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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2003, 09:34 AM
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soft top operation for a newbie

I just bought my first Jeep. I've only put the top down once and back up once (in the dark - what a pain). The top will go up and down at least once a day. Do I have to remove the rear window to put the top down or can I just roll it up. I think the video said I could roll it but the owners manual said to remove it. Is there an easy way to deal with the side curtains? I just removed them, folded up the rear seat, and set them behind between some beach towels so they don't scratch. I've got an '03 with steel doors. [img]images/graemlins/RockOn.gif[/img]
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2003, 09:55 AM
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Re: soft top operation for a newbie

You should be able to just roll up the rear window and put the top down. My Jeep came with bags to hold the side windows. A better solution is to put the top down and take the doors off on Memorial day and put it all back on Labor day. If I need a little protection from the elements I can raise the top with no windows or doors and stay some what dry. If worse comes to worse like the last flood we had I can drive the beater 77 Dodge D100.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2003, 03:53 PM
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Re: soft top operation for a newbie

You can buy a portfolio type bag (art stores have them) if you're interested in keeping them pristine. Personally though, I roll up the back window if I know It's going to be raining and put the side windows under the back seat, if you fold them in half you can leave the fold far enough towards the back of the jeep that it won't crease.

leaving the back rolled for a long time or in serious heat it not the best of ideas. I have button marks in mine now that I did that.

Also I would say, after 4 or 5 times you won't believe how much better you get at putting up and taking off the top. I can go from uninstalled soft top to done in about 15 minutes now, from folded soft top to covered in way under 5 - you just get better at it, learn where to hang the velcro so you can get the zippers lined up etc....

My first 3 times I didn't know the front windshield "clips" expanded out - ugh I had a bear of a time trying to get the backend on...

If you have any friends with a late model - offer them a beer or something to get them over there - you'll learn something.


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