|09-08-2010 07:32 PM|
|09-08-2010 07:11 AM|
And Jon, you can try to get to the rear window part with the top installed, but FYI, it's not hard to remove the entire top... Just unscrew the 4 bolts from the roll bar mounts and have someone there to help you lift it off... We took mine off Saturday for the first time to give the inside a good cleaning. Easy peasy, and ooh my does it look (and smell) better...
|09-08-2010 06:35 AM|
|Jon M||I couldn't tell if it was cotton or nylon thread. There was no flex to it and it was waxed if that makes any difference. I also bought an extra spool of simulated something it said. Think animal part look alike that felt like nylon. I bought mine at Michaels Craft Store. They r a big chain here in FL. I also saw one for sale at West Marine, but it was $25. Once you get rolling with it, it's not to hard to work with. I'm just wondering if I need to take my whole top off to work on the left rear area/zipper over the left rear window. Or if just loosening the top in place would work... I'd like to try to salvage this one since I read that my '02 comes with sail cloth from the factory. It is awfully quiet going down the highway even with the needed repairs.|
|09-07-2010 11:28 PM|
|Kauka||My 2 cents to this is if you are going to fix it yourself no NOT use cotton thread, you need to use a nylon thread. The cotton thread will dry out and fall apart.|
|09-07-2010 08:25 PM|
where did you purchase your awl/sewing supplies? i know i'll eventually need them, so i might just as well get them now.
|09-07-2010 07:54 PM|
|InfernoGirl||Looks good. You can rethread your spool with dental floss if the color is offensive to you... Floss is pretty cotton pickin' tough stuff....|
|09-07-2010 07:36 PM|
|Jon M||Thanks all for the info. I did purchase an awl for about $16. So far so good. It's slow going, but I'm doing myself. It came with black waxed thread so I can see what I've redone.... And everyone else can see too. Hopefully the thread it came with holds up. Thanks again.|
|08-22-2010 01:36 PM|
|Jon M||Thanks for the info. I'll have to hit up a hobby shop/craft store and get this thing fixed.|
|08-22-2010 10:37 AM|
|InfernoGirl||Well Jerry, bring that beast of a TJ to Indiana and I'll be happy to fix your top too!|
|08-22-2010 10:06 AM|
|08-22-2010 09:57 AM|
|08-22-2010 09:38 AM|
I took my top down to the local upholstery shop had him repair the stitching along both windows/corners of my LJ. He use fishline witch is better than oem thread. He charge me $30 for the repair and it only took him maybe 5 min with my help holding the top so it dont sag as he guilding it along the machine.
Now I have to find a shop that can stitch through those plastic clip on the top. Any Ideals anyone will be helpful, he told me to use liquid nail.
|08-22-2010 09:14 AM|
|530ktm||I have taken my top to an upholstery shop and had them to some fixes before. They have the proper equipment.|
|08-22-2010 12:47 AM|
I have an 2002 which appears to have been garage kept b/c the top is in like new shape/original. The only problem is there are a few areas where I need to repair the stitching. I understand i should get an awl and or heavy needles. How do u stitch it though? Is it just a running stitch or some kind of fancy way of doing it. Trying to determine least hassle btwn doing it myself, using a shop or just buying a replacement top...