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Unread 05-12-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Soft top frustration / New top advice ...

Ok guys, help me pick a new soft top, its taken me over an hour already to try and get this wrecthed smittybilt soft top on, in 45F weather. Way too much frustration with the back window zipper!!!!!!

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(a) easy to put the darned thing back on
(b) being able to fold the front part back for "sunroof" mode, when the weather is more iffy

also any advice on how to get this darned back window in would be so gratefully received. I'm thinking the smittybilt top was the cheapest for a reason... so frustrated!!!!

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Unread 05-12-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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How do you expect to get a top on when its 45 degrees out?

It's pretty crappy out there today around here too.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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I also have a smittybuilt, but it sounds way too cold where ur at, it can't stretch at that temp,I think the instructions say install when it's +75', otherwise u risk breaking the zippers,, good luck
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Unread 05-12-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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It was a pain for me to install my smittybuilt top and it was 70 and sunny out when I did it. It's a really tight fit for the top compared to OEM, or at least the OEM 2006 top I was using originally.

I'd suggest starting your Jeep, turning on the heat full blast/hottest setting, and aim the vents at the roof of the top. It'll help loosen the top up enough to get the windows zipped up. You'll want to have the doors closed, the front uppers install, and the roof/rear sail panels latched down (clamp down the header clips last though, just have the latches in the hole).

It should only take a few minutes for the heat to noticeably loosen the top so you will barely use any gas at all letting it idle. I do this sometimes when re-installing a soft top at night when its cool so I don't have to spend 20 minutes fighting with zippers.
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Unread 05-12-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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I know on my OEM top a little lube on the zippers help, hot or cold.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 06:49 AM   #6
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I just got the Softoppper frameless soft top. I would recommend checking it out.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 10:14 AM   #7
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I'm thinking the smittybilt top was the cheapest for a reason... so frustrated!!!!
You are correct!
Install the front and pull down really hard on the rear frame and it will go on in any temps.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
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70f to get a top on. Find a heated garage. I just bought a Frameless NX Bestop and at 68f I could not put the side windows on.
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