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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
newguywrangler
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softtop issues.

Hey guys,
set up my new soft top this weekend and got a few questions.
On my old soft op, when i latched the front latches i felt like the header moved forward or up a little bit, yet with the new top the ear of the header ( closet to your forehead) drops down upon latching.
Also the old top would go flush with the metal above the windshield, no groove or nothing, yet with the new top there is enough space that a pencil could sit in the groove and not roll out.

By the way its all new material, old hardware, and it was about 84 degrees out, top sat out all day in the heat before installation..

Any feedback?

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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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I haven't seen a stock soft top where the leading edge of the header touched the metal windshield frame. All have a gap where you can see some of the seal.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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I haven't seen a stock soft top where the leading edge of the header touched the metal windshield frame. All have a gap where you can see some of the seal.
sorry, maybe i didn't describe this in the best of ways, what i mean was, the previous top had a sliver of seal showing, yet with the new top i can literally rest a pencil in the gap and it would still have wiggle room in the gap. This lets water in to the vehicle and honestly is a pain.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 08:33 AM   #4
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Don't tuck the rear of the soft top prior to latching the front, it makes for the gap. Clamp front header first and then go to the back and tuck the rear corners, then finish off the rest. Mine has a small gap when secured.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 09:15 AM   #5
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sorry, maybe i didn't describe this in the best of ways, what i mean was, the previous top had a sliver of seal showing, yet with the new top i can literally rest a pencil in the gap and it would still have wiggle room in the gap. This lets water in to the vehicle and honestly is a pain.
Sounds like you've got too much of a gap. There is always a small gap (should be less than 1cm) between the front of the top header and the metal frame around the windsheild. But if you secure the header first, then work towards the back of the jeep securing the top you should eliminate that leak. Unless of course you are getting a leak when you open the door and have runoff from the top, that you can do nothing about other than park on an incline
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