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Old 08-13-2011, 12:32 AM   #1
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Rear window scratches

About a year ago I purchased my first jeep, a 2010 Unlimited Sahara. I have absolutely loved the vehicle so far and its a blast to drive. I live in Michigan so when the winter finally thawed I unpacked the soft top and put it on. I found the 2 elastic straps included and scratched my head for a second to figure out what they were for. I discovered that they snapped onto the roof and were designed to hold the rear window when its rolled up. I thought that was a cool design until I drove for 4 hours with the window rolled up held by the elastic straps and realized that it scratched the window so badly that I can now hardly see out of it. Why on earth would the Jeep engineers come up with such a "wonderful idea" if they knew that it would scratch the living sh** out of the plastic window?? If I would have never seen the elastic straps, I would have just simply unzipped the window and left it laying in the back. Live and learn I guess, just a little confused with the concept now that I know the damaging effect.

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Old 08-13-2011, 12:45 AM   #2
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That's called job security if it's perfect the first time how will they get paid a second???

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Old 08-13-2011, 12:55 AM   #3
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Of course they have been doing this for decades though....Get yourself some Meguiar's Clear Plastic Cleaner (#17) and Clear Plastic Polish (#10). Use the Cleaner first and then the Polish. Makes the window just like new. You can use it on the side windows as well for when you scratch those up by throwing them in the back of the Jeep. I'll do mine a couple times a year....although I don't have the back window down much during the summer.
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DO what Big B said, then keep it polished with Pledge. Seriously.
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I never roll up my window this is what i came up with .i went to a marina store and bought SS screw snap screwed them right into plastic unzip window right up to the seam line at top tuck window on top of roll bar and then use straps to secure ..doesnt move even at 70 mph on highyway
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Wow that is actually a very cool way to solve the rear window scratching issues, very clean work too looks like it came from the factory that way. How did you attach the straps to the rear window?
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Right where the rear window bar sits in the craddle .just pop out window from the holder like your going to roll it up .and at the ends the bar sticks past the window ,just loop it around the ends .and while pulling on straps one in each hand just tuck it up on roll bar reach in and push to the speakers .now me being short and having a two inch lift i just go around to each seat reach back and snap .And when you put window back just reverse steps .snap buttons where like 5 bucks for for .if you would like more pics i can post
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Right where the rear window bar sits in the craddle .just pop out window from the holder like your going to roll it up .and at the ends the bar sticks past the window ,just loop it around the ends .and while pulling on straps one in each hand just tuck it up on roll bar reach in and push to the speakers .now me being short and having a two inch lift i just go around to each seat reach back and snap .And when you put window back just reverse steps .snap buttons where like 5 bucks for for .if you would like more pics i can post
where'd the pics go??? Just rolled up the window on my 2013 and scratched it to hell. This sounds great, but I'm not following what you did...PICS PLEASE.
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Right where the rear window bar sits in the craddle .just pop out window from the holder like your going to roll it up .and at the ends the bar sticks past the window ,just loop it around the ends .and while pulling on straps one in each hand just tuck it up on roll bar reach in and push to the speakers .now me being short and having a two inch lift i just go around to each seat reach back and snap .And when you put window back just reverse steps .snap buttons where like 5 bucks for for .if you would like more pics i can post
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Just unzip it to the left and drop the window into the tub. it'll scratch but not as bad as rolling it up.
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^ I used to run the TJ like this. Scratches happen no matter what. I used the Novus kit twice a year to buff them, spring and fall. Works good, and easy to do.
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Just unzip it to the left and drop the window into the tub. it'll scratch but not as bad as rolling it up.

The downside of that is you get funny folds and creases in it that show when you put it back in.....doesn't look much better than the scratches.
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I learned the hard way too. Immediatly threw the stupid straps in the garbage. Its a PITA, but I unzip it and remove it whan I wand to go windowless.
I'm going to try the plastic cleaner #17 and some pledge. I've been using plastic curtain polish for marine applications, its worked ok but doesn't have much effect in the deeper tree branch scratches.
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The downside of that is you get funny folds and creases in it that show when you put it back in.....doesn't look much better than the scratches.
Thats funny because i dont. But if i roll it in the straps i do.

I just drop it and leave it hooked to the tailgate bar.

If i drop the top i take it all the way off and lay it flat in the back. Then i do the same with the side windows. Then i lay my door upppers on them and they cant blow away

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