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Old 05-07-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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Side windows flapping fix??? Softtop

My TJ came with a new Pavement Ends flip top soft top. I know...Pavement ends butI does what it should but the two rear windows flap like crazy when zippered up . More than any other jeep top I had in the past on other jeeps. I looked at the soft top frame and all looks to be good ( mounted correctly and so on. Is there a fix for this or trick? Down the road I will get a besttop but for now I would like to drive jeep without it sounding like a freight train behind me.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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You can get some of those Foam Noodles and put them around the bars that sit behind the zippered windows. That will help a little but it wont take your flap away completely.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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My smittybilt top did the exact same, thinner material will get softer when its warm out so they will flap more.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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Thought about the foam idea but not sure if there was another fix someone had.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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I'm late to the game but if you tighten or replace the straps between your 2nd and 3rd bow it holds the entire top tighter. my straps are ripped and I am working on replacing them which should tighten up the top quite a bit.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:12 PM   #6
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put your AC on the setting that brings in outside air and turn the blower up high... it puffs out the top. That should help some... it basically eliminated flapping entirely except for in high winds for me in my stock soft top, which i'm guessing was tighter and higher quality than yours based on what has been said about it
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:59 PM   #7
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Hey Wrangler bob, is your TJ a 97?
You may benefit from fitting 04-06 model 'Softtop Bow Brackets'

MOPAR Soft Top Bow Bracket, Right - 55395006AD
MOPAR Soft Top Bow Bracket, Left - 55395007AD

I'm running a later model softtop on my 97 which fitted OK but not as tight as others I'd seen, so swapped the softtop bow brackets.
The later model brackets stick out a bit further and tighten everything up.
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The top and windows are now as tight as a drum but recently I have noticed the rear sail panels starting to curl up at the 'J-channel'.
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