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Greetings everyone, today was a great Jeep day here in South Georgia. I had the JL out and about with the soft top completely down and it was glorious.

I am only recently getting back into the Jeep World, after years of not having a Wrangler. Previously, I had two different TJ'S and by comparison to my 2021 Willy's I have noticed a lot of differences and am still adjusting.

I have some thoughts on the premium soft top for the JL. I like the fact that the zippers have been completely eliminated, which makes things much easier, especially the rear window. However, I miss simply rolling up the rear window in my TJ and riding around enjoying the breeze.

With my JL I simply take out the rear window at times and leave the quarter windows on and ride around like that, albeit not on the highway. I have noted that several forum members have mentioned the risks of loosing the quarter windows when driving in this configuration. Unlike the TJ generation of Wrangler, the JL uses the rear window to create a proper and secure fit for the quarter windows.

That does make things a bit more worrisome, but I have decided to drive around this way depending on speed, weather, roadway conditions, etc. The quality of the top is outstanding, but I miss the simplicity of the TJ soft top. The Sunrider feature on this JL top is great. I never had that on any of my TJ's. Taking information from this forum I have done the following to try and have the best user experience with this JL.

REAR SEAT BELT FLAPPING NOISE- I bought a pair of SpiderWedShade seat belt silencers and they fixed the problem perfectly. They were worth the 30 bucks I spent.

SOFT TOP NOT FOLDING DOWN FAR ENOUGH- I bought a set of Velcro brand 2 inch by 3 feet straps from Home Depot and they worked perfectly. The top is well under the third brake light and is very secure. No bouncing and no noise. They cost me 6 bucks with free shipping.

HOW TO STORE SIDE AND REAR WINDOWS- I bought a soft top window storage bag from BJD Customs. The bag ran me 145 bucks with free shipping. The bag is a quality piece of work. You can hang the bag in your garage or storage shed, or you can clip it around the headrests in your JL. The bag then hangs down behind the front seats, taking up the foot area, but the rear seat remains very usable for gear, groceries, etc.

I went shopping with the window storage bag clipped as mentioned and had no trouble using the back seat for multiple bags of groceries. It would not work well if you had back seat passengers, but otherwise it works great. I like the fact that I can carry my windows with me, as thunderstorms come up quickly where I live.

All in all, I really like my JL Willy's and look forward to enjoying it for many years to come.
I will attach some photos. Stay safe and enjoy your Jeep!

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I love running around with just the rear window out and door windows open. In order to better secure the side windows, I drilled a small hole at the bottom of each one and connect them together with bungie cords. Looks a little funny but it seems to do the job just fine - even at highway speeds.
 

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i picked this up from Smittybilt and it has help a lot with noise and visibility while protecting the top off-road. It’s designed for a 4 door, but works on the correct Jeep (2 door, only slightly loose).

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I also debated ordering these soft top window replacement from Mastertop, they appear they would store easier and work in a pinch.
Thanks for sharing that. I've been looking for a soft top boot and seemingly nobody makes one for the JL, only the JLU. Good to know.
 


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Greetings everyone, today was a great Jeep day here in South Georgia. I had the JL out and about with the soft top completely down and it was glorious.

I am only recently getting back into the Jeep World, after years of not having a Wrangler. Previously, I had two different TJ'S and by comparison to my 2021 Willy's I have noticed a lot of differences and am still adjusting.

I have some thoughts on the premium soft top for the JL. I like the fact that the zippers have been completely eliminated, which makes things much easier, especially the rear window. However, I miss simply rolling up the rear window in my TJ and riding around enjoying the breeze.

With my JL I simply take out the rear window at times and leave the quarter windows on and ride around like that, albeit not on the highway. I have noted that several forum members have mentioned the risks of loosing the quarter windows when driving in this configuration. Unlike the TJ generation of Wrangler, the JL uses the rear window to create a proper and secure fit for the quarter windows.

That does make things a bit more worrisome, but I have decided to drive around this way depending on speed, weather, roadway conditions, etc. The quality of the top is outstanding, but I miss the simplicity of the TJ soft top. The Sunrider feature on this JL top is great. I never had that on any of my TJ's. Taking information from this forum I have done the following to try and have the best user experience with this JL.

REAR SEAT BELT FLAPPING NOISE- I bought a pair of SpiderWedShade seat belt silencers and they fixed the problem perfectly. They were worth the 30 bucks I spent.

SOFT TOP NOT FOLDING DOWN FAR ENOUGH- I bought a set of Velcro brand 2 inch by 3 feet straps from Home Depot and they worked perfectly. The top is well under the third brake light and is very secure. No bouncing and no noise. They cost me 6 bucks with free shipping.

HOW TO STORE SIDE AND REAR WINDOWS- I bought a soft top window storage bag from BJD Customs. The bag ran me 145 bucks with free shipping. The bag is a quality piece of work. You can hang the bag in your garage or storage shed, or you can clip it around the headrests in your JL. The bag then hangs down behind the front seats, taking up the foot area, but the rear seat remains very usable for gear, groceries, etc.

I went shopping with the window storage bag clipped as mentioned and had no trouble using the back seat for multiple bags of groceries. It would not work well if you had back seat passengers, but otherwise it works great. I like the fact that I can carry my windows with me, as thunderstorms come up quickly where I live.

All in all, I really like my JL Willy's and look forward to enjoying it for many years to come.
I will attach some photos. Stay safe and enjoy your Jeep!

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I've been using 2 bungee straps to hold the top down using the anchors in the cargo area. Really helps pull the top all the way down. The seatbelts have been flapping like crazy and velcro nor zip ties have been a great solution. I'm going to give the seatbelt silencers a whirl. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

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Greetings everyone, today was a great Jeep day here in South Georgia. I had the JL out and about with the soft top completely down and it was glorious.

I am only recently getting back into the Jeep World, after years of not having a Wrangler. Previously, I had two different TJ'S and by comparison to my 2021 Willy's I have noticed a lot of differences and am still adjusting.

I have some thoughts on the premium soft top for the JL. I like the fact that the zippers have been completely eliminated, which makes things much easier, especially the rear window. However, I miss simply rolling up the rear window in my TJ and riding around enjoying the breeze.

With my JL I simply take out the rear window at times and leave the quarter windows on and ride around like that, albeit not on the highway. I have noted that several forum members have mentioned the risks of loosing the quarter windows when driving in this configuration. Unlike the TJ generation of Wrangler, the JL uses the rear window to create a proper and secure fit for the quarter windows.

That does make things a bit more worrisome, but I have decided to drive around this way depending on speed, weather, roadway conditions, etc. The quality of the top is outstanding, but I miss the simplicity of the TJ soft top. The Sunrider feature on this JL top is great. I never had that on any of my TJ's. Taking information from this forum I have done the following to try and have the best user experience with this JL.

REAR SEAT BELT FLAPPING NOISE- I bought a pair of SpiderWedShade seat belt silencers and they fixed the problem perfectly. They were worth the 30 bucks I spent.

SOFT TOP NOT FOLDING DOWN FAR ENOUGH- I bought a set of Velcro brand 2 inch by 3 feet straps from Home Depot and they worked perfectly. The top is well under the third brake light and is very secure. No bouncing and no noise. They cost me 6 bucks with free shipping.

HOW TO STORE SIDE AND REAR WINDOWS- I bought a soft top window storage bag from BJD Customs. The bag ran me 145 bucks with free shipping. The bag is a quality piece of work. You can hang the bag in your garage or storage shed, or you can clip it around the headrests in your JL. The bag then hangs down behind the front seats, taking up the foot area, but the rear seat remains very usable for gear, groceries, etc.

I went shopping with the window storage bag clipped as mentioned and had no trouble using the back seat for multiple bags of groceries. It would not work well if you had back seat passengers, but otherwise it works great. I like the fact that I can carry my windows with me, as thunderstorms come up quickly where I live.

All in all, I really like my JL Willy's and look forward to enjoying it for many years to come.
I will attach some photos. Stay safe and enjoy your Jeep!

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IMG_3549.jpg


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Great tips. I am west of you, I love Georgia weather. It's top down more than half the year here. Apparently the windows will fit behind the rear seat, minus the tail gate bar. I haven't tried it, I typically leave them in the garage.
 

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Greetings everyone, today was a great Jeep day here in South Georgia. I had the JL out and about with the soft top completely down and it was glorious.

I am only recently getting back into the Jeep World, after years of not having a Wrangler. Previously, I had two different TJ'S and by comparison to my 2021 Willy's I have noticed a lot of differences and am still adjusting.

I have some thoughts on the premium soft top for the JL. I like the fact that the zippers have been completely eliminated, which makes things much easier, especially the rear window. However, I miss simply rolling up the rear window in my TJ and riding around enjoying the breeze.

With my JL I simply take out the rear window at times and leave the quarter windows on and ride around like that, albeit not on the highway. I have noted that several forum members have mentioned the risks of loosing the quarter windows when driving in this configuration. Unlike the TJ generation of Wrangler, the JL uses the rear window to create a proper and secure fit for the quarter windows.

That does make things a bit more worrisome, but I have decided to drive around this way depending on speed, weather, roadway conditions, etc. The quality of the top is outstanding, but I miss the simplicity of the TJ soft top. The Sunrider feature on this JL top is great. I never had that on any of my TJ's. Taking information from this forum I have done the following to try and have the best user experience with this JL.

REAR SEAT BELT FLAPPING NOISE- I bought a pair of SpiderWedShade seat belt silencers and they fixed the problem perfectly. They were worth the 30 bucks I spent.

SOFT TOP NOT FOLDING DOWN FAR ENOUGH- I bought a set of Velcro brand 2 inch by 3 feet straps from Home Depot and they worked perfectly. The top is well under the third brake light and is very secure. No bouncing and no noise. They cost me 6 bucks with free shipping.

HOW TO STORE SIDE AND REAR WINDOWS- I bought a soft top window storage bag from BJD Customs. The bag ran me 145 bucks with free shipping. The bag is a quality piece of work. You can hang the bag in your garage or storage shed, or you can clip it around the headrests in your JL. The bag then hangs down behind the front seats, taking up the foot area, but the rear seat remains very usable for gear, groceries, etc.

I went shopping with the window storage bag clipped as mentioned and had no trouble using the back seat for multiple bags of groceries. It would not work well if you had back seat passengers, but otherwise it works great. I like the fact that I can carry my windows with me, as thunderstorms come up quickly where I live.

All in all, I really like my JL Willy's and look forward to enjoying it for many years to come.
I will attach some photos. Stay safe and enjoy your Jeep!

IMG_3545.jpg


IMG_3547.jpg


IMG_3549.jpg


IMG_3561.jpg


IMG_3551.jpg


IMG_3553.jpg


IMG_3564.jpg


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Thanks for the write up. I just got my softop JL last week, and while I probably missed full top down weather in IL this year the post was very helpful for next year.
 

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I love running around with just the rear window out and door windows open. In order to better secure the side windows, I drilled a small hole at the bottom of each one and connect them together with bungie cords. Looks a little funny but it seems to do the job just fine - even at highway speeds.
I would like to see a photo of that.
 
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Great tips. I am west of you, I love Georgia weather. It's top down more than half the year here. Apparently the windows will fit behind the rear seat, minus the tail gate bar. I haven't tried it, I typically leave them in the garage.
I have not tried them behind the rear seat, due to having the rear subwoofer. Behind the front seat works well though.
 

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I love running around with just the rear window out and door windows open. In order to better secure the side windows, I drilled a small hole at the bottom of each one and connect them together with bungie cords. Looks a little funny but it seems to do the job just fine - even at highway speeds.
If you've already removed the rear window, why not just pull the sides off as well?
 

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I do like the soft top boot, pity it's not available in tan though.

I miss not being able to roll up the soft top windows too. I bought a soft top storage bag, but it's too big to fit in the boot area with the rear seat in use. I do appreciate the ease of use though, compared to my old TJ.
 

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I do like the soft top boot, pity it's not available in tan though.

I miss not being able to roll up the soft top windows too. I bought a soft top storage bag, but it's too big to fit in the boot area with the rear seat in use. I do appreciate the ease of use though, compared to my old TJ.
You can leave the rear seat in it’s normal spot and the soft top windows will fit behind the rear seat in the two door.
the trick is to slightly roll the left and right side so the bag is shaped like this [.

I double checked and you don’t need to bend anything that should stay straight. There is a spot where the green rails end and before the rear corners. Essentially you roll the big corners 90 degrees and it fits.

 
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