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Old 01-16-2009, 09:28 PM   #1
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Soft top wrinkles...

Hello there,

Installed a new top in December, but I can never straighten the rear coners, can anyone help?[ATTACH]Click image for larger version

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Old 01-16-2009, 09:37 PM   #2
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Maybe your hardware isn't tall enough, it looks like maybe its squished? I've never seen this before, but i'm a newb still. I've seen the corners in the back not seat quite right. Maybe its to cold? less than 60F?
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:47 PM   #3
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wait till it gets warmer out
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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Yeah is cold alright, did install it in a heated garage, the top is brand new and for the OEM hardware. It does fit nice and snug, but the no matter what I do the wrinkles stay.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:13 PM   #5
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Guys, Bestop tells me:

"Your bows are bent. You likely will not see this when looking at just the bows, however, this is exactly how the top will fit if the hardware is bad. "

The rear bow is $200 bucks online, what can I do?
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:26 PM   #6
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You may just need to get it warm to relax the bows.

I installed my new top in 20 degree weather. I draped the top over the jeep with the jeep heater on full blast and had a small propane heater burning in the cargo area. The top was plenty hot to make the install go well.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:51 PM   #7
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The problem is all that funny white stuff.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:57 PM   #8
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The problem is all that funny white stuff.
Yeah, laugh it up. Soon you will be shrouded in the dismal gray you're used to.
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:41 AM   #9
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That's really weird bro. I've seen it before, and it's really ugly and I think it would drive me nuts if I had it. lol.

Maybe the rear bow?
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:59 AM   #10
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thats what I was told by best top, with the oem top, was perfect, when I put the sailcloth, I got that. If it is the rear bow, can it be straighten, where can I get a replacement at a reasonable price?
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:13 PM   #11
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The bows don't seem that heavy duty, if you had to bend it. But i would wait til the weather is warmer before doing that, or reset it in a heated garage. My top sat crooked in the back my hardware was bent. and i just bent it back with my hands. but this was during the summer. I didn't have any cold worries.
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:47 AM   #12
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Yeah think i'll wait for summer, Just can't tell any bents fron the interior, is the top of the rear bow suposed to be in an arc, or stright, can anyone help me with interior pics of the bow? I will post some when I get a chance. Thanks
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:52 AM   #13
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Def wait till summer or if you can get it in a warm garage for a day or two and try adjusting your bows.
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:07 PM   #14
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i had the same problem on one side, just manually bent the bows myself and they ended up straight.
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:50 PM   #15
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There are plastic inserts in mine. Even when I am dropping the top, the corners stay "stiff". They were in there when I bought my Jeep so I don't know who makes them or where to get them. I just figured it was like that from the factory.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:01 PM   #16
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i fear the gray but i would never have this problem. i have three options...hard top, top less and when i really feel like it i put a bikini on her. oh baby she looks so sexy.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:56 AM   #17
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We put my bros top on in Feb. last year and it was all goofy like that. We let it naturally set itself over this past summer. It now looks titsss! No need 2 do anything to it.

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Old 01-25-2009, 06:32 AM   #18
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So it can be just the cold that keeps it that way? I really hope so, thanks...
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How tight is it getting the sail panels to snap into the groove? That looks very loose. You usually have to grab the rear bow and pull it down to get the sail panels in.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:05 AM   #20
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That is an add thing, the panels were hard to install, they stay snug. I had to do just what you said to install it, and closing the rear window zipper was as tough as it gets...
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:26 PM   #21
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Took the rearmost bow, straighten the curve just a bit, on the sagging side, did the trick, made my day when it finally looks like new soft top. Recently bought the hard top for security, I still prefer my soft top.

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