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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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