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wranglermania 10-06-2009 09:46 PM

Having problems installing hardtop
Has anyone had any problems with installing their hardtop? I installed it like it shows in the manual but i needed extra weight on top of the roof in order to latch the hinges back into the holes. Within 2 weeks both of them have popped back out again any suggestions????


JeepnJim 10-06-2009 10:50 PM

Perhaps you have an extra piece of weather stripping along the top of your windshield frame or a piece left on from your soft top mounting system. Sounds as if something is getting in the way up there sandwiched between your hard top and windshield frame. I just put mine on and the only resistance I felt when pulling the latches down was the compression of the weather strip. Is everything lined up and the back secured correctly?

motokeen 10-06-2009 10:58 PM

Did you have the hard top stored on a flat surface? If it was not it could have worped.

wranglermania 10-07-2009 10:54 AM

well when i took it off everything was fine unlatched the latches and took out all the torx screws and voila, put it back on a couple weeks later and everything lined up fine no warpage anywhere put the bolts back in went to attach the latches back into the slots and its like i needed a bit of extra weight to latch them in. Perhaps i should try tipping the roof at the latches first, attach them, then screw in the bolts????

HamiltonLJ 10-07-2009 01:53 PM

Wow I never heard of the latches popping open! I always do the latches first then the bolts!

SPDNJOE 10-07-2009 02:13 PM

^^^^ x2

NeitherFanboy 10-07-2009 02:39 PM

Sounds like the best solution is just to get a new hardtop. I will be happy to drive out and take that old one off your hands for you so it doesn't take up space around your place! :-)

Atthehop 10-07-2009 02:56 PM

Hard top??? Whatever for?????

jvc 10-13-2009 01:01 PM

Is the hard top factory OEM ?

Also you may have the wrong year top for your Jeep.

Jerry Bransford 10-13-2009 01:36 PM

Hopefully you are latching the two front latches first, and only after the front is fully latched should the rear six bolts be tightened down.

MCDavis 10-13-2009 03:56 PM

I just put mine on today. I hook the front latches, put the bolts in, and then latch the latches. Fit perfect.

Jerry Bransford 10-13-2009 04:06 PM


Originally Posted by MCDavis (Post 458882)
I just put mine on today. I hook the front latches, put the bolts in, and then latch the latches. Fit perfect.

It often will but it's always safer to wait until the front is latched in place before you tighten the rear bolts. The reason being is the top can be slightly too far to the rear even with the bolts dropped in place for the front of the top to be far enough forward to latch properly. If the bolts are left loose, the front latches can pull the top forward more if needed to latch up properly. Then it's time to tighten the rear six bolts. :)

MCDavis 10-13-2009 04:15 PM

I see your point, Jerry. I actually lock both of mine, but then unlock them before tightening the bolts. Don't really know why.

It's gonna rain like mad here for the next few days. I'm sure I'll find out quickly if the top's not quite in place! :D

TJ's have just 6 bolts? My LJ has 8. Guess they added one for the extra length.

Rjsimms 10-14-2009 07:38 AM

Not trying to hijack the thread, but I installed my hard top this weekend, and the back glass does not seal good against the tail gate. It looks like it is not aligned correctly. Did I miss something?

wranglermania 10-17-2009 05:21 PM

Thanks Jerry looks like your way worked! I took off the hardtop again and instead pushed it a bit more forward for extra "slack" and pulled the latches in, then screwed in the bolts. starting to get a bit chilly up here so the soft top can only keep you warm for so long haha!

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