degrees here today so that might contribute.

and as for the tailgate bar... my back window has a bar with grooves and padding on it... is that the same thing?
Make sure there's a piece of weather stripping on the bar and that the padded part presses against the tailgate when it's closed. It's easy to install the weatherstrip upside down or backwards.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:08 PM   #9
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Just did mine all by my lonsome... took me less than 10 minutes..
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:13 PM   #10
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A quick and helpful mod is to take zip ties and make big loops on the end of the zippers so you can easily grab and pull the zippers on and off.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:22 PM   #11
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i figured out i need retaining clips to hold the bar in place.. so i'll order those.

& i like the zip tie idea.. i felt like i couldn't get a good enough grip on 'em
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:26 PM   #12
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Ya it makes the job that much quicker. You can also take the zip ties on the zippers once the top is on and tuck them in and velcro over it so theyre hidden so nobody gets too tempted haha
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:27 PM   #13
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yeah that's another thing i'm worried about haha people gettin into the damn thing
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:29 PM   #14
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Just dont keep expensive stuff in it because top off or top on, both are easily accessable lol. Im looking into a locking center console so i dont have to worry anymore
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well i have a 10" sub in the... "trunk"... but it pretty much takes up the whole back so i'd imagine that'd be kinda hard to run away with hah
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Ya ive got a 10 as well and just keep the trunk locked because its practically impossible to get out without tailgate being open.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:14 PM   #17
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.....so i'd imagine that'd be kinda hard to run away with hah

don't under estimate those criminals. by friends have had some pretty crazy things taken that we didn't think was going to be able to be done.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:37 PM   #18
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yeah.. i see you live in baltimore though... i'm just in a small town. most of our 'criminals' are 17 yr old kids who are pretty stupid haha but thanks for the heads up. i'll think twice before i go anywhere out of the area
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When I got my jeep it had zip ties on each zipper and I thought that was a great idea until one broke on me. I went to the local TSC and purchased 3 "D" rings to attach to the zippers. They work great with no fear of breaking.
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I can take mine off and on in about 5 mins. It does help if its been in the sun all day and is warm when you put it up.

I flip the top up and start the hooks in the windshield frame first but don't lock them down. Then I'll put my rear corner tabs under the tub followed by zipping each window in. Then put the side window tabs under the rail on the tub. Lastly I lock down the header.

I also don't take my back window out, I unzip both sides up to the corners then roll the window up.

Instead of zipties on my zippers, I took some extra paracord from when I made my grab handles and made some smaller zipper pulls.


But now that I think of it, I guess I need to make one more pull since I move 4 zippers total.
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My personal best was when there was a freak storm and I had the bikini on and doors off. I got the bikini off doors windows and top on in about 10 minutes as well as about 3 inches of water inside. On average it only takes me about 5-10 minutes for just the top and windows.
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A quick and helpful mod is to take zip ties and make big loops on the end of the zippers so you can easily grab and pull the zippers on and off.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:21 PM   #23
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I cable locked my sub to the floor of my jeep with the cable style gun locks. No worry of people stealing it.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:38 PM   #24
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OP -- this is the same order I came to organically. Took a broken window zipper to finally figure this out (the left window starting at the top was the learning experience). When I first started, I had the top tight as a drum and it took a lot longer to zip the side windows in.

Only difference is that I keep the back window zipped down if I am driving around safari style. Roll it inside and tuck it down below that bar. If I'm topless with the spiderweb shade, I unzip completely.

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I can take mine off and on in about 5 mins. It does help if its been in the sun all day and is warm when you put it up.

I flip the top up and start the hooks in the windshield frame first but don't lock them down. Then I'll put my rear corner tabs under the tub followed by zipping each window in. Then put the side window tabs under the rail on the tub. Lastly I lock down the header.

I also don't take my back window out, I unzip both sides up to the corners then roll the window up.

Instead of zipties on my zippers, I took some extra paracord from when I made my grab handles and made some smaller zipper pulls.


But now that I think of it, I guess I need to make one more pull since I move 4 zippers total.

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