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Old September 28th, 2008, 12:47 PM
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Just put up my soft top- holy sh*t!!!

Damn, I heard it was tough to put up, but I wasn't expecting that!! Holy shi*t!!! 3-4 hours & a six pack to put up that damn thing. Granted, it was 60 degrees & cloudy. Maybe on a hot sunny day it would be easier. I still can't stretch it enough to get the top velcros over the alpine bows! Aaaarrggghhhh!
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Old September 28th, 2008, 01:50 PM
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This is how I do it. And it does help to let the sun shine on it for a while.

Put top over roll bars.
Attach snaps to roll bars and velcro over alpine bow.
Zip in windows
slide botttom plastic pieces into tracks along bottom edge.
Wait two or three days and then slide bttom rear part of top into rear tub
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Old September 28th, 2008, 06:47 PM
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Old September 28th, 2008, 08:45 PM
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The last time I put mine on, I had to put the truck in my garage and turn on my camping heater and let the whole garage warm up for an hour.
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Old September 28th, 2008, 10:11 PM
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The last time I put mine on, I had to put the truck in my garage and turn on my camping heater and let the whole garage warm up for an hour.
I put mine in the garage with the tent heater inside my D90 for several hours (or until the canister ran out); heat is a besttop's best friend!

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Old September 29th, 2008, 10:57 AM
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When i had the best top I would stick 2 electric radiators in the back for about an hour then finish putting the top on.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 12:11 PM
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Rub the roll-bar with armorall (or something similar). This will reduce friction allowing the top to slide...


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Old September 29th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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Anytime you install a top you should lay it out (preferably) on the vehicle and let it acclimate. You can drape the top on the vehicle with the windows zipped in but not attached to the beltrail strip. Put a small heater in the back and let the interior of the top heat up. All soft top manufacturers recommend doing this before installing a soft top on any vehicle. The bad point of the Bestop vinyl top is that the backing material is cotton and not polyester. The polyester backed vinyl does not have these issues.

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Old September 29th, 2008, 04:37 PM
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So how do you do that at the beach or when it starts raining?

If the tops just fit better you could simply install the top without any BS.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 04:52 PM
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"If the tops just fit better you could simply install the top without any BS."

This is why there are bows on a J**p. The bow's tension makes sure the top is always snug and aways fits. The roll cage is static on a D90 and, as a result, does not account for shrinkage in the top.

I am sure badger's tops are nicer, but the stock ones are not fun.

In rain, I used to just get the tickford "kinda" on.

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Old September 30th, 2008, 12:58 AM
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move to San Diego and you won't have to worry about year round :P
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You can also hose down the top and it'll soften up a bit
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Old October 1st, 2008, 10:03 PM
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Another option

I've been there and done that. The easiest way I found is to place the top on loosely and zip everything shut.
Start the truck and put the heater on high. In about 10 minutes the top will stretch enough to install. I have a 94 with snaps instead of rails. I also had a 97 with rails. You can do this on the beach or on the trail. Of course this contribute to global warming but if it gets warm enough you wont need to run the truck to heat up the top.
With an auxiliary heater your might melt something. Since those days I have installed an aluminum hardtop.
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