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Old 04-04-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Upgrades / Mods to factory soft top?

It just became soft top weather here. I threw mine on and am loving it after using the hard top all winter! There are a couple problems I have with it. I would like help. I have a 2dr if that matters.

1- I use my back window a lot. The zippers and folding it onto the top is kinda awkward. I noticed if I keep the window's bottom 2 tub rails out it is a lot easier though. Is there anything/anyway to make it easier to open it, such as longer zipper attachments?

2- On the highway my side windows flap (and make noise) a lot! More than it should. The wind doesn't help! Anything to help, or even stop that from happening? Would more pad on the top frame help?

3- I have a ton of little scratches on the windows. Is there a polish or something that is worth a try?

I know the soft top wont be like the hard top, but I bet with all the experts help on here it can be closer!

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Old 04-04-2014, 11:22 PM   #2
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If you can post a pic of how the top looks when up we might get a better idea of the problem.

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Old 04-04-2014, 11:29 PM   #3
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1. You could always unzip, leave the bottom bar in and just push the rear window down into the "trunk" space rather than flipping it up on top and driving around (if I'm understanding correctly). The zippers are tight; you could always add some paracord loops to extend them to make pulling easier.

2. Sounds like you're running with front windows down (or off with half doors) and the rest of the windows in; that'll get the side windows flapping pretty good. Best solution I've found is to open the rear window when the front windows are down; it lets air flow through rather than getting caught inside and being turbulent.

3. Not sure about dealing with the scratches; I've always just accepted the fact that there will be scratches and when they get too bad, I buy a new set of windows.
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To stop the windows making noise drive with the blower on and set for outside air, adjust the temp as required it kinda pushes the windows out really helps with half doors.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:51 AM   #5
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To stop the windows making noise drive with the blower on and set for outside air, adjust the temp as required it kinda pushes the windows out really helps with half doors.
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When the windows are up this works great.
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You may also want to lubricate the zippers (not the pulls). With zippers that are exposed to elements (and drawer runners in the kitchen), I generally use Gulf canning wax, but I know there are specific zipper lubricants available.
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1. You could always unzip, leave the bottom bar in and just push the rear window down into the "trunk" space rather than flipping it up on top and driving around (if I'm understanding correctly). The zippers are tight; you could always add some paracord loops to extend them to make pulling easier. 2. Sounds like you're running with front windows down (or off with half doors) and the rest of the windows in; that'll get the side windows flapping pretty good. Best solution I've found is to open the rear window when the front windows are down; it lets air flow through rather than getting caught inside and being turbulent. 3. Not sure about dealing with the scratches; I've always just accepted the fact that there will be scratches and when they get too bad, I buy a new set of windows.
When I mean open the back, it is to get stuff out. In my case I have golf practice every day.

And mine even flap with the front windows up and everything sealed!

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