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post #1 of 10 Old 07-14-2010, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Couple of soft top questions

Hi all, I just purchased a 2010 Silver Sport, 6 speed, with a soft top. I'd like to know if I should put anything on the zippers? And if there is an easy way to raise the roof back up and into those clips alone. I find it difficult to raise the roof alone, doesn't seem to go up uniformly, I have to keep running back and forth to kinda coach it up.... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I had an 89 Wrangler S, with Square headlights, ever since I got rid of it, years ago, I wanted another one. Im finally back where I belong!!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-14-2010, 03:46 PM
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I use Mopar Zipper Lube for the rear window. Before, i could barely zip it back up with two hands, after applying that stuff i can easily zip it up easily with just one hand
Soft Top Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant By Mopar - Item # 5066440AA - a lot of people have found cheaper alternatives then this which im sure they'll post

Im not sure if yours is a 4dr? mine is, and i use to have a real hard time putting it up myself.. Now since i got rear seat covers, i just stand on the rear seats (with tailgate open) and bend over the roll bar, grab the Soft top bars and pull it up into the clips

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-14-2010, 06:09 PM
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practice w/ the top, by 3rd time you can do it w/o the video, doors are easier to remove, keep the top VERY CLEAN, covered if possible and use a decent after wash product tio keep it supple and clean too. Lube the zippers w/ MOPAR zipper lube, your dealer should give you some to start....use ONLY a plastic clean like Novus on the plastic windows and treat 'em gentle, the back ones gonna scratch just by getting dirty w/ rain/water film from bad weather anyway but, more gentle, longer they last...

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-14-2010, 06:55 PM
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Hi all, I just purchased a 2010 Silver Sport, 6 speed, with a soft top. I'd like to know if I should put anything on the zippers?
Bee's wax does wonders. Use the same stuff on a drysuit zipper. If it works for life support equipment, it works for soft top zippers just fine.

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And if there is an easy way to raise the roof back up and into those clips alone.
Yes. Put the back seat down, get in there, stand up in the back seat area, then reach down and pull the top up and pre-position it. Then get out, clip it into place. Trying to do it from the side while standing on the ground is very frustrating and can lead to stabbing the soft top multiple times with a large butcher knife in a fit of rage - and leads to needing to purchase a new soft top.
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Bee's wax does wonders. Use the same stuff on a drysuit zipper. If it works for life support equipment, it works for soft top zippers just fine.

Yes. Put the back seat down, get in there, stand up in the back seat area, then reach down and pull the top up and pre-position it. Then get out, clip it into place. Trying to do it from the side while standing on the ground is very frustrating and can lead to stabbing the soft top multiple times with a large butcher knife in a fit of rage - and leads to needing to purchase a new soft top.

lol... speaking from experience? I hope not
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-14-2010, 09:44 PM
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i stand on my back bumper and throw up the top. kinda balances by itself.

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If you have a 2 door then I have a good way to put up the top by yourself.

What i do is pull the top by the larger diameter (non-hinged) support bar and push it up further than it needs to go. At that height it will allow you to pull the smaller (hinged) support bar down as well as the windshield channel. (part that connects to the top of your windshield) Doing it this way keeps the top framework even as i push it up over the top. After the windsheild channel is up where it should be i hold the top against the top of the door frame then let the back top support bar go down into it's proper place.

Connect the two latches inside the jeep to the windsheild and then you're golden. Takes me less than a min to do. Not sure what you would do if you have the 4 door, i haven't played around with any of those
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i stand on my back bumper and throw up the top. kinda balances by itself.

X2. I stand on the hitch and throw it to the front. When I get it just right the side latches click in on their own.

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post #9 of 10 Old 07-15-2010, 04:49 PM
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One time, I took a stepladder with me, because I knew I'd need to put it up by myself, and by standing on the stepladder, I had enough leverage to do it.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-16-2010, 06:28 AM
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X2. I stand on the hitch and throw it to the front. When I get it just right the side latches click in on their own.
x3, this works for me. Alone I can get the top up in less than 5 minutes.
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