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Yesterday 01:30 PM
ShavdBeaver
Here is a nice video showing the same thing - might also be helpful.

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Originally Posted by Blastek View Post
So, I finally got around to installing the soft top that came with my JKUS. I wrote a little PDF guide to what I did to install the hardware, because I couldn't find a consolidated resource for it. The Owner's manual is pretty poor.

The road noise is surprisingly minimal. The main difference is the tire noise from other cars/trucks. I managed to test it out going up to Mt. Hood and it held up nicely! Looking forward to the summer!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb-s...ature=youtu.be
07-23-2013 08:45 PM
dgallois Most excellent write up. Good job and thank you.
07-17-2013 02:26 PM
Shawnee Jeep
Great Guide!

Thanks to the op. I just used this guide last night. Awesome! Thank you so much.
06-28-2013 08:25 PM
Blastek
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Originally Posted by KEITHC69 View Post
Would you happen to know the part numbers for these brackets?
I do believe these are them.

1x MOPAR 55397228AB - MOPAR® Passenger Side Soft Top Bow Bracket for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec
1x MOPAR 55397229AB - MOPAR® Driver Side Soft Top Bow Bracket for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec
4x MOPAR 6503259 - MOPAR® M6 x 1.25" Round Head Screw for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
06-28-2013 07:45 PM
KEITHC69
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Originally Posted by HOOCBB View Post
This is the passenger side bracket. The driver side is just a mirror image of it.



I can't help with the other stuff as I have yet to install my soft top...still waiting on those brackets.
Would you happen to know the part numbers for these brackets?
06-28-2013 03:19 PM
KEITHC69
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Originally Posted by mike1158 View Post
Thanks man.....now i know
Do you happen to know the part numbers for both of these brackets?
06-23-2013 11:02 AM
kpurcell1466 stellar guide!!! U are a asset to the jeep community!!!
06-16-2013 10:11 PM
Big Fran Here you can get the ones for the 2013 and the bolts too.
Soft Top Roll Bar Brackets 97 - 2013 TJ JK
06-16-2013 09:00 PM
Eaglesfan Thanks--this helps allot --i figured the pre '13 brackets wouldn't work. Now i know for sure.

Next i need to find a dealer that understands.

If anyone has the part numbers let me know.

Thanks!
06-16-2013 06:49 PM
jwilson2598 You're missing the roll bar brackets. You need to get them from the dealer, and they are 2013 specific as that was the first year of the spring assist mechanism, which uses different brackets. You'll need the left and right brackets, 4 bolts to attach the brackets to the roll bar, and 4 bolts to attach the top to the brackets.
06-16-2013 06:41 PM
Eaglesfan Guys--thanks for this thread and the PDF. I've searching everywhere even called two separate dealers to ask about the soft top bow brackets. (they seem to know nothing)

I have a 2013 4 door that only came with the hard top. I purchased a 2013 premium soft top on CL and need to determine if i need brackets to attach the top and what the part numbers are.

Here's a pic of the top---if anyone can tell me if i need brackets and the part numbers it would be great. If you have a picture of the 2013 bracket that would also be helpful.

Thanks!
06-15-2013 08:52 AM
Phoenix918 Blastek,

Thanks so much for taking the time to make this tutorial. I spent a couple of hours trying to figure out the soft top installation myself (Jeep should be embarrassed by their manual), and then another hour or so searching the Net before coming across your guide.

To me, the most confusing part was how to install the rear window tension bar clips. Your photos immediately solved that dilemma for me. My soft top is fully installed and ready to roll. To anyone who may be feeling discouraged about switching tops, this guide makes the process ridiculously simple!

Great job!
06-02-2013 07:30 PM
nealwsw
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Originally Posted by Blastek View Post
So, I finally got around to installing the soft top that came with my JKUS. I wrote a little PDF guide to what I did to install the hardware, because I couldn't find a consolidated resource for it. The Owner's manual is pretty poor.

The road noise is surprisingly minimal. The main difference is the tire noise from other cars/trucks. I managed to test it out going up to Mt. Hood and it held up nicely! Looking forward to the summer!
Appreciate the effort, but after spending too much time taking off the hard top and reading this thread, I'm going to pay the dealer the $50 to put on the soft cover. Life's too short.
06-02-2013 01:12 PM
Sol I haven't tried it yet, but was wondering if, instead of getting someone to push down at the rear, could you attach a couple of tie downs to the cage and the rear seat anchors and apply some gentle tension? I have a 13 2 door dual top.
05-07-2013 08:18 PM
Toucan Sam Great instructions - thanks! Just installed the softtop for the first time, just needed a 2nd person to push down on the rear top so I could get the rear flaps hooked on.
05-07-2013 07:28 PM
wfbill
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Originally Posted by hychenj View Post
Two more pics if it helps.

Thanks again.
I am not sure someone answered or not but the way you did it is how I did as well at first. Then someone showed me that the side part will actually fit into the groove of the plastic piece. Just attatch the zipper and only start it a couple of inches then put that whole edge into the slot.

It is tight getting the sides zipped but it is much better this way. Will supply pics if needed. It is dark right now though.
05-07-2013 06:45 PM
jwilson2598 Panter, my rubber flaps also stuck out from being packaged up. I took my time and held them as flat as I could and shut the tailgate on them. After. Week or so they had laid themselves down and now are fine. Same with the window bar itself, super tight at first, but now I can remove and replace it a bit easier.
05-06-2013 09:59 AM
panthermark Great write up!

I finally got my hoist built, my spiderwebshade on, and the soft top installed (kinda).

I see that I have to go redo my rears where they tuck into the doors.

Also, I'm not sure if my window bar is installed correctly. The two rubber "corners" that stick out seem to stick out pretty far.

What a pain in the arse....and getting to my cargo area with a Tuffy enclosure is now impossible without removing the rear window. I guess that makes it nice and secure.
05-06-2013 09:41 AM
jdambm subscribed if it ever stops raining
05-06-2013 08:29 AM
Jerkstore I finally raised the roof: removed the hard top (now resting on DIY cart) and installed the soft yesterday. Amazing that an iconic manufacturer can produce so many reams of useless manual pages - plus irritatingly scored videos - while a couple dedicated drivers can produce and openly share clear, easy-to-follow guides. Score a big one for the drivers - and THANKS to the drivers on this and other threads.
04-16-2013 12:16 AM
Braveheart12JK
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Originally Posted by roadking40 View Post
Just spent the last 90 minutes "installing" the soft top on my 13'. Still don't have it on. The rear sails are WAY to far from tucking in. Clearly Jeep wins the most fxck'd up design award.
Lol. I hear ya! Two things: The first time you pull the rear sail panels down and try to tuck them in their slots, it will seem impossible. Mine were about 4-6"s off reaching. I had to pull down on the top rear corners at the same time with some force. It gets MUCH easier the second time and every time after that. Also, weather plays a huge factor. Wait for a nice warm sunny day to do it.
04-15-2013 11:59 PM
roadking40 Just spent the last 90 minutes "installing" the soft top on my 13'. Still don't have it on. The rear sails are WAY to far from tucking in. Clearly Jeep wins the most fxck'd up design award.
04-08-2013 07:37 AM
Spaste19
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Originally Posted by Blastek View Post
^^ yeah, they roll and tuck completely into the door surround. It takes some "finessing" the first few times around, but it does tuck in real tight

Thanks all. I know where to come to get the skinny on all things Jeep.
04-07-2013 11:07 PM
Blastek
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Originally Posted by jwilson2598 View Post
There is a slot there to roll them into , if you just tuck them into the door like you have it now, they'll pop out at speed.
^^ yeah, they roll and tuck completely into the door surround. It takes some "finessing" the first few times around, but it does tuck in real tight
04-07-2013 10:41 PM
jwilson2598 There is a slot there to roll them into , if you just tuck them into the door like you have it now, they'll pop out at speed.
04-07-2013 09:42 PM
Spaste19
Great pdf

Awesome stuff. Saved me a lot of headaches. It was not easy, but I'm jumping the gun here a bit. Was only 45 degrees and the top was very tight. But, with some help I got it on. Only part I still question is the side windows. Does the L bracket just sit inside the frame for the back door? Or does that get rolled under into a slot in the frame similar to the sail panels? Right now they are just sitting inside of the frame, but that doesn't seem right or secure/ tight enough.
Thanks!
04-06-2013 11:17 PM
FloridaFeMan Awesome write-up and pictures of the install. Subscribed for future reference.
04-06-2013 08:43 PM
RRP777 Ahh, just realized yours is a 2 door this applys to 4 doors. No clue if the 2 door has the same brackets as 4 door. If they have spring assists on the 2 door I would think they look the same.(Edited)

Just put a 2013 soft top on today major pain in the &^*&^.. First let me say the bow brackets pictured a few post earlier are the 2012 and down type, on the premium top they look nothing like that.Mine are on already so I can't take a pic.

Both types mount the same onto roll bar. But instead of two loop holes sideways facing straight back they have a rectangle flat plate going long ways down and bolt holes facing to back there is also a notched key slot in the top of it. The premium top has the spring assist which slides into the key slot then the two bolt together. Just make sure you have the 2 straps on the spring assists to hold arms together before putting the two together or you will struggle.

Now the side windows, That took sometime. I started the zipper a few inches then I pushed in the front edge in. Then I zipped the horizontal portion of the zipper and couldn't zip around bend to vertical. I let it sit in the sun for about 3 hours before it loosed up enough to tug and pulled without risking damage to zipper, done. Then had to wait a little while longer to get the vertical portion of the other window. I also had trouble with rear window bar seating in brackets that took half a day also.

The front latches also a pain. I'll admit I'm afraid to put the top down and may have to go thru the same nightmare again. lol
04-03-2013 07:38 PM
Blastek
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Originally Posted by ccolburn View Post
Ya my problem is not getting the top installed, but putting the side windows on so they fit in the door jam correctly. I cannot seem to get them in the door once I have put the back panels in. How is everyone putting these side windows in? zipper, door jam, bottom clip, or door jam zipper bottom clip............
Bestop - How to get the most from your Jeep soft top - YouTube

skip to 5:35
04-03-2013 11:52 AM
ccolburn
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Originally Posted by ratchettt View Post
Saved this from an old thread. Hope it helps.
Ya my problem is not getting the top installed, but putting the side windows on so they fit in the door jam correctly. I cannot seem to get them in the door once I have put the back panels in. How is everyone putting these side windows in? zipper, door jam, bottom clip, or door jam zipper bottom clip............
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