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Old 04-18-2010, 12:49 PM   #1
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My first Wrangler - newbie questions!

Hey everyone!

I just purchased my first Jeep Wrangler! I have a 2010 Islander and I love it so far!!

Have a few questions for you guys regarding keeping her in tip top shape, if you don't mind!

I was reading through all the posts and everyone is mentioning storing the windows by using a product like Clover Patch. Rolling doesn't effect the windows at all? Is it better to keep them flat if you have the space?

What are your guys recommendations regarding vinyl window cleaner/protectant as well as a protectant for the soft top. I don't want it to fade and I don't have a garage to store the jeep in. Any recommendations for a cover for it?

Also, if anyone has any general tips please just shout them out!

Thank you so much! Sorry for all the questions, I am sure you have all seen them many times before!

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Old 04-18-2010, 01:03 PM   #2
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Nice Jeep! Welcome to the forum!

Rolling the windows won't hurt them, if they are going to be rolled for an extended period of time, you might want to roll them around a pool noodle to keep them from creasing. Make sure they're clean before you roll them up to minimize scratches. If you have space laying them flat is fine too, you can put a towel or something between them to keep them from scratching too. Bestop (who makes your top) makes window cleaner and top cleaner/protectant. Google it and you should find a bunch of places that sell it. Soap and water work fine for cleaning the windows, soft cotton or microfiber towels only, no paper towels. I think the average life expectancy for a soft top is about 5 years (don't quote me on that, my memory is going to heck in a hurry). That said, mine is almost 10 yrs old and still looks, works pretty darned great. Treat it right and it'll return the favor.

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Old 04-18-2010, 02:13 PM   #3
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love the Islander! Looks great!
I used to roll mine, and it would be fine
I guess if you have a lot of extra room you can just lay yours out. I didn't have any problems with mine
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If I know that I won't be needing the windows, I leave them laying out flat at home. If I am going to be away for an extended trip, I roll them in the cloverpatch and attach them to my rollbars. It will not hurt to leave them rolled up, but as mentioned above, using the swim noodles will keep them from collapsing from the heat in the roll and also help fill out the carrying bag to cut down on flapping on the road. If you choose to roll them without the roll kit, make sure that you roll them horizontally.
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Thanks everyone! I am sure I'll be back with more questions as I go! haha

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Old 06-07-2010, 11:10 AM   #6
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We have fraternal twin Jeeps! Mine is exactly the same, color and all, except it has the hard top. I love it!
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Nice Jeep! Welcome to the forum!

Rolling the windows won't hurt them, if they are going to be rolled for an extended period of time, you might want to roll them around a pool noodle to keep them from creasing. Make sure they're clean before you roll them up to minimize scratches. If you have space laying them flat is fine too, you can put a towel or something between them to keep them from scratching too. Bestop (who makes your top) makes window cleaner and top cleaner/protectant. Google it and you should find a bunch of places that sell it. Soap and water work fine for cleaning the windows, soft cotton or microfiber towels only, no paper towels. I think the average life expectancy for a soft top is about 5 years (don't quote me on that, my memory is going to heck in a hurry). That said, mine is almost 10 yrs old and still looks, works pretty darned great. Treat it right and it'll return the favor.

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All of the above plus the temperature can be an issue, especially as they age. I wouldn't roll them below 60 degrees. Back in the old days I had a CJ7. the windows did not come out in those days. I rolled up my back window and later in the evening when it was getting cool, I unrolled it. As I attempted to snap it to the tub (yes the tops attached with snaps in those days) the window cracked all the way across. My only remedy was a new top.

Because of that lesson I treat my top and windows very carefully. I use the Bestop Window Duffle as well as their cleaner and protectant about every 2 weeks or so.
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I'd reccomend buying some cheap Goodwill towels to roll your windows in.

I've scratched the hell out of plastic windows rolling them up and leaving them in the back of the Jeep. grit gets in there and messes them all up.

303 Areospace protectant works great on soft tops. Keeps them from drying out and fading.
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x2, 303 works great and lasts- keeps the top looking great. I just got the Mopar window bag which also rolls and so far it seems to work well.
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