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post #121 of 186 Old 02-05-2014, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Yes. Put jeep in neutral (hopefully on the slightest incline), get out with the winch controller and reel the jeep in. While the line is reeling in, watch it spool on the drum and make sure it is evenly reeling in. If not, stop it and adjust.
Sounds simple enough and makes sense. Thanks again!

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post #122 of 186 Old 02-09-2014, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Update on the soft top. Initially had agreed with the manufacture that I would keep the 'open item' one they sent me and they would send the roll bar covers I was going to order...for free. After doing an inventory of parts, 3 were missing, the lock tite had been opened and used, dried lock tite was on some of the screws, and in the holes of the frame, scratches and gauges on the frame, and dog hair all over the soft top pieces. Not worth the free roll bar kit, it was going back. They overnighted a brand new one direct for the maker. I got it Friday.

Due to the cold weather and it needing to be above 72 to install the fabric I had to install it in the garage. Completed it yesterday! Also got the new seat covers on.

Drove it today for the first time with my first soft top...ever. Surprisingly was not as noisy as I was expecting. Still not a fan of outside look of the warped looking windows. I also thought visibility inside was going to be limited and I wasn't going to like the tint. Nope & nope. Visibility is perfectly clear and still nice and bright inside. I'm sure driving at night will be very different in that regards.

The fabric is incredibly tight of course from being new. It's so tight that the header bar doesn't seem to seat right and there is a slight gap. The windows were also extremely difficult to zip in from having no slack. I really hope this gets better overtime because I will not see the benefit or convenience of someone wanting put that much effort into taking it down each time. Also not sure of an easier way to utilize the cargo space with the tailgate bar being there. You just pull it off each time you need to access back there?
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post #123 of 186 Old 02-09-2014, 10:22 AM
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once the weather is nice, I either have the top off or have back window rolled up with the bar. big things you will have to pop it out. granted mines a yj and could be different
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post #124 of 186 Old 02-09-2014, 10:23 AM
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After it gets warmer there and the top will stretch out some and it will be easier to put on. Put the latches in the windsheild holes without latching them down, then put the rear corners in and the sides in over the doors, then latch the latches down.

And for the windows use the velcro on the back side to hold the back of the window up higher as you get the zippers started, then after you get the zipper going across the top let the window hang and finish installing.

You will also find that the tailgate bar isn't that bad. You can roll it up with the window after unzipping both zippers up on the sides. There are straps that have a snap to hold it up.
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post #125 of 186 Old 02-09-2014, 05:21 PM
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If/when you roll up the rear window roll a towel up inside it, to keep the window from scratching itself.
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post #126 of 186 Old 02-09-2014, 06:36 PM
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Subscribed! Good to see other new builders! Did you end up getting the thimble?

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post #127 of 186 Old 02-09-2014, 08:45 PM
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Visibility was never really an issue out the back windows unless it was raining really hard or was driving down 64 on that 2 lane going to Williamsburg. X2 on the towel before rolling the back window up. Especially if you're going to roll it up then drop the top. Manufacturer (bestop) says to latch the front then pull the back corners down to get the best stretch. Sent from my pocket brick

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post #128 of 186 Old 02-10-2014, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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once the weather is nice, I either have the top off or have back window rolled up with the bar. big things you will have to pop it out. granted mines a yj and could be different
I'm sure the you slip the bar off the back window then roll it up. Would anyone ever unzip the window completely off, leave the bar attached, then roll the bar and window together to store it?

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After it gets warmer there and the top will stretch out some and it will be easier to put on. Put the latches in the windsheild holes without latching them down, then put the rear corners in and the sides in over the doors, then latch the latches down.

And for the windows use the velcro on the back side to hold the back of the window up higher as you get the zippers started, then after you get the zipper going across the top let the window hang and finish installing.

You will also find that the tailgate bar isn't that bad. You can roll it up with the window after unzipping both zippers up on the sides. There are straps that have a snap to hold it up.
I did the same thing but having the velcro hold up the side that would have been hanging! I'll try attached the header latches but not locking them down until the rear corners are secure. Thanks for the tips!

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If/when you roll up the rear window roll a towel up inside it, to keep the window from scratching itself.
As usual, you are genius. This makes perfect sense and sounds like something you would find out the hard way. I appreciate not having to do that.

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Subscribed! Good to see other new builders! Did you end up getting the thimble?

Awesome, thanks! No, haven't looked into the thimble yet. I think I'll loop back to my recovery equipment once I sign up for a trail ride. Is it recommended to go riding with someone first to learn the ropes before taking your own rig out?

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Visibility was never really an issue out the back windows unless it was raining really hard or was driving down 64 on that 2 lane going to Williamsburg. X2 on the towel before rolling the back window up. Especially if you're going to roll it up then drop the top. Manufacturer (bestop) says to latch the front then pull the back corners down to get the best stretch. Sent from my pocket brick
The manual for this install from Bestop had me secure the corners first then the header. Maybe it's different after it is all assembled and installed. I'll definitely be trying that though, something has to be easier then sitting on your roof while your husband tears his muscles to latch them down. I'll need to work out more.
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post #129 of 186 Old 02-10-2014, 01:50 PM
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I'm sure the you slip the bar off the back window then roll it up.
I always rolled the bar right up with the window, it keeps it nice and even. Never tried the towel thing, adding that to the list Granted mines a yj so its probably a little different
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Genius? I think not. LOL. Just passing on the info I've either learned myself, or was given by others.
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post #131 of 186 Old 02-11-2014, 08:09 AM
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The manual for this install from Bestop had me secure the corners first then the header.
the easiest way i have found to put the soft top on was to just attach the front header but not latch it. this leaves a little slack in the top to be able to tuck the sail panels (rear corners) in the rear. then go back and latch the front header to tighten everything up.

trying to attach and latch the front header with the sail panels attached is a PITA.
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the easiest way i have found to put the soft top on was to just attach the front header but not latch it. this leaves a little slack in the top to be able to tuck the sail panels (rear corners) in the rear. then go back and latch the front header to tighten everything up. trying to attach and latch the front header with the sail panels attached is a PITA.
I go with latching the front first, then the back corners, then the rest of the panels. I've gotten to take no longer than 5 min lol

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post #133 of 186 Old 02-20-2014, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Wrecked the Jeep today Took a half day off from work to enjoy lunch and go chop all my hair off aaaaaand...less than 1 mile from work bam! Just a little fender bender, not terrible. I can attest though my new front bumper is a beast, very impressed. It's a pretty drastic way of getting a new set of fender flares but I'll take it. Think positive...think positive.
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post #134 of 186 Old 02-21-2014, 05:39 AM
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That bites. It doesn't sound like it was too bad though. Was it your fault?

You'll have to post a pic of the damage.
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post #135 of 186 Old 02-21-2014, 08:18 AM
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pictures are needed.

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