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Old 01-18-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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During the summer, I run half doors (or no doors) with a soft top on my TJ; but in winter I have a hard top and full metal doors. When I shut the full metal doors, the rear glass pops out along the lower rail. The lower rail isn't worn, but it doesn't seem to hold the window closed when shutting one of the doors. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

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Old 01-18-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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Dont slam the door so hard!

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Old 01-18-2012, 09:47 AM   #3
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The tailgate is supposed to hold the glass closed.

Are you missing the rubber weather strip at the bottom of the glass?

Are you closing the glass before you close the tailgate?
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:52 AM   #4
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roll down your window a tad before closing it when getting in.
Getting out... try the not slamming the doors so hard suggestion.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:29 PM   #5
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Another thing to keep in mind is the vent. Earlier TJs a long vertical vent on either side of the rear glass on the hard top. They let air out, relieving pressure, when shutting the doors. Later TJs have a vent in the tailgate.

Maybe check those. When I close a door I hear a "poof" of air come out of the vents.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:31 PM   #6
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^ same here, My 98 has those vents, I ddnt know what they were for, thank you
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:03 PM   #7
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I have an 04 and mine does it too. I don't slam the doors and I have the rubber seal still. It's really annoying
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If you have a pair of the right metal brackets specifically made for the hard top is on the tub, the rear seal assembly will lock the rear window down where it cannot pop up out of place. It sounds like you're still using the brackets made for the soft top.
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That's definitely a possibility, since originally the jeep came only with the soft top. Anyone have pictures of these brackets that go with a hard top?
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That's definitely a possibility, since originally the jeep came only with the soft top. Anyone have pictures of these brackets that go with a hard top?
They look the same but are taller to accomodate the part of the hard rear window that fits into its slot.

Your dealer can get them, they are specifically for hard top equipped TJs. I had to do the same thing for my '97 after I bought a hard top for it.
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Not sure about these brackets cause mine is a hard top (I don't see any brackets)
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I have the factory hard top, and all the correct hardware, but my window also pops out. Just enough to interfere with the wipers.

I put two pieces of heater hose, about 3" long and cut lengthwise on the top edge of the rear door. This is just enough to hold the glass in place and doesn't get in the way of anything else. S
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Having had to buy hard top brackets because my hard top wasn't staying shut either, I can only say the model of brackets I purchased at the dealership made for the hard topl completely block the rear window from opening unless the tailgate is opened first. It sounds to me Oranjeep that you do have the incorrect brackets. The window would have to pass through steel for it to open when the correct brackets are installed.
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It has the correct frame, steel, bracket with the rubber on the bottom. It just pops out whenever I close my doors. The heater hose just sits on the back door and keeps the "window assembly" from moving. Has worked well for the past 3 years. Obviously I only use it when the hard top is on for the winter.
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They look the same but are taller to accomodate the part of the hard rear window that fits into its slot.

Your dealer can get them, they are specifically for hard top equipped TJs. I had to do the same thing for my '97 after I bought a hard top for it.
I called my local Jeep parts dealer today ... he could not find anything that would fit the description of a bracket for either the tailgate or the rear window that would provide the purposes described in this thread. Can anyone who might be familiar provide more details (like a part number) for this bracket?
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I called my local Jeep parts dealer today ... he could not find anything that would fit the description of a bracket for either the tailgate or the rear window that would provide the purposes described in this thread. Can anyone who might be familiar provide more details (like a part number) for this bracket?
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