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Old 06-22-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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TJ soft top rear window question.

I have my rear window rolled up in my soft top. (see pictures) Do your straps look like these? It seems like a strange way to have to snap them in place. Also the fabric of the elastic band is leaving an impression in the vinyl window. I assume this is because of the 100* days we are having?? Just wondering if I'm doing something wrong.

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Old 06-22-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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No. Mine are elastic straps that are a loop and have a single snap that connects to the bar. Once the window is rolled up the ends are tucked into the loops.
Looks like you have a little better strap there, so your window doesn't relax and ease down into your field of vision.

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If you can avoid it do not use those loops. I learned the hard way.
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If you can avoid it do not use those loops. I learned the hard way.
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Just take it out, it's Summer for goodness sake!
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:00 AM   #6
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It's rolled up Linda. I just want to take it with me in case of rain. I guess I'll have to take it out of the top and put in in the back of the Jeep with the side windows.
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See, I live on the edge..... I don't carry any stinkin windows.... They've been in a box in the garage for at least 8 weeks... I did get caught in the rain a couple of weeks ago, behind some old geezer who wouldn't drive over 20mph... Grrrr!

But, I mostly have the luxury of driving when I want to, so I can time my jaunts around the scheduled showers..

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Old 06-23-2010, 02:00 AM   #8
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To be honest, the only time not having windows sucks is when you get caught in the rain and you are not moving. My straps are so long that I have to loop it twice to keep the window high enough that I can see out of the rear view mirror.
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The straps with the snaps are the exact same method my top uses. My rear window is not in perfect condition so I use them at times to put the window up. My issue is the zipper needs to be replaced because it keeps separating. One of the next small projects.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:22 AM   #11
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You can also unzip the top and sides, & roll it down behind tailgate.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:53 AM   #12
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Ruined a loop!

The clips were always hard to remove, finally one of the snaps come off from the material, anyone ever fixed it? any ideas? Im always running late to work, and just rolling it and holding the window with the snaps is the fastest way to get fresh air.
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I got 2 velcro straps and looped them over the frame pipe thats exposed. Roll it up and velcro it. Don't have the stock straps like the picture, but the velcro straps hold the rolled window up higher to the roof out of rear vision.
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i don't zip mine completely off b/c sometimes getting it back on (especially in a hurry) can be a major PITA. i take my right side zipper and zip it all the way over to the left side. then i roll my window in and tuck it behind the rear seat. it is sooooo, much nicer b/c the window doesn't hang down in my field of view.

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I have the same straps, but those aren't on there right.. You shouldn't have to run them behind the zipper like that..
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you should have snaps on the canvas top on the inside
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:59 AM   #18
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i don't zip mine completely off b/c sometimes getting it back on (especially in a hurry) can be a major PITA. i take my right side zipper and zip it all the way over to the left side. then i roll my window in and tuck it behind the rear seat. it is sooooo, much nicer b/c the window doesn't hang down in my field of view.

I do this very same thing fairly often because it's quick & dirty.
Unfortunately, it tends to get in the way when I need to put things in the back so I came up with what I THOUGHT was an original idea. Velcro straps that go over the bow to hold the window tightly rolled.

Looks like I'm not the only one who thunk of it. That's good because if great minds think alike, then some of us knucleheads must be closet geniuses!
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i don't zip mine completely off b/c sometimes getting it back on (especially in a hurry) can be a major PITA. i take my right side zipper and zip it all the way over to the left side. then i roll my window in and tuck it behind the rear seat. it is sooooo, much nicer b/c the window doesn't hang down in my field of view.

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My rear window stays in the rolled up position most all of the summer, using the OEM snaps and I have the snap impression on the vinyl. Before putting the soft top away for the winter, I do my best to clean them and polish out the impression. My windows are all scratched up because I keep them stuffed behind the back seat most of the time so it doesn't bother me too much.
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[QUOTE=jgano23;666168]i don't zip mine completely off b/c sometimes getting it back on (especially in a hurry) can be a major PITA. i take my right side zipper and zip it all the way over to the left side. then i roll my window in and tuck it behind the rear seat. it is sooooo, much nicer b/c the window doesn't hang down in my field of view.

Thanks for taking the time to do that Jess. I hadn't thought of doing it that way but I'll try that out now.



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Old 07-03-2010, 01:09 AM   #22
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Do OEM tops have the Loops?
I was going to make my own. Are they tucked up some place I can't see them?

BTW- If the zippers are separating use a pair of pliers and straiten the back of the zipper, the 2 sides of the zipper should be =.
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yes the oem tops have the straps.
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The clips were always hard to remove, finally one of the snaps come off from the material, anyone ever fixed it? any ideas? Im always running late to work, and just rolling it and holding the window with the snaps is the fastest way to get fresh air.
You can get snap replacement kits at the hardware store that come with everything you need>
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:07 PM   #25
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holy crap I've never even thought of zipping down both sides and just letting it lay down inside the Jeep.
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I have the OEM straps and I sewed on felt over the straps to protect the window from getting impressions. Just make sure you cut a hole where the snaps protrude. It works great for me.
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I have had my jeep 10 years. I zip both sides up to about 5 inches past the curve on the top (both sides) leaving about 18'' in the middle. I roll the window under-wards carefully and tight to make a small roll. Snap the straps and carefully place the window behind the seat. Never got a scratch, no strap marks, worked for 10 years. Just got a new Bestop tinted windows top, doing the same thing and works well for me.

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