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Unread 09-13-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
Gomofast
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Replacement soft top latch?

One of my latches has a broken rivet. The dealer wants $53 for a new latch! I'm sure someone has found them cheaper. Please let me know where you've found them.

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Unread 09-13-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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Quadratec wants $60 for them. Unbelievable.

This is the best I've found so far, but still seems like a lot...
http://www.factorymoparparts.com/68003656aa.html
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08 JK Unlimited X, 2" Black Diamond lift, 33's, 1.5" wheel spacers, stubby bumper mod.

98 TJ Sport, 4" Rough Country Lift, homemade discos,
35" BFG Mud Terrain T/A KM's, 4.56 gears, Detroit Truetrac
up front, factory Trac-Lok out back,Warn M8274 8000lb
winch, York OBA, rock guards, custom intake, 48" HI Lift.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
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how to replace a soft top latch

Thanks for that link. My order for one just arrived. Now, does anyone have any idea on how to replace it? I was able to get the old one off because it was bent badly... no idea how to get the new one screwed on.
two problems:
1) the screw holes are not lining up with the plastic opening
2) how do you get a screw driver to the bolts once in place?!?!
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Unread 02-01-2013, 09:08 AM   #4
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Yeah, it's tricky. I think getting the holes to line up was the hardest part. If I remember correctly, I think I suck a small screw driver in one of the holes and used that to pry left or right while I started the screw in the other hole. Definitely took me a few tries to make it work.

As far as getting your screw driver to the holes, I think it's just a matter of flipping the latch up or down (or perhaps the outside part up and the inside part down, etc.). There's one arrangement where you can make it work, you just have to play with it.
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08 JK Unlimited X, 2" Black Diamond lift, 33's, 1.5" wheel spacers, stubby bumper mod.

98 TJ Sport, 4" Rough Country Lift, homemade discos,
35" BFG Mud Terrain T/A KM's, 4.56 gears, Detroit Truetrac
up front, factory Trac-Lok out back,Warn M8274 8000lb
winch, York OBA, rock guards, custom intake, 48" HI Lift.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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thanks for the info. the bracket int he header thing was a pain in the A*s to get into place.. i ended up taking a powerful magnet and placing it between the header and the soft top and that held it in place good enough for me to get the bolts started.
Unlatching the soft top completely (on the drivers side and side channels) was a big help as well. It allowed me to move the hinge around more and expose the bolts better. it was also less frustrating than having to get weird angles.
I love working on my jeep... but hate dealing with soft tops! of course I found a few other things that needed attention during this mornings repair. oh well, thats the fun of having a jeep, right?
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Unread 02-01-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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There's always something to fix.
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08 JK Unlimited X, 2" Black Diamond lift, 33's, 1.5" wheel spacers, stubby bumper mod.

98 TJ Sport, 4" Rough Country Lift, homemade discos,
35" BFG Mud Terrain T/A KM's, 4.56 gears, Detroit Truetrac
up front, factory Trac-Lok out back,Warn M8274 8000lb
winch, York OBA, rock guards, custom intake, 48" HI Lift.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 12:27 PM   #7
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I had the same problem. For a part to be used so much and abuse it will get, it is flimsy made...LOL
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