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Unread 11-27-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
monster96xj
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Soft Top Help

I just bought my first Wrangler, its a 2000 model and the PO didnt take very good care of the top, there's no holes or damage but the velcro is wore at the back windows and doesn't hold in place, there's also some small leaks around the stitching at the back, is there any conditioner i can buy to "soften" the top back up and make it usable for a little while longer? I also need to do something with the windows to get the "fog" off of them but not sure what to use that wont etch the plastic but works as it should.

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Unread 11-27-2014, 08:43 PM   #2
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You are better off getting a replacement roof. Anything you are trying to do to prolong the life of that roof is just pumping gas into a car at the junkyard. Don't waste the effort.
My '01 TJ has been through three soft tops, although we have typically left the Jeep outside in both Florida and Texas weather, so that shortens the lifespan. We have restitched the seams on the last two, and patched up tears in the rear window, but ultimately they were all a total loss.
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Unread 11-28-2014, 07:19 AM   #3
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The fog on the windows in probably scratches.

For the leaking at the stitching, you can try rubbing some silicon RTV, black or clear, into the seam and wipe off the excess. The silicon should fill the holes and still be pliable.

But like stated above, the fabric does just tired and old, and replacement is needed.
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Unread 11-28-2014, 07:21 AM   #4
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Patching is just temporary, and the problems will move somewhere else. Fortunately replacing the top on a Wrangler is easier and cheaper than pretty much any other convertible.
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Unread 11-28-2014, 07:26 AM   #5
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Also to mention, sometimes you can find used tops and window panels on CraigsList, etc. but there is no garuntee that they will be in any better shape.

I got real lucky finding one, and then even sold my older one.
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Unread 11-28-2014, 10:17 AM   #6
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the fog isnt scratches, its just fogged over, i will replace the top, just wanted to see if i could prolong it until summer time, soft tops are scarce around here, everyone runs them till the duct tape falls off....lol
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Unread 12-21-2014, 10:18 AM   #7
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I'm kinda wondering if the re-
conditioner for plastic headlights would help with cloudy plastic windows?
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Unread 12-21-2014, 04:36 PM   #8
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I'm kinda wondering if the re-
conditioner for plastic headlights would help with cloudy plastic windows?
possibly but there are cleaners specifically for plastic convertible windows (which are a very different material)
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Unread 01-18-2015, 09:31 AM   #9
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Everyone that has replied so far has told you to just replace it. That is not a cheap fix at all.

You can buy softtop conditioner/cleaner that will soften it up a bit. You can also buy specific cleaner for the windows. (Only use microfiber. Even paper towels will scratch it)

For the leak, put some RTV on the inside (like windshield sealant) and buy a can of tent waterproofing and spray the whole outside of the canvas, and focus on the spots that leak.

You can buy Velcro pretty cheap and just sew on replacement pieces where the old ones have worn out.


Hopefully that helps you.
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Unread 01-20-2015, 09:43 PM   #10
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I Dont know about these other guys but to me, and I'm guessing u, throwing down a half dozen 100 dollar bills for a new top isn't a cheap fix to get by. Cheap old dollar store furniture polish like the lemon or orange scent will buff all the fog out of your windows. Iv done it several times, works great! It works the same as " top conditioner" too but its a dollar a can. A guy at Quadratec told me this trick when I tried to order the conditioner. If u plan on replacing in the future u have nothing to lose and almost guarantee it will work.
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Unread 01-21-2015, 01:49 AM   #11
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you can find tops all day long for under $400.
I bought a brand new Factory top for $250. The guy was switching over to a HT. Look on flea bay and craigslist. Ask around to places that work on Jeeps. Someone always knows someone.
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