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post #1 of 5 Old 09-24-2013, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hard top warping?

Had my half doors and rampage top on all summer but the mornings and nights are getting colder so I decided to put my full doors and hard top back on. But when I clamped down the locks from the hard top to the windshield the doors wont shut without hitting the top. The rubber gets bent backwards and the metal edge of the door hits the top.
I had this set up on last year so I know it all works. Hard top has been stored on end on a stand in the garage and doors have been kept in my room. Is it possible that the hard top could have warped in any way?

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-24-2013, 07:07 PM
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I doubt the hardtop got warped. I dont think fiberglass can warp for that matter. If im understanding you correctly the part thats hitting the hard top is the rubber gasket on the trailing edge of the door? If so try undoing the windshield clips, loosening the bolts, slide it back a little, tighten the bolts back down and then clamp it to the windshield. I've had this problem before with my hard top. It was just an issue of getting it bolted back down properly.

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that is more than likely the problem^^. However I do believe fiberglass can warp.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-25-2013, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Yes the rubber is hitting but also the metal part of the door next to the rubber is hitting in some areas. When putting on the top in the past I have just sat it down on the tub, clipped the windshield in, then worried about the bolts. This time I had put it on how you suggested and got all the bolts tightened and the drivers side clip in. If I try to clamp down the passenger side clip it pulls the top forward enough for it to hit the door again. Not buying a new top, doors or tub lol so need to live with it or play with it to try to fix it.
As far as warping goes that was the only thing I could think of that could have happened. Although I don't know how or why it would happen when they sell carts that sit the top in the position mine was resting in.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-25-2013, 12:45 PM
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Hardtops can deform under pressure. The PO stored the hardtop with a heavy object on top of it, so now it is sunk in the middle.

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