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TJ Apex
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:00 pm    Post subject: Folding the top down Reply with quote

Every once in a while I'll get the wild hair and put the top down...like we all do. Now I know it's not that hard to do but I've seen other TJ's running around with there tops folded down almost flush with the body, really low and clean, and I haven't been able to get it below the the 3rd break light.
What the hell am I doing wrong!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

are all the windows removed first?
are the back flaps disconected and folded in?
are the front clamps are not flipped down?
is The top is folding accordion style as it's being brought to the back?
would you have a pic if this dont help
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do remove all the windows and try to fold it as neatly as possible, but as I get the top just over the back of the roll bar it seems to bind and I dont see what causes it.
Do the rear corners need to be removed?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do and flip them into the top first as the top is coming down. But I dont see how that would cause the binding so far up. I unclip everything, and from the back of the Jeep I pull the top into me and fold everything into the center as it comes down. maybe theres binding between the mid bar and the front of the top? Mine folds right flat and i'm able to replace the original dust cover.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot to mention that I have full doors, that may make a differance too
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TJ Apex wrote:
I forgot to mention that I have full doors, that may make a differance too


Hrmm, mine folds flat...are you ensuring that the plastic strips that clip into the channel above your doors is laying down correctly? Did ya watch the video that came with the Jeep? Has everything you need to know on it Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[are you ensuring that the plastic strips that clip into the channel above your doors is laying down correctly?]

That could be it. I found sometimes that those channels dont want to fold in properly.
Were suppose to have a video?
Does it come on CD?
Your able to even think about putting the top down?
Time for this Winnipegger to move south!!![/quote]
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

canuck4welr wrote:
Were suppose to have a video?
Does it come on CD?


Mine came with one from the factory, but it was on VHS Confused . I'm told even the 06's come with VHS instructions...sad...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did buy my Jeep from a Jeep Dealer but it was used and no video was included...BASTARDS! I had to figure it out on my own.
The channels do fold in the center but sometimes they fold in the wrong spot and I have to lift it back up to get to fold correctly.

But whoever owned it before did buy a Bestop "Bikini" or half top for it.

It's not quit time to put the top down yet, where I'm at, we’ve had a dry winter but the last few days we got pounded with 18" of snow.
I think it's time to go rescue some Hummers and other “low landers”
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup. My 2006 came with the instructions on VHS tape. pissed
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a site that has the video that shows how to put the top down?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would be nice to have the whole video on a PDF file.
Anyone know where it can be found?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry - ment MPEG file
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heres a writeup I did a while back.
http://www.links4jeeps.com/writeups/softtop/
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting the pics, there's a couple things at the end that didn't do to make the top sit lower, and the way your pics show is how I've seen other TJ's running around.
Thanks again
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