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moskowm 12-01-2009 05:49 PM

Soft top to hardtop
I have a 2004 wrangler sport with full steel doors in which I added a pre 2003 hardtop. Has anyone ever had problems closing the doors because of the rubber molding on the doors. They worked fine with the soft top, but need to be slammed pretty hard in order to close completely with the hardtop on. The Hardtop is n original from Chrysler...not an aftermarket like Bestop.

vettefever5 12-01-2009 09:04 PM

did the previous owner of the hard top add their own weather stripping to the hard top? maybe theirs was leaking so they put some extra on to seal it up.

there's really not much alignment that you can do with a hard top. when i put mine back on i got the 6 bolts in finger tight, secured the windshield channel, shut the doors and then tightened the body bolts. maybe the back of the top is too close to the front and it's causing the door jamb to be slightly squished.

try loosening up the 6 body bolts, give a little pull from the back with the doors shut, and tighten them back up. see if that helps.

Beast Skills 12-02-2009 11:23 AM

i would also try loosening the bolts on the doors just a bit. that's what i had to do with mine. just loosen like maybe half a turn and try that out.

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