JL 4 Door Soft Top Tailgate bar and rear soft top tabs hard to open

willyabc

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Does anyone have difficulty rolling the tailgate bar up and out to remove as well as pulling out the soft top tabs from the tailgate retainers? It is difficult for me and almost impossible for my wife. If anyone has experienced this issue and have a recommended solution I would be happy to hear them. I have gone as far as cleaning and lubricating them with 3-in-One PTFE Lubricant. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I also have the same problems and don't have any answers other than I keep a trim removal tool in the back that I use to help pop open the tabs.

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Heimkehr

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The crossbar is snug, to be sure. A slow but firm pull, up and out at the same time, is the correct technique in my experience.

The tabs are a little easier. After releasing one side, slide the rear window just a bit toward the other side. Those tabs will then release very easily. Reverse this during installation.
 

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