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My shade is coming in today and I'm sitting here trying to figure out if I leave it on ( which I would like to ) how to I latch my top down when the latches are covered by the shade. I had asked in another thread and was told you reach between the shade and top. I can see that working for maybe the outer latches but not the center. Any pointers?
 

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My shade is coming in today and I'm sitting here trying to figure out if I leave it on ( which I would like to ) how to I latch my top down when the latches are covered by the shade. I had asked in another thread and was told you reach between the shade and top. I can see that working for maybe the outer latches but not the center. Any pointers?
I don't have one but a good friend of mind has one. I'm not too sure how the latch it but I know that their shade is always on. Even with the top on
 

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The shade attaches using things called spiderballs. Basically a plastic ball attached to a bungee like chord. If you didn't know.

As far as leaving it on and putting up the soft top, you only unhook the front outer balls. Leave the center one attached. Then you do just slide the soft top latches between the shade and the windshield and attach normally. It's easy. You'll figure it out once you have the shade and see how it attaches.
 

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The shade attaches using things called spiderballs. Basically a plastic ball attached to a bungee like chord. If you didn't know.

As far as leaving it on and putting up the soft top, you only unhook the front outer balls. Leave the center one attached. Then you do just slide the soft top latches between the shade and the windshield and attach normally. It's easy. You'll figure it out once you have the shade and see how it attaches.
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It's really hard to visualize without having the shade installed, but you CAN latch the top through the shade. It's not the easiest thing to do, but it is definitely doable. :)
 

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Sorry I should have mentioned I have the hard top so getting to the center latch is what I am trying to picture
 

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The front header center latch is super easy, you just disconnect the spider balls, close the latch and then hook around the latches when done.

The middle latch is harder, but it can be turned THROUGH the fabric. You just kind of slide the material along with the latch as it moves. Like I said, it's really hard to imagine, but once it's installed, it will make more sense.
 

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Just do not install the Spyder balls on the front you will be good to go. Then when you go top less you just install three Spyder balls in front.
 

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The front header center latch is super easy, you just disconnect the spider balls, close the latch and then hook around the latches when done.

The middle latch is harder, but it can be turned THROUGH the fabric. You just kind of slide the material along with the latch as it moves. Like I said, it's really hard to imagine, but once it's installed, it will make more sense.
so the shade won't tear when doing this way. Is the shade annoying as in hanging down on your head. For myself not to worried I'm only around 5.7 but wife is 5.9 1/2 had to get that 1/2 in there because she always states it that way LOL
 

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I don't know how people are leaving it on with the hardtop, I have had mine installed with just my freedom panels removed and the back two corner straps need to go over top the corners of the sound bar. I had to loosen my hardtop and lift up the entire hardtop to do this, not to mention the back center straps go through the holes where you put the screws to tighten down the rear of the freedom panels. I now only use my spiderweb shade when i remove the entire hardtop because trying to install it with the freedom top removed is a pain in the [email protected]%
 

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so the shade won't tear when doing this way. Is the shade annoying as in hanging down on your head. For myself not to worried I'm only around 5.7 but wife is 5.9 1/2 had to get that 1/2 in there because she always states it that way LOL
We've had ours for almost a year now, installed full time. It has sagged a little, and it's bothered Mike, but he's 6'3". I'm 5'10" and even sagging, it's not even close to touching MY head.

I don't know how people are leaving it on with the hardtop, I have had mine installed with just my freedom panels removed and the back two corner straps need to go over top the corners of the sound bar. I had to loosen my hardtop and lift up the entire hardtop to do this, not to mention the back center straps go through the holes where you put the screws to tighten down the rear of the freedom panels. I now only use my spiderweb shade when i remove the entire hardtop because trying to install it with the freedom top removed is a pain in the [email protected]%
It can be a real :censored:, but it can be done. You have to make sure the spider balls are all turned toward the inside of the roll cage and that the grommets are lined up with the freedom panels. Just depends on if it's worth it to you or not...
 

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How long does it take to put on/off a JKU?, once you are good at it. My plan was to leave on, but sounds like a PITA.
 

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We've only put it on once. Haven't taken it off yet (SWS). Original install probably took fifteen minutes, figuring out where the spider balls should go and getting it connected, since it was brand new and a tight fit.

Sorry I can't help more.
 

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Spider shade just arrived. But no sun out to lay it out in as advised to get wrinkles out. Maybe will pop out soon
 

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Yeah, weather here is :censored: today, too. :(

For what it's worth, we didn't lay it out first when we installed it. We were too impatient (LOL). We just installed it and let it stretch on the jeep. Haven't noticed any side effects.
 

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We've only put it on once. Haven't taken it off yet (SWS). Original install probably took fifteen minutes, figuring out where the spider balls should go and getting it connected, since it was brand new and a tight fit.

Sorry I can't help more.
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I installed my hardtop with it on once and just reached through the side to get the center latch. Like others said just remove the front 3 spider balls. You can either leave them off or reattach them after you put top on.

I didn't lay my shade out before installing either. Mine didn't come with any directions so didn't see that but no issues with mine.
 

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There is a "nice looking" video on Spiderweb shade website that shows how to install it. I leave mine on with the hardtop. Like said previously, you can leave the front spider balls undone if you like. I don't have any sagging issues but my jeep is an '08 so it doesn't use the center loop to secure the hardtop. This allows me to keep my center spider ball attached and the front left/right are loose.
 

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Well I got it on and took a drive. Put the hard top on and the 2 front panels took 3 times as long to put on. Couldn't hardley get my arm between shade and top to turn latches closest to doors. The front corner kept pulling out from where I had it tucked behind the plastic toward the windshield. When I disconnected from the front foot mans loops the shade pulled backward by the rear straps causing the grommets not to line up with holes in the sound bar. What a pain in the rear. Next time my top comes off so will the shade. I will just install every time probably won't take as long. I will say I love it on while driving. Just not installing top over it.
 

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I have a hard top and leave mine on. I disconnect the 3 front balls by the hard top latches, and leave the 2 around the roll bars on. It doesn't hang loose of anything, and when I take the freedom panels off, I grab the three balls out of the glove box and throw them on. It is kind of a pain to latch the rear of the panels, but it is FAR easier then removing the damn thing every time I put them back on. I also didn't lay it out in the sun. I've only been able to remove the freedom panels twice sing putting the shade in, but the wrinkles have pretty much worked themselves out.
 

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I have a hard top and leave mine on. I disconnect the 3 front balls by the hard top latches, and leave the 2 around the roll bars on. It doesn't hang loose of anything, and when I take the freedom panels off, I grab the three balls out of the glove box and throw them on. It is kind of a pain to latch the rear of the panels, but it is FAR easier then removing the damn thing every time I put them back on. I also didn't lay it out in the sun. I've only been able to remove the freedom panels twice sing putting the shade in, but the wrinkles have pretty much worked themselves out.
You don't have to remove all 3 of the front spider balls --- just the ones with the latch where the clasp connects. The middle one
can stay where it's at.
 
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