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Old 08-18-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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Hard top shell roof latches...?

1997 Jeep Wrangler SE.

Hard top shell roof latches that meet the windshield frame have recently started to rattle. This seems odd because I've never removed the hard top shell. Do other owners eventually come to experience this...? What's the best way to deal with it...? Is there a simple trick to restore the original tension to the latches so they clamp down firm again...?

Its not a safety issue, its just a distraction. Thanks for any insight.

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:54 PM   #2
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check to se if they have come unlatched. they lift up and you put the catch in the slot then put tension back on them by re latching.

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Old 08-18-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
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check to se if they have come unlatched. they lift up and you put the catch in the slot then put tension back on them by re latching.

I got that far on my own, I'm not a moron. They are in place in the slot(s) correctly, but there's very little tension remaining and they vibrate and rattle.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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Check the 6 bolts that hold the back of the top in place. If they have gotten loose somehow, maybe they have allowed the top to move a tiny bit. You can loosen them and scoot the top forward or back enough to make the front latches on the windshield fit just right and then re-tighten them. Just a thought.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
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I don't have an OEM top but my Bestop is adjustable tension. The OEM does not have such a thing? If not... I would imagine shimming it with a piece of rubber or closed cell foam should take up the slack.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #6
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I don't have an OEM top but my Bestop is adjustable tension. The OEM does not have such a thing? If not... I would imagine shimming it with a piece of rubber or closed cell foam should take up the slack.
Please paint a picture with words to help me understand. What is "adjustable tension"? Is there a screw to turn? Thanks for any insight.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:24 PM   #7
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Yep.... threaded rod in there. At least the Bestop does. The whole lever is mounted on a threaded rod. Once you spring it open it reveals a threaded rod that you twist the lever around and that screws it in and out.

A picture I found on eBay of a OEM latch does not appear to have such an adjustment system on it. Might could be bent slightly or, like I said earlier, shimmed with a piece of rubber.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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1) The six back bolts have never been removed, and they appear as tight as they can get.

2) I don't yet see any way to adjust a threaded rod in the hinge mechanism on the OEM hard top.

I'm reluctant to replace the latches with a pair from ebay which were sourced from some other used jeep, especially since I've never actually removed my own hard top. Any other solutions other than duct tape?
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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Cut a small section of the black door edging and put it on the top side of the hole for the clamp. This will give it the extra "thickness" needed to stop the rattle and tighten it up.

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