|03-24-2012 12:16 PM|
|03-24-2012 12:32 AM|
Glad you got it put back together. Not sure what you had to "wire", but there has to be something amiss if you have to go through that kind of aggravation.
There are several instruction manuals and videos that give very detailed write-ups, step-by-step guides with pictures and video and YouTube Videos showing how to put the Sunrider and full soft top open and closed, down and up in a no muss / no fuss manner. They are on Jeep.com or just Google them.
IMPORTANT: Some of the above will point out a situation where one of the side straps on the top can become twisted and / or wrapped around one of the pieces of the top's hardware, not allowing the top to raise fully in the normal fashion. You may want to familiarize yourself with that circumstance if you do not already know about it.
Have a good weekend!
|03-23-2012 10:50 PM|
|03-23-2012 05:50 PM|
|03-23-2012 05:44 PM|
|InfernoGirl||Flop the whole top up, and clip the pins first, then proceed with the installation.|
|03-23-2012 04:52 PM|
|03-23-2012 12:09 PM|
I believe the latch has a spring to hold it in the closed / latched position. Like Daggo said, these latches should not be disengaged when using only the Sunrider.
If the pin on only the passenger side becomes disengaged during normal driving with the Sunrider either open or closed you might want to look for weak or missing spring (if one is supposed to be there, I have not looked at mine lately).
I would also take a look at the plastic upper door surround and make sure that it is installed properly and is tight. If one or both of the two large knurl knobs / bolts on top of it has loosened up, the door surround may be mis-aligned which could be causing your problem. Personally, I find that mine loosen up a bit every few weeks, so I just have gotten in the habit of reaching up there and re-tightening them.
Just trying to help you figure out the root cause of the problem. If this is the second complete top assembly, I think I would most likely rule that out. That is why I suggested the upper door surround.
Hang in there!
|03-23-2012 11:20 AM|
|03-23-2012 10:29 AM|
sunrider top clips
I'm been having lots of problems with the sunrider pins coming loose while driving; then you notice it when you go to close it, b/c the roof shifts backwards about 1/2 inch and won't close. ...PITA. I've taken it to the dealer about 3 times; they've tried some adjustments and also a new roof. I think the design is nice, but if the roof doesn't exactly fit just so, those pins are going to pop. Instead of just closing the sunrider in a few seconds (the way it was designed to do), you end up having to pull off the back and side panels from their bottom tracks, then lift the whole top/middle roof bar up...that moves the frame forward, then you can pop those pins back in the hole. Bad news. I'm taking mine back to the dealer AGAIN. They did fix & adjust the roof well the 2nd time, but then the back window was very tight and eventually the zipper tore. They had to replace the roof and now we're back to square one. The dealer and I are still trying to figure out a solution. Jeep will probably need to design a better pin system that holds better. I love the sunrider option, but until they re-design the pins, it's a PITA.
|03-18-2012 11:45 PM|
|03-18-2012 04:39 PM|
|daggo66||^This! The only time you should release the side latches is when you are folding the entire top down.|
|03-18-2012 04:36 PM|
I had this issue the first time also.
The sunrider clips weren't engaged and the entire top pulled back. Which made it nearly impossible to close.
I had to unhook the sail panels and sorta start over with the top, making sure the clips were engaged before re-hooking the sail panels.
Make sure they are engaged befor flipping it back!!
|03-18-2012 03:58 PM|
Post a picture of the position of your interior latches. The Sunrider is designed to open and close without loosening anything past the B pillar. Mine opened and closed first time in fifty degree weather with no issue. But, like Texas10Sahara said, the latches need to be fully open.
|03-18-2012 03:44 PM|
if your having trouble putting the top back up you're most likely doing it in the wrong order. If you are only using the sunrider do not undo those little clips above the door frame (i made this mistake at first, and it makes connecting the windshield clips a total pita.) If you have the whole top down make sure you connect those clips above the door frame first then put the rear back into the channels then clip the windshield clips in the front.
I've got a 12 jk and have had no issues putting it back up even on those chilly 50 degree days.
|03-18-2012 02:34 PM|
|3TimeOwner||Haven't had soft top on the JK yet, but on the TJ in the "warm" San Francisco evenings, I would need to hook the front b4 doing anything on the back side. Even after having it a couple a years, the top would shrink as the fog rolled in and make it impossible to hook the windshield latches if any of the back was already seated. If it doesn't warm up enough for you, try unhooking 1 side of the back and as stated, be sure to hold open your latches, hook 1 side, and the other side should catch. Then work like hell to reseat your bottom clip on the back|
|03-18-2012 02:11 PM|
|mastenp||The temp drop is the main cause of your problem. The warmer weather makes the material more pliable. As previously suggested make sure that the clip is all the way open, it forces the latch forward a little more. If that doesn't work there is a little front/back play in the release to take the top all the way down. Try and push that forward a little to give you another 1-2 inches at the front. Hope that helps|
|03-18-2012 02:07 PM|
Soft Top Clip
The only time I've had a problem getting mine to reach was when I didn't have the latch wide open. Need to hold front of latch and push back up to stretch open.
|03-18-2012 02:00 PM|
I was a little "irritated" last Sun when we flipped back the top on our '12 JK. because (as you) when it came time to close it up it was a PIA!!! And again this past week the only day I drove the JK it was the same deal. I was spoiled from the TJ everything is stretched to the max so much so that I put pads above the sound bar to keep it flapping so much and be a little more quiet.
( My issue was the passenger side latch) I don't know that it will help....but I loosened the velcro on the passenger side above the back window. My next step would have been to "remove the passenger side window in the rear. Last step would have been to "untuck" the rear corner passenger side by the rear window, get latch "started" re-install the whatever was "undone" than flip the latch closed.
From my experience with my TJ I know that there is a specific order to "reassemble"
a soft top. Not too sure the "sun rider" feature is the best idea/ design for ease of use and the nice quiet ride. The reason the ride is so quiet is the material is very tight.
Hope this helps.
|03-18-2012 01:59 PM|
|03-18-2012 01:50 PM|
|GoldenSahara00||You need to fold the upper clip entirely up, so the lower clip will extend as low as possible. Press your palm to the top of the windshield and fingers over the top and pull together, use the other hand to work the clip. It should go on. Whats the temp there?|
|03-18-2012 01:48 PM|
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|03-18-2012 01:03 PM|
|the Kolector||I'm in the market for the Sunrider top, how do you like it?? My old TJ soft top just went all the way down, no sunrider option. Seems like a nice feature.|
|03-18-2012 12:59 PM|
|3TimeOwner||cool off quite a bit prior to trying to clip? try clipping it when it warms to the temperature it was when you dropped the top. first couple of times, it is going to be tough getting it back on, the fabric needs to stretch|
|03-18-2012 12:56 PM|
top wont clip
put my sunrider top down yesterday , now i cant get it to clip in the front, its about 1 inch away. i didnt put the whole top down just the front sunrider..