Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Brooklyn and The Shore
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Something I been thinking about for a while. The front part of the soft top, over the front seats, is buffeting/ballooning/flapping and ultimately stretching and sagging. And how to fix it.
I owned a Trektop NX on my 13 JKU. It came with silver bows that stretched across the front and rear, supporting the top. At speed, 40-70, the top would balloon up and leave 1-3 inches of space above the support bar. The bars kept the top from sagging down, nothing to keep it from expanding upwards.
I got a new (used) black twill OEM top this week. There are no support bars across the door tops. OK. The front part of the top is raised up in the middle, angled down toward the windshield. On the highway, typical ballooning.
Has anyone thought of reinforcing the top? Adding sewn-in or stuck on extra bows to keep the top shape?
What about gluing a panel of some kind, plastic or aluminum, to the sections of the top that remain flat when folded? Then they would be stiff, and not expanding upwards. Stress would only be on the flexible parts, and maybe those can be reinforced.
Any way for us to improve this top? To make it thicker, quieter, etc?
Frame rails, engine, log axles - the simple life. 2013 JKU. 6 Speed. 3.73. That's it, the rest is up to the aftermarket..