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Old 07-29-2010, 12:26 PM
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Soft top removal question.

On my 90 I have the original frame hardware and when I disconnect the upper door frame rain channels from the windshield frame it allows the frame to move backwards and fold down. My issue is with those rain channels. They don't fold flat onto the rest of the frame when it's all collapsed. They stick straight up in the air so I have to take the little bolt out and remove them.
Is this correct or do I have them on wrong? I only see one way for them to attach.
Thanks for any input.

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mine fold right down into place when the rest of the top is laying down. if you loosen the bolt will the fall down? if so, keep the bolt a little loose and you're good to go. top tension shouldn't be an issue as the rail clips into the windshield frame area in front and snaps to the rail on the sides.

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mine fold right down into place when the rest of the top is laying down. if you loosen the bolt will the fall down? if so, keep the bolt a little loose and you're good to go. top tension shouldn't be an issue as the rail clips into the windshield frame area in front and snaps to the rail on the sides.
So basically leave the bolt loose so there is space enough to fold down. I can see how that would work it just seems like that bolt should be tight. I feel like the nut will vibrate itself off if it's left loose.
I'll try that, thanks.
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Use a Nylock nut and it won't vibrate loose.
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one thing to watch for is when you lay the hardware down be careful not to rip up your roll bar padding with that nut sticking out. i'll have to look at mine this afternoon and see how it is held in place. i'll let you know.
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ok so put the top down this weekend and i have two small hex bolts and nuts in the same position that you described. definitely NOT original. just loosen your nuts and you'll be fine. maybe install two flat washers (one on each side) to be sure it doesn't catch the metal.
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ok so put the top down this weekend and i have two small hex bolts and nuts in the same position that you described. definitely NOT original. just loosen your nuts and you'll be fine. maybe install two flat washers (one on each side) to be sure it doesn't catch the metal.
I will try loosening them and using the nylock nuts that was suggested above.
Thanks for the tips.
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Hmm.. mine just fold down without loosenig anything. The only thing i could think of would be loosening and used the nylock nuts as suggested above.
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I did a quick disconnect for my soft top and it turned out great! found step by step instructions and pics of the process here: TJ Soft Top Quick Disconnects. Now i can completely remove the top or put it on in just minutes.

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