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Old 06-18-2013, 06:16 PM
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can u put soft top down w/side windows in?

I purchased this jeep (2000) wrangler last fall, so this was my first time to put the soft top down. Tried to unzip side windows and both are messed up. One I got the zipper to the end even though it was missing it's handle, but it was a couple zipper notches off so you couldn't remove it at the very end where you have to pass the slot piece through. Other side had the zipper put it had pulled apart just above the zipper handle so there was no even unzipping that side. I'm obviously going to need a new top at some point, but can use this one till it's trashed if I can still put it down. I'm not going thru the summer with the top up. Once it's down, it will stay down until late Sept, so I won't be putting it up and down. So, can I still put the top down by just somehow folding the rear side windows in? I know enough to try it when it's sat in the sun for awhile so they won't crack.

Also, if I end up getting a new soft top, is there one that's known to have easy windows to remove and dependable zippers?

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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Bestop makes a quality top...but you'll pay unless you get lucky. I got really lucky and found a Bestop sunrider soft top last month for 150...normally an 800 buck top. Guy was a hard top guy, used it a grand total of 3 times

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If you are leaving it down, how about just remove the 4 screws holding the hardware and completely remove it from the Jeep. Much cleaner looking anyway.

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zippers are easily repairable (some soapy water, a nail brush, and candle wax is all you need). I don't think the top will come down very easy with the side windows on. I know the rear window can stay on, but not sure about the sides. im sure you will do a fair bit of damage to them tho
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im sure "it can be done" but its not going to lay right and will looklike crap. id say just pull the top off completely not hard and pretty fast. then start saving your pennies for a new top. there are alot of options out there. i only recommend bestop personally i have there trek to and love it

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What SHADYDC said, plus it will likely damage the windows even more. It'll certainly put creases in the plastic that may or may not be permanent.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:18 AM   #7
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If you will need to replace the top later and the windows are somewhat worthless, does it really matter at this point to try to save them?
You would want to remove them just to make taking the top down easier. I would at least forcibly attempt to take them out either by vicegrips or snip the zippers off to get the windows out.
Like others have stated, the whole top easily comes off from the roll bar but I would keep the top attached for the occasional rain shower unless you plan on using a bikini/safari top. Seems the Rampage frameless soft top is popular here.
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I'd try replacing the zipper pulls first. My rear window was a constant headache (bought my jeep used). I replaced the zipper pulls and it works like its brand new. Clean the zipper teeth too and some wax on them. The pulls can be found at

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