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Old 04-19-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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Soft topped :)

so this weekend i put the softtop on and stashed away my hard top... also yanked fuse 4 (door lights) and took the nuts off the bolts on the doors..... monday go to leave for work.... SNOW.... WTF! lol..... had a bad leak at the passanger side door but a minor adjustment and good to go and staying dry in the slush and rain today......

windows were a bugger to get in though... any1 have any tips for zipping in windows that are bing a PITA? worst part of dropping/raising the top by far.....

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Old 04-19-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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Blast the heat from the inside out to make the material more pliable and use carabiners on tough zippers.

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Old 04-19-2011, 09:50 PM   #3
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I like to temporarily tack the window in place with the velcro in a small area when I'm zipping the windows back in. Keeps them from getting in the way. Taking them out is usually a much easier process.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:08 AM   #4
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good call on the carabiners did a trial today and used an s hook to pull the zipper.... MUCH easier once i got the friggin thing to start.... also great for seating the plastc bottom and along the door...... will be keeping it in the jeep and making the end dull/smooth so i dont rip anything...
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I use bigger pulls on my zippers too (key rings). BUT you need to be careful: too much leverage can make it really easy to just blow the zippers out. Don't overdo the "tools" - sometimes you just need to slow down and "work" the zipper around the tight corners.

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Old 04-20-2011, 10:03 AM   #6
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wish they were easier to get started....

u guys hook them into the frame/door first or zip them in first?
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Zip them first
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:08 AM   #8
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Al little wax on the zippers also keeps them zipping nice and clean! Not too much though and don't leave it in the jeep lol melted wax on a seat sucks!!
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When we put in the rear window or having trouble getting the zipper around the back 'corner'...just reach up and grab the 'frame' on the rear and pull down-this relieves the stress on the window and zipper and makes it much easier to pull it around the hard points. Also to seat the plastic strip in the channel...do the same thing. Plenty of 'give' there.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:35 AM   #10
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sweet thanks guys any old wax or is there something special?
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:54 AM   #11
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Practice, practice, practice... The first few times zipping the windows back in on a soft top IS a PITA. After you do it a few times you'll get a feel for what works for you. After awhile it will be no big deal.
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Practice, practice, practice... The first few times zipping the windows back in on a soft top IS a PITA. After you do it a few times you'll get a feel for what works for you. After awhile it will be no big deal.
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the 3rd time I put the windows back on I had the last quarter window & the rear window zipped correctly the 1st try!!
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thanks guys im sure ill get better. just looking for a few tips to speed it up/make it easier...
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This may sound a little complicated-and it does repeat some of what has been said.

1.) Hold the back top edge a little above window opening and press the velcro in place just to hold it up-it is like using the velcro as an extra hand.

2.) Start the zipper on the front of the window and only move it about 6-8 inches.

3.) Tuck in door surrounds and belt rail, which will secure the front and bottom of the window. (don't worry if velcro comes loose now.)

4.) Complete the closing of the zipper-and smooth the velcro into place around the rest of the window.

This method worked best for me when I used the factory soft top. One of the reasons is the very last step when installing the soft top, was to close the front latches on the header. That way the material for the back windows will "move around" more. This includes the very back window-when the latches in front are finally closed, everything is than pulled tight. Hope this helps.
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I just use some some surfboard wax usually sex wax (brand name lol) and it does the job. Nothing special just what i have most of the time
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I just use some some surfboard wax usually sex wax (brand name lol) and it does the job. Nothing special just what i have most of the time
surf wax will work but zipper wax for a drysuit will work way better. ask at a local dive shop or order some online. it usually has a brush where the wax comes out so it should get in the teeth better then surf wax

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