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Old 07-20-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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Rear Glass Removal

Anyone ever removed the rear glass from their hardtop?

I'm thinking about doing this because:
1. I'd like more airflow through the Jeep in the hot summer months,
and would rather not be blasting the AC all the time.
2. Don't have the option of going topless for the simple reason of not having anywhere
safe to store the top.
3. Even if I could go topless, I'd end up using a cover for shade anyway, so......ya know.

I didn't really look into it all that closely yet,
but by what I can see immediately, the rear window pisser seems to be the biggest problem.
It looks like the heating element wires will come off and can be tucked up, just as well as the wiper motor power being unclipped at the harness and doing the same thing.
I can't easily see what I can do with the pisser because it doesn't look like you can get in there to detach it, without taking the motor assembly apart.
Yeah, you could detach it from the other end in the cargo area and just pull it through the hard top, but you'd probabaly never get it threaded back through again.

Any ideas?

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Old 07-20-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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There are 3 screws holding the plastic shield over the wiper assembly. Once you pull that off you can pull the fluid tube off a nipple fitting attached to the window. The motor harness should be removable at that end as well, then it's just a matter of deciding which side of the hinge you want to unscrew.

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Ah..................why go through that trouble? Just leave it ope supported by the struts
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:08 AM   #4
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There are 3 screws holding the plastic shield over the wiper assembly. Once you pull that off you can pull the fluid tube off a nipple fitting attached to the window. The motor harness should be removable at that end as well, then it's just a matter of deciding which side of the hinge you want to unscrew.
Thanks C.L.
I'll take a look at that tomorrow.
If that's the case, it's no problem.

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Ah..................why go through that trouble? Just leave it ope supported by the struts
That was my initial thought as well.
Then I got to thinking about how easy it might be for those screws/bolts
to loosen as the glass bounces up and down on the struts from big bumps.
No, maybe not at first, but I didn't really want to chance it either.
My luck has always been.....
If something can go wrong.....IT F$$$ING WILL!
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I honestly would not risk taking the bolts out for the back glass unless you absolutely needed to. There are stories from people on this forum about shattering the rear glass by bolting the glass back in. Just my .02. I have a hardtop and i take my doors off all the time and ride down the highway. That is what the vent on your back tailgate is for.
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The bolts are not going to loosen from driving with it up
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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I honestly would not risk taking the bolts out for the back glass unless you absolutely needed to. There are stories from people on this forum about shattering the rear glass by bolting the glass back in. Just my .02. I have a hardtop and i take my doors off all the time and ride down the highway. That is what the vent on your back tailgate is for.
I was a little worried about the "blow out" from the hard top rear glass from comparison to seeing the soft top sides and back at speed on other TJs. However, I have to say after about 1000 miles of Brooklyn to CT at ~65mph, it's totally fine.

I see the appeal of having a hard safari top, but it's not worth the headache of reinstalling the glass...

Perhaps in non-here states, you could keep the glass open (I did it for a while in Duck, NC), but I really worry about getting a shatter from a stiff strut and a nice masshole.
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I honestly would not risk taking the bolts out for the back glass unless you absolutely needed to. There are stories from people on this forum about shattering the rear glass by bolting the glass back in. Just my .02. I have a hardtop and i take my doors off all the time and ride down the highway. That is what the vent on your back tailgate is for.
I just bought a new rear glass.... My hardtop is at the shop
Being rebuild... It will not be nice if they call me saying it shattered!!!
Why would that happen?
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I honestly would not risk taking the bolts out for the back glass unless you absolutely needed to. There are stories from people on this forum about shattering the rear glass by bolting the glass back in. Just my .02. I have a hardtop and i take my doors off all the time and ride down the highway. That is what the vent on your back tailgate is for.
I wouldn't remove it that way.
If I take it out, I will do it by the hinges.

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The bolts are not going to loosen from driving with it up
No, THEY won't (my fault for throwing that in there),
but I'm willing to bet that those Torx Screws definitely would.
No reason to chance any of it though when the removal is so simple.
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I just bought a new rear glass.... My hardtop is at the shop
Being rebuild... It will not be nice if they call me saying it shattered!!!
Why would that happen?
It happens if you tighten a bolt on it too tight, for example the bolts that hold the strut to the glass.
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The glass isn't cheap to replace so be careful whatever route you decide to go. I myself had one of the hinges break while the window was up, luckily I still had my hand on the glass when it happened. Personally I wouldn't drive with the rear window up. I do it on my Tahoe but that window has a metal frame around it. Just my .02

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