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Old 06-05-2013, 05:10 PM
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Sunrider hard to close up!!!!

I put my sunrider soft top on my 2012 Wrangler last weekend. What a pita!. I opened the sunrider up at lunch,nice and easy! Tried to close it up,and had to unzip back window,and side windows,unlatch the rear of the top,just to get it all to close.Is this normal? AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG?

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If the clips that are above the passenger and driver door are clipped in, than the sunrider part should be easy...even new. I found the hard part when new was getting those clips, clipped. Do you know what I'm talking about?

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:20 PM   #3
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that's normal if it's new. After a few uses, everything stretches out.
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that's normal if it's new. After a few uses, everything stretches out.
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Its not normal.
To use the sunrider you should only be sliding the plastic sleeves. If your pressing those clips your releasing your whole top.
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yeah, I think you might be doing something wrong. you should just unhook the 2 latches attached to the windshield, and then flop it back (there is some strategic folding - but more or less flop)

it sounds like you released the clips that are above each of the doors, and that is incorrect. check out you tube, got a couple good vids on how to do the soft top as well as the sun rider.

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #7
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2013 premium top I had to unzip the side and unhook the rear window while also releasing the two rear sail panels to get the front to even catch the first couple times. After I got the unmatched hooks to catch on the front I went back and reinstalled the sail panels and windows. Huge PITA but necessary the first few times. This 5th or 6th time I was able to get the drivers and passengers to latch with significant effort without having to unhook the while rear end first.
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Same for me as for Doctorsti. It was probably the 6th time I closed it that I was able to do it by myself. The first 3-4 times it took two of us, and was still hard as hell.
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I doubt you are doing anything wrong...it is simply a major PITA the first few times.

A tip...
Get in the passanger seat, slide it all the way forward, and bring the seat-back up to 90 degrees. It is a lot easier to get leverage from that position.
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I doubt you are doing anything wrong...it is simply a major PITA the first few times.

A tip...
Get in the passanger seat, slide it all the way forward, and bring the seat-back up to 90 degrees. It is a lot easier to get leverage from that position.

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I just installed mine for the first time. Took exactly 3 hours from the time I pulled into the garage, removed the hard top (I had to set up some cinch straps on my garage ceiling as I was working alone) to when the final side window was zipped in. I pulled the front seats all the way forward so I could get leverage pulling the front forward and clasping the front catches.
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Only undo the latches, make sure the side rail clips stay in....don't hit the plastic tabs to release them otherwise the top will lose its tension (and you'll have to undo the whole thing to make it work).

I discovered this a week ago and my top is new.
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You are doing something wrong. The sunrider is very easy if you do it right. I tried mine for the very first time brand new 35 degrees, no issues at all.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:31 AM
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Easy to open,but have to undue the whole top at rear to hook the j hooks.Could not find one video about how to close the sunrider.
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Are you fully extending the latches?
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If the 2 latches on top of the front doors are hooked in, that might be a pain to do if you fold the whole roof down, then there is no need do unhook the back sail panels, as they will not give you any more leverage.
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Are you fully extending the latches?
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The farther you open the windshield latches the longer the hook extends out. It can give you an extra 1/2" at least.

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