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Old 09-20-2011, 09:22 PM   #1
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Advise on Bestop Upper Door glass Sliders for TJ

Need advise on the Bestop Door glass Sliders or similar

I'm looking to get a pair of Bestop Upper Door glass Sliders for my 97 TJ. (see web photo) Are they any good? Do they seal up OK? My wife does not like the plastic soft uppers when driving at night. Need to have her like the Jeep for many reasons....

The lowest I see them is $400 online. Do any other company's make them?

Anyone want to sell them?

Thanks for any help.


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Old 09-20-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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Buldawg mfg www.bulldawgmfg.com makes set of hard upper sliders. Can buy direct for $750. Have had no experience with them. Bit the bullet today and bought used full doors for my TJ and sure make jeep quieter. So would recommend full doors if can find set of used at price can live with.

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Old 09-20-2011, 10:40 PM   #3
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Buldawg mfg www.bulldawgmfg.com makes set of hard upper sliders. Can buy direct for $750. Have had no experience with them. Bit the bullet today and bought used full doors for my TJ and sure make jeep quieter. So would recommend full doors if can find set of used at price can live with.
I'm a new Jeep owner, Less then two weeks. My TJ is a stock soft top. Do the full doors fit and seal up? Thanks for the advise. If they fit I will also look for them too used.

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Old 09-21-2011, 06:46 AM   #4
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Yes they fit, better than halfdoors.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:28 AM   #5
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I'm on my third Jeep Wrangler and I've come to this conclusion: the ideal situation for a Jeep Wrangler owner is to have a set of factory half-doors and a set of factory full-doors.

Unfortunately, not all of us have that kind of luxury nor do we have the cash to go out and get the extra set we'd like.

So, all of that being said, I will say this: I have a set of the Bestop Sliders that you refer too. Fortunately, they were on my Jeep when I purchased it a couple of years ago. I find them to be real handy in the crappy northeast Ohio winters I'm stuck in.

Sure, I'd rather have a set of full doors for the winter but the Sliders are kind've the next best thing and I can highly recommend them.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:07 PM   #6
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My '98 came with the slider uppers. They are easier to open than the plastic soft uppers, but only open half way which sucks for toll booths, drive-thrus, etc.

Mine leaked like a sieve until I smeared silicone glue between the canvas and plastic and in the plastic seam on the inside. Now it only leaks a little. Then again, mine came with the Jeep and are probably old.

The bracket which holds the plastic to the metal surround above the window has broken on both driver & passenger sides. I fixed it by making my own bracket out of aluminum angle, drilling holes, etc.

I've heard stories about the slider uppers getting stolen off the Jeep, since they're expensive.

Overall I'd give them a thumbs-up for a roughin-it-Jeep-person, and a thumbs-down for someone who wants a 100% weatherproof vehicle. Then again, I wouldn't really recommend a Jeep for that kind of person anyway!
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:34 PM   #7
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I have em on my 00 TJ. They are great! I have no leak problems, the seals are fine and have no problem with wind. Id back half doors all day, they are the best type of door for a spontaneous, oh lets drop the top and doors, person like me. They are around 3 years old as well.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:54 PM   #8
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I've got them I love them they leak a little but its not too bad they were on my jeep when I shot it and I just replaced them this year so I would gets them
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Pretty poor quality, leak, and are not supported by Bestop
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:33 PM   #10
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Traded my full doors for half doors with sliders, hard shell sliders, & a pair of soft windows. The full doors were nice , but I enjoy the half doors more. I've had no issues with any leaks. If fact my passenger full door leaked all the time. IMO they're worth the money. Full hardshell sliders are ok, but I'd stick with the canvas shell. Hardshell take more hardware & are not easily removed on the fly.
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My 97 came with them from the PO - so I really can't compair them the the zipper windows - - all I will say is the galss is clearer than plastic -and you can tint the glass to how ever dark you want - - to cover the state inspection time, just pop out the slider windows and go with 1/2 doors.

I'm a big guy with long arms - so going through a drive thru at a bank etc makes it a bit difficult to get my arm out the window due to the space configeration .

However, my wife likes them better than zippers windows
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:55 PM   #12
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i had a pair of steel horse glass uppers on my 98 and couldn't complain too much about them. the passenger side held water inside the canvas and dumped out when i took them off, but the drivers side didn't leak at all. i never could find anyone who carried the steel horse though.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:30 AM   #13
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On my 98 I run the Bestop sliders in winter. No leaks, no problems. I run the zippered windows is summer, because the open bigger, and they are lighter to pull and toss in the back.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:27 PM   #14
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I have them on my jeep, they definitely beat out plastic zippers in my opinion. I love mine and get compliments on them 24/7.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:28 PM   #15
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Thank you everyone for your help with this.

Today the bestop sliders came in. Funny thing is last night it rained and yes...the plastic windows leaked. Right after I put in the new sliders... it rained again, no water in the Jeep. So far so good plus they look great.

Picked them up from jcwhitney $410 shipped. That is with a $65 discount. I had to prove a better price from a competitor.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:42 PM   #16
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I have taken my Bestop Sliders on my 97 through the car wash several times and stayed nice and dry. I like them a lot.
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Bought Bestop Sliders to replace my old ones that leaked on the drivers side. The BRAND NEW ones, now leak on the passenger side - like a sieve - the water pools at the top of the door. My drivers side also leaks, but it's just a couple drips; manageable.
Called customer service at 4WD.com (where I bought them from) and they had no issues w/ sending me a new passenger/right side slider to replace it - they didn't even ask to get the other one back!
We'll see how the replacement does.
The leak appears to be coming from a poor seal where the bottom of the slider attaches to the canvas of the door upper. Going to see if I can use sealant or weather stripping as suggested on other threads on the left side.

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Bought Bestop Sliders to replace my old ones that leaked on the drivers side. The BRAND NEW ones, now leak on the passenger side - like a sieve - the water pools at the top of the door. My drivers side also leaks, but it's just a couple drips; manageable.
Called customer service at 4WD.com (where I bought them from) and they had no issues w/ sending me a new passenger/right side slider to replace it - they didn't even ask to get the other one back!
We'll see how the replacement does.
The leak appears to be coming from a poor seal where the bottom of the slider attaches to the canvas of the door upper. Going to see if I can use sealant or weather stripping as suggested on other threads on the left side.

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My driver leaks also still. Not always but I'd say 50% of the time I find about a cup of water. I gave up. I do like them aside from that. At some point I will try to fix it. It's way to cold out in NJ to work on it.
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Pretty poor quality, leak, and are not supported by Bestop
Just bought mine a month or so ago and they are leaking pretty good. bestop suggested using tent sealer. did you have any luck fixing your leak problems?
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You might contact Rally Tops and see if their upper hard doors fit the factory mold pieces on your Wrangler. Those are $700 plus shipping.
I had a different upper door slider long, long ago, that did not have the slider section sealed into the middle of the fabric. I remember that they didn't leak, were great in the winter, and worked better at toll booths.
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I purchased the Bestop version last year and they are working great. No leaks, no issues. The windows are a bit small, but much better overall than the zipper version.
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I have the Bestop sliders on my Spice half doors. Have had them for years. They don't leak, but the opening is awfully small. With the front glass slid open, the cab area goes low pressure and the side windows suck in.
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I have these as well and I love them. Scored mine on CL for $50. Did not know much about them at the time but I think they are worth the retail price. They made it a lot quieter and I like the fact that when it is raining I do not have to deal with zippers and get all wet.
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I've got a set of the sliders, and they seem to work better with a hard top than they do with a soft top. Mine don't seal as well with a soft top, as they end up being too short. Regular uppers seal pretty good against the soft top. Not sure what the deal is, but that's been my experience.

That said, if you're in a cold weather area (say, Chicago...), then the sliders are almost necessary if you have to open your windows regularly. I might sell the hard top, but not the sliders.

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