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Old 02-06-2011, 02:10 PM   #1
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Hardtop rear glass help!

I purchased a targa top a couple months ago thinking it would be an easy fixer upper. Some elbow grease, a couple window struts and a rear window...well after diving into it I found out the top was made by steel horse which is no longer in business... The rear window glass is not compatible with any factory tops blah blah blah. So the task to find a replacement has been long and hard. I've began looking at lexan and acrylic plastic products. Lexan is super expensive and shipping is as well. I'm just ballparking it that the glass should be about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Anyone else have this problem? Or can tell me a good thickness or a cheaper place/route to go. Thanks so much.

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Old 02-06-2011, 02:23 PM   #2
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:36 PM   #3
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Check with your local glass dealer. They should be able to cut you whatever you need. It would need to be safety glass so that would increase the cost I'm guessing.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:39 PM   #4
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Yeah I've checked around at local junk yards and one was somewhat promising, but the width overlapped my back window indentation so that wouldn't work. The cheapest glass place quoted me a 637 dollar charge to make and some wouldn't even make it due to some kind of liability risk...
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I'd spend some time looking for glass companies that deal with hot rods and classics. The price may be tough, but that's probably your best bet, short of a miracle find at the junkyard (if they had sold a ton of these, they'd still be in business, dontcha know).

If you go with a home-made plastic, be careful: some of that stuff shatters into a nasty mix of artery-cutting shards. I get them confused all the time, but get the "plastic" that's made for automotive safety.
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:21 PM   #6
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Very true, I'll look into that. The lexan I was going to get says it's 250 times stronger than glass and acrylic is 17 times stronger. Most people say that they don't shatter and some say they do. But I'll check at some local custom shops and see what they can come up with. Hopefully less expensive than more but regardless it's a necessity since my zipper broke on my soft top and the gf refuses to ride in it that way thank god for great heaters
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I would go with Lexan. Check around with local sign shops. If they have a CNC Router, it wouldn't take them anytime to cut one for you. Use a minimum 3/16ths. Anything thinner might warp from heat. Most sign shops keep lexan in stock. They might even have a scrap of it and not charge you for the full sheet.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:16 PM   #8
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I will definitely get on that tomorrow when they are open. Thank you guys so much I'll post some pics when I complete it
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:56 PM   #9
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I would go with plexiglass. I had this on my hardtop before I found a rear window. It did the job and kept the weather out. Its going to be really hard for you to find a factory window for your hardtop since they went out of business. I would think this would be the cheapest way until you can get glass. Good luck!
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:37 AM   #10
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Do you have rear window from steel horse hardtop? I need one.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:29 PM   #11
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I just purchased a 97 Wrangler and it came with a Steel Horse 2 piece hardtop. I'm looking to sell it, going to go with a soft top. Don't know how much they'd sell for, I have the two hard upper door pieces as well. I live in NY, be willing to arrange a meet or look into shipping it, my father in law works for Fed-Ex. Give me an offer, and a location if it's not driving distance to NY so I can get a shipping quote.
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i need the bottom part of the glass that seals the bsck window. 2 piece steel horse top. came on jeep just bought. does anyone have any suggestions? id greatly appreciate any help. thanx!
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I would check with a junk yard or a pick and pull...
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:50 AM   #14
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Odds of finding parts for a Steel Horse top in a junkyard are slim to none.
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:17 PM   #15
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yeah, nothin around here. jus trying to put some feelers out. will prolly put stainless across bottom for now but... thanx anyway.
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Very true, I'll look into that. The lexan I was going to get says it's 250 times stronger than glass and acrylic is 17 times stronger. Most people say that they don't shatter and some say they do. But I'll check at some local custom shops and see what they can come up with. Hopefully less expensive than more but regardless it's a necessity since my zipper broke on my soft top and the gf refuses to ride in it that way thank god for great heaters
lexan is more scratch resistant than regular plexi, but if it does break (and it CAN), it pretty much explodes (fold a CD in half and watch how many sharp chunks fly, and how far they go... same thing but more of it). If you're going to go with plastic, get the cheaper plastic sheets, and don't go over 1/4". It will be easier to break, but when it does, you won't get flying shards or an explosion, it will just crack apart and fall out. I've been running plexi rear windows in my DJ for years, and have broken several, and the cheaper ones break a lot easier, but don't throw shards everywhere.
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My dad used to make fiberglass faring for motorcycles from molds and he always used Plexiglas for the wind screen. Pretty tough stuff and it shouldn't shatter in a way that could be dangerous. You can even put a bend in it by using heat.
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Anyone have an ideal price range for a Targa top? I've just started researching into them and just looking for more info. I want to replace my soft top due to weather in my part of Texas is just nuts(back and forth with rain, snow, heat) and i want a more stable solution that's still available for some easily removal parts.
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If you really want a two piece top, go with Keystone (which bought the Bestop molds)
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If you really want a two piece top, go with Keystone (which bought the Bestop molds)
Any other recommendations? Seems their's run from 2-3.5g. Just want some comparisons of good brands
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2 Piece TJ Hardtop

still going to be $2K after shipping...

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