|06-16-2013 06:22 PM|
Okay, glad I am not the only one getting the soft top to latch the first time!!
In addition to moving the front seats up as described in previous replies (even doing this I could not latch them), what makes it really easy is to have someone in the back seat (JKU) pull down on the bar just above their head (when seated). If you do this, you don't even have to adjust the front seats.
|05-31-2013 10:40 PM|
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I just want to say a huge thank you to Michwags19 for the hint on sliding the front seats all the way forward, then using your back to push against the seat while pushing the latch and surrounding area forward enough to catch. WOW!! What a lifesaver!
I'm a newbee...just bought my first ever Jeep Wrangler JK (4 door) today and by this evening I was ready to return it. I traded in a Toyota Camry Solara convertible that was oohhh so easy to open and close at a moment's notice because I have always loved the look of the classic Jeep - but tonight I was in tears, wishing I hadn't done so. That is...until I found this forum and this great piece of advice.
Dealers don't tell you any of the tricks of the trades for how to "easily" get the soft top off and back on...and the owner's manual and DVD make it look so effortless and simple. Thank goodness there is an e-space out here for us all to share our experiences! I feel much better now!
|05-21-2013 10:36 AM|
|Arod_3||newbie owner as well. that video was awesome it made it so much easier to get the latches to close. i didnt know what those extra straps were for until now.|
|05-19-2013 12:24 PM|
Newbie owner. Swamped out the hardtop with the softtop for the first time yesterday. No issues, got the latches to close. However, then put it in the sunrider position for the rest of the afternoon/evening. At about 9pm, leaving a buddy's place, we could not get the front latches to close. During the day it was high 70s, but by 9pm, it was down to low 60s.
Thank goodness I found this thread today. Got the latches to close using by moving my seat and backrest all the way up. Thanks!
|04-28-2013 09:30 AM|
If you've made it this far in the thread I'm not sure I have much to add other than to tell you that you're not crazy - this new "premium top" is a ball buster. I took delivery of my 2013 JK Unlimited Rubi (Dual Top) late last year and kept the hard top on until yesterday. The soft top was still in the boxes and I started the install late last night in 60 degree temperatures. All the pieces are mostly self explanatory and easy to install if you take your time and use common sense. No matter what I did I could not get the front latches even close to the windshield hooks. I'm 6'4" 240 and no wimp - this thing was not about to give. I watched every youtube video, read the factory manual, watched the worthless DVD on my Mac and eventually went to bed defeated with a migraine from the workout. Before I locked up the garage I left the top close to the hooks and the rear most panels tucked under the tub hoping it would stretch a bit overnight. Letting it sit in the sun for a day would definitely be a BIG help but I didn't have that luck - it's raining. This morning I went back out, put the front seats all the way up in their tracks and seat backs fully up and gave it hell. The passenger side was very close but not close enough. I tried the same thing on the drivers side and got it. I latched it all the way and went back to the passenger side and it latched as well. It had stretched just enough over night. I then went back and followed the proper steps in order (latches hooked but not fully latched) and got it mostly installed. The back windows won't zip all the way yet and the rear window won't fully clip under the tub or sit in the channel but I'm okay with that for now. More stretching and hopefully some sun will get me to the finish line.
All that to say... If you're reading this because you can't get your latches to reach the windshield hooks you're not alone - it's normal for this top when first installing it. Give it some stretching time and allow yourself a day for the install (to let the warm sun help you) and you'll get it.
|04-10-2013 09:35 AM|
Thanks so much for sharing this. We tried this a few minutes ago and it made closing the latches easy! What a difference.
|04-10-2013 09:35 AM|
|Jasvan||I know the new premium top gave me a lot more trouble then older style top when we first put it on. I couldn't get clamped and had to take it to dealer. He said cold weather makes it shrink up and makes it difficult first couple of times. Had no problem once it was on for a couple of days. Warm weather should help out.|
|04-10-2013 09:01 AM|
|termite||The first time is a struggle, I actually used a pair of channel locks (wrapped in electrical tape) to close the gap the first time, but once it stretches, it will be much easier.|
|04-10-2013 06:25 AM|
Ours came with a dvd about the features of the jeep, here is a basic video.
My Jeep: 2008 Jeep Wrangler Soft Top Guide
Select your model to the left, then reveiw the tasks that are located on the lefthand side.
Site has some useful information for new Jeep owners.
|04-10-2013 01:13 AM|
We just fought the tightness of a new one all weekend too and finally got it installed minus the windows, but it's been warm enough in PA to go w/o the last few. Installed windows Tuesday and the zippers fought too but are on now except for about the last 4-5 inches on the back window. At this point we'll just leave evrything installed for a while so it can hopefully loosen up.
I will say too I like the soft top a lot better than the hard.
|04-09-2013 07:35 PM|
I'm a first time jeep owner
When I first installed the soft top and used it, it was a VERY tight fit
I ended up latching the front first, THEN pulling the rear corners (with my wife helping pull down the bows). I left it on for 1 week before unlatching, and it was STILL a tight fit when I tried to latch
It eases up after a good summer of use, it's good now
|04-09-2013 07:32 PM|
|RedSectorA||Thanks for that. We will check out the pins the next time we open the top up.|
|04-09-2013 07:15 PM|
|04-09-2013 07:12 PM|
|RedSectorA||The video helps, but what about when you only open the sunrider? Is there any easier way to get the front latches to engage? We will try moving the front seats forward to get a bit more leverage.|
|04-09-2013 07:06 PM|
Only have one thing to "add"...Have had Jeeps since '94, and ST's only since '04.....
But when we got my wife's '12 JK and used the "sun-rider" it was a major PIA to pull back shut....until I figured out the pins weren't "set" in the top bow on the door surrounds.....check your manuals and shoot some pics...compare Pics to what it SHOULD look like....the new tops work nice when you know how they are s'posed to work!!
|04-09-2013 06:50 PM|
Here is a video you may find helpful for a refresher
|04-09-2013 06:41 PM|
First everything is backwards in CA.
Second, do a search on youtube for st install. A video does wonders and you will spot the step you missed before we do with pictures.
|04-09-2013 06:20 PM|
|04-09-2013 06:11 PM|
|Jared66||The front clamps open.... Like a lever idea ... Take a closer look at the front clamps. They are two pieces.|
|04-09-2013 06:05 PM|
We dealt with the same issue a few days ago when we took off the hard top for the summer and put on the soft top for the first time.
We opened the top going to lunch today and almost never got it latched back down again. The clamps kept coming up about 1/4" short with both of us pushing on it. I hope it gets a bit easier after it stretches for a few days. I don't think my wife and daughter could latch it themselves if they got caught out in the rain.
|04-09-2013 05:51 PM|
Thanks everyone for the help in general!! I knew I would find my answer here. I'm so excited to be part of the Jeeper family.
|04-09-2013 05:00 PM|
|04-09-2013 04:59 PM|
|wfbill||I had hard time getting latches to catch too. I had friend sit in front seat pushing while I hopped in back seat and pushed at same time. Once we got the driver's side latched the other one went in easily!|
|04-09-2013 04:55 PM|
It shouldn't be that hard to latch them. Make sure the rear corners are undone, an also is the sides by the doors are popped into place pop them back out, then pushes the middle of the top forward till its where it needs to be. Make sure the latch is all the way extended as far as it will go, pull the small clip towards the hooking area then push the latch closed an you should be able to put the rest on after that
And x2 on the above post should help a lot as well
|04-09-2013 04:52 PM|
1. First lay the top out in the sun to soften it up
2. Next install the door surrounds the L shape goes over the rear door and the straight bar goes over the front doors
3. Tighten down the screw knobs "long screws on the front and back then short screw in the middle".
4. Lay the soft top over the roll cage, attach the arms to the roll cage.
5. Pull the header latches all the way out and hook to the footman loops "note that the latch hooks can be extended by pulling the hook forward and flipping that latch locker in the opposite direction". Note do not lock the latches just hook them in place.
6. Then install the rear tailgate retainer brackets then attach the rear sail panels
7. Now with the rear panels installed lock the windshield latches "slowly lock them"
8. Let the top sit for a bit in the sun about 15min
9. Install the side windows, zipper the top of the window but not the sides, yet. Attach the plastic clip on the bottom of the window to the body of the jeep. Tuck the door side of the window by tucking the plastic strip into the groove" the plastic rail fold over and then push the edge into the grove. Once the top and bottom are positioned zip the side of the window and press the side to attach the Velcro.
10. Now install the rear window, attach the rear window to the tail gate bar. Slide the plastic cord on the rear window onto the round groove on the tailgate bar.
11. Now pull the inner rear sail panel exposing the tailgate retainer clip.
12. Now install the tailgate bar by pushing it into the retainer clips. "should slide in easily"
13. Now zip the window in starting left to right.
That's it In a nut shell.
Oh it sounds like a lot of instructions but in time these steps only take 10min
|04-09-2013 04:43 PM|
This looks perfect. If this part lines up then you should be good to go with the latches at the front. Put some muscle into it!
|04-09-2013 04:35 PM|
|04-09-2013 04:35 PM|
Someone mentioned the windows. They are not on when we are trying to do this. I've put the side windows on to ride 'Sunrider' style to get to work, but have taken them off when we have tried again.
Someone mentioned trying it without the door surrounds to see if it reached, and it doesn't. We found out about the door surrounds that way because the top wouldn't reach and the hinge along the doors seemed iffy (without the surrounds). Our dealer said one box was the side windows and the other was the rear window, so we didn't even look and realize there were more pieces in them until later... Total face palm moment. Stupid dealer.
The only thing I can think of is if the hinge isn't supposed to hook onto this peg.. I'm attaching pictures. Does this look right to you all?
|04-09-2013 04:34 PM|
Had the same issue with my 2012 JKU last year. Took to dealer bc I didn't know about these forums. He showed me a trick with the front latches when the top is new.
Move front seats all the way forward. Use seat to push against your back while u push the latch and surrounding area forward enough to catch.
Had to do this two or three times before it loosened up for good.
|04-09-2013 04:21 PM|
|Blastek||some pics of the surrounds here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/dua...ll-170708.html|
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