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Old 11-05-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Smile must have for dogs: slider windows for rear hardtop?

hi, 1st post! i am not *yet* a wrangler owner -- i've had a soft spot for them since i was 13 but have managed to live in denial thus far. the plan is to bounce down the road in one within the next several months or come spring time! in the meantime, can someone please pitch in to help me with some knowledge about hard top/soft top options? i

i live in rainy oregon and don't have a garage, but my first priority is making sure my two dogs can stick their faces out of the rear area. it looks like slider windows are available for the front area but i haven't seen pop-outs or anything like this for the cargo area (there won't be a back seat). i've checked quadratec and a few other sites -- have i missed something?

if i'm left with only soft top options, does anyone know of a zippered or fastener option to open side flaps in the rear plastic?

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The hard top doesn't have sliders available that I'm aware of. I carry a couple dogs in my Jeep on a daily basis and the only real option I've found (for me) is to use a dog devider grate with the hard top. With the front windows down they get the smells and the airflow while being 100% contained. I'd worry about them clawing the windows of my soft top, since that's what they already do to my hard top.

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I personally have never seen a sliding rear window for the hardtop! The soft top you can unzip the rear on both sides and roll it up! Welcome to the forum!
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hey thanks, guys! seen any pop-out window options? and ray, i like your icon pic. look like happy dogs!
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Have not seen any pop out windows either!
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:48 PM   #6
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Jeep Wrangler Cargo Pet Dog Net Nets Netting : Wrangler Netting Kit

There's a net that goes behind the front seats if you look close, not the best pics but I think that could be pretty handy for this situation. Plus they are easy to take down if you need to.

Edit: the one your looking for is called the windjammer
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:10 PM   #7
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I've been thinking about those cargo nets for the summer months myself. I'm not sure if my boys would try and eat there way out of it tho
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Here's another source for the Straps:

Safari Straps (Link)

The only Window Sliders that I'm aware of, are the Bestop Front Upper Door Windows, and they will only fit Pre-07/8/9/10 Jeeps... nothing for the JK's as of yet.

With either of the Strap Kits mentioned, Dawg Lovers usually keep the Straps mounted year round. Open the Rear Tailgate Door, and the Dawggies jump in between the bottom of the net and the cargo area, and are secured when the Tailgate Closes.

Your best bet would be with a Soft Top, rather than a Hard Top, when you go looking. The Soft Top can be lowered during your Outing, and can be put up over the Strap Kit without any problems, in the event you run into bad weather. The Strap Netting should be sufficient to keep your "Quadruped Family Members", from doing much, if any, damage to your Soft Windows in the side and rear.

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Nice info on the straps, but after looking at them a bit, I think I'll have to pass on the idea. I've got the reincarnation of Harry Houdini with scissors for teeth, and they don't look like they would keep him in.
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thanks everyone! the straps are a good suggestion.

i might end up trying to rig a cable that attaches to the rear frame -- some kind of a hook and loop system (something that rock climbers might use?), and hook that to the top of the dogs' halters. they could then move around freely but not be able to make a quick run for the hills (or out and across the grocery store parking lot!). a long time ago i saw something like this for dogs in the back of pick-up trucks.
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I believe this is what you're refering to. I've thought about that route too, but with 2 dogs I'd be concerned that they would trangle to much. CLICKY



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When I first got my Jeep, I too was wandering about rear side window sliders.
There's nothing out there.
Several people suggesed trying to find windows from truck caps or conversion vans that might be able to be made to fit.
Never looked any further into it.
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hi ray -- yes, that's exactly it. and hyperbuzzin, i think i'll try two separate things... probably the more active dog on a line and the 2nd dog (who usually prefers to sit or stick to one area) on a hook fastener.

it's too bad someone doesn't make a pop-out. my isuzo rodeo sport (aka amigo) had the non-removable hard top and the pop-out windows made it nice.
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The only Window Sliders that I'm aware of, are the Bestop Front Upper Door Windows, and they will only fit Pre-07/8/9/10 Jeeps... nothing for the JK's as of yet.
The vast majority of JK owners have full steel doors with roll down windows.

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Hollsa: I've never seen a hardtop with sliding side windows. There are very few aftermarket hardtops on the market,so you're limited in choices.

You could turn it into a pop-out window with a real good kick. But that's not recommended and will void the warranty.

I saw a dog connected from his harness to a clip on the top center of the roll bar - kept him from jumping out the back of an open Jeep. I was thinking of doing something similar. My CJ is the only family car where my dog is allowed in the front seat, and it confuses him. Scares me when I can't see him behind me, even though he likes it!
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hey Geoff@Bestop and Blackbeard1718 -- just to clarify, i'm asking about the rear only (not worried about the front).

some of the vintage metal hardtops could be modded. they have real glass windows. ah well, i'm sure i'm over thinking things. thanks very much for pitching in.
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Hollsa: Still can't think of anything on the aftermarket side that would allow any of a hardtop's three windows (one on each side, one in the back) to open or slide. I'm not saying no one's ever done it, but I can't think of anything you can buy. If you got real obsessed with the idea, you could talk to hotrod guys for ideas. They modify everything.
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hey Geoff@Bestop and Blackbeard1718 -- just to clarify, i'm asking about the rear only (not worried about the front).

Thanks for clarifying! Sorry about that! I did in fact misread it!

However, the first thing that popped into my mind when I read the part above in Red, was... "Camper Shell Windows"! I used to have Sliders in the Camper Shells on my pickups, and they were great.

If you're looking to modify your Hard Top Side Windows with Sliders, I'd recommend checking with a local place that makes their own Camper Shells for trucks, or maybe some place like an RV Dealer, that knows someone that makes Windows for their Pop-Up Campers and small Camper Rigs. That might get you started in the right direction.

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not a bad idea, blackbeard. i suppose anything is possible, for the right price! thanks for suggesting camper top businesses.
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No help on your slider search but I run a loop of 1" climbing webbing attached to the roll bar and a carineener connects to the harness on our labrador. Gives her the ability to move about but don't have to worry about her getting creative and taking off after something.
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thanks, whiteyj. any chance for a photo of your set-up?
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my kids got me a seat belt leash for my shepard. it is made of heavy seatbelt webiing and plugs into the seat belt female connector and the other end has a stout snap hook on it. you could just get a couple of junkyard seatbelts and sew a loop on them and then use a cable thur it to a snap hook for the dogs collor and leave the windows out. cheap fix for the meantime
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i saw this conversation, it is an old conversation, but i was wondering if anyone started making some kind of replacement sliding glass for the wrangler hard top windows? i have a wrangler unlimited, but would love to shrink it to a regular two door, but not being able to open the windows for my dogs to stick their heads out keeps me from making the change.
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Here's another attempt to Up this thread. I am in the exact same situation, with one GS already installed in the trunk of my Unlimited, and another GS who will soon join the club. The sliders would be a great solution for our worry, cuz we can't drive anywhere with the erar window open - the "pistons" on each side of the window would never resist to such treatment. So we definitely need a lateral solution...

Any ideas ? And this'd be an international fix, I'm in Southern France myself...
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I would have gotten the hard top if there windows were removable. I really, REALLY prefer the looks of the hard top but the inability to take the windows out keeps me away.
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I think I found a workaround: install A/C nearer my dog(s)

Let's face it, the system is almost inefficient for them, so I found this

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Am waiting for a price from them, hopefully before summer ends !
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hi, 1st post! i am not *yet* a wrangler owner -- i've had a soft spot for them since i was 13 but have managed to live in denial thus far. the plan is to bounce down the road in one within the next several months or come spring time! in the meantime, can someone please pitch in to help me with some knowledge about hard top/soft top options? i

i live in rainy oregon and don't have a garage, but my first priority is making sure my two dogs can stick their faces out of the rear area. it looks like slider windows are available for the front area but i haven't seen pop-outs or anything like this for the cargo area (there won't be a back seat). i've checked quadratec and a few other sites -- have i missed something?

if i'm left with only soft top options, does anyone know of a zippered or fastener option to open side flaps in the rear plastic?

thank you!
The only thing I can think of is the aftermarket RallyTop Hardtop. I had one on my 06 Wrangler Unlimited when I traded for a new 2012. They are about $1800.00 new. I just looked on their site and the only top that has the sliding windows are the ones for thr 04-06 Wrangler Unlimited LJ.

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