|04-06-2014 09:17 PM|
|gorillahydrographics||For me I latch the top at where the sunrider folds back. Once it clipped there you can then easily clip the front latches until your ready to fully close them. I usually do this prior to tucking the rear sail panels in.|
|04-06-2014 09:05 PM|
It helps to get the latches in the front hooked on the metal loop where they attach, but not clamped down until you have the top attached in the back too. If you have trouble attaching the sail panels (I think that's what they are called) in the back corners, push down on the top of the frame at that corner to give the slack you need. Then go back to the front and clamp it down.
If you can't get the sun rider part locked into place (usually my problem), then reach behind the plastic door surround and make sure the piece of the top frame that angles over the door is pressed right up against it. That's usually the problem for me in that spot.
It took me 4 or 5 times before I was quick about it, just keep trying
|04-06-2014 07:47 PM|
The op lives in Ohio according to his profile, I would be willing to bet that it isn't better than 70 where he is located. At that temperature the soft top isn't very pliable, and probably needs to sit in the sun or a hot area so that it will soften enough to allow the material to stretch well. I remember the first time I put my top on, it was 75 degrees out and when in pulled the sail panels down it ripped one of the sunrider side clips off of the top frame. After that I let the jeep sit in the sun, loosely latched the header latches ( making sure that the sunrider clips didn't latch) and stretched from the sail panels.
my advice is to heat the top up in the sun and/or turn your heater up full blast to warm the top.
|04-06-2014 07:22 PM|
I do the exact same thing, open the tailgate, stand on the rear bumper and push the top forward. Sometimes it clips in the sunrider latches but normally I have to keep a hand on it, pushing it forward, step down and walk around and clip it in. Hang the front latches, not close them all the way, pull down on the rear corners in order to slide the sails under the lip. Install the side windows and rear window, then close the latches, done.
|04-06-2014 02:52 PM|
2014 JK Sahara 2 door here.
1st time took me about 30 minutes to get the soft top on. Yesterday was the 2nd time I brought it back up, about 15-20 minutes. Mine is new and it's still cold, so very tight. I expect I can do it in well under 10 minutes once I do it a few more times.
Yes, the front latches are tricky when you're not used to them and it seems like they don't reach until you use them correctly so they extend. I have the toughest time with the side windows, getting them to seal at the door and zip correctly.
|04-06-2014 02:45 PM|
|05-31-2012 11:09 PM|
First I install the door surrounds
I throw the whole top forward, makeing sure the clips are locked in then do the latches. Then I bring the top back and zip in the windows.
I tuck the side window into the door surround, starting from the bottom and working my way up. I've found if you start the door surround higher then pull down as you go up, it goes in easier. Then I install the bottow of the side window, starting from the from then work my way back.
Repeat of the other side.
Now for the rear corners, I've found that if you pull down on the top corner of the top, you can get the corners at least an inch below the channel and it's easier to get the corners in.
Finally I unzip a bit of the back window on both sides and install the tail gate bar.
|05-31-2012 10:57 PM|
I had a ton of trouble until I realized that I wasn't operating the front latches correctly. I wasn't extending top piece/handle of the latch all the way up before sliding the hooks under the latches. Doing so extends the hooks forward, allowing them to get under the latches easily. So I was thinking that the hooks didn't reach, when in fact I was just doing it wrong.
Once I realized that, it's been a piece of cake ever since. If you click in the latches above the doors into the holes on the metal tube, then you know the front latches are positioned perfectly to be latched in. If you still can't get them on, then you're not operating the latches properly.
|05-31-2012 09:14 PM|
I was used to the Bestop Supertops on my previous Jeeps where you could always leave the sail panels installed and the windows rolled up easily for on-board storage so I struggled the first couple times with the Sunrider but now it is easy. I still haven't figured out a good system for what to do with the rear window when taking the top down as removing it and storing it in a safe place as the Jeep video suggests is not very practical. The Supertop rear window could be rolled up and held in place with two elastic straps. Not good for the window plastic but it was very convenient. I could also use the Bestop saddle bags on the roll bars because the Supertop didn't connect to the roll bars.
I have to admit though that for both fit and finish the Sunrider is the best top that I have ever had on a Jeep. The first week that I had the Jeep we had some heavy downpours and I did not find any leaks.
I haven't used the sunrider setting yet but it appears to be easy to set up.
|05-18-2012 09:40 PM|
|ilikeguns||first time was tough.. got easier after that.. definitely hook the front latches (but don't fully close) then put in the back.. once the back is set, close the front latches|
|05-18-2012 09:38 PM|
|Hoytgirl07||The first time I put mine back on by myself and it was not near as hard as the 2nd time when my husband helped me cause I watched the youtube video like 6 times but he had his own system of doing it which didnt work! But I took my laptop outside and played it step by step the first time i did it and it was pretty easy! Now that I said that my new top for it came yesterday and I have not taken it out of the box yet so I might be cussing my new one when i put it on! Good Luck! But remember when you get really frustrated with it walk away for about 2 minutes and come back it seemed to help me!|
|05-18-2012 09:32 PM|
The Jk top is by far the easiest.
Is the first OEM top I have owned. It's stupid easy
I lift up on the rear bow sometimes if my clips don't catch throwing it over.
Lift the rear over the front. They should catch.
|05-18-2012 09:29 PM|
|05-18-2012 09:14 PM|
Really..it is this freaking hard?! YES!
Ok, I have owned a '94, '98 and now 08' Wrangler. I have never had a more difficult time closing my effing soft top than on my latest Jeep acquisition. Granted the want to be Jeep salesmen that I bought my Jeep from didn't know how to take the top down just to the suntop but now I am paying the price because I cannot get it locked back in. Yes I think he unlocked the pins but I still cannot get it back into a lock down.
So tomorrow, I am taking the whole top down and hopefully will fix what the salesman messed up.
|05-18-2012 08:13 AM|
|daggo66||If you're doing it alone, as most of us do, open the tail gate and stand inside the back of the Jeep. Gently toss the top forward. If you do it just right you can click the sunrider latches in on the first try.|
|05-18-2012 07:44 AM|
|jkristie44||2012 Jeep Wrangler | Soft Top - Raising the Soft Top - YouTube|
|05-18-2012 07:41 AM|
Welcome to WF.
It usually works best if you attach the front header clips first. Then you can pull down on the rear bow to attach the sail panels. Check out some of the videos on YouTube, you might find them helpful.
|05-18-2012 07:23 AM|
Trouble putting soft top back on
Do people normally ever have trouble putting the soft top back on a 2010 2 door wrangler? I have taken mine off about 4 times now and every time I have had a hard time trying to get it back on. It usually takes me 3 or 4 hours to get it back on.
Right now, I am trying to put it back on now but I cannot do it. I can get either the back snapped back on or the front latched hooked up but not both. I am going to the dealership tomorrow to try to get some help getting it back on. Does anyone have any tips or advice for putting the top back on?