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Unread 05-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Soft-top question

Is there suppose to be straps on the rear of the factory frame? It seems like mine is missing something because the rear is saggy. Or any suggestions to tighten it up.

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Unread 05-27-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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If you mean in the upper rear above the window ,those are to hold the window when it is rolled up.

The top should end up tight with the rears tucked under the body lip and the header clipped to the windshield. Is this a new factory top?
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Unread 05-27-2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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Sorry the the vagueness of my question :P I'm referring to the center cross bar and the rear bar right above the rear window. There are rivets on both as if something use to connect the two. It's the factory frame and a Quadratec replace a top.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 04:34 PM   #4
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On a factory top there is a strap between the bows riveted to the frame.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
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Hmm bought this jeep used. Wonder why they would have removed them...
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Unread 05-27-2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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On a factory top there is a strap between the bows riveted to the frame.
for some strange reason they are called "staypad straps".

there are service kits available. but when one of mine pulled from the rivets, I just used some appropriate screws.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 05:21 PM   #7
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Hmm bought this jeep used. Wonder why they would have removed them...
they tend to get ripped out at the rivets if the top is put up carelessly.

I've snagged my own before and have seen it happen when the front bow is yanked forward to pull the whole top up.

I try to lift the whole top up from the rear to the middle then let the rear portion drop back down while pushing the front the rest of the way. Easiest to by stepping up on the bumper.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 05:31 PM   #8
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So do you guys think this could be the cause of my saggy rear end :giggles: the rear corners fit loosely into the body lips and have come out when the front windows have been down and rear rolled up...
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Unread 05-27-2013, 06:37 PM   #9
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So do you guys think this could be the cause of my saggy rear end :giggles: the rear corners fit loosely into the body lips and have come out when the front windows have been down and rear rolled up...
Yes, without the staypad straps the rear bow will sag and the sail panels will come out from the corners.

A quick search looks like the straps cost around $40-50 per strap.

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Unread 05-27-2013, 09:10 PM   #10
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Awesome, thanks for the help! But, I'm pretty sure I can make some straps for a long cheaper haha
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Unread 05-28-2013, 08:22 AM   #11
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Awesome, thanks for the help! But, I'm pretty sure I can make some straps for a long cheaper haha
no doubt!

check out:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/re...bbing-1240039/

(that's a TJ, but you get the idea....)
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