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I'm back in a Jeep. For a few years I was without. Had a 94 YJ, an 04 TJ and now an 08 JK. JK still has original top but its in decent shape.

The other day I wanted to see if I could get the channels that are just above the doors stitched back in. Called around to some local auto upholstery shops and one shop restitched it on the spot and even helped me take the the top off. All went pretty well. Shop charged me $25 to do both sides. Had fun hanging out and talking cars, jeeps and the like. One guy used to work for Chrysler so it was enlightening.

Here are my thoughts.....

1. I feel like there is a little more wind noise after putting the top back on and I feel like the gap from the from where the top seals against the windshield. I've attached a couple of pics. Does the gap took too big?

2. Ant good way to ensure the longevity of the top? I know its already way past its life expectancy but if I can do something to extend its use....I'm all about it.

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Im not a subject matter expert on this, but ill share some of my experiences... I purchased an 08 JKUR a year ago, with the original softop. I also noticed a pretty significant wind noise coming from the top. The jeep was purchased certified from the dealer, so I contacted them- Ended up having to leave it there for a few days for them to diagnose the issue. (Loaner was given). They ended up replacing the top with another (used, but newer & in better condition). Through additional reading on the subject while i awaited the fix, I grazed across some threads which mentioned the header for the softop was a known issue & I believe there is a TSB for its replacement. I would look into that / and more info regarding the soft top header. Good luck , hope it works out well for you
 

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this was it:

NUMBER: 23-010-09 REV. A
GROUP: Body
DATE: July 01, 2009
THIS BULLETIN SUPERSEDES TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN 23-010-09, DATED APRIL 17, 2009, WHICH SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM YOUR FILES. ALL REVISIONS ARE HIGHLIGHTED WITH **ASTERISKS** AND INCLUDE LABOR OPERATION NUMBER CHANGES.
SUBJECT:
Soft Top - Wind Like Sound at Header
OVERVIEW:
This bulletin involves replacing the Header Seal Plate with a new design.
MODELS:
2007 - 2009 (JK) Wrangler
NOTE :This bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with a Soft Top (sales code VJO) built before March 2, 2009 (MDH 0302XX).
SYMPTOM/CONDITION:
The customer may experience a wind-like sound at the Windshield to Soft Top Header.
The condition may be due to the header seal plate warping.
DIAGNOSIS:
1. Verify that the top is correctly installed and fastened to the vehicle. The soft top cover should be located and clamped in the correct sequence as described in the Owners Manual (DealerCONNECT > TechCONNECT > Owner Manuals or Jeep.com > For Owners > Servicing and Operating My Vehicle > Owner/Service Manuals)
2. Is If the source of the wind like sound coming from the windshield header?
a. YES >> Perform the Repair Procedure
b. NO >> Further diagnosis is required, this bulletin does not apply.


PARTS REQUIRED:
REPAIR PROCEDURE:


1. Release and fold back the soft top to the vehicle. It is important to roll back the soft top in the sequence referenced in the Owners Manual (DealerCONNECT > TechCONNECT > Owner Manuals or Jeep.com > For Owners > Servicing and Operating My Vehicle > Owner/Service Manuals). Release the soft top from the windshield header and fold back as shown in (Fig 1) following the steps in the owners manual.


2. Carefully remove the screws at each end (side) of the header seal plate (Fig. 2)
NOTE :When removing the screws remember their locations because they will differ in size and style.


3. Remove screws under the flange on the left and right sides as shown in (Fig. 3).


4. Remove the two screws on the upper header assembly from both sides as shown in (Fig. 4).


5. Remove the header assembly and all remaining fasteners as shown in (Fig. 5).
6. Remove windshield header seal plate from the soft top.


7. Feed the soft top material onto the lower header using masking tape to assure proper placement as shown in (Fig. 6).


8. Install the new header seal plate by installing fasteners from the center outward as shown in (Fig. 7).
9. Re-secure the header to the support rods in reverse of the removal process as shown from Step # 4 to Step # 2.
10. Raise and install the soft top to the vehicle. It is important to install the soft top in the correct installation sequence as referenced in the Owners Manual (DealerCONNECT > TechCONNECT > Owner Manuals or Jeep.com > For Owners > Servicing and Operating My Vehicle > Owner/Service Manuals).
11. Verify the soft top is properly secured against the header seal.
POLICY:
Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.
 
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