Had my top down for several days. Love it! Since my Wrangler (TJ) is also my daily - I listen to the weather often. Today and the next few for Mobile Alabama area sounded like I didn't want to risk it so I put my top back on this morning before going on duty.
Not too hard doing this by myself - EXCEPT for those darn side windows! Starting the zippers just gives me fits.
Now - if the zippers only started at the rear bottom of each window I think that'd make a BIG improvement for me.
Anyone else have fits putting top back on alone?
Anyone else have a hard time with putting side windows back on?
"The Fear of The Lord is the beginning of Wisdom."
Lose this and you lose everything.
Since this is my first Jeep, I had to take it to the dealer to figure out how to get my soft top on for the first time and to also get my windows, since apparently they left that box out when I picked it up. I went with a dual top so didn't notice till about a month later when I was taking off the hard to put the soft top on. It was quite an experience, since I've only had my top off twice since the weather has been pretty much rainy all the time. But I must say it's gotten easier each time I've done it, course I have a four door so there is a bit more soft top to play with.
For me, the zippers aren't an issue.. except.. when the fabric on the zippers get wrinkled or wavy.. To soap trick does help the zippers..
The trick is to start the zipper (forward, top near the jeep door) then sort of angle the back of the window upwards.. just as long as it grabs a few Velcro in the back..Once you zip all the way down.. you can then make the minor adjustments..
The point is getting it zipped up first.. then snapping the door channels, fold in the lower window lips, then Velcro the rest.. and don't forget to set the flaps in the right direction for correct water drainage..
I would suppose.. I need to break down and make a video or just write something up on my blog about this..
I have used an old candle to lube zippers with good results. You slide the end of the candle along each side of the zipper with the tip of your index finger under it and the candle along the top holding it down with your thumb. And since it is dry it does not attract dirt.
2004 RED TJ Rubicon
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Along these same lines, as candles or soap.. I recall a bar of wax.. most surfers us to tack their surf boards.. This would work just as well..
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Thou the used bar of soap is easier to obtain.. you know that part your left with when it's just to small to handle anymore and you throw it away, Just keep in your shop.. I wouldn't recommend that you keep in the jeep.. or you could end up with a cloppy mess somewhere inside you jeep..
Zip Tech. You get from outdoors shops like REI or Amazon. Its in a Chapstick type tube. Its easy to apply and works wonders on Jeep zippers. The outdoors types have been using Zip Tech on tents/sleeping bags/backpacks for a while now. Dry, doesnt attract dirt. Good stuff.