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Old 04-15-2014, 06:36 PM
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JK w/Sunrider top question

The plastic sleeve that acts as a "splint" that you engage to lower the top, and dis-engage to just use the Sunrider feature is giving me a problem.
1. Mine was VERY hard to move forward (dis-engaged), and now it seems almost impossible to get it back.
2. How much travel is designed into this piece? Total throw on mine seems to be only 1 inch or less.
3. Maybe it is easier to do if the roof is off the windshield lock levers. I've been trying to slide it with my finger as the first step.
Suggestions please?

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The plastic sleeve that acts as a "splint" that you engage to lower the top, and dis-engage to just use the Sunrider feature is giving me a problem.
1. Mine was VERY hard to move forward (dis-engaged), and now it seems almost impossible to get it back.
2. How much travel is designed into this piece? Total throw on mine seems to be only 1 inch or less.
3. Maybe it is easier to do if the roof is off the windshield lock levers. I've been trying to slide it with my finger as the first step.
Suggestions please?
I know what you are refering to. On my JK it was a lttle stiff to dis-engage/re-engage the first couple of times i used it but loosened up after that. Practice sliding back and forth a bunch of times. I have big hands so it's almost impossible to actually fit my hand into the tiny space over the roll bar. I just use my index and middle fingers to push on the end to slide it. I think it does only move about an inch or so. I have not had to unlock the roof from the windshield in order to do it, just make sure the bar that the sleeve is on is straight. May have to push down from the top a little, and this would only be needed really for re-engaging after using the Sunrider feature. Hope this helps and good luck.

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Old 04-15-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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Hey Dueeast,

They are a , no doubt about it. There should be a lip of sorts near on end that is sort of shaped like a small trigger (at least there was on my '08, haven't tried yet on the new Rubi X). If you find that with your finger, it gives you just enough leverage to slide it back and forth.
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HELP i have this problem too! I cant for the life of me slide that sleeve anywhere. I must be doing something wrong. The real difficult part is sliding the sleeve over the hinges (back toward rear,) because i can get them forward when putting top back on. please help!! Thanks in advance.
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No issue with mine *shrug*. The only time they didn't want to slide was once when the top wasn't quite fully or properly closed and side clips fully clicked in.
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You dont want it to move too easily either...you could use a little bit of a dry silicone spray (stuff DRIES but is slippery...) to lube it but...
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I've had similar troubles, most of the time it leads back to my soft top not being fully latched and those bars aren't straight. Not sure if this helps, but it's pretty easy to leave the sleeve forward (towards the windshield) and not use the sleeves. Can still lower the top completely without those being in place. Seems to work ok for me and not fuss with them. It definitely can be annoying though.
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Hmm.. I posted last year that mine slid easily. This year they have been giving me some grief actually. Was taking a lot of muscle to slide back which is tricky only being able to get a couple fingers on it at a time. I think the top might be slightly askew when I last closed it.
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I just got my Jeep and I too find them a little difficult and didn't know how far rearward they should go so I looked at the CD manual and saw they have to go to the screw head, with the slot on the rear of the slide just about touching that screw head but not over the screw head. Take a look at your manual, also make sure your sunrider frame is locked in the rail.
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^^^^^^^^^^^
+1 on JKmta5018: I just leave mine forward all the time too & don't bother with them.
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Old 05-27-2015, 02:55 PM   #11
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I just got my Jeep and I too find them a little difficult and didn't know how far rearward they should go so I looked at the CD manual and saw they have to go to the screw head, with the slot on the rear of the slide just about touching that screw head but not over the screw head. Take a look at your manual, also make sure your sunrider frame is locked in the rail.
I was wrong, the slot in the slide goes over the screw-stop. I went out today with the interior real hot and they slid easily.
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HELP i have this problem too! I cant for the life of me slide that sleeve anywhere. I must be doing something wrong. The real difficult part is sliding the sleeve over the hinges (back toward rear,) because i can get them forward when putting top back on. please help!! Thanks in advance.
Here's the link for the top removal et all with video..... Jeep Wrangler Rooftop Instructions | Jeep
I recommend looking these over and over until you have it down pat.
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...also make sure your sunrider frame is locked in the rail.
Definitely check this. One side of my top wasn't locked in right from the factory. Made using the sunrider feature a real PITA.

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