(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- How to install a Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top with Tinted Windows on your 2007-2009 Jeep Wrangler JK 4 Door
Hey, what's up guys, I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain and today I'm here the Smittybilt OEM replacement top with tinted windows fitting your 2007 to 2009 four-door Wrangler. This is for the JKU owner looking to replace that old worn-out top with an OEM style top not only increasing visibility but getting rid of some of that road noise. Whether your top is torn, stretched or you just have scratched windows, this is an affordable and easy to install replacement. The heavy duty top material provides OEM quality and the new windows provide clarity and privacy with the DOT approved 31% tint. This is made from marine grade vinyl coated fabric and it's sealed to ensure that no water gets in your Jeep and that it will last you for years. The wick stop threads prevent leaking around the stitch holes and the self-correcting zippers make it very easy to get the windows on and off. Now this comes as a complete kit with both side windows and the rear window and is a direct replacement if you have the factory frame. This is gonna be your most affordable option on the site and a great buy at around $300. And not only that but it has great reviews from happy customers. As far as install goes, I'm gonna give this a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, since you can install this in about three hours using basic hand tools. Now with that being said, let's hop into our install. To begin this installation we'll need to remove the soft top material since we're gonna do this with a frame on there. We're gonna start by removing the rear windows and a few screws out of the rear bow assembly. So to remove these side windows you're just gonna peel back this Velcro and unzip this. And you'll need to open your door, that way we can slide it out of our door surround and our tub edge. Do the same thing for the other window. So next step we're gonna remove our rear window, so we're going to open our tailgate and grab our zipper from this side and go all the way around and unzip it. So next we're gonna take a Phillips head screwdriver and remove the four screws from this rear bow assembly. So while we're back here we're gonna just pull this back of the soft top out of that edge. And you're gonna do the same thing the other side. So next we're gonna go to this other bow assembly, the second one in from the back, and we're gonna remove those four screws with a Philips head screwdriver. So next we're going to remove these edges out of our door surround. You can do that by just pulling down and pulling out. We're gonna do the same thing on the other side. So now we're going to disconnect the front of our top, pulling that edging out of our door surround and then we're gonna unlatch our header from our windshield channel. So, I'm pull our visor down, pull that aside and release our latches. Same thing for the other side. So next we're gonna flip this soft top backwards, so we can access the screws underneath and then we'll flip it back. So with this flipped back we're gonna remove two screws from either side with a Philips head screwdriver, then we can flip it back, flip the material over and remove the rest of the screws. So we're gonna take this whole assembly, we're gonna flip it back up, then we're gonna take all the material and flip that over onto the hood. So you're gonna pull these edges out and then we're going to flip this material forward. Now you're gonna have two rows of screws that are going all the way down. We're gonna use a Phillips head screwdriver to take those out. I recommend using a drill because it's gonna be much faster. So removing all those screws is gonna allow us to separate the header channel. So we're gonna pull this top section off and then we can remove our fabric. Then we'll pull these pieces of tape off as well. So the same way that we took the old one off we're gonna put the new one on. So you're gonna lay this upside down and drag this front edge up. Now there's gonna be a notch in the fabric here on the new top and there's a notch in the header channel. We're gonna line both of those up and then we're gonna use tape, we're gonna tape this edge down to our header channel. This is gonna keep it in place while we put that other plastic section of the header channel on. So, let's get out our tape. All right, so now that we have all that tape down, we're ready to put this plastic section on. So we're going to pull this up a little bit, make sure that this edge stays in place and then we're gonna need to get our edges inside of here and then this whole thing wrapped around and then we'll put our screws in. So we're gonna pull this fabric up here like this and then we're gonna tuck this channel, this plastic section down in there. When you're getting this top section on, you wanna make sure that that edge stays in there and that that tape holds. And then we're gonna get these corners to seat inside of this top piece and then once all that's taken care of we can go ahead and put all these screws back in. So when you're ready to put all these screws in you can get them pretty close with a power tool but I would recommend hand tightening them with a screwdriver, that way you're not gonna strip out the holes in the plastic. So now that we have the header secured and bolted down, we're gonna take all the material, flip it all the way back and then we're going to flip this back and get the four screws in. So after we have this all flipped back, we're gonna take this plastic edging and we're gonna flip that over and then we'll install those two screws. So we're gonna slide this back and make this front edge nice and tight. Then, gonna use a Philips head screwdriver to reinstall those screws. So while we have this rearmost bow out in the open since Smittybilt provides us with new straps, we're gonna go ahead and pull these old ones off and stick the new ones on. So to attach this rearmost bow you're gonna have these flaps on the inside, these flaps are gonna wrap around from the backside and then we're gonna install the screws that we took out. So we're gonna lift this up and this is going to go in each of these corners. So we're just gonna set that on top like that. Then we'll crawl up here and get these screws installed. So we're gonna to center this top on this bar the best we can. And then we're gonna start with these two middle ones. This flap is gonna to wrap around the backside and then we're gonna poke a hole through here, get our screw started and then we're gonna screw it into our bow. So for this second bow in, you're gonna have this flap hanging down from the soft top material. This is gonna go on the front side of the bow facing the front seats and we're gonna start with the middle and work our way out with these Phillips head screws. So with all those screws installed, the next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna flip this Sunrider closed. So now that we have this closed, the first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna close our latches. After you have those front latches shut, we're going to tuck our edges into our door surround. We're gonna do the same thing on the other side. So we're gonna go to the back of the top and you're gonna pull down firmly on here and we'll get these edges seated in the tub. Then we'll do the same thing on the other side. So at this point in time you're done installing the top section, we can start with the windows. So we're gonna start with this side window. We're gonna get this zipper started up top a few inches and then we'll get this seam in our door surround. So once you get that front seam in and this bottom seam started, we can zip our window up the rest of the way and then we'll finish getting this [SP]. After we're done that you're gonna go ahead, push all this Velcro down, make a real nice seal. Then you can shut your door. Then we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. You wanna get that zipper started a few inches and then we're going to get this door section seated in the door surround. Might need to disconnect the rear to allow this to travel forward a little bit and then we can get this all the way in because this material is pretty tight. Now this bottom edge is gonna go in to the tub so you're just gonna press it up against that, press down and we'll just go along and do that for the rest of it. So after you get the two side windows in we're gonna put the rear window in. Now we're gonna start on this side, the driver side where the zippers are. You're gonna have this little edge, this is just gonna slide into those zippers and then we'll zip it up all the way around. So the last step is to install the tailgate bar. So you're gonna take both of the zippers and just zip them up a little bit and we're gonna take our rear window and we're gonna slide this bar off of there, and then we're going to slide this bar on in the same way. So there's this little channel here with a plastic piece sewn into it and we're just gonna slip the bar onto that and then slide it all the way down. Once you slide that all the way down, this is gonna go inside here into our tailgate bar retainers. Then we can zip these the rest of the way up and hook our flaps back in here. So once you get this top fully installed, you're gonna wanna sit it in the sun and allow it to stretch a little bit before you remove the windows. However that wraps up my review and install. For more videos like this, check us out at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Replace Your Old Top. Over time, your soft top will deteriorate and depending on the stress you placed on it, it may even be tattered. If so, it is time for a new Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top w/ Tinted Windows. The replacement top comes with tinted windows that are made from quality materials and they allow you to open up the Jeep when you want. The OEM replacement top itself will maintain that standard, off the factory line look you desire.
Wick Stop Threads. The Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top features a special wick stop thread to prevent leaking around the stitch holes. All seams have been heat selaed and reinforced for maximum protection.
No Leaks. The Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top w/ Tinted Windows is made with you in mind. It comes sealed to ensure no water gets into your Jeep and it is made from a marine grade vinyl coated fabric that will provide you with many years of use. You will find that this replacement top does not rip, or tear and the windows are made from DOT approved plastic and tinted to 31 percent. All of the zippers are sealed and treated to ensure that you can use them without worry that they will break.
Moderately Difficult. Installation of the Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top w/ Tinted Windows is considered to be moderately difficult and you will find that the total time to install is about three hours. All of the hardware you need is included and you will find that this kit is designed to replace your soft top only.
Warranty. 3-Year Warranty.
OE Soft Top Hardware Required. For installation of this Soft Top, you will require the original factory soft top hardware. If you have misplaced or damaged your OE hardware you will require the following Mopar Hardware - 55395757AC, 55397074AB, 55397075AB, 55395761AB, 55395760AB.
Application. This Smittybilt replacement soft top is designed for 2007-2009 Jeep Wrangler JK 4-door models. This soft top does not include the soft top bow assembly. Intended to be used with existing soft top bow assembly.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
February 05, 2020
First off, I hope this write up helps you plan for your decision. To start, I have a 2008 X Wrangler JK model (four-door soft-top jeep) and it was time to replace my older jeeps worn out soft-top. Originally, I was thinking about converting my OEM soft-top to a hardtop then adding the Freedom roof retractable top to continue the enjoyment of open-air driving. However, after much deliberation on choosing what new top replacement to go for, I'd thought the whole reason for buying my soft-top 4-door jeep in the first place was to enjoy our Florida weather to the fullest. So, I decided to stay with a soft-top type replacement. For my purchase, I wanted to get a top that was of a higher quality than OEM standard type replacements and more importantly something that would provide me with serious ease of operator usage. The Bestop Supertop Ultra advertised these features specifically. Yes, it was about four times the cost of replacing my soft-top with a high-quality twill top but if it could do as advertised then it seemed to be well worth the extra cost. Post-install - Looks/Appearance: The appearance of the top and visibility the large windows have are awesome. Installation: The install calls for 4 hours (that doesn't take into account the removal time of your original OEM top and hardware. I removed the original top and hardware in about 20 minutes. Also, this was definitely a two-person install. It took us about 5 hours. Instructions and Video: The Betsop parer instruction and their video available on Youtube for installing this top were very helpful, all steps are annotated well! NOTE: Throughout the install, all screw installs were set in place prior to tightening. This helped tremendously with various assembly section alignments - for the most part - read problems faced below! Problems experienced: 1) During the first stage slider bar (4 screws) attachment of the right door side, the second from the rear screw hole was miss-aligned by the manufacturer. Although the screw was able to grab and eventually tighten down the screw cross-threaded. Eventually, we were able to get it to grab and tighten down - although slightly tilted. All three other screws lined up correctly! 2) During the first/rear overhead bow crossbar installation we came upon another screw hole miss-alignment. It was the innermost driverside screw hole. We did everything we could to manipulate the alignment to get it lined up. We tried several means to make this happen but only three of the four screws lined up and they lined up perfectly. Ultimately this screw also cross-threaded but even worst yet the screw snapped off! This would have required us to take the assembly back off and tap or drill out the busted off screw stuck inside the threaded part. As the screw itself was made of the weakest tempered metal choice Bestop decided to provide it left about a 1/4 inch of the screw acting as a guide pin for the hole itself. Since this was the inside set screw we decided to tighten down the rest and check to see if it felt tight enough to proceed. It did seem to be alright to proceed, but this was very disappointing for having purchased such an expensive premium product. As a final note on the additional three overhead bow cross-bars, they all went together perfectly aligned. That just confirmed to us that the first one was delivered with the misalignment flaw mentioned here. A quick note about the last two issues I'll mention here, they're regarding tightness of overall fitting. The installation took place in Florida were our weather was clear and was 79 degrees outside. Yet, the following three problems were very apparent. I'm hoping that after the top has settled it will stretch out into more ease of use formed condition. At present, it's like putting on a pair of jeans that's two sizes too small! Anyway here's what I mean.... they are all about tightness! 3) About installing the right side passenger rear window. The set/guide pin on the top/just under the canopy cover was very difficult to get inserted. Eventually, when we did get it inserted into the rubber grommet it wanted to push out the rubber grommet even though we had super glued it as directed. We eventually set the pin in place but will have to see if the grommet has been tampered with upon the next removal/install next time tried. Bummer! 4) The rear window zipper: The following took both of us to perform. It was anything but a one-person job. We zipped the passenger side first. It was difficult but we did it. However, to get the driverside zipper started was a major ordeal! Both my partner and I had to pull and press from every possible angle to get this zipped. It took excessive effort from both of us to make happen. Ease of use in removing my back window often is a feature I've been looking forward too for a long time. This issue is worrisome! 5) Latching/Closing the soft top down into complete covered position: This was not a one-person feat to perform. Also, I'm not totally convinced the front is making an effective seal right now as the seal rubber seems to be protruding upward across 2/3's of the top front of the window seal. We drove down the street at 45 miles an hour and heard whistling noise coming from this section. I haven't put it to the water test just yet because I don't want to have water running all over my dash if the seal isn't happening. As I'm in Florida and it is supposed to rain here this week I'm sure I'll be knowing the effect of this very soon. For now, I'm gonna try relatching the top again this evening after it has set in the sun for a day. This tight fit in latching down my top is currently a major bummer because I had to have help closing it. Final thoughts. Ultimately, my decision to buy this specific Bestop Supertop Ultra "premium top" was totally and completely based upon their advertisement that it's supposed to be something one person can easily perform and that is what I expected! For now, I pretty much have no choice where to go with this but to wait and see as this is installed. I leaving the top latched for now in hopes it will stretch out to make the seal above the front window and I hope it will stretch out enough to allow for ease of connection by myself without need for assistance. Again, that is the entire reason for me purchasing this top, it's supposed to be the easiest one on the market for one person to put up and take down. I am praying these tightness issues will eventually go away after and it settles into place otherwise I guess I'm scr-w-d! Honestly, I'm very curious to see if ExtremeTerrain or Bestop will read this review or do anything to contact me about these issues much less try and provide some type of assistance towards alleviating any of the issues faced here. This was a VERY EXPENSIVE TOP and I would have liked to see things align/fit/seal in a higher-quality manner.Helpful (3)
November 12, 2019
Got this as a gift for my boyfriend and he loves it. He said it was a 2 person job. A really nice fit and hasn’t had a leak!! Definitely would recommend for the priceHelpful (1)
September 26, 2019
Easy - I should have done this earlier!
Jeep windows are just hard to keep clean, as they get older and older, zippers are hard to move. Its just needs new life! This top was simple. I waited 10 years to put on a new cover - because I thought it was going to be hard to do, and expensive. Both of my pre-conceived notions were crushed - and I had an easy time and it looks great. Shipping was painless, and all around a great expererience.Helpful (1)
June 21, 2019
Smutty bolt OEM top
Went on fantastic. Fit better than original. I like the stiffness in the rear on both sides.Helpful (1)
May 17, 2019
Good top for the money
Delivery was on time. The instructional video on the website was very helpful for installation. The top is good quality and fits well. My only issue is the wind noise coming from the top of the front windshield is very noisy.Helpful (1)
April 05, 2019
Easy install! Looks great! Would have had 5 stars but back window came with a scratch.Helpful (2)
March 21, 2019
New Top is Great!
It fit perfectly and looks very great. Only negative thing is that there were no holes for support bars and screws on the inside.Helpful (1)
February 27, 2019
Seems thinner than what I originally had. Zipper on passenger rear window was defective. Currently unable to return at th ooh s time due to weather but will need replaced.Helpful (1)
February 24, 2019
Put this top on this morning, was fairly simple to install. Fits better than my original did brand new. Heading to the carwash shortly for the leak test. This is a good company have yet to be disappointedHelpful (2)
February 23, 2019
Smittybilt replacement top
Great top, looks fantastic. High quality and easy install.Helpful (2)
Does this top have the spring cable upgrade for a 07 wrangler Sahara unlimited 4 door. If not. Im looking to replace my old style soft top.
What is the difference between this top - 9080235 and this one - 9085235 They are the same price and I don't seem to see anything different about them. Please forgive me if it's obvious.
They actually are the same top aside from fitment, 9085235 fitting 10-18 Jeeps and 9085235 fitting 07-09.
I am curious as to what they are making the zippers out of these days; metal or plastic? My current plastic zippers are old and tired. I am interested in this top b/c of the self correcting zippers, but is it too good to be true?
The Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top will utilize plastic zippers. Plastic is used to avoid corrosion and stand up better in the elements. The new self correcting zippers have proven to last quite a long time so far.
Hi, do you have this or any top in Khaki for my 08 Wrangler 4 door? My original one is Khaki. I like the price and reviews on this one but it is in Black Diamond. Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top w/ Tinted Windows (07-09 Wrangler JK 4 Door). Item J19544 MPN# 90802-35 Thanks in advance for your response. Scott
Unfortunately, we do not carry this top in Khaki by Smittybilt and at this time only have this Smittybilt top in Black Diamond.
Does this top come with uppers for the door with half steel?
This top would not include the upper door skins.
(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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