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Old 04-08-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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New Soft Top Preventing Door From Closing

I have a 97 Wrangler Sport and just installed a Besttop Replace-A-Top. This made the driver side door not close properly--it would close, but it didn't line up correctly with the quarter panel and it would also stick, meaning I couldn't open it from the outside without applying pressure to the door first.

Upon closer inspection, it looks like the driver side quarter panel window doesn't fit as snuggly as the one on the passenger's side. This isn't a problem on the passenger side, so I'm thinking it has to be the problem on the driver side. Anyone else ever have this problem? Ideas as how to fix it?

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Old 04-08-2012, 01:17 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum

Post up some pics to give us a better idea of what's going on.
Do you have the door surrounds placed and tightened properly?

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Old 04-08-2012, 01:35 PM   #3
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I'm betting the upper window fabric just isn't positioned quite perfectly on the frame. Undo the velcro that holds the side window onto the steel frame and pull the fabric around tighter where it is catching so the velcro has a tighter grip on it. That will pull the seal in a tad and give it more clearance from the upper door jamb.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:20 PM   #4
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Jerry, that was my initial thought. But after having done it twice, the problem isn't fixed. Could it be that the entire top is off center just a little? I've never heard of that happening, but I don't know. Going to go take some pics and upload.
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Post up some pics to give us a better idea of what's going on.
Do you have the door surrounds placed and tightened properly?
The door surrounds look to be fine. I had the top installed at a shop a few days ago while replacing my tires so I'm having to retrace their steps. Hopefully they got that part right.
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Is the back excessively tight? Try twisting/sliding the driver's side sail panel toward the gate. That should tighten up the area around the door.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:56 PM   #7
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Everything but the one window looks perfect. Very frustrating! Also, I'm new here and having trouble figuring out how to post images. I've uploaded them to my profile though. The second picture shows how far the quarter panel is from the lip of the surround.
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Ok, maybe it is the driver side door surround. Took the quarter panel off again to try to slide the side sail panel back (which it did slide back a bit), closed the door, and even without the window on I'm having the same problem. How do I adjust it?
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I have a TJ so I could be totally off base here but with mine there are 2 U channels on the door surrounds that the rail of the soft top sit on. I have never been able to line them up so that the frame sits in both the passenger side and the driver side channel.
This may be the situation with yours as well.

I looked at your profile pics and noticed that you also have the soft upper doors. Make sure that they are properly attached as well. If everything is tight, you may have to make an adjustment to the door itself.
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I did re-skin the upper door. It's snug as can be. I tried bending the frame in a little, like they recommend you do with soft upper doors to help the seal line up correctly. I didn't have this problem with my old soft top, which is why I'm so confused. The lower steel door opens and closes perfectly. I think in the morning I'm going to see if I can mess with the surround, maybe scoot it back an 1/8 of an inch. Unless Besttop sent me a defective upper door skin or quarter panel, I just don't know what else it could be.

Still beats my old top though. Better this thing with the door sticking then having to use safety pins to hold the window seams together!
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I did re-skin the upper door. It's snug as can be. I tried bending the frame in a little, like they recommend you do with soft upper doors to help the seal line up correctly. I didn't have this problem with my old soft top, which is why I'm so confused. The lower steel door opens and closes perfectly. I think in the morning I'm going to see if I can mess with the surround, maybe scoot it back an 1/8 of an inch. Unless Besttop sent me a defective upper door skin or quarter panel, I just don't know what else it could be.

Still beats my old top though. Better this thing with the door sticking then having to use safety pins to hold the window seams together!
Good attitude.

I hope that you can get it worked out.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:45 PM   #12
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Never did mess with it anymore today, but now I'm wondering if maybe I need to replace one of the grommets in my half door. Looks really simple, but I have no idea if it could even be the problem. Anyone had experience with a bad grommet?

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