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Old 03-10-2010, 08:18 PM   #1
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soft top back window- broken??

My daughter has soft top on Jeep -I thought she didn't like zipping it back on and off but she just informed me that the window part is broken-not sure to what extent- is it possible to just replace the back window? We have a hard top also but haven't put it on since we bought it 1 1/2 years ago.

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Yes you can buy replacement windows. Is it the window plastic) that is broken or is it the zipper or hardware?

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Old 03-10-2010, 09:49 PM   #3
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The back window can be expensive if you buy it new. They are available, but will cost a pretty penny unless you can find a used one someplace.
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the zipper on my soft top in the back window area is broken. I can get it to zip up, but it leaves gaps in places. any way to get it fixed. Thanks
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Replacement Window Kits should be available at better Jeep retailers. You can also talk to our customer service people to see what's available directly from Bestop.

NOT CHEAP. Make sure it's not repairable before you shell out the dinero -- lots of people have had good luck with boat-canvas people, or upholstery shops.

TJNewbie: Zippers that pull apart can be tough to repair. Same advice: boat shops, upholstery shops. We can help you find replacement zippers, but it's not always easy to get them installed.
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thanks- she now says it is just hard to zip on/off- so maybe it's not broken after all-
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What if it's just the plastic part? My back window broke as well but all the hardware works fine. It's just the actual plastic window that ripped. Anyway I can get this fixed for a cheaper price than buying a new window?
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Lubricate your zippers. Use glycerin hand soap, or a specialty product designed for zippers (scuba places sell stuff made for wetsuits). Some use wax, but we've found soap is easier to wash out after dirty trail days. Glycerin soap is the stuff that comes in a bar, but is sort of transparent. It's usually the "fancy" soap, but you can buy cheap versions at the grocery store. Just buy a bar of it, and rub it along your zippers.
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What if it's just the plastic part? My back window broke as well but all the hardware works fine. It's just the actual plastic window that ripped. Anyway I can get this fixed for a cheaper price than buying a new window?
Duct tape? box tape?
seriously though, check with craigslist, probably gonna be your best bet. Plastic itself is rather difficult to repair, but could probably be done if you could find the right people. best of luck!
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What if it's just the plastic part? My back window broke as well but all the hardware works fine. It's just the actual plastic window that ripped. Anyway I can get this fixed for a cheaper price than buying a new window?
The problem is that the vinyl window "glass" is stitched in AND heat sealed. It would be a lot of work to unstitch it, put in new glass and restitch it. And you still wouldn't have the heat seal part.

That's why we sell full window panels - the whole zip out part.

The clear vinyl is available at boat canvas makers if you want to give it a shot.
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Some of the Jeep rear windows are tight. My 2009 was very tight, just putting a mild lubricant sparingly on the tight spots, in my case the corners can really help ease the closing. I used a synthetic wax but eezox a gun lube will really do the job.
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Thanks for all the zipper info, we've got a couple of Marine-canvas shops down here, I'll ask around.
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Hexxum, that vid you got is crazy!!
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we tried the soap -it helped but we can't get the zipper past the curve - what a pain-ready to get rid of this Jeep-
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we tried the soap -it helped but we can't get the zipper past the curve - what a pain-ready to get rid of this Jeep-
Mine is tight around the corners but the thought of getting rid of it for that reason had never occurred to me. Are you having problems getting the corners under the lip on the tub? If you are you might check to see that all hardware is properly positioned. Since yours is an 07 it should have loosened up by now. When I zip around the corner I pull on the sides a little to relieve the stress on the zipper. It is difficult to zip but I get it done without too much force.
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It is still a little cold. I took the top down last week and what is usually a 10 minute job putting it back up, took 30. These tops will shrink about 2 inches in the cold. I really didn't think that I would be able to get that rear window zipped. What works best for me is once you get the zipper up to the corner, push upward and in on the fabric while you pull the zipper around. Give it a try. It will get easier as the weather gets warmer.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:34 PM   #17
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thanks- we will keep trying- it would be so much better if we had a garage though
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My zipper mechanism (the piece you grab to "zip") broke on my rear window. So now I'm driving backless (woo wooo), and with the wonderful rain we're having in Indiana, getting a little wet.

Any ideas on where to get just the "zipper" part? Bestop doesn't do them, and Quadratec wasn't helpful at all.
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My zipper mechanism (the piece you grab to "zip") broke on my rear window. So now I'm driving backless (woo wooo), and with the wonderful rain we're having in Indiana, getting a little wet.

Any ideas on where to get just the "zipper" part? Bestop doesn't do them, and Quadratec wasn't helpful at all.
Yea actually. Had a buddy here at work had the EXACT same thing happen (all the way down to the rainfall lol) But he said he just went to http://jeepit.com/zipper3.htm and found the zippers
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Thanks for the zipper link I'll definetly keep it in mind. My back window had a double zipper on it, I just removed one of the zipper pieces. now it works great.
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something else u can try wit the zipper is to make sure u have the back window lined up with the other zipper ( makes it easier compared to letting it droop) and even though u are pulling on the zipper... push on the back of it also... it is the angle that u are pulling at that makes it quite a bit more difficult to...
Also not sure with the newer ones but if u slide your back corner pieces towards the back more it will be a little more helpful...

Im driving an 03, but we all have the same problems...
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Thanks for all the tips, I'll give them a try.
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I ran a longer clip thru the zipper cord to give me more room to hold onto when pulling. Now I have very little trouble. (it's actually a dog leash coupler, but it works!)
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My zipper mechanism (the piece you grab to "zip") broke on my rear window. So now I'm driving backless (woo wooo), and with the wonderful rain we're having in Indiana, getting a little wet.

Any ideas on where to get just the "zipper" part? Bestop doesn't do them, and Quadratec wasn't helpful at all.
Go to ebay. Several sites listed. I went to one, [I don't remember which] several years ago and the furnished parts worked just fine. Very inexpensive also.
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an upholstry shop told me they would put a heavier zipper on the top and the window for around $150
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I have had some problems with my zipper o my 2010 JK never had any problem on any of my TJs zippers.
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My daughter has soft top on Jeep -I thought she didn't like zipping it back on and off but she just informed me that the window part is broken-not sure to what extent- is it possible to just replace the back window? We have a hard top also but haven't put it on since we bought it 1 1/2 years ago.
I'm looking to buy a hardtop for my 2 dr JK if you want to sell it!

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