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Old 02-19-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Soft top strap?

Howdee folks,

The soft top has 2 thick straps attached to the frame bows which assist when raising the roof.
Anyhow mine have finally broke, I have read plenty of threads regarding this same problem but do you think I can find them?
Tried a search and after looking at 53 pages of threads, still can't find it!

Does anyone know what they are called and if they are available seperately?
Guess I could ghetto something up but would like to find the correct items.

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Old 02-19-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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Most folks just put some grommets on it and screw it into the frame. Right now I can't think what they're called, but Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories, and Jeep Soft Tops from The Jeep Parts Specialists | Morris 4x4 Center has a good chart showing the pieces. It'll probably get you the name of them, tho' I'm not sure they're really a replaceable item....

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Old 02-19-2011, 10:51 AM   #3
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Thanks a million.
I will probably take your repair advice and screw/rivet it to the frame.
Followed the link. Looks like 'retaining strap' is the likely suspect.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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One of mine is broken as well. What exactly is the point of them? I haven't noticed a difference.

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Old 02-19-2011, 01:31 PM   #5
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They help with the tension on the top, and they help pull the frame up... other than that, I have no clue.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:50 PM   #6
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great exploded view(not) they give it a number(18) but there is no #18 on the diagram
I have one that's barely hanging on.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #7
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You disrespecting the ghetto boyeee?? Jk jk idk why I wrote that
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:18 PM   #8
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Give quadratec a call. They used to sell the replacement straps. I can't find the link now, but the part # was posted before.
Found this, maybe it will help.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/so...-part-1104874/
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I ordered one last fall, to replace the drivers side strap. I didn't get around to putting it on before it got cold, and I decided to wait for warmer weather to replace it, since you have to take the top off to get the strap on.
I can definitely tell a difference between the two sides. I didn't think the strap was that important, now I know.

It was quadratec part # 11132 9110 , which they don't seem to offer anymore. It's a genuine Mopar part.
Quadratec's description was " TJ BOW RETAINING STRAP 55176444AD ", and it was $20.
I can't seem to find it anywhere online, you may end up at a dealer to get this part now.
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:23 PM   #10
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The above link to Morris 4x4 has them.
Not sure how much difference it makes having them but I'm going on a 2000 mile road trip next month and don't want to take any chances.
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i just replaced that strap not to long ago. i went to a fabric shop and they had material i bought a 6" wide piece, cut it in half so i have an extra. spent $6. then just riveted it in the frame
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I went to Harbor Freight and bought two small ratchet straps and put them in in place of the fabric straps (mine were torn when I bought the Jeep, and I put a new top on it). It worked for me. Ghetto... maybe. But unless you're sitting in the back seat you won't see them.

When I didn't have something back there, the side windows would be sucked-in when driving down the road unless I had the heater or AC blowing into the cab. I can tell a difference.
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I went to Harbor Freight and bought two small ratchet straps and put them in in place of the fabric straps (mine were torn when I bought the Jeep, and I put a new top on it). It worked for me. Ghetto... maybe. But unless you're sitting in the back seat you won't see them.

When I didn't have something back there, the side windows would be sucked-in when driving down the road unless I had the heater or AC blowing into the cab. I can tell a difference.
Now that is freakin' genius! If you had a black strap then it would be damn near impossible to notice.

Does the ratchet get in the way when you drop the top?
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I went to Harbor Freight and bought two small ratchet straps and put them in in place of the fabric straps (mine were torn when I bought the Jeep, and I put a new top on it). It worked for me. Ghetto... maybe. But unless you're sitting in the back seat you won't see them.

When I didn't have something back there, the side windows would be sucked-in when driving down the road unless I had the heater or AC blowing into the cab. I can tell a difference.

GREAT IDEA. One Question, what do you attach the other end of the strap to? Roll bar, middle bow?
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