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Old 06-07-2011, 08:49 AM   #1
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Soft top rear window kicks bucket one stitch at a time.

Title pretty much describes it all. Not only do the zippers refuse to zip, for whatever reason, and when they do, they pull apart, the zipper has ripped out in three different places. This makes a very annoying experience. Problem is its not just on the window its on the soft top that goes around the window. So I cant just replace the window. right now, in sight of the coming storm, I have just set the two zippers at the top corners so they hold it up. it is completely unzipped around them though. I dont really fear it getting wet. I plan on bedlining within the coming weeks. I will probably go pull the plugs if I see its getting too wet, but because of the angle it usually doesnt blow in too bad.

The only solution I can think of short of a new soft top is to sew the window in place. Which I am fine with. I dont really put the rear window down that much (not at all now thats its broke, or rather all the time... haha.) So, thats what Im looking at here. any other suggestions before I cross the line..

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Time to replace the zipper-find a local Awning/canvas cover shop and they should be able to do it. You'll have to remove all the framing and bring them the soft top only (don't pull the zippers off, let them do it so they can match the corner radius). My first replacement was with a one piece zipper-that was a pain-the awning guy didn't realize I wanted TWO WAY zippers on it so he removed one. When that zipper started to pop apart I had him replace it with TWO separate zippers that meet up in the middle. Now I can just unzip the sides and roll the window up-we added stretchy straps with snap fasters to the top. Works great now! And make sure they get EXTRA HEAVY DUTY, real wide zippers, not halfast regular size. Go over them with a bar of soap once in awhile and you won't have any trouble.

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Time to replace the zipper-find a local Awning/canvas cover shop and they should be able to do it. You'll have to remove all the framing and bring them the soft top only (don't pull the zippers off, let them do it so they can match the corner radius). My first replacement was with a one piece zipper-that was a pain-the awning guy didn't realize I wanted TWO WAY zippers on it so he removed one. When that zipper started to pop apart I had him replace it with TWO separate zippers that meet up in the middle. Now I can just unzip the sides and roll the window up-we added stretchy straps with snap fasters to the top. Works great now! And make sure they get EXTRA HEAVY DUTY, real wide zippers, not halfast regular size. Go over them with a bar of soap once in awhile and you won't have any trouble.
Yep, lube up the one you have and see if that helps till you can find someone to replace the zipper... Boat shop, awning shop, shoe repair, dry cleaner, auto upholstery shop....etc.
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I do reguallry oil/soap them, haha. still went to heck. I can do that, but that means moneyyyy :P I have the 2 way zipper now. Ill see what kinda deal I can work out.
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Yep, lube up the one you have and see if that helps till you can find someone to replace the zipper... Boat shop, awning shop, shoe repair, dry cleaner, auto upholstery shop....etc.
I have been for the last 6 months and it all still pulled apart. I think it got alot worse this winter, I didnt have any trouble last summer. then this year....
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Just replacing the zipper shouldn't be that much.....
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I dont expect it to, but when your young and workin part time every penny counts I try and watch my $$$ pretty tight.
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I'm gonna be in the same boat your in pretty soon. I spent 20 minutes with pliers trying to get my back window zipped back up. I finally got it but I could tell that it won't stand too much more of that! Maybe you could use safety pins to help close it up better until you can get it fixed...just a thought.
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I had my rear window zipper replaced this spring. Took it to a canvas place that had done some work on my boat cover. Cost was about 75 dollars, and yes you'll have to take the soft top off the frame.

Way cheaper than a whole new softop.

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