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Old March 17th, 2016, 11:34 AM
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Greatest morning ever! 97 NAS 90

After years of waiting to buy one and then a few agonizing days for it to arrive, this morning I got my very big, and I'm sure very costly, bundle of joy!

I'm sure I'll be asking a fair amount of silly questions as I'm a complete novice when it comes to these cars, so I'll kick it off in style by asking - is the gap between the window and the seals on the roof off bc 1) the doors aren't aligned? 2.) the roof isn't attached correctly or 3.) this is just how it is on a defender and I should deal with it?

Absolutely cannot wait to enjoy this car and will take some pics later for the registry once I get it cleaned up.

Cheers!

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Old March 17th, 2016, 11:40 AM
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Congrats! More pics?

And to answer your three questions: Yes.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 11:45 AM
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Question 3 - Since that's an original Bestop, be glad it A) is still intact and B) the gap isn't bigger.

Congrats.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 11:57 AM
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Question 3 - Since that's an original Bestop, be glad it A) is still intact and B) the gap isn't bigger.

Congrats.
That is a massive gap, even by rover standards.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 12:09 PM
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Congrats.

Regarding that gap, there are a few things likely at play here. First, you are missing the hardware inside that provides tension along that vertical portion of your soft top (behind the front door). Do you also have the 5-snap rails that go from the windshield to the roll cage in the middle of the truck (called B pillar) above the front doors?
Your door tops may require some shims to also pitch them inward a little, but your door alignment(s) (door bottoms) are likely fine.
That top should be fine for a while, so you may look at replacing it with a Badger Coachworks top - either used or by ordering new and waiting a bunch of months.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 12:18 PM
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Best solution for Atlanta- remove the door tops and all the zippered windows for summer, and save up for a Badger for winter- or continue to run topless/windowless, which is my preference.
Welcome!! And congrats!!
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Old March 17th, 2016, 12:19 PM
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Here are the instructions for installing a soft top to your vehicle. The hardware I referenced above is mentioned on page 2 and called the vertical rod / rods and horizontal bars (with snaps).

http://www.defendersource.com/tech/d90top.pdf

(and my own personal instructions)

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...top-55270.html

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Old March 17th, 2016, 12:21 PM
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Congrats! A beauty!

In the pic, I can see that the forward window frame isn't running parallel to the windshield frame. What does the other side look like? So the gap in back is probably the same as the gap/angle up front. Is there something pushing it out up front? Gasket out of wack? Are the speed nuts tight? Anything under the window frame, like a shim, other than the gasket? How far was it transported, as those windows, if loose, can work themselves out by buffering at speed.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 12:26 PM
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JimC post on how to pitch your door tops inward.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...trol-7172.html
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Old March 17th, 2016, 03:45 PM
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Wow. Thanks everybody for the responses. I'm going to take a closer look using the links and info provided to see if I can figure out what is going on. In the meantime... I'm going to follow @rovertrader's advice!
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Old March 17th, 2016, 05:10 PM
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That there represents one of the best (woohoo) and worst ($$$$) days of your life! 😀👍. Congrats!!
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Old March 17th, 2016, 05:27 PM
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That there represents one of the best (woohoo) and worst ($$$$) days of your life! 😀👍. Congrats!!
I bet if he keeps up with the basic maintenance, stays away from unnecessary add-ons and drives it often it'll be the best vehicle he's ever owned.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 05:31 PM
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I bet if he keeps up with the basic maintenance, stays away from unnecessary add-ons and drives it often it'll be the best vehicle he's ever owned.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 05:38 PM
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I bet if he keeps up with the basic maintenance, stays away from unnecessary add-ons and drives it often it'll be the best vehicle he's ever owned.
Sound advice! Congrats on the purchase.
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Old March 18th, 2016, 12:24 PM
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@1of40 - great advice! Although, I just ordered a badger top so already worried about my commitment to not buying things for this truck (that said, it seemed pretty important for my enjoyment of it).
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Old March 18th, 2016, 12:28 PM
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Get your oil cooler lines replaced if they're still the old-timey OEM rubber.
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Old March 18th, 2016, 12:30 PM
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@1of40 - great advice! Although, I just ordered a badger top so already worried about my commitment to not buying things for this truck (that said, it seemed pretty important for my enjoyment of it).
You definitely won't regret that purchase. They're great tops!
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Old March 18th, 2016, 12:51 PM
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I bet if he keeps up with the basic maintenance, stays away from unnecessary add-ons and drives it often it'll be the best vehicle he's ever owned.
what are these unnecessary add ons you speak of?

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Get your oil cooler lines replaced if they're still the old-timey OEM rubber.
this is the most important piece of advice in this thread.

Order these from Trail Head 4X4 today if your vehicle doesn't have them in place already.
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Old March 18th, 2016, 12:54 PM
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You definitely won't regret that purchase. They're great tops!
Well, you'll regret the purchase until it arrives - but then you'll love it!
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Old March 18th, 2016, 01:15 PM
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[QUOTE="jperakis;724207"] what are these unnecessary add ons you speak of?

Maybe proper recovery equipment before new LED taillights and plasti-dipped boosts.
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