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#9026 of 23397 Soft-Top - Still Trying...
Jun 01, 2003 (5:06 pm)
Guys, thanks for responding…. I did some quick checking.
Guy21 – I double-checked and there is nothing in the way. I even watched the “soft-top” portion of the video again and I seem to have things correct. With the soft-top fabric draped over the front windshield I can clearly see all the bows and frame assembly. Even if I stand in the jeep pushing down on the header I still can’t get the latch to reach the latch opening on the windshield.
TSJAY – Thanks for the thought.. I’m open to any suggestion. I know exactly what you mean because the latch on the soft top did get caught between the header and the windshield when I first raised the soft top. I had it open but as the latch swings free during installation it can easily swing itself into the wrong place. I’ve rechecked this each time I try to secure the header and am sure this isn’t the cause of my pain.
GEEPERS – I agree. I think this has to do with a brand new top and 50-60 degree weather. The fabric has never been stretched and is fighting me. This is my 3rd Wrangler and I agree that the soft-top has always been an effort. This is part of owning a Jeep. I’m just surprised because it has come so far since my 1985 with all those snaps. My 1995 required me to drill holes in the windshield frame to install the header bar. Of course I didn’t realize this until the hard top was removed.
I may have to do what I never like to do. Ask the dealer. I’ll drive it down next Saturday and let them show me. I’m getting old.
Any other ideas appreciated. Are there any folks out there who had this problem when they installed their soft top for the first time?
#9027 of 23397 Wheelin' with the dog
Jun 01, 2003 (8:04 pm)
I'm not the off-roader tsjay is but I like that the Jeep can get me places where I won't find a lot of other people. My dog Smokey and I enjoy solitude while hiking so that Smokey can run around free and do dog things. Lots of sniffin' and...well, you know.
First time I put him in the Jeep I tumbled the rear seat forward and he learned to rest his front elbows on the seat while looking ahead between the two front seats. Now he HAS to have the seat there or he's lost. Then the first time we went camping I loaded all the gear in the back and put Smokey in the passenger's seat which I thought would be a treat for him. Before I even got the door closed he was in the back on top of all the gear. Had to transfer everything to the front. We had a great week hiking and driving the Cascades of Oregon.
Yep, a dog is always rareing to go.
#9028 of 23397 Soft Slider Windows
Jun 01, 2003 (11:35 pm)
First of all, I would just like to say this discussion board was very helpful when I bought my second Jeep Wrangler back in May, 2001. I didn't post anything back then, but just reading the commentary helped with my decision.
Well, I was wondering if any of you have the soft top slider windows. I have a 2001 Wrangler with a black soft top and I am concerned about the colors not matching if I purchase the sliders from quadratec.com.
If any of you have info regarding this, I would appreciate your input.
Jun 02, 2003 (3:04 am)
The only person that I know for sure that has the sliders is tonkadave, and he seems to have dropped out of site. I think he was happy with his. Maybe he still reads the posts in here and will respond.
Glad you finally posted, and I hope that you will continue. The more posts, the better. Also glad that this message board was a benefit to you back when you were Jeep shopping.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
#9030 of 23397 Jeep Soft Top
Jun 02, 2003 (7:03 am)
I think that the temps are a big part of the problem. I know that if it is under 70 degrees, the top can be nearly impossible to get on. Ahh, it's June, just leave it off! ; )
#9031 of 23397 soft top close
Jun 02, 2003 (11:27 am)
I took the top down the first time on Friday. It was 10:00 and it was dark. Not recommended.
It is a pain to get the plasticy clips off above the doors. But getting it down, I had a hard time getting it to lay flat enough, but I finally got it.
Putting it up was a bit easier, especially in the daylight!, but I had problems getting the front to line up with the windshield. My problem was the nylon webbed strap that runs along the 3rd bow. It was wrapped around part of the bow and made it shorter. You may want to check that as well.
#9032 of 23397 soft tops
Jun 02, 2003 (1:37 pm)
Well now that we have this conversation going about tops, I'll throw this out.
What do you put on your soft top to keep it soft new looking. Mine sits in the sun at work and I would like to be able to treat it with something to keep it from drying out too much.
Jun 02, 2003 (4:26 pm)
Good question! I'd be curious as to suggestions as well.
#9034 of 23397 dewars - For soft top protection
Jun 02, 2003 (4:43 pm)
I use 303 Protectant.It is basically a sunscreen. I have only been able to buy it at local boat shops. Cost is about $1.00 an ounce depending on the size you buy. Six ounces lasts me a year. Works well on my top, tires (protects without making them look treated), and keeps the plastic parts from fading (like flares) It's advertised as SPF 30 for your stuff. Try www.303-products.com
#9035 of 23397 More on 303 Potectant
Jun 02, 2003 (4:47 pm)
I just took a look at their site. They actually call it SPF 40 for your stuff. They have a lot of really good information on all their products.