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Old 04-24-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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I was given a new top yesterday, are they always hard to get on at first? It went on easy, but it takes two people to get the header latches shut because the top is so tight. The side windows go in great, but the back glass will not zip down the right side becasue it's so tight. Is this normal?

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The tops are usually pretty tight to start with. They will stretch after use and usually become much easier to install after being on a while.

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Old 04-24-2011, 07:57 PM   #3
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Thanks, my brother in law rolled his 99 TJ and had a brand new in the box top with tinted windows. He is looking to buy a CJ now so he gave me the top.
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They recommend to let it sit in the sun for a few hours before u install it. That will help soften it up makes it much easier to get on.
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I was given a new top yesterday, are they always hard to get on at first? It went on easy, but it takes two people to get the header latches shut because the top is so tight. The side windows go in great, but the back glass will not zip down the right side becasue it's so tight. Is this normal?
Always just insert the hooks of the front header into the windshield frame's slots first without actually latching them shut, then insert the top's rear corners into the tub's rail around the corners, then go back and close the front latches. That leaves a little slack, enough to work with the rest of the top. It's nearly impossible to get the front header hooks inserted and latched if you get the rear attached first.

The rear window will always be a little tight. Lubricate the zipper with a dry lube like candle wax or paraffin. Don't use a petroleum-based lubricant, WD-40, or anything like that on the zippers.
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Thanks for the tips, it will be a week or so before I can lay it in the sun, storm after storm down here. I never use wd-40 unless i have to for anything. I live in farm country and the dust sticks to that stuff like glue! I have some gulf wax blocks that krogers sells. The latch idea is a good one, that was where the problem came in, if I latched it I could not tuck the corners, if I tucked the corners I could not get the latch's inserted.
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Next question, it's a smittybuilt top, should I start saving for another one now, or will this one last a few years? The pavement ends top thats on the jeep now is 4 years old and is still good, just faded bad and the windows are scratched all up.

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