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Old 05-02-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Ok whats the trick to starting the zipper on the back window soft top

I have been messing around with the soft top most of the night and I can't not figure out how to start the read window zipper. I have spent about 3 hrs looking at the manual , jeep.com, and you tube but nothing seems to really show the back window zipper. My window has 2 zipper pulls on it 1 points down the other up but there does not seem to be a beginning to the zipper. Got to be a trick I thinking about bringing to the dealer and have them show me how this thing works. It a 2013 rubicon 2 door duel top. Any advice please

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Old 05-02-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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With the zipper at the leftmost bottom position, insert the left bottom tab into the top of the upward facing zipper all the way down to the bottom of the downward facing zipper. Then zip the upward facing zipper up.

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Old 05-02-2013, 10:21 PM   #3
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The rear window install is by far the biggest PITA on my Jeep. I don't know what you mean by there isn't a beginning to the zipper. You should have the silver tab that is attached to the soft top-side of the zipper and you place the zipper latch (???) through there and start. Don't attach the rear window to the bar above the gate until you start the zipper...big help for me.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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It can be a little confusing and some tops "hide" the Begining/ or start of the zipper, inside the the falp that covers the edge of the window when zipped.....this causes the zipper to stay "cleaner"

he best wa y is to stand behind the driver's side of the vehicle and "find the start of zipper first
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It can be a little confusing and some tops "hide" the Begining/ or start of the zipper, inside the the falp that covers the edge of the window when zipped.....this causes the zipper to stay "cleaner"

he best wa y is to stand behind the driver's side of the vehicle and "find the start of zipper first
Good point. It was a little harder to start the zipper when my top was newer and stiffer because it was partially hidden. Check behind the driver's side soft top flap.
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When I had my stock top on still I found it easier to start the zipper (as others said, it starts at the lower driver's side corner) with the drivers side sail flap (what would be the 'C' pillar) loosened. As in having the lower part not inserted into the channel on the Jeep body. That allows you to maneuver your hands around a little better in there.
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With the zipper at the leftmost bottom position, insert the left bottom tab into the top of the upward facing zipper all the way down to the bottom of the downward facing zipper. Then zip the upward facing zipper up.
Ok that helped I got it in. Now could you explain why they designed this zipper this way. What's the point of having the 2 zipper pulls going in different dirrections like this?
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You may also want to unlatch the top at the front and pop it up to release some of the tension on the back of the top. After you get the back window zipped and tucked, refasten the latches. Seems to help with mine.
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Ok that helped I got it in. Now could you explain why they designed this zipper this way. What's the point of having the 2 zipper pulls going in different dirrections like this?
So you can unzip the sides and throw the window over the top to load stuff in back and not completely remove the window.
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Someone already said it, but I'll repeat....take the left sail panel loose from the channel....you probably don't even have to take it all the way out, just the right hand side closest to the zipper, just to give you a little more room to maneuver your hands. It gets easier after you've done it a few times 😊

When I bought my Jeep a couple of my zippers didn't have the pulls (the extended cord pulls) on them and it was kind of hard to operate them with just the metal pull. Yesterday I installed 3-4" loops of paracord on all the pulls to make them easier to grab and manipulate. Does that count as a mod? 😋

Having the two zippers also allows you to roll up the window for driving if you don't want to take it all the way off. My Jeep has a couple of elastic straps with snaps on them that I assume are used to tie the rolled up window up out of the way. At least that's what we do with it sometimes.
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Ok that helped I got it in. Now could you explain why they designed this zipper this way. What's the point of having the 2 zipper pulls going in different dirrections like this?
You should have gotten two elastic loops with a snap on each one. They snap to the under side of the top right at the top of the window (one on either corner). With the dual zipper pulls you can unzip the sides of the window, roll it up and hold it in place with those elastic loops.

That lets you run with an open back window without having to find a place to store it.
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Make sure that you have BOTH zipper pulls on the left side when you reinstall it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:19 PM   #14
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Got it, thank you everyone for the help. 1 time to remove hard tips and install soft top about 5 hrs. I bet next time it will only take about 30 minutes.

Thank you

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