Hard top started using front latch on footman loop in '09 model year (production started in 2008 calendar year).Okay, for posterity . . .
@da20captain, do the edges of your rear glass line up with the edges of your tailgate, or is the rear glass wider than the tailgate? My understanding was that the wider glass began in 2010. I also thought the center latch began the same year. I think you might be able to supply "the missing link" with your '09.
I'm also under the impression that the footman loop was moved at some point. I was thinking in '12, but it makes sense that it would've begun with the new interior in 2011. If you could post a photo of your center footman loop/latch, it would be appreciated.
At any rate, my '08 top has no center latch and I would assume the '07 didn't either (OP said his was '07). It seems odd that they would change the tops in '09, '10, 'and again in 11 or '12, but I'm always happy to be re-educated.
Footman loop was moved ~3" to the left at the same time Jeep started using it for the hard top latch (no coincidence).
Wider glass definitely didn't happen until after the '10 model year - that's '11 or '12 model year new-fangledness there.
So . . . you're bass-ackwards an' all fooked up on this one - ^^^ there's half of the map :thankyou: