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Jeep Wrangler JK Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top w/ Tint (2010-2018 2 Door) Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler JK Smittybilt OEM Replacement Top w/ Tint (2010-2018 2 Door) Review & Install

This Smittybilt OEM-style replacement soft
top with tinted windows in black diamond is for those of you that have a 2-door, 2010
to 2018 JK that are looking for a factory replacement soft top that’s going to look
and function pretty much just like a factory top would. This is going to be very easy one out of three
wrench installation but we’ll talk you through that in just a second. So when you are shopping for an aftermarket
soft top, you’re really going to fall into one of three different categories, one is
going to be what we’re talking about today, a replacement soft top and this is designed
for those of you that already have a soft top frame, all of the hardware, and really
just need the new soft material and the new windows and these are gonna be fairly inexpensive
because they’re not going to include a lot of hardware with them. If you’re coming from a hardtop or you have
a soft top frame that’s not in good condition, you would be looking for something in that
second category and that’s going to be a complete replacement soft top. That’s going to include things like door surrounds,
all of the frame, your tailgate bar, all of your headers, everything that you need to
get a soft top installed. Again that’s gonna be a little bit more expensive
but very, very complete. And finally, the third category is something
that is not an OEM-style top at all. Those are going to be your fastback tops,
they’re gonna look different, they’re gonna function differently. You’re going to have a few different features
built into them usually and some of them are going to vary in price from more expensive
than a factory top to less expensive depending on what features are included. But again coming back to the top we’re talking
about today this is a replacement soft top, so for those of you that already have a soft
top and just need that new soft material. Now there are tops that are kind of all over
the price range when it comes to a replacement top. There’s some that are made of very, very high-quality
materials and may have a few additional features that are gonna be very expensive and then
tops like this, these are going to be pretty much your basic run-of-the-mill top. There’s not a lot of additional bells and
whistles here. The material is not going to be a premium
material, a sailcloth material, anything heavier than what would have come on this Jeep out
of the factory. So if that’s what you’re looking for, something
pretty basic, this can save you some money. So this is going to include the soft material,
of course, all three windows. As it says in the title, these are the tinted
windows and this is designed to go directly onto that soft top frame. This is not going to be something akin to
a premium material out of the factory. It’s not going to be something like Bestop’s
twill material which is very thick, it looks a little better, wears a little better, is
more insulative. This is going to be a little bit more basic
again but if you’re somebody who is running your soft top only in those spring and summer
months and you’re not looking for something that’s going to give you a ton of protection
from the elements or you’re somebody who just isn’t looking for a lot of longevity from
their top, they just wanna throw something on there that’s a little bit less expensive,
this is going to be an excellent choice for you. So speaking of the price, this top is going
to come in at right around $250 which is going to be a really good deal for a top like this. Again, a lot of them are going to be more
expensive, even other replacement tops that don’t have a lot of other bells and whistles
or don’t include the frame are still going to be more expensive. So this is going to be on the lower end of
the price range. So I mentioned before this is a one out of
three wrenches for the installation. Now let me show you how to get it installed
on the Jeep. So like I said, this is a very easy one out
of three wrench installation and the first step is going to be removing the soft materials
from your factory frame and the first step in doing that, is removing the windows. You simply zip them out and remove them from
the Jeep. The rear window is going to zipper out just
like the side windows. The only difference is that you will have
to disconnect the tailgate bar from the window once the window is removed from the Jeep and
that will just slide out one side or the other. Now release the latches over the windshield. Now we’ll put the top about halfway back so
you can see the screws that we need to release for the next step. So it’s gonna be these screws that hold the
fabric onto this hoop about halfway down the Jeep that goes directly over the sound bar
that we’ll have to remove next. The next step is going to be removing the
four screws that go across the rear hoop. We have the top in a half down position but
whatever position makes it easiest for you to access these screws is going to be best. So while we have the top in this sort of half
down position, we’ll go ahead and do the next step which is removing a couple of screws
that hold the soft material onto the header and also removing the cable tensioning mechanism
while we’re in this area, so we’re gonna do that on both sides before moving to the next
step. So these two screws are gonna be underneath
a little bit of foam right from the factory. If your foam hasn’t completely deteriorated
and worn off yet, you can use a razor knife, a screwdriver, your fingernail whatever it
is to clear some of that foam out of the way so you have access to the screw heads. So now that the screws are removed, we’ll
go ahead and remove the spring tensioner that is on the cable mechanism. Once the top is in this half back position,
there is no tension at all on that cable, so it’s very easy to just maneuver it so that
it pops off of the small hole that’s on the frame itself. Go ahead and repeat the process on the other
side. The final step in the uninstall is to essentially
put the top into the full up position just without attaching the top itself to the top
of the windshield frame and then flipping the entire top over itself onto the hood,
what that’s going to do is give us access to the last few screws that are holding the
header onto the top. The final step is going to be disassembling
the header so that it releases the top. The top is actually clamped between two pieces
of the factory header. So in order to take that apart, there are
a bunch of screws across the top of the header that need to be removed. Take your time, remove each of them, and make
sure that you know which screw goes where because there are a couple of different types
and you wanna make sure you put them back in the right spots. Now that all the screws are removed, you can
take the top half of the header off, which will then allow the rest of the soft top to
be released. Now that of the factory top is completely
removed, we can start installing our new Smittybilt top and that’s going to happen in exactly
the way that we uninstalled the factory top, so starting in the front with the top flipped
upside down across the hood, and then attaching the header. Now the header is the most difficult part
of this install because you’re trying to get two halves of the header lined up with the
top in between them and then get some screws started. It will help to have an extra set of hands
around or, in our case, we’re going to use a little bit of tape to hold the top into
the header just to get things started. That’s going to be something that will make
it a lot easier for you as well, even if you do have a second set of hands around, having
a little bit of tape there will be helpful and I’ll show you exactly how to use that
in just a second. We’ll go ahead and pull the top up toward
the header, and there is a small piece of plastic that’s sewn into the top and that
needs to lay in this front channel there which it lays in there very easily, the problem
is there’s nothing to really hold it in place while you get the upper half of the channel
lined up, so that’s where we’re gonna use a little bit of tape. So we’ll see if we can get it lined up left
to right pretty much where we want it, we’ll grab a little bit of tape, and see if we can
pin it in place. So once the top is taped into the channel,
you can take the upper half of the header, set it into place where it’s going to go,
and get a couple of the screws started. So once you have a couple of screws started
holding the top into place, you can go ahead and install the rest of the screws across
the top of the header and this is where you wanna be careful which screws you’re using. These ones have a slightly larger head and
those are gonna be the ones that go on either side where the header actually attaches onto
the frame itself. Once that header is bolted back together and
the top is firmly attached to the Jeep, we can flip the top over the rest of the frame
and attach the couple of screws that go on the underside of the header. Once the top is flipped back over the rest
of the frame, you’ll flip the Sunrider feature back in order to access the two screws that
go on the underside on either side of the top and that’s where the tensioning cable
mechanism attaches onto the header. Now we can attach the end of the cable onto
the header and the last couple of screws that attach this flap onto the header as well. Once the screws are tightened down, you can
replace the weatherstripping. The kit comes with a couple of adhesive pieces. The larger piece goes right here over top
of those two screws and then there is a more narrow piece that replaces this piece up here
on the factory header. So we’ll go ahead and peel off the factory
piece and then we just have to repeat the process on the other side. So the next step is to attach the cable onto
the header, this is what’s going to give all the tension to the top and the last little
bit of fabric that attaches the top onto the header also goes in that same spot. So this is reinforced with a little bit of
plastic. The plastic is obviously pre-punched but the
material is not. So there are a lot of different ways to do
this, you can find the way that works best for you. What works best for me is to actually get
the screws, again, this is the factory hardware started through the plastic so you can set
it right through the plastic and then thread it through this fabric material. So once you get it started there, it just
makes it a lot easier to line it up through this metal plate and finally into the two
holes in the header. So that’s what I’m gonna do now. So once the screws are started through the
fabric, it’s a lot easier to line up the metal plate that’s attached onto the cable
like so and then get the whole thing lined up with the two screw holes in the header. Once those are tightened down, there’re a
couple of small pieces of weatherstripping that you’ll wanna attach. The first piece goes over top of the heads
of the screws that we just drove in. You can see where the old weatherstripping
was. This is pretty well flattened down. We’re gonna just leave that in place and go
over top of it. If you wanted to, you could go ahead and remove
that before putting the new weatherstripping down. Then there’s also a narrow piece that goes
in the front here. This factory piece is still there and in pretty
good condition but we’ll go ahead and replace it anyway. So once that weatherstripping is stuck down
in place, the last step that you really have to do while you’re in this position is attaching
the other end of the cable with the spring mechanism onto the soft top frame. So that’s gonna go in that factory location. You can just go ahead and loop it from the
inside out. Now we’ll flip the Sunrider closed in order
to line up the top with the rest of the frame to install the rest of the screws. So now we have the back half of the top flipped
up so you can see what we’re doing here. You can also do this with the top and a half
up position from the inside of the vehicle. Again, whatever makes it easiest for you to
reach the top and the bar and attach these screws. What’s most important about this step is that
this seam which is actually on the top of the top is lined up at the top of this bar
when you attach the flap onto the bar. If you pull this flap too tight or leave it
too loose, you will visually be able to see that from the outside of the Jeep when the
top is up. So go ahead and line up the top seam here
with the top of the bar, wrap the flap around the bottom of the bar, and then you can take
one of those factory screws, go through the flap into the existing threaded hole that’s
in this crossbar. And just repeat that process all the way across
the bar. Now we’ll flip the rest of the top back in
order to screw the top to the rear bar. We’ll put the factory hardware through the
tab in the material and into the frame just like we did on the other hoop. Once the top is fully screwed on to the frame,
you can go ahead and attach the top onto the windshield frame. Once the top is attached onto the top of the
windshield frame, you can attach the rear corners into the J-channel on top of the tub. Finally, you’ll be able to install your new
windows. Before we install the rear window, we’ll install
these elastic loops. These are there so that when you roll up the
back window, you have a way of storing it so it doesn’t just unroll and roll back down
on you. So these have a built-in snap and there’s
also a snap on the inside of the factory soft top frame, so all you need to do is line up
the snaps and give them a little push. And one over here. Before zippering the rear window into place,
you have to install the tailgate bar onto the window. This is a very simple process. There’s a small piece of plastic sewn into
the bottom of the window, similar to the front of the top where we sandwiched that into the
header. You’re going to slide that into the open track
on your tailgate bar. So once you get it started here, should go
pretty easily. And once that’s done, you can go ahead and
zipper the rear window into place. So if you are looking for an inexpensive and
basic replacement soft top for your JK, I would recommend this choice from Smittybilt
and you can find it right here at

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  2. Currently have a hardtop that I love, but just looking for a soft top for summer, don’t have factory frame and hardware, where can I purchase everything I need

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