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Unread 04-29-2013, 07:55 AM   #6061
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Looks like everyone had fun!

Can someone fill me in on soft tops with our jeeps?

The TJ has a Bestop replace-a-top (i think its the cheaper of the 3 options) thats about 6 months old. It fit ok during the winter. I say OK becasue the passenger side front area that connects to the top of the windshield has always had a slight "cracked window" noise and the driver/pass side rear section that tucks into the rails just below the rear windows (the windows next to the rear seat) pops out of the tracks every 50 miles or so.

Now that its warmed up and the sun is getting hotter, it fits poorly. I had my windows open Saturday and i noticed some noise from the rear window area. I look back and the whole soft top is undone where it connects to the tub in a 18" section on both sides. I stopped a few miles down the road, tucked it in properly, went into walmart then came out and drove home. Almost as soon as i hit 50 mph the back section popped out again. I cant keep it in the rail, nothing will keep it snug. It fits very very loose.

Is there a way to adjust the soft top frame? I need to remove about 1.5" of slack i figure.

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Unread 04-29-2013, 10:35 AM   #6062
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There's nothing that adjusts the top tension, except the latches at the windshield header panel. I assume you have those locked down (right??). If that top uses the factory frame, look at the two bows. There should be some webbing along the top that connects the bows. It's riveted to the bows and perhaps came undone. Maybe the top isn't fully attached to the rear bow? It just snaps on there.

You shouldn't have this kind of issue with a 6 month old top, so something probably came undone with the frame. My 8 year old OEM top is still nice and tight; I have to push down on the rear bow to gain enough slack to remove the "C-pillar" flap. The 97 has an aftermarket top (forget the brand) that is very tight. It's difficult to put up and down because it's so tight.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 03:28 PM   #6063
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Helping my buddy get ready for Bundy this weekend

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His jeep is running too rich, trying to figure everything out
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Unread 04-29-2013, 04:04 PM   #6064
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There's nothing that adjusts the top tension, except the latches at the windshield header panel. I assume you have those locked down (right??). If that top uses the factory frame, look at the two bows. There should be some webbing along the top that connects the bows. It's riveted to the bows and perhaps came undone. Maybe the top isn't fully attached to the rear bow? It just snaps on there.

You shouldn't have this kind of issue with a 6 month old top, so something probably came undone with the frame. My 8 year old OEM top is still nice and tight; I have to push down on the rear bow to gain enough slack to remove the "C-pillar" flap. The 97 has an aftermarket top (forget the brand) that is very tight. It's difficult to put up and down because it's so tight.
Ill look it over, maybe somethings loose. It was barely noticeable in the winter when i got it (because it was cold im guessing). But its gotten pretty bad in the warmer weather.

Ill give it some eye balling tonight. If nothing, ill call best top and see what they say.

Also someone is coming from Everet (sp) MI, to look at/buy the welder tonight.

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Mmmmm 8 cylinders of Jeep.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 09:05 PM   #6065
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Is that the blue yj that hangs around wmu?
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Unread 04-29-2013, 09:24 PM   #6066
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Is that the blue yj that hangs around wmu?
Yes
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Unread 04-30-2013, 02:45 AM   #6067
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Helping my buddy get ready for Bundy this weekend

His jeep is running too rich, trying to figure everything out
Needs more turbo?

'00 XJ not quite there..
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Unread 04-30-2013, 05:27 AM   #6068
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Checked out the soft top bow, its snug as a bug. Nothing is loose as far as the frame goes. The header clamps are down and snug as well. Ill call best top and see what they think.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 05:31 AM   #6069
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That webbing strap connected? I had to re-rivet mine a few years ago.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 08:34 AM   #6070
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Pretty good lightning show followed the rain this morning. Headed east for you folks out that way.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 08:59 AM   #6071
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Pretty good lightning show followed the rain this morning. Headed east for you folks out that way.
So much for warm and cloudy. I had plans to work on the jeep today on my one day of break.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 09:02 AM   #6072
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I think it should clear out by the afternoon. There was hail falling a few minutes ago....
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Unread 04-30-2013, 10:25 AM   #6073
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My buddy Collin was telling me about that, sounds like a sweet rig
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Unread 04-30-2013, 06:21 PM   #6074
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Fabricating some brackets for my tow bar...

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Unread 04-30-2013, 07:43 PM   #6075
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Plasti dipped my rims today, turned out pretty good

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