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Old 04-02-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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Putting on and taking off soft top tips and advice...

To be honest I'm bored at work and I can't leave so I decided to do a little informative write up....

I've had my 05 X for almost a year now and with that come some trials and errors putting on and taking off the top. I figured I'd do a little write up with some tips I've learned and maybe you guys and gals can add to it. And who knows maybe we'll help someone out.

Taking the soft top off:


I start by unclipping the two hooks by the windshield.

Then I remove the two rear side windows.

I usually fold them in half and put in the "trunk."

I have found it is easier to just unzip the rear window zippers towards the top middle of the window rather than removing it completely. Leaving that back bar that the window slides into, attached to the window but not the Jeep.

Undo the rear corners and fold on top of the big portion of the top.
Then ease the top back and down, with corners and back window down into the "trunk."

A problem I usually run into is that the plastic folding part from the driver and passenger sides sometimes gets bent in a way it's not supposed to bend. It takes some shimmying around to get it, to where I'm comfortable that it's not being stressed or ruined.

Then basically just stuff it down into the "trunk" area.

Putting the top on (trickier for sure):

IF IT IS SPRING/FALL/WINTER, MAKE SURE TO PUT THE TOP AND WINDOWS ON BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN!!!! - That canvass can be like rubber in the heat and like wet leather in the cold.I learned this the hard way recently. It was warm enough to wear the top came off without a problem. But when I tried to put it back on at 8 pm in 40 degree weather was a pain in the a$$ to the point where I couldn't the the front hooks back in place until the next day.

On that note:

First you basically just unpack it from the "trunk" and get the front hooks in place but not clasped down.

Next I get the back corner pieces folded into place.

Then, I like to get the 2 pieces of plastic on the driver's and passenger's side in place but not folded under yet.

(Just learned this one this week) I then put the side windows on by getting the zipper started then folding the plastic under on the side closest to the door. (SOOOOOO MUCH EASIER TO DO FIRST THAN WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETELY ZIPPED THE WINDOW UP!) Once that side is in place you zip it up and fold the plastic under the part that is even with the rear seat.

Do the same as above for the other side window.

Then you zip the back window into place, slide the bar back in place and fold the plastic under on the back of the Jeep.

Clasp the hooks on the windshield.

And drive.....

Not sure if this is helpful or a waste of world wide web space. But it is what it is.......

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Old 04-02-2010, 04:17 PM   #2
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Insert the soft top clamp hooks into the windshield frame first, don't do that last as you'll never get them inserted if the rear of the top has been installed first.

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Old 04-02-2010, 04:40 PM   #3
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Insert the soft top clamp hooks into the windshield frame first, don't do that last as you'll never get them inserted if the rear of the top has been installed first.
I insert the hooks but I don't clasp them until the end, it gives you a little more room to work with if you hook them but not clasp....
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Insert the soft top clamp hooks into the windshield frame first, don't do that last as you'll never get them inserted if the rear of the top has been installed first.
I agree....I've actually had to release the two back corners so I could get the hooks connected before due to cool/cold temps.

Another thing I'd recommend to have is either a thick shoe string you can loop thru the zippers which will give more of a handle to grab onto when trying to zip everything up instead of suing the little dinky string that comes on it (mine have fallen off anyway)...or a small flat head or something similar that you can put thru the end of the zipper to get it started since they're not the easiest things to get started sometimes with fingers alone. Having some leaverage on those zippers makes life much more pleasant when putting the top back on, specially during some not so warm weather.
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One thing I found useful is leaving the rear bar on the back window and unzipping the sides as mentioned, but I roll the window up around the bar and use the 2 straps at the top to keep it rolled. It fits in nice n snug when you put the top down yet it stays out of the way so it doesnt take up "trunk" space.
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Go to any hiking, camping, Target, Walmart type store and get a couple of the small carabiners that they have for a key chain. Install these on the zippers and leave them, they are hecka great for a good grasp when using the zippers.
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One thing I found useful is leaving the rear bar on the back window and unzipping the sides as mentioned, but I roll the window up around the bar and use the 2 straps at the top to keep it rolled. It fits in nice n snug when you put the top down yet it stays out of the way so it doesnt take up "trunk" space.
Most definitely agreed...it frees up all that trunk space so my tool boxes will still fit.
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:49 PM   #8
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Viking:Flip roof to the front. unzip side windows, place in bag flip back window up onto top of ceiling, place bag onto velcro. Pull roof back down and tighten straps. Place uppers into trunk. Instant safari top. Reverse process to put it back on. If you want to be lazy, just flip rear window up, then flip side windows without unzipping. Makes the "ceiling" sag a little like that though. Little quicker getting it back on with this method.
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I agree....I've actually had to release the two back corners so I could get the hooks connected before due to cool/cold temps.

Another thing I'd recommend to have is either a thick shoe string you can loop thru the zippers which will give more of a handle to grab onto when trying to zip everything up instead of suing the little dinky string that comes on it (mine have fallen off anyway)...or a small flat head or something similar that you can put thru the end of the zipper to get it started since they're not the easiest things to get started sometimes with fingers alone. Having some leaverage on those zippers makes life much more pleasant when putting the top back on, specially during some not so warm weather.
I have some small D ring clips that I keep in the console for this, they slip right through the hole in the zipper pull, and make zipping/unzipping much easier, then back into the console until it's needed again.... They're like a dollar at Menards..

Sorry Bob, I didn't read your post before I posted... Great minds think alike!
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Glad I found this thread. The D ring suggestion for the zippers was a huge help! Now if my new soft top would break in already.

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