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Old 08-19-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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Soft top woes

After a suggestion from a fellow jeeper I met to sell a set of rims to I decided to put on the soft top. I ran into a few problems, can you guys help?
1) My rear window wont zip in. Should I have done it before the top was secure?
2) The top lines up just fine but is really hard to latch down in the front, is this common?
3) Is there any special care I need to do or not do to keep it nice and pliable?
4) When I put the top down do I remove the windows or do I put it down and tuck it all in the back as it comes down?
5) Is there any other pointers or tips that you guys would suggest?


Thank you so very much.

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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Try some zipper lube cleaner, or maybe some dry bar soap to lube the zipper. It is not ever real easy especially the back window.
I do put my rear window on, after the top is up.
It can be tight, but are the sides slid under the door surrounds when trying to latch it down. Try doing it before the side are inserted in the door surrounds or before you latch the rear retainer.
The windows should be taken out and stowed safely. I use the Clover Patch Window storage Clover Patch 10-ST-9704 - Clover Patch Window Roll™ for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec. This for a 4 door, or place them each on cushioned by soft cotton towel and roll them. Placing a towel between each so they don't touch each other. Do not fold.

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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What is your roll made out of? Couldnt I go get some terry cloth or something at the fabric store and make window rolls?
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:27 AM   #4
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:02 AM   #5
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I start the rear without the bottom support bar on, once I have the zipper started I slide the bar on the window, then finish zipping.
Everything does get easier after a few times and when it's out in tne sun.
I use the Bestop Storage Duffle from Quadretec, It rolls the widows the long way so the roll fits inside the Jeep.
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After a suggestion from a fellow jeeper I met to sell a set of rims to I decided to put on the soft top. I ran into a few problems, can you guys help?
1) My rear window wont zip in. Should I have done it before the top was secure?

Not necessary. I would start by using zipper lube or rub the teeth with a bar of soap to make it easier. Always install starting the zipper from bottom left (drivers side). When you get to the corners, push in and up to help straighten the fabric and the zipper will go around them a little easier.


2) The top lines up just fine but is really hard to latch down in the front, is this common?

Make sure that you open the latches as far as they will go. This will give you an extra inch to help get them attached. Once you have the bottom section of the latch in, line up your rail with the door surround pins. (spring loaded). This will make closing the outer part of the latch easier. Leave the rear sail panels loose until you have everything else latched and are ready to put your windows in.

3) Is there any special care I need to do or not do to keep it nice and pliable?

Bestop makes some excellent products for treating your soft top and windows.

4) When I put the top down do I remove the windows or do I put it down and tuck it all in the back as it comes down?

Always remove your windows first, to prevent creasing and scratching.

5) Is there any other pointers or tips that you guys would suggest?

When putting in your side windows. Only zip them an inch or two then fit them into the door surrounds. Once you have them in place continue zipping them in.


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What is your roll made out of? Couldnt I go get some terry cloth or something at the fabric store and make window rolls?
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Here's how I do it:
1. Put the front latches in, but at their widest position (ie I don't clamp them down yet). Ensure the plastic tabs over the door are NOT stuck in between the surround and the top. Otherwise the rest is a PITA.
2. Pull down on the rear frame rail and seat the corners.
3. Attach the rear window.
4. Attach the sides.
5. Attach the rear side tab above the doors.
6. Clamp down the windshield.
7. Attach front most tabs above the doors.

When removing, I remove the rear windows. The corners I remove from the tub rail and kinda throw them in the tub so the top itself sits lower. But generally speaking, when I lower the top, I take it off completely, frame and all, and run a safari top.

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