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  • Need tonneau cover help

    I looked through several of the posts dealing with the smitty-built tonneau but didn't see anyone who had a problem with mounting the cover on their tub....I do!!! Now, granted, my '80 CJ7 may have been racked, rolled and who knows what else but this cover just will not fit the Jeep. It came with rails and not snaps, my old soft top had snaps which are now removed. I need about an inch less width on that tub and I believe the cover would fit. Any ideas besides a sledge hammer to whack the tub side-wall? How about a strap and come-along? Or two threaded rods and a threaded sleeve to crank the sides inward? There's got to be a way that the body shop guys would make this top fit.

  • #2
    DOn't sweat it, just lay your top in the sun and get it warm. The canvas needs to stretch out, and it will.

    If you live in the cold zone still, you'll need to find a way to warm it up so it can stretch when you put it on.

    After two years, my soft top stil won't fit if I don't put it on while it's warm.

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    • #3
      Ditto
      the only other thing is you said it came with rails. Did you put the rails on or the PO?
      you may just have to re-mount them.

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      • #4
        The ole' expand a cover trick.

        I did put the rails on, but there isn't much adjustment to them. As far as laying the cover in the sun; well, I will try that but I didn't think that the vinyl would expand. I mean if you think of vinyl seats that are sitting in a closed car under the hot sun, that material should expand like there is no tomarrow. I don't recall that ever happening?!?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by paridgerunner View Post
          I did put the rails on, but there isn't much adjustment to them. As far as laying the cover in the sun; well, I will try that but I didn't think that the vinyl would expand. I mean if you think of vinyl seats that are sitting in a closed car under the hot sun, that material should expand like there is no tomarrow. I don't recall that ever happening?!?
          It's not that the vinyl will expand, but getting it warmed up will allow it to strectch out some. I have to do the same thing when I put my soft top on just before winter. It make a pretty big difference.

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