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Pmischello 08-13-2013 09:55 AM

Soft top help!
 
Hello! I have a 2013 jeep wrangler unlimited sahara. I love using the sunrider option with the soft top. But how the hell do I secure the soft top when it's all the way down?? It seems like it bounces up and down when I drive or go over bumps. Here's what I do

1. Unlatch header clamps
2.pull the soft top back with while making two folds. Secure with Velcro straps
3. Remove side windows.
4. Do I fold the rear window up? Or take it out?
5. From behind jeep open the swing gate
6. Pull the top all the way down making nice folds

Ok here's where it gets me. All that fabric is hanging out the swing gate and the back. Is that normal?
Secondly if I go over a bump in the road or a hill fast I see in my rear view mirror that is flys up and down alot. To the point I pulled over and put it back up in fear of it parachuting. Do I need a boot for the back?? Someone please help ;/ for I lost

Pmischello 08-13-2013 11:00 AM

Anyone :/ ?

RevCo666 08-13-2013 11:02 AM

Try reposting in the JK thread, you'll get better advice then posting in a general section... I'd offer help but I own a TJ :/ and its just not the same. Sorry.

Pmischello 08-13-2013 11:35 AM

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Originally Posted by RevCo666 (Post 4072750)
Try reposting in the JK thread, you'll get better advice then posting in a general section... I'd offer help but I own a TJ :/ and its just not the same. Sorry.

Thanks for your help. Kind of new to navigating the site

RevCo666 08-13-2013 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Pmischello (Post 4072887)
Thanks for your help. Kind of new to navigating the site

No worries, we all learn thru trial and errors :) Just give it abit of time, someone will chime in...

Jackyl71 08-13-2013 11:39 AM

I wondered the same thing the first time I took my premium top all the way down. It seamed like there was a lot of loose material flapping around, even with decent folds.

The instructions (or youtube video, or something - don't remember where I saw it for sure) shows first taking the velcro loops and securing the softtop frame to the body through the small holes through the 'ledge'. That will keep it from bouncing around as much. Second, be sure to secure the nylon loops near the hinges.

As for the extra material, I had taken 2 backpack lashing straps with quick connects, and would wrap the closed top, snap it, and voila - material gathered and no flop!

HOWEVER the last time I did this, I noticed some ever-so-slight wear marks on my top, where I am guessing the material was rubbing against the straps because of the wind. :eek: So I am no longer going to do this, as I like my top WITHOUT wearholes or 'scratches' (because thats what the marks looked like) in it.

As for the windows, if I'm going topless, the windows come completely out and I'll usually toss them in the back seat of my regular DD. I make sure I put a layer of cloth (like a towel or blanket) in between the vinyl when I lay them on top of each other. I didn't do this the first time, and the windows stuck together like glue! :banghead:

If I'm out and about and take the top down, or if I suspect rain, I will roll the windows up in a blanket around a core made from a pool noodle with a dowel rod running through it (for rigidity). I will use backpack lashings to secure the roll. But be careful of how you locate the straps, because it could leave marks (wrinkles/distortions) in the vinyl windows if they get hot. <-learned from experience :doh:

Pmischello 08-13-2013 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Jackyl71 (Post 4072908)
I wondered the same thing the first time I took my premium top all the way down. It seamed like there was a lot of loose material flapping around, even with decent folds.

The instructions (or youtube video, or something - don't remember where I saw it for sure) shows first taking the velcro loops and securing the softtop frame to the body through the small holes through the 'ledge'. That will keep it from bouncing around as much. Second, be sure to secure the nylon loops near the hinges.

As for the extra material, I had taken 2 backpack lashing straps with quick connects, and would wrap the closed top, snap it, and voila - material gathered and no flop!

HOWEVER the last time I did this, I noticed some ever-so-slight wear marks on my top, where I am guessing the material was rubbing against the straps because of the wind. :eek: So I am no longer going to do this, as I like my top WITHOUT wearholes or 'scratches' (because thats what the marks looked like) in it.

As for the windows, if I'm going topless, the windows come completely out and I'll usually toss them in the back seat of my regular DD. I make sure I put a layer of cloth (like a towel or blanket) in between the vinyl when I lay them on top of each other. I didn't do this the first time, and the windows stuck together like glue! :banghead:

If I'm out and about and take the top down, or if I suspect rain, I will roll the windows up in a blanket around a core made from a pool noodle with a dowel rod running through it (for rigidity). I will use backpack lashings to secure the roll. But be careful of how you locate the straps, because it could leave marks (wrinkles/distortions) in the vinyl windows if they get hot. <-learned from experience :doh:

So I take the straps off from the sunrider position, put the top all the way down, and secure the straps from the top through some sort of holes in the back of the frame? Ill have to carefully look trough the back of the vehicle because I didn't see them last time :/

Pmischello 08-13-2013 11:57 AM

And I thought the nylon loops were for rolling the back window up

Catmando 08-13-2013 12:01 PM

I found this video to be very helpful. I was in the same position you were in, but after watching the video I realized that I wasn't pulling the fabric out of the folds. This made didn't let the top sit right in the folded position making higher and "floppier".

HOW TO FOLD A JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED SOFT TOP CORRECTLY ADAMS JEEP OF MARYLAND - YouTube

Pmischello 08-13-2013 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Catmando (Post 4072994)
I found this video to be very helpful. I was in the same position you were in, but after watching the video I realized that I wasn't pulling the fabric out of the folds. This made didn't let the top sit right in the folded position making higher and "floppier".

HOW TO FOLD A JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED SOFT TOP CORRECTLY ADAMS JEEP OF MARYLAND - YouTube

This video is helpful, but I'm still not sure where to put the Velcro straps to secure it down. Do I leave them where I would use them for the sunrider position? When it's all the way back I can pull it right back up and nothing is there to keep it down. I was thinking about buying a boot but reviews are mixed on them

Jackyl71 08-13-2013 12:43 PM

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Here are the holes that I slip the Velcro through to secure the soft top frame to the body.

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Jackyl71 08-13-2013 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Pmischello (Post 4072978)
And I thought the nylon loops were for rolling the back window up

The nylon/velcro straps are to secure the soft top frame, either in the Sunrider position keeping the folded frame together and not allowing it to open, or to the body when all the way retracted holding it secure.

There are also elastic loops with snaps on them that attach to the inside rear top support, and are supposed to be for rolling up the rear window. I haven't used them yet and should probably at least install them before they get lost.

Blastek 08-13-2013 12:56 PM

Yes, use the straps to loop through the holes in the rear quarters for the hard top. Tuck the extra material into itself once the top is folded.

Do not roll up your window. Take it out, otherwise it'll be scratched up in no time. You can use those loops intended for the rear window to tuck the sail panels into it, if you want it a bit neater.

Pmischello 08-13-2013 01:36 PM

Just did all of the above and went for a ride. Went to put it back up and it took me 25 mins lol. It's not a one man job I guess. Plus I lifted it 3 inches and got mud tires recently and I can't see over the top now. (I'm 6'1) . But thanks for all of your help. I think I'll just cruise with the sunrider and windows out lol

Jackyl71 08-13-2013 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Pmischello (Post 4073374)
Just did all of the above and went for a ride. Went to put it back up and it took me 25 mins lol. It's not a one man job I guess. Plus I lifted it 3 inches and got mud tires recently and I can't see over the top now. (I'm 6'1) . But thanks for all of your help. I think I'll just cruise with the sunrider and windows out lol

It isn't so bad once you've done it a few times. I used to think the same thing. With one person, it surely takes more time and patience. I have to go back and forth, side-to-side, unlatching it here, pulling it back there, tucking it just so. Much easier with a person on each side!

And I can see where it could get more 'fun' with the extra lift. I'm 5'9, and need to do some tippy-toe action to make sure I get the folds right when I pull it back into Sunrider position.

Don't worry and don't give up! You'll get the hang of it! (I did! :rofl:)

Blastek 08-13-2013 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Pmischello (Post 4073374)
Just did all of the above and went for a ride. Went to put it back up and it took me 25 mins lol. It's not a one man job I guess. Plus I lifted it 3 inches and got mud tires recently and I can't see over the top now. (I'm 6'1) . But thanks for all of your help. I think I'll just cruise with the sunrider and windows out lol

Dang. Should take 1 minute to put back up with the windows out. Get a hitch step. :)

chopperbobby 08-13-2013 05:53 PM

when I first got my soft top bestop nx for jku. It took me about 15 min to take down and 20 min to put back up. Now I can take it down in 5 min and put it back on in just over 5 min.


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