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ReDinTX 11-09-2013 08:59 AM

Cant snap my soft top
 
I replaced the snaps on the window rail clips, and when I tried to snap the top on them, i dont have enough slack! the PO replaced the plastic studs with bolts, on the windshield brackets, but when i removed the bolts, it did not free up any slack for the top. I have tried in the warm sun and still no luck, i am at a loss.

The top flaps in the wind on the highway and not only is very annoying but the snaps are also rubbing spots on the window rail.

Also, while looking for advice, I saw mention of a tailgate bar, which i do not have. anyone have any pics of theirs?

suggestions?
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...psf197b579.jpg http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps30130aa0.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps3ba87b63.jpg http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps3deddb29.jpg http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...psc8bc516e.jpg http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps3e1f7dd0.jpg
http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps9d7541f8.jpg http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps75a24c06.jpg http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps27ce0a6d.jpg

irnmadn88 11-09-2013 09:21 AM

That bolt will have to go. IIRC, there should be enough tension in the top to keep the window rail in place without the bolts.

Look up YJ soft top parts on q-tech. They are not expensive.

A little spray lubricant in the snap head.

If the warm sun does not help, try getting the top wet.

Snap one side, go to other side and pull along the entire edge. Unsnap first side, snap other side, repeat pulling on top from other side. Then try to get the whole thing snapped.

YJ soft top tailgate bar:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/11033_301_07.htm

Beaveranger 11-09-2013 09:27 AM

The only way to get more slack is to get it warm. Wet helps some, too. Especially when setting it out in the sun to warm. Harder to do in winter months, obviously. I have always found that my top never snaps all the way around. It is always snug and keeps rain out tho. Snaps rattle when driving. I just chalk it up to one of those individual quirks about my Jeep in particular. :dunno:

This is the tailgate bar

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps3d3382f1.jpg

It slides out like this

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps2acac4dd.jpg

Attached here

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps82d323fa.jpg

Yeah, mine is pretty old. 18 years to be exact

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...psb8fca6aa.jpg

Hooks to the jeep here

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...pse0ebf840.jpg

Old4X 11-09-2013 09:28 AM

In the fall when I reinstall my top, it has shrunk to the point nothing firts.

I park it in full sun, and put an electric space heater in the rear bed. After about an hour I have plenty of slack everywhere and have no problems fitting everything and getting all snaps fastened.

ReDinTX 11-09-2013 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by irnmadn88 (Post 17566330)
That bolt will have to go. IIRC, there should be enough tension in the top to keep the window rail in place without the bolts.

Look up YJ soft top parts on q-tech. They are not expensive.

A little spray lubricant in the snap head.

If the warm sun does not help, try getting the top wet.

Snap one side, go to other side and pull along the entire edge. Unsnap first side, snap other side, repeat pulling on top from other side. Then try to get the whole thing snapped.

YJ soft top tailgate bar:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/11033_301_07.htm


The snaps will fir together, i just dont have enough slack to do it. I removed the bolt thinking it was pushing the rail out too wide, nope. didnt come in any when i removed the bolt. I then raised the rail up slightly to be able to snap the snaps, but when I lowered it back in place, they all popped off


Quote:

Originally Posted by Beaveranger (Post 17566442)
The only way to get more slack is to get it warm. Wet helps some, too. Especially when setting it out in the sun to warm. Harder to do in winter months, obviously. I have always found that my top never snaps all the way around. It is always snug and keeps rain out tho. Snaps rattle when driving. I just chalk it up to one of those individual quirks about my Jeep in particular. :dunno:

This is the tailgate bar

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps3d3382f1.jpg

It slides out like this

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps2acac4dd.jpg

Attached here

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps82d323fa.jpg

Yeah, mine is pretty old. 18 years to be exact

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...psb8fca6aa.jpg

Hooks to the jeep here

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...pse0ebf840.jpg

so on my rear window panel, theres a plastic "tube" for lack of a better word, thats in a sleeve at the bottom, is that what slides into this tailgate bar?

Beaveranger 11-09-2013 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ReDinTX (Post 17567674)
so on my rear window panel, theres a plastic "tube" for lack of a better word, thats in a sleeve at the bottom, is that what slides into this tailgate bar?

Just flip up your back window. Should be a rubber "tube" sewn in near the bottom.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps8b521a0d.jpg

Slides into here on the tailgate bar

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...psdc285651.jpg

Slider her in like this

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps421b6f78.jpg

Hope this helps :2thumbsup:

ReDinTX 11-09-2013 02:12 PM

pics are worth a thousand words! Thnx dude, helps a BUNCH!

Beaveranger 11-09-2013 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ReDinTX (Post 17571697)
pics are worth a thousand words! Thnx dude, helps a BUNCH!

I agree. And no problem.

lander2312 11-10-2013 06:27 PM

Plug in a small area space heater and let it sit there foe an hours or so...you should have plenty of space then.


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