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Unread 05-31-2008, 05:38 PM   #1
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I'm having difficulty getting my soft top to fully retracted into the tub. The best I can do is about five inches above, which is pretty similar to the way it's done in the link below that I found. I see some guys with them sitting more than a foot high, which really looks like crap. Is there a detailed link with some close-up pictures showing the exact/best way to fully fold and tuck this thing in, without damaging the material? I have the sailcloth top which is pretty thick and not very pliable. Any pictures would be great!

http://www.links4jeeps.com/writeups/softtop/

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Unread 05-31-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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I get my whole top below the tub level, and I have two 10" subs.

I'll take pics eventually.
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Unread 05-31-2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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There actually is a proper way of folding the top down. I have subs in the trunk of my TJ so I don't have any room to fold the top down behind the rear seat and I can still manage to get it sticking only a few inches above the tub.

First, take out the windows. duh.

Now, get it ready to be put down (remove all the fin things that tuck into the tub railing). At the rear, take the long corner pieces and fold them up and lay them across the top of the rear soft top. They should be horizontal, laying across eachother.

Now with the corner pieces laying on top of the rear most bow (with the top still up), fold the top down flat. You should always be able to get the rear and middle bows under neath the tub. It's best done when warm or hot.



That's without any storage room in the rear. It's the same thing as an instratrunk. You should have more room than that. That is about how low it goes for me now. About average. And that's sloppy. I could make it much neater if I cared.

Anyone else get their top lower?
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Unread 05-31-2008, 05:52 PM   #4
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My LJ sits a couple inches up, but I normally take my time w/ the folds and really press things down to make it look clean.

This pic is kinda sloppy though.

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Unread 05-31-2008, 05:53 PM   #5
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That top in Bman's photo above is as low as I've ever gotten mine in the past 12 years. I stopped worrying about how it looks by not being down perfectly many years ago.
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Unread 05-31-2008, 06:01 PM   #6
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I usally take mine completely off by late March early April and leave it off till About Oct.or Nov. so I just fold the hardware back..
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Unread 05-31-2008, 06:05 PM   #7
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I usally take mine completely off by late March early April and leave it off till About Oct.or Nov. so I just fold the hardware back..
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Unread 05-31-2008, 07:33 PM   #8
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Am I the only person that would rather take the entire soft top & frame off instead of just folding it down? I don't think I've ever folded it down... I figure that if I'm going to take the sides and back window out I might as well just take the 4 screws out of the frame clips and take the whole thing off........... maybe that's just me though..........

PS: At first I thought this thread was about someone lowering their Jeep.... lol :::


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Unread 05-31-2008, 07:47 PM   #9
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I would just take it completely off if i had a garage but i live in an apartment so it's not an option. Anyways, I usually have no problem getting it down to where the only thing sticking up is the windshield channle. It's all about tucking in each rail individually and pulling out all the slack in between rail as you fold it down. to finish it off i have a set of adjustable sleeping bag straps that i wrap around it and tighten down and then it only sticks about an inch or two above the tub.
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Unread 05-31-2008, 09:21 PM   #10
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lowest mine goes is about 4" above the tub edge



its not that noticeable though.


@ the comment about just taking the top off completely, yea it only takes two minutes, but its not when it gets cold or starts raining and your away from home to be able to toss the softtop up and be all set especially with a kid in the backseat
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Unread 05-31-2008, 09:49 PM   #11
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Taking the top off completely is easy with the quick disconnects I have installed but when traveling out-of-town I want the top and windows with me. Also, the reason I want it as low as possible is because I occasionally use the clover patch window roll bag, which gets laced on top of the lowered top. It's just is too high with that on top....

1CleanTJ I think you have it lowest so far; is that top made with the sailcloth material?
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Am I the only person that would rather take the entire soft top & frame off instead of just folding it down? I don't think I've ever folded it down... I figure that if I'm going to take the sides and back window out I might as well just take the 4 screws out of the frame clips and take the whole thing off........... maybe that's just me though..........

PS: At first I thought this thread was about someone lowering their Jeep.... lol :::

EXACTLY...I do this each time. I take the side windows out, remove hardware for top, remove my doors completely and stuff it all in the shed. I have gotten faster at it each time and can do it in about 5-10 minutes. If I got the quick connect top hardware, it would go much faster.
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Unread 06-01-2008, 09:20 AM   #14
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If you know how to do it, folding the top down so it's nice and flat really is very easy. I think they do a good job of explaining it in the video that comes with a new TJ. Try and get your hands on one of those.
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Unread 06-01-2008, 10:26 AM   #15
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As the author of said writeup my only goal for the height is so its low enough so I can get my duster cover on, which I can every time. I keep all my gear back there and I don't want it walking off or in the eyes of those who might want to barrow some of it while forgetting to tell me.

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