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The RedRock 4x4 Premium Replacement Sailcloth Soft Top with Tinted Windows in Black Diamond is for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 four-door JK. But there are gonna be two different versions of this kit, so make sure you get the right one for your year Jeep. This soft top is going to be very easy to install, one out of three wrenches as with most replacing soft tops, and I'm gonna show you how to do it in just a second.So, when you are shopping for soft tops, you're going to find three main categories. One is going to be what we're looking at here, which is a replacement soft top. As I said that's not going to include the frame or any of the hardware and this is just going to be the soft material and the windows for those of you that already have a soft top, it's just seen better days, and this is gonna be a little bit less expensive than the complete replacement soft top. The complete replacement soft top is going to include the frame and all the hardware, that's gonna be for those of you either coming from a hard top or those of you coming from a soft top that's just beat up, mangled, bent, not in good shape and you wanna replace every last piece that is associated with the top. And then the third category is going to be non-factory style soft tops, those are going to be your fastback soft tops, some will have more or fewer features than the factory soft top, work in a different way, look a little bit differently. So again, this is going to be what is known as a replacement soft top, this is just going to be the soft material for those of you that already have a frame that's in good working order.Now, in this category, there are going to be tops that are sort of all over the price range, and a lot of that has to do with the materials used. So, this is known as a premium sailcloth soft top. So, this is going to be a little bit of a heavier material than your base black diamond soft top that would have come on one of the older JKs. However, this is not going to be that really high-end premium material that you can get from other companies, directly from Mopar, that material that came on some of the really late-model JKs as an option, this is not going to be that. But again, this is going to be a little bit heavier than that normal vinyl material and that additional weight helps with insulation from sound and also from temperatures. It also helps to cut down on flapping a little bit, and overall it's just going to wear a little bit better over time. Because this is a replacement top, this is going to fit, look, and function just like a factory top because it does go on that factory frame. You're going to have all those factory options like the Sunrider that flips back, all three removable rear windows and the fact that the top will pull completely down into the trunk space should you want it to. So, if you're wondering what features this has, how it's gonna look, how it's gonna fit, again, think factory top, for all intents and purposes this is going to be a factory-like top with just a slightly thicker material.This top is going to come in at the $500 mark, in and around there, and I do think that's going to be a pretty good deal. Like I said, there are going to be replacement tops out there that are significantly more expensive. They are going to be a higher quality material, maybe a little bit more build quality, but I think $500 is a really nice price for this because I think you're getting a great balance of both value and quality here. This is gonna fit and look pretty good, but it's not going to completely break the bank.So, like I said before, pretty easy install here. Let me show you how to do it. The tools used for this installation are a number two Phillips socket on a 3/8 inch impact. We also use a razor knife and a flathead screwdriver.So, the first step in installing a replacement top is going to be removing all of the soft material from your factory frame to allow us to bolt the new top up and we're going to start by removing the windows. Now, the windows are removed, we can pop the corners off of the tub rails.Now, that we've released the tension off of the back part of the top, we can remove the screws that hold the top to this rear bow assembly. Now that the top is removed from the rear bow we can flip it forward onto itself and that will expose the screws on the middle bow which we'll then remove.So, on your soft top you're going to have a cable mechanism that is spring-loaded and that helps to flip the Sunrider feature up. But more importantly, it helps to keep the top tight along your door surrounds here to keep any sort of water out and that's the next thing that we're going to have to remove. In order to remove that spring, of course, we have to take the tension off of it first. So, we'll disconnect the soft top from the top of the windshield frame in much the same way you would if you were just gonna flip the Sunrider back on any nice sunny day. And that will then allow us to disconnect the cables from our soft top frame. So, like I said, now what we're going to do is remove this spring and cable mechanism from the soft top frame itself.Now, we have on our Jeep is a late model premium soft top. So, this cover that's over top of the spring mechanism might look a little bit different for you than it does for us. Some of them only have one rivet in there and that allows you to rotate this plastic piece and very easily get the spring unhooked from the frame. In our situation because there are two rivets, we have a couple of different options, we can go ahead and drill the rivets out. That'll allow us to move the plastic piece out of the way and unclip the spring from the frame. Or we can do what we're going to do which is actually just make a little bit of a slit in the backside of the plastic piece. Again, that just allows us to get just enough room that we can pop the spring off the frame, and we're gonna do that on both sides. So, I'm going to use a nice sharp razor knife and make that cut. Once you've given yourself enough room to move the plastic out of the way you can just maneuver the spring however you need to to get it unclipped from the soft top frame.If the hook on the end of your spring is closed up like ours is you might need to use a small screwdriver to pry it open, there we go. I'll just repeat the same process on the other side. Now that the springs are removed, we'll flip the Sunrider closed again, that will allow us to fold the soft top even further forward and remove the screws from the front bow. That'll be the last step before finally removing the top from the header.So, the next step is going to be flipping this Sunrider feature back open again, that allows us to get to two screws on either side of the header. We have to remove those before we can remove the screws from the top side of the header. So, a little bit of back and forth, open the Sunrider, remove some screws, close it again and remove the rest of them. So, first step, let's open it up. So, the two screws we're going to remove are actually the ones that hold the other end of the cable mechanism that is the spring that we already removed.So, those are gonna be hidden underneath some weatherstripping here, you can usually just feel where the screw heads are and pull those screws directly out through the weatherstripping. But in the end, before we install the new top, we are gonna clean up the rest of this weatherstripping. So, you can do it now or do it later, that's your choice. But either way, there are again two screws on this side, two on the other that need to be removed.Now the top is flipped closed and flipped forward over the hood, you have all the screws across the header exposed. You're gonna need to remove all of them to get the top out of the header assembly. Now, we can separate the two halves of the header and remove the top from the header itself.So, now you've completed the uninstall and it's time to get the new top installed on the frame. So, we've gotten the old top out of the way, we've put the new top on the hood in the same way that the old top was. And that's going to be pretty much inside out with the front part of the top here, where it can very easily be positioned on the header. So, sewn into the leading edge of the top there is a round piece of plastic and it's pretty flexible. That is going to sit directly in this channel, again, just like that factory top did. Now, as you can see, we still have some tape leftover from our factory top, but we also have some tape here that we're going to use to ensure that this top stays held in this channel while we get the upper half of the channel laid over top of it and some of the screws started. Now, this can be a little bit frustrating the first time you do it, the top's gonna wanna pop out, it may not want to be aligned properly left to right. So, you may have to fiddle with this bit a little. However, if you take your time you will be able to get this done no problem.So, once the top is aligned in the channel and everything is taped down, we can put the upper half of the channel in place and start some of our screws. So, once you make sure that your top is centered left to right on the header, you can go ahead and put the rest of the screws in and tighten everything down. Now, just like with the uninstallation we need to flip the Sunrider back open to gain access to the other side of the header, so we can attach the screws that hold the cable mechanism into place, again, they go in through the bottom side. So, go ahead and flip the Sunrider open now. So, as you can see with the Sunrider flipped back open again, you have pretty good alignment between these two tabs and the screw holes on the underside of the header. So, what we're gonna do is first start our two screws through this tab because we have to go through the material here and that can be a little bit tricky when you're trying to get everything aligned. So, we'll start the screws through here first, then pass them through the metal and finally thread them into the plastic underside of the header. Once that's secured we can repeat the same process on the other side.Now, we'll go ahead and flip the top closed again and lay all of the soft top material over top of the frame as it will be when it's finally installed. That will give us access to the first bow assembly. We'll go ahead and screw the top onto that bow assembly again, doing everything in the exact reverse that we did to get the factory top removed.As you can see here we have the flap, lines right up with the bow assembly, we'll grab some screws and get that attached. Once those five screws are in place, you're going to flip the rest of the top over top of the frame. And again, open up that Sunrider, that's going to allow us to hook the spring mechanisms into place on the frame. Then we'll flip the Sunrider closed and moved on to the second bow.Now we can go ahead and hook the spring mechanism to the soft top frame. Then, we just flipped the back half of the top forward to give us access to the second row and attach the screws. Now we'll go ahead and flip the back section of the top over top of the frame again, and just like we did on the other two bows we'll screw the top to the frame.So, that's the last bit of attaching the soft material onto the frame itself. Now, we can go ahead and get the top completely up and get the windows installed. So, what we're gonna do is attach the corner of the top on to the tub rail here on both sides and then flip the Sunrider closed and secured to the top of the windshield frame.Now we can install the windows in the top just like you would with your factory soft top. The only additional step for the rear window is that you have to slide your tailgate bar out of your factory window and slide it onto your new window. But again, this is very, very easy. There's a small C-shaped channel in the back of the tailgate bar. And just like a front on the front of the top, there's a round piece of plastic sewn into the bottom of the rear window. So, these just slide together like so. Work it all the way down. And then you can install the rear window just like you would any other.So, if you are looking for a replacement soft top for your JK, I would recommend taking a look at this option and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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|Soft Top Type||Replacement Top|
|Soft Top Color||Black|
|Soft Top Fabric Material||Sailcloth|
|Soft Top Window Color||Tinted|
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