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Old 10-24-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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My 2001 TJ top needs TLC. I don't remove my top but I do unzip the rear window several times a day. My zipper had become hard to zip back up especially on the first curve on the drivers side. Yesterday the teeth on the chain had failed to mesh or zip. So my slider on the zipper was the problem. I lubricated my zipper with a bar of Dove soap. It really helped to get the slider back down on the drivers side thereby allowing me to remove the rear window. I comletely washed off the zipper and window on both sides. With a pair of large pliers I crimped the slider. Voilą the teeth on my zipper now mesh again. No need for a new soft top yet.

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Old 10-24-2011, 10:20 AM   #2
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Normal application of parrafin wax will do the same thing. I buy a box of Gulf brand wax from my local krogers for 3 bucks. Had the same box for 3 years now and still have 2 bars left.

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Normal application of parrafin wax will do the same thing. I buy a box of Gulf brand wax from my local krogers for 3 bucks. Had the same box for 3 years now and still have 2 bars left.
Yep, I've had the same big white candle beside my drivers seat for at least 7 years now. Was my old mans trick on all of his convertibles and the one I had before the Jeep. Very easy, no mess, doesn't attract dirt, doesn't make the top look greasy. I just slide it on the zippers on at least 1 side if I haven't used them in a while. I imagine soap would work well too though. I'm married, so I guess soap and a candle would come in more handy for other reasons than vasoline...
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I'm having trouble with my zipper and it looks like the teeth in the top itself are misaligned/damaged, what could i do to fix that?
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I'm having trouble with my zipper and it looks like the teeth in the top itself are misaligned/damaged, what could i do to fix that?
Nicely try to convince them back into place with needle nosed pliers, then rub wax all over the zipper teeth, concentrating on both sides of the problem area until it fills in the gaps. Unless it's FUBAR, the zipper should go over it with a little effort. Also, I use needle nosed pliers or a multi tool to grab the zipper handle, makes it much easier. Also works on the top of the zipper piece once the flimsy handle breaks off.
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Oh, and it doesn't hurt to clean the area first before waxing.
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Nicely try to convince them back into place with needle nosed pliers, then rub wax all over the zipper teeth, concentrating on both sides of the problem area until it fills in the gaps. Unless it's FUBAR, the zipper should go over it with a little effort. Also, I use needle nosed pliers or a multi tool to grab the zipper handle, makes it much easier. Also works on the top of the zipper piece once the flimsy handle breaks off.
That flimsy handle is just about the right size for a properly working zipper. If it's not and you find you need pliers, or a zip tie, or some other method to make it work due to the large amount of effort required, fix the zipper with any of the methods listed above.

If you keep them maintained and clean, that little pull tab is exactly the right size and strength for the job it's intended for and that will also stop you from misaligning teeth and tearing up the zipper.
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That flimsy handle is just about the right size for a properly working zipper. If it's not and you find you need pliers, or a zip tie, or some other method to make it work due to the large amount of effort required, fix the zipper with any of the methods listed above.

If you keep them maintained and clean, that little pull tab is exactly the right size and strength for the job it's intended for and that will also stop you from misaligning teeth and tearing up the zipper.
Since new my top has been very tight. Especially if it is below 70 degrees. Even new, clean, and waxed I use pliers or a multi tool. Makes it much easier, even if not needed, especially when putting windows on in a rain storm. I'm not saying to hang on them. Also makes getting the plastic flaps out of the window surrounds at the top of my full doors a breeze. Oh, and I still have my original 01 top with no tears, replaced original windows with tinted ones last summer. I put my top up and down plenty. I like to have it down if it isn't raining until about 55 degrees. It rains a lot here, so my top gets a workout. Pliers make it way easier and faster and I'll always use them. Sure, like anything else, use a little common sense. When I got my Jeep one of the back windows had the zipper handle ripped off already. There wasn't anything to attach a zip tie to, so I started using needle nosed pliers. Now I use it more out of routine then necessity, but it is way more convenient.
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Vaseline will also attract dirt and grime, eventually making things worse.
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My 2001 TJ top needs TLC. I don't remove my top but I do unzip the rear window several times a day. My zipper had become hard to zip back up especially on the first curve on the drivers side. Yesterday the teeth on the chain had failed to mesh or zip. So my slider on the zipper was the problem. I lubricated my zipper with a bar of Dove soap. It really helped to get the slider back down on the drivers side thereby allowing me to remove the rear window. I comletely washed off the zipper and window on both sides. With a pair of large pliers I crimped the slider. Voilą the teeth on my zipper now mesh again. No need for a new soft top yet.
Just out of curiosity, why do you take the rear window all the way out? Do you not have the elastic straps with the snaps on them hanging from the top? I know a couple guys at work over the years that wondered how I got my back window in and out so fast... They didn't notice the straps either. If you have them, just unzip each side straight up, stop before the bend. Then roll the back window up until you can get the straps around them and button them to the snaps on top. Saves a lot of wear and tear on your zippers, and frustration. I don't have AC, so I do this a lot with the front windows down depending on the weather. Also, no exhaust issues that way.
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Jeeps with zipper lock windows are not conducive to driving and passing gas..... I am just saying, man I had an awful time the other day... LOL

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