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Old 05-17-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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New TJ owner (soft top question)

I knew there was a good chance it was going to rain today so I decided to put the soft top on. (1st time since I've owned it). It looks like the tailgate bar is missing. I looked into buying one but am a little confused as to if it is going to work or not. I cannot identify what type of soft top I have (factory and aftermarket). I'm not sure how the rear window attaches to the tailgate bar or how the tailgate bar will attach to the Jeep. I took some pictures to see if anyone can identify if I'm missing more than just the tailgate bar. Thanks for any help!

By the way, it did rain and the soft top seemed to work fine except for the back window which is basically loose at the bottom.

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Old 05-17-2013, 01:22 AM   #2
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congrats on the jeep!
the rear window has a lip that slides into the tailgate bar.
You also need two clips that are supposed to hold down the rear part of the soft top to the
body-these clips are bolted to the body and hold the tailgate bar.

based on your pictured it looks like you're missing these clips.

Where are you located? I have a spare tailgate bar you could have.

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Old 05-17-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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I'm in Redding Ca. Thanks for the info! Let me know what you are asking for that tailgate bar. Are there certain clips I need to look for? The soft top is definitely worn, not sure how many seasons are left on it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:08 PM   #4
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wrangler tailgate bar | eBay As said above, you need the bar and clips. Note, the bar/clip from other posts apparently come in different sizes and you need matching ones.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:26 PM   #5
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Not sure if all of them are the same but I had to buy a new bar and it came with the clips needed
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:37 AM   #6
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some aftermarket clips are smaller so make sure the clips you get match your tailgate bar. I'm way down in so cal. If you were local I'd just give you my spare tailgate bar.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:53 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the info guys. I'll start looking around for a tailgate bar somewhere. Love being a Jeep owner so far!

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