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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
It's my daily driver, if it breaks I'm screwed.
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.
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).