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Old 11-09-2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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Rear window zipper alternatives

I'm tired of dealing with the PITA rear window zipper of my Sh!ttybuilt soft top so I'm looking at alternative fasteners and have seen some pictures and comments online from people that have replaced the zipper with snaps. Has anybody here done this and do you have any recommendations?

Maybe there is something wrong with the zipper that came with my soft top, but it never wants to zip correctly and easily pulls apart.

Thanks for any advice and tips.

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Old 11-09-2011, 10:29 AM   #2
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buy a bestop

or you can try some REALLY heavy duty velcro like sew it to the top

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Old 11-09-2011, 03:58 PM   #3
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I'm looking for the same info. My idea is a zip-in door of some kind that can be opened without touching the zipper, but still removable by the zipper so the top can be taken down or removed. I'll be following this thread to see if someone knows of something out there I haven't found through many Internet searches.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:12 PM   #4
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check out a marine shop that does upholstery, i had a new one put on my old top, for 50 bucks or so, and it was brass
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My bestop zipper sucks. It was fairly new when it went south
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My bestop zipper sucks. It was fairly new when it went south
mine too
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:16 AM   #7
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At the current time, Im immobile, so going to a marine shop isnt in the cards right now ( just a couple of months) but I would be real interested in seeing any DIY fixes that I might try while im healing.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:20 AM   #9
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:42 AM   #10
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I don't want a good zipper, I'm after an alternative to using the zipper for every access into the back of the jp. I'm looking for something that zips into place, but opens like a lift gate without touching the zipper, but the zipper can still be used to remove that "zip-in lift gate device" so the top can be lowered or removed.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:16 PM   #11
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following this thread for alternatives too.. my zipper and where it runs broke in two spots so right now its pretty cold
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:25 PM   #12
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I was thinking about riveting in some snaps, but for now i just pulled the zipper that is attached to the top and sewed it about 1/4 inch closer to the edge. Putting/ zipping my window in is alot easier now.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:56 AM   #13
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my zipper broke too. i used 2.5 rolls of duct tape just for the winter.
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:08 PM   #14
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my zipper broke too. i used 2.5 rolls of duct tape just for the winter.
can you post some pictures?? i just a bunch for mine too (inside and outside).. the duct tape on the outside keeps coming off... howd you get it to stay on?
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:10 PM   #15
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I pulled my top and back window off,my wife sewed in velcro,It lasted another two years like that,worked fine.
Now my 1 year old best top sailcloth top rear zipper is starting to go.I think my top is too tight though
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:13 AM   #16
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Bringing this back up. My rear zipper and track is shot. Was thinking about doing like 15-20 snaps to hold the rear window in. Has anyone done this before? Would be rugged but very easy to remove the window if need be.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:12 AM   #17
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When I used Velcro it worked but let a lot of humidity in
I assume buttons would do the same

Drive your jeep to an ulpolstry shop
I've heard of people sewing on larger zippers that work better

But the price you might pay may be close to the new rugged ridge bowlers/frameless tops
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:32 AM   #18
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I just priced 20 snaps with the hole puncher and its $30. So i think I'll be doing this when i get off work. Will probably paint the snaps flat black before i install so it blends in with the top.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #19
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Mine is scheduled at a boat upholstery shop next month. Got tired it the PITA tiny zippers on my TJ. Switching to larger heavier zippers like the ones on my old YJ. $70 to do window zippers & add straps for the rear window.
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My rear window still works but I replaced side windows zippers at a boat cover shop.
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I just priced 20 snaps with the hole puncher and its $30. So i think I'll be doing this when i get off work. Will probably paint the snaps flat black before i install so it blends in with the top.
Hey did you end up doing this? How did it turn out? I have a lower end top from the previous owner. The rear zipper needs to be replaced and am getting quotes from 125-225 to replace it. A new quadratec top is 300 so I am not sure if it worth it even though the rest is in decent condition.

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Old 08-22-2012, 08:48 PM   #22
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Here you go. Worked GREAT. Took about an hour to install the snaps, then snap the top in.


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Old 08-22-2012, 08:50 PM   #23
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Cost me $20 for 20 snaps (only used 19), $10 for the snap installation tool (got from Hobby Lobby. Was a piece of junk and had to clamp each down with the tool on the snap, but used Chanel Locks to actually squeeze each snap together).
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99Dodge - That is awesome!
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:45 AM   #25
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Thanks! Was definitely worth the time and money. Gives the jeep a better look from the back, and super easy to take in and out.
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That does look great! Nice work. Do you have a picture o just the back window. Curious where you put the snaps.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #27
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I don't have any pictures. But, the male end of the snap is placed on the small strip of canvas between the zipper track and the plastic window. There is just enough room that the snaps fit perfect.
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Here you go. Worked GREAT. Took about an hour to install the snaps, then snap the top in.


So is that new plastic too? If so where did you get it and how thick (mm) is it?
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:55 AM   #29
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Nope thats the origunal plastic. Was looking to buy just a back window but only found whole soft top kits, which i was not going to spend $300 on.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:09 AM   #30
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^ Same boat here. I bought mine with no back window. Ended up having to get a new top.

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