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Old 03-17-2012, 06:05 PM   #2251
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Soft rear window storage without removal

I'm on my second TJ with a soft top and half doors. I like to pull the upper doors and open the rear window for quick open air driving without doing the full top-down task. I've always had a hard time with the rear window. Everyone knows the plastic is easy to scratch, and on my 1st TJ I made a mess of the rear window by rolling up and storing with the elastic straps. I finally worked out a way to store my window without scratching.

This is the window tucked in over the sound bar.



The tailgate bar has been removed. To keep the window up there, I used a tie-down strap (two connected together) and ran the strap across the top of the sound bar, around the roll bar on each side, and connected the straps back together.

Like this;



And this;




You have to use your abstract thinking here; the part of the strap that is holding the back window in place is not visible. The part of the strap you can see is the other ends of the strap connected together to provide tension.

Picture how the rear window is oriented when you unzip both sides up to the horizontal part of the zipper. Now you slide the tailgate bar off the window and swing the window to the inside of the Jeep. The tabs at each bottom corner of the window that tuck under the edge of the tub are now facing UP. If you slip them under the strap that is run across the top of the sound bar those tabs will prevent the window from slipping out from between the soundbar and the top.

To start, just begin tucking the bottom edge of the window between the top and the sound bar, go around to the driver or passenger seat and reach over the roll bar, grab the tabs and tuck the under the strap.

Seems to work well so far. The window is still attached at the top of the rear opening by the zipper.

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:07 PM   #2252
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Pull the #4 fuse tap the connectors with fuse taps attach a inline fuse holder and toggle switch j.line between the fuse taps. You can flip the switch and kill the lights with the doors off or flip it back and have it work like factory. Just remember the #4 also controls the headlight reminder bell.

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Old 03-17-2012, 08:14 PM   #2253
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Thanks for the #4 fuse option..
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:33 PM   #2254
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ya never figured why people go through this elaberate thing PULL THE FUSE
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:15 PM   #2255
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ya never figured why people go through this elaberate thing PULL THE FUSE

I have been telling myself for about three weeks now to go get the stuff for that mod... today I had to pull the fuse.

I'm going to AutoZone, they don't close till mid-night.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:53 PM   #2256
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On my 2001 TJ, I pull the fuse almost every time I do work on the Jeep. BUT, pulling the fuse also disables the light warning buzzer. I haven't killed the battery yet, but, have headed to the front door a time or two and had to come back to turn off the headlights. Oh, I also put the fuse back in place. Yesterday, I moved the glove box strap down one hole so the door will drop just a little bit lower, so I don't have to unhook the strap to get my paw in to pull or replace the door fuse.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:00 PM   #2257
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havent done that one yet. i did twist the the door strap so it wouldnt open as far
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:51 PM   #2258
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Made me some adjustable door straps because the gf broke the stock one only cost me $2 for the materials and 10 min of my time to take the pics for a write up (if anyone wants a write up I'll post one up just let me know) probably had the materials for making them somewhere around here but didn't want to look
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:52 PM   #2259
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A write up would be great
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:58 PM   #2260
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Add a power decal in place off light. It is a led and lights up at night. Cost $19.99. Looks sweet driving down the road. I have comments about it all the time. Going for a tigers on the other side next.

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Old 03-18-2012, 12:30 AM   #2261
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I don't understand... One of your lights on top lights up without them on at night?
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:37 AM   #2262
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A write up would be great
Ok I'll post one up tommorow afternoon
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:13 AM   #2263
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I'm on my second TJ with a soft top and half doors. I like to pull the upper doors and open the rear window for quick open air driving without doing the full top-down task. I've always had a hard time with the rear window. Everyone knows the plastic is easy to scratch, and on my 1st TJ I made a mess of the rear window by rolling up and storing with the elastic straps. I finally worked out a way to store my window without scratching.

This is the window tucked in over the sound bar.

The tailgate bar has been removed. To keep the window up there, I used a tie-down strap (two connected together) and ran the strap across the top of the sound bar, around the roll bar on each side, and connected the straps back together.

Like this;

And this;

You have to use your abstract thinking here; the part of the strap that is holding the back window in place is not visible. The part of the strap you can see is the other ends of the strap connected together to provide tension.

Picture how the rear window is oriented when you unzip both sides up to the horizontal part of the zipper. Now you slide the tailgate bar off the window and swing the window to the inside of the Jeep. The tabs at each bottom corner of the window that tuck under the edge of the tub are now facing UP. If you slip them under the strap that is run across the top of the sound bar those tabs will prevent the window from slipping out from between the soundbar and the top.

To start, just begin tucking the bottom edge of the window between the top and the sound bar, go around to the driver or passenger seat and reach over the roll bar, grab the tabs and tuck the under the strap.

Seems to work well so far. The window is still attached at the top of the rear opening by the zipper.
What a great idea...I'm going to try it when I put my soft top on. I don't have a sound bar but I would think it would work just as well with a strap tight across the top from side roll bar to side roll bar. I'm in Kansas and as often as the rain sneaks up on us just removing my soft upper windows and open back window is the way I go. ALSO KEPTS ME FROM GETTING SUN BURNT.

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Old 03-18-2012, 10:27 AM   #2264
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I use a towel when I roll up the back window tops 3 years old and the window looks like new.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:31 AM   #2265
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havent done that one yet. i did twist the the door strap so it wouldnt open as far
Dang that's another great idea. I'm going to go twist mine right now.
Thanks guys

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Old 03-18-2012, 10:40 AM   #2266
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I use a towel when I roll up the back window tops 3 years old and the window looks like new.
That sounds even easier. I'll try that also.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:24 AM   #2267
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I didn't feel the need to spend a lot on a winch cover so this is what I came up with.
For $9.99 I bought a the small size Weber grill cover , cover up the Weber logo with some left over Rust-Oleum primer. This has two pull strings and even fits over my fairlead. I use a bungee cord across it from one side of the winch mount to the other.

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Old 03-18-2012, 11:51 AM   #2268
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Without having to search over 200 pages on the wrangler forum app lol anyone got any cool ideas for lighting on the sound bar
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:03 PM   #2269
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Replace the bulbs with colored l e d s. Every light in my jeep is red.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:39 PM   #2270
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Replace the bulbs with colored l e d s. Every light in my jeep is red.
Where did you get the lights? Did they just direct plug in replacement? Do they offer green?
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Where did you get the lights? Did they just direct plug in replacement? Do they offer green?
Yeah I just pulled the old bulbs out of the sound bar floor area gauge cluster auto shifter plate and air controls then replaced with the right size led. They have blue white purple green yellow orange red and pink. I believe. cost me about 45-55 $. And my pioneer headunit is all red 2.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:29 PM   #2273
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A write up would be great
Sorry it took so long had college work that needed done but I posted that write up for you http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/2-00...up-147259.html
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:43 AM   #2274
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Yall know you can pull the fuse to the door sensor, and still be able to turn the knob all the way to the left to turn on the over head light right?
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Yall know you can pull the fuse to the door sensor, and still be able to turn the knob all the way to the left to turn on the over head light right?
this doesnt work on my 06 lj.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:41 AM   #2276
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Saturday.

De-badged.


Re-badged.


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Just busting your chops please no offense but it would look awesome if you "rebadged" that tire cover as well. LOL
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Here is my original post on the adjustable door straps, As an update I have had them on for months now and only had to adjust them once more after the first week of constant stretching. they are holding up very well and no signs of wear

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$3.00 DIY Adjustable door straps.

Went to Walmart the other night after a long car ride and was browsing the store when I came across a few interesting things. First in the pic below is the Nylon strap 1inch x 60inch $1.something (cant remember exactly how much) that I found in the craft section. Next is the Buckle & Slider $.59 that I found in the camping section.

The nylon strap is long enough for both the doors and you will have some extra. And the buckle package has 2 buckles in it so its good for both doors also.


After a bit of cheap, easy, fun, creative, engineering heres the finished product:


My only issue is how long it will last, so I will post when it breaks. but hey its only $0.59 to fix it twice so who cares lol.
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Here is my original post on the adjustable door straps, As an update I have had them on for months now and only had to adjust them once more after the first week of constant stretching. they are holding up very well and no signs of wear
Yeah stuff works great!

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