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Unread 11-15-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Soft Upper Door Flap...Solution!!!

So, I have full soft doors and lately on the high way they have been flaping/ pulling out along the top letting in wind and lots of noise. Needless to say this has been driving me crazy, so I did something about it. Im not sure if hard half doors have this problem to but im sure this will work for them too.

Well first off here is the soft door.




here is what it does!!!!!




The things you'll need:

-heavy duty snap fasteners
-heavy duty snap tool
-hammer
-2 pull straps





Firs thing you'll need to do is cut about a 2" slit in your soft uppers, scary I know. You must make the slit along the rod going down.





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Unread 11-15-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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This is where you will need to loop the end of the strap. You need to remove the two screws.



Next remove the hook from the end of the strap then cut down the straps longer then you know you'll need.





After you cut the straps burn the ends so the ends dont fray. Do this to the slit in the soft doors too.



then take the strap and mount it on the visor bracket and the other end around the rod in the soft upper. Then mark where the buttons need to be. Note, putting the strap around the rod between the fabric is pretty difficult, doing it with the window unzipper makes it a little easier.







I marked for three buttons for extra strength.

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Unread 11-15-2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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Remove the strap and fasten the buttons where you marked.





With just these three buttons it is very strong.

Then install the strap, heres what it looks like installed.



with the visor down, fully extended. I added an extra button to the end to make a loop so it wouldn't pull through, also acting as a very efficient door stop.







with the visor up fully extended



Then all three buttons fastened.



visor closed



Works great, heres a picture of me pressing very hard on the top corner of the door and it doesnt budge.



The strap is still easily fastened and unfastened







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Unread 11-15-2012, 05:30 PM   #4
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Well, there it is. I hop it helps someone else as much as it helped me.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 11:10 PM   #5
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Wow. I have been following your build and saw this thread link on your build thread. It is a great idea. If you had a way of doing that, but without cutting the door fabric, you could have a product you could sell. I have soft uppers on my doors and they do the same thing. I would do what you did but I really donít want to cut my doors. Again, awesome idea and great build!
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Unread 11-17-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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Wow. I have been following your build and saw this thread link on your build thread. It is a great idea. If you had a way of doing that, but without cutting the door fabric, you could have a product you could sell. I have soft uppers on my doors and they do the same thing. I would do what you did but I really don’t want to cut my doors. Again, awesome idea and great build!
Yeah, I was really afraid to do it but out ended up being just fine with no ill effects. I just made sure I took a lighter to the edge of the cut so it wouldn't Frey in the future. The ideal thing would be something that clamped around the for but I haven't looked into anything yet. Thanks
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Unread 11-20-2012, 09:24 PM   #7
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I have the same concern with cutting the door fabric. But other than that, it looks functional. Nicely done!
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Unread 11-20-2012, 09:36 PM   #8
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I have the same concern with cutting the door fabric. But other than that, it looks functional. Nicely done!
Thanks, I drove about 100 miles on the high way over the weekend and the worked flawlessly.
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Unread 11-22-2012, 11:52 AM   #9
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I'm installing a Bestop Supertop right now and the instructions say it's a trial and error period having to do with the front of the doors flapping. They state in the instructions that the steel used for the frame is very hard core and one should not be afraid to open the door and grab the top of the door upper and bend it toward the vehicle. In such a manner they say to work on getting the adjustment to your liking. Not sure if you tried this first but I wanted to post this in case others had the same problem and wanted to try this first.
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Unread 11-22-2012, 10:23 PM   #10
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I'm installing a Bestop Supertop right now and the instructions say it's a trial and error period having to do with the front of the doors flapping. They state in the instructions that the steel used for the frame is very hard core and one should not be afraid to open the door and grab the top of the door upper and bend it toward the vehicle. In such a manner they say to work on getting the adjustment to your liking. Not sure if you tried this first but I wanted to post this in case others had the same problem and wanted to try this first.
Yup, I've tried thus and yes I does work for the most part but if there are any kind of winds while on the high way they will pull out at the top. They might not do it right away for you since the are brand new but they will eventually.
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..... one should not be afraid to open the door and grab the top of the door upper and bend it toward the vehicle.
Interesting that Bestop recommends that!
I did similar but i pulled the soft upper door out and bent the rods that go into the door in a vice.
I did my 98 2 yrs ago and it's holding nicely so far. Those rods are stiff steel (on the tj atleast) and I don't see them being affected by road suction??
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A way better fix is to buy hard doors. Use the soft ones in the summer when they won't be on much anyway.
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A way better fix is to buy hard doors. Use the soft ones in the summer when they won't be on much anyway.
Not if you don't have the cash, plus I like the look of the soft does better.
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Interesting that Bestop recommends that!
I did similar but i pulled the soft upper door out and bent the rods that go into the door in a vice.
I did my 98 2 yrs ago and it's holding nicely so far. Those rods are stiff steel (on the tj atleast) and I don't see them being affected by road suction??
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I imagine the hard door surrounds make a difference.
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Unread 12-22-2012, 11:59 PM   #15
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damn thats a good idea, mine doesnt flap...yet but i will definitely keep this in mind
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