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Old 06-02-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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Back window on soft top

My one have any idea why the back left of my window is all wrinkled? I tried adjusting the way I zipped it. Doesn't help. The other side is fine. It's also loose on this side. The window has a lot of flexibility on the left where is wrinkled. Other side is nice and tight.

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Old 06-02-2014, 05:18 PM   #2
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Mine looks kinda like that too. I complained about it at the dealership. They "adjusted the soft top" for me, which didn't fix it, then told me that it will just work itself out after sitting out in the sun once it warms up.

That was last spring. It still looks the same now. I need to go back and complain again sometime.

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Old 06-02-2014, 05:19 PM   #3
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It's normal. You can slide the bottom window bar left and right to even out the wrinkles if it concerns you.
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It's normal. You can slide the bottom window bar left and right to even out the wrinkles if it concerns you.
I tried sliding the little bar at the bottom and it doesn't work. I just recently had a new soft top put on, and that's when it started.
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it will pretty much even out after you've raised and lowered the top a few times. no point messing around with it.
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I would think a little time and heat will help. The tops tend to stretch out over time. See if you can swap a buddy for a back window and see if it still does it. If not then its probably how your window was stitched up at the factory.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:53 PM   #7
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I would think a little time and heat will help. The tops tend to stretch out over time. See if you can swap a buddy for a back window and see if it still does it. If not then its probably how your window was stitched up at the factory.
It's been hot where I live. And I had the same windows on my last soft top. And all I got replaced was the skin. The bars are the same.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:03 PM   #8
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If yours looks like this, then you have a problem. Otherwise, you're fine.
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If yours looks like this, then you have a problem. Otherwise, you're fine.
Yeah I'd go nuts if that was mine. But it's just annoying knowing it's all wrinkled
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:13 PM   #10
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Try adjusting the sail panel. Pull the sail panel around toward the side of the jeep. This may cause your side window to be a little looser, but may help remove the wrinkle in the back.
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Little off subject, but does anyone have a problem with the first zipper on the rear panel? Mine seems to always get stuck, or not zip evenly.
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Mine are like that on both sides. I was a little upset at first, but then said screw it, it is what it is.

That said I think it has to do with how zipper is sewed to the plastic window. I bet they feed the sewing machine manually at the factory, so some misalignment is common.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:58 AM   #13
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I also have a wrinkle on the left side. For the first year I searched, and tried everything. After seeing most of the tops like this I gave up, and live with it. After three years it doesn't bother me anymore. Like the previous post states, it must have something to do with the manufacturing. Sucks but what you going to do.
Good luck, let us know how you make out.

As for the zipper, it was a pain for me at first, but I got pretty good at it.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:15 AM   #14
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Is this the factory tinted windows or aftermarket from Best Top?

I had the clear windows and no wrinkle. But with 1 summer with the clear windows I bought the BestTop tinted window kit.

I now have that exact wrinkle. I noticed the tinted windows are not as thick/heavy as the clear windows so I figured that contributed to it.

It doesn't really bother me but I did notice it.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:26 AM   #15
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I have the same wrinkles - both sides. And passenger side sail panel doesn't fit inside the channel as tightly as drivers side. Drives me nuts.
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might try lining the L part of the L shape with some black duct tape i did that with mine it helped alot
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Little off subject, but does anyone have a problem with the first zipper on the rear panel? Mine seems to always get stuck, or not zip evenly.
I wrestled with mine for 15 minutes yesterday.
  • Make sure you get the window zipper aligned and as far down as possible against the interior zipper
  • I couldn't get it to zip until I grabbed the bottom zippers cord and the top zipper cord at the same time and pull them in opposite directions vertically
  • I did mine with the tailgate bar in, but not sure if that plays a big part.
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I wrestled with mine for 15 minutes yesterday.
  • Make sure you get the window zipper aligned and as far down as possible against the interior zipper
  • I couldn't get it to zip until I grabbed the bottom zippers cord and the top zipper cord at the same time and pull them in opposite directions vertically
  • I did mine with the tailgate bar in, but not sure if that plays a big part.
One thing I noticed is that if you're having trouble with the zipper, don't try to jam the start of the zipper ends together as hard as you can. This can cause the teeth to misalign and totally screw it up. So put some force, but not too much.
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One thing I noticed is that if you're having trouble with the zipper, don't try to jam the start of the zipper ends together as hard as you can. This can cause the teeth to misalign and totally screw it up. So put some force, but not too much.
I will keep that in mind, haven't had a time that the zippers worked freely. seems they get stuck and excessive force is what it takes to make it work.
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One thing I noticed is that if you're having trouble with the zipper, don't try to jam the start of the zipper ends together as hard as you can. This can cause the teeth to misalign and totally screw it up. So put some force, but not too much.
When you say totally screw it up... do you mean it's a real pain in the ass, It's never the same, or replacement top?

I did this accidentally my first weekend of ownership, and while it did realign with some effort it was a pain. It was really hard to get it undone.

Kinda, really hoping I didn't ruin it.
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2016 same thing wrinkle on left
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:19 PM   #22
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12' has the wrinkle to the left and I thought the upholster jacked it up when he fixed my zipper. Sucks but I'd rather behind me than the opposite where I would see it all the time.
A good technique to aligning the zipper without force is to unzip the driver side rear a bit, pull the rear corner out of the track, and you will have plenty of play to start the rear without risking teeth damage.
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If the teeth are messed up it gets worse. If not try to get it going even so it comes off easy. My 15 is wrinkled on,left as well. Must be a defect


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I stacked the teeth unevenly on my new top. I put some wax based chain lube on and it's sliding easier now, I just have to pay more attention. I wish I'd seen one of these threads earlier.
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I have a 2015 with the premium OEM top and have no wrinkles in the rear or sides.

I start the zipper with the bar off and the left sail detached from the body. Also have the side windows out when I do this.

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