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Old 09-09-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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Soft top back window install

Ok so I'm a newbie, I've had my new jeep for about a week. Finally today the weather was nice enough to drop the top. I realize I have to practice folding the roof to get it to look good. When I went to put everything back up and on, the back window was the biggest hassle. Is there an easy way to get the zipper together? How do you get the zipper part together? Took me a while and I finally got it but seems like there is an easier way.

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Old 09-09-2012, 07:02 PM   #2
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I think it's easier to just roll it up, and velcro it up.

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Old 09-09-2012, 07:09 PM   #3
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Roll IR up from toward the inside. So that the window is in the car. Much easier. Just figured it out myself.
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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I thought you had to remove it all the way when the top comes down. Good to know that you dont. Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:29 PM   #5
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I hate that rear window. You would think they would come up with something better.

TIPS
You can slide the rear window on or off with the bar attached. Also when your zipping you can slide the window or top some to make it easier to zip. You can also add some bee's wax to the zipper.

USING THE ROLL UP STRAPS
Before you use the straps you might want to check out this thread
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/how...it-160259.html
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Ok here is the step by step process. Please follow it closely:
1) Open the package.
2) Remove straps and inspect them.
3) Open lid on trash can and drop them in.
4) Crack a beer and rejoyce that I just saved you from fu%#ing up your rear window.

But in all seriousness, when you roll them up the fine dirt grinds into the acrylic from the motion of the window rocking back and forth in the wind while hanging from those straps. And even if the windows are clean, there's still rubbing.
Best to unzip it (as much of a pain in the ass as it is).
If you like seeing out your soft top windows treat them with extreme care.
CHEAP STORAGE
I use towels and a sleeping bag for storage. While that is rather self explanatory, I'm a middle aged man, and I made a write up anyways on just how I do it. http://www.jk-forum.com/jk-write-ups...12-2dr-238728/
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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Thanks rooster, yeah I noticed mine has some scratches already. I was thinking about using a few towels for storage. Thanks for the tips
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:37 AM   #7
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Yes when you put the top down you want to remove the rear window. Otherwise the whole top will be piled on top of it when it is folded down and it will get scratched and kinked. If you use the window-rolling straps you will definitely get your window fogged with scratches, and two large "stripes" where the main pressure of them touches the plastic.

Make sure you are pulling the plastic ridge of first few inches of the soft top corner sail panels out from under their bead on both sides. This is right where the start and finish of the zipper are. Pulling this out creates more slack and makes it easier to get everything lined up. Really, it is just like zipping up your coat when you were a kid...seemed hard at first but after a couple dozen times not so bad. You can take a dry bar of soap and rub it on the zipper teeth to make it move more smoothly also.
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imamully - another tip that is in the manual, but took me a while to realize actually helps... unlatch the very front header where it attaches to the windscreen, and lift till the spring holds the top up in the air a bit, so there is overall slack in the soft top. I was driving myself nuts with the rear-side and back window by trying to zip them when the front was latched down.
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Ok so I'm a newbie, I've had my new jeep for about a week. Finally today the weather was nice enough to drop the top. I realize I have to practice folding the roof to get it to look good. When I went to put everything back up and on, the back window was the biggest hassle. Is there an easy way to get the zipper together? How do you get the zipper part together? Took me a while and I finally got it but seems like there is an easier way.
When I re-install my back window in my Jeep I hold the rear window in place with 2 spring clamps attached to those loops that some people use to roll there window up in so they can drive around and scratch it up. The clamps hold the window in place and make it much easier to line up the zippers. If you need a picture to understand this let my know and I will try to post one tonight.
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imamully - another tip that is in the manual, but took me a while to realize actually helps... unlatch the very front header where it attaches to the windscreen, and lift till the spring holds the top up in the air a bit, so there is overall slack in the soft top. I was driving myself nuts with the rear-side and back window by trying to zip them when the front was latched down.
Cool idea, thanks for posting
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:34 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone, I wish I knew about the rolling it up creates scratches... Already I have two lines of scratches up in the top corners. So I will be taking the window out from now one. How do you store then in back? Does everyone roll them with a towel? Thanks again everyone for all the tips.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:57 AM   #12
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I haven't used this, but I've seen mention of it working to actually fix the window scratches on threads like this before: Novus polishing kit
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I have had my bottles of Novus for a long time ... a little goes a long way .... so not sure if the formula has changed but I swear by that stuff. It works great on all clear plastic.
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Thanks everyone, I wish I knew about the rolling it up creates scratches... Already I have two lines of scratches up in the top corners. So I will be taking the window out from now one. How do you store then in back? Does everyone roll them with a towel? Thanks again everyone for all the tips.
I use the clover roll to store my windows (sides and back)...no complaints

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