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Old June 5th, 2009, 06:21 PM
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Help - difficulty zipping sides back on to softtop

I am new to this great site.
Have a quick question for others with a 94 Defender 90 factory softop full roll cage (or similar Defender)
I zipped out the rear and side clear windows in the softtop, but I am having alot of diffculty zipping the sides back in again. I have a full cage and there doesnt seem to be alot of room to play with the zipper at the top of the window and get it started across. I swear it took me an hour ( with alot of swearing;-) to get the sides zipped back in again.

Is there a trick to this??

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Old June 5th, 2009, 06:31 PM
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I undo some of the top to give me more room to work the zippers. That and let the truck sit out in the sun for awhile to give it more pull.
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Old June 5th, 2009, 06:40 PM
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The main trick is to ditch the factory top for a Badger

Even on the best day there really isn't much room but it's not that hard to do once you figure out how to get it together. It's kind of like one of those ring puzzles where you have to angle things just right and in just the right order to get it together correctly.... it's really just one of those things you need to practice a bunch of times to see how to get it to go...
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Old June 5th, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Thanks Guys....
I thought it was probably normal.
I will give it another try and be a bit more patient.
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Old June 5th, 2009, 10:40 PM
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Do it when it is really hot from the sun and also, do one zipper a day over the course of a few days. Also helps to have JimC come by and help.
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Old June 7th, 2009, 01:27 AM
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The Trick when its not hot is to zip all the zippers about 6" then start feeding the belt line strip into the bottom - work the zippers slowly as you do this - take you time.
easist is to do it on a hot day and let the top relax

but start saving for the badger -which is what i am doing.
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Old June 7th, 2009, 02:52 AM
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yea... so the problem with everyone saying do it on a hot day is that if it was hot out you wouldn't want the fraking windows on in the first place...

They're always going to be a pain to put on when it's cooler (kind of a pain when it's warm too really) but it's possible and takes kind of knowing the best way to get it to go which almost just has to be discovered on your own... get it done and then take them off and do it again and then a few more times and you should get down pretty well how they can go on and off...
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Old June 7th, 2009, 02:56 AM
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yep you got it Brad - mine the windows are off most of the time in the summer (well so far since i've only had it since Feb)
it gets easier after the 5th time or so but the first time a hot day is the key - and wear gloves b/c you had is going to take the brunt of the punishment. when i'm at home i use a rubber mallet to roll the bottom in, saving my hands. takes about 1/2 the time too.

go slow and let the top stretch -
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