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Old 11-22-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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Problem installing rear window on soft top

I just bought a replacement soft top of my '03 Jeep, made by Smittybilt. The top went up fine but i am having a horrible time putting in the rear window. After much effort, i can only get the zipper to the top right corner. I have already broken off the tab to the zipper trying to force it. It works fine along the straight edges, but the corners seem extraordinary difficult. Any tips?

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Old 11-22-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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Have you got your windshield latches fully latched? If you do just fold them down and just leave them hooked, this will give you a little more slack in the roof. Also if you are where it's cold you may have to put your Jeep in a warm place, these tops are not very cooperative in the cold. And welcome to the forum.

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Old 11-22-2009, 05:24 PM   #3
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Try this again, First Welcome to the Forum (saw it was your 1st post). The window will be tough the first couple of times but here is what I do to make it easier. First always detach your window zipping from your right to left and of course the reverse for re-installing it. When you get the zipper up to the corners, use your other hand and push in above the zipper, this will stretch some of the wrinkles in the turn out and make zipping easier. You might also want to apply a zipper lubricant or wax or soap to help the zipper glide more easily. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:20 PM   #4
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When I had my yj (I assume it would be the same on a TJ), I never secured the top to the tub until all the windows were in.
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:28 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips - i don't have it fully latched. I also tried untucking the back corners to give it a bit more play. It is cold though (Michigan).
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:17 AM   #6
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it is very difficult to install the rear window with the top on the jeep. i would suggest taking off the top, and zipping the window on. and then reinstalling the top back on. mine came undone over the summer, and i spent at least an hour trying to get it back on. really frustrating and not worth it. take it off, then put it back on.
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it is very difficult to install the rear window with the top on the jeep. i would suggest taking off the top, and zipping the window on. and then reinstalling the top back on. mine came undone over the summer, and i spent at least an hour trying to get it back on. really frustrating and not worth it. take it off, then put it back on.
wow, that's a roundabout way.

kinda like using a cannon to kill a squirrel.

if its cold, try the heated garage trick, softtops in general shrink in cool weather, thus making reinstallation in cold weather almost impossible.
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:56 AM   #8
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I have a BESTOP

no problem zipping or unzipping in cold, hot, warm weather
except for my hands and fingers.

maybe trade or sell the other one and upgrade to the bestop brand,,,,

just my opinion,
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I don't have access to a heated garage. It's 50 degrees right now - not that cold. I might try later to untuck all the edges and see if i zip it on - remove the top if i have to. It seems ass-backwards but i don't know what else to do.
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I don't have access to a heated garage. It's 50 degrees right now - not that cold. I might try later to untuck all the edges and see if i zip it on - remove the top if i have to. It seems ass-backwards but i don't know what else to do.
50 degrees isn't that cold....

Try the soap on the zipper trick. start it a little before its binding up, and go a little past where it stops...

and you can push down on Different areas to try to line it up better....it generally gets in a bind


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Old 11-24-2009, 12:31 PM   #11
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I finally got it zipped in. I had to untuck everything and pull the top back to give it enough slack. Hopefully over the winter it'll stretch out so i won't have this trouble come warmer weather. :-)
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^when the warmer weather comes around you just take the top off of it and forget it ever had a back window. imo, bestop is the only top I will ever run and as for smittybilt, well, dont get me started on the quality of some of their products.

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