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Old 08-31-2010, 06:35 AM   #1
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Should I get front 1/2 door uppers with sliders?

I have my soft top and I want to keep on in the winter. My half doors support plastic zip down windows which to me seem to be a disadvantage during the winter. Anybody have the Bestop sliders on the link I posted. Not that much money to me. I am old and want comfort.





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Old 08-31-2010, 07:13 AM   #2
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Idk, I'm old and I don't mind the zippers.... I don't do drive thru's often, and they are a wonderful excuse for not rolling down the window in traffic to talk to people.... I made some retainer clips to use when you just want to unzip partially, and keep them from flying/flapping. Cheap and easy....

Sliders don't open very far and the part that opens is at the rear not the front, and I've read that the retainer clip that holds them closed breaks fairly easily and isn't replaceable..... I'm sure other opinions will differ, probably just the cheap in me that justifies keeping my zippers....

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Old 08-31-2010, 02:21 PM   #3
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After considering all comments here and on simular threads I just ordered the upper door sliders. After they get here and we get a great snow I'll run a comparisons.

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Old 09-03-2010, 06:30 PM   #4
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Got them in today. Got to love 4WD.com. Pictures soon.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:45 PM   #5
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I have em on my 95 yj-I have had em for over 6 years, and they don't scratch and fog up like the zipper style. I like em, but my wife prefers her zipper windows. She doesn't like the smaller opening. I haven't had the retainer clips break, but I don't use the locks. I just slide them closed. I am totally happy with them.

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Old 09-03-2010, 09:26 PM   #6
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:54 PM   #7
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I'll drive her today and see what she is like.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:08 PM   #8
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Looks good! I haven't regretted owning mine. Also, easy to clean in winter...scrape away.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:31 PM   #9
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Let me know....I cannot decide if I wanna get sliders for winter, or some used full doors.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:54 AM   #10
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Been driving her a couple days now.
It has been in the upper 40's lately at night and upper 60's during the days. I got the sliders at the right time.
This morning there was NO heavy dew like accumulates on the plastic windows. (I can see out!!)
I have so much more elbow room with the ridged slider window than with the floppy plastic window. And when they ziped down they always had to be wiped off and are in my way.
Also as or if it warms up again here and there I can stow them in the Jeep's box and be back to my 1/2 doors which I like better than no doors. (I have no back seat.)
As for only the rear part of the glass opening only. I drive with my seat all the way back so the opening is at my face. Perfect.
All ready for winter now. Just need a snow brush/scraper and to replace my blower Resistor.

Well worth the $$$ for my jeep sliders.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:14 AM   #11
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i got mine on sale with free fast shipping at 4WD.com and it includes a rebate for 2 free mirrors being sent from Best Top...what ever they look like.
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I didn't think you would regret getting them.
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Thanks, guys! I think I will get some this month, before it starts to get cool and I am scrambling for them. :>

Only question....it sounds like they only open at the back? I am short, and my seat has to be almost all of the way forward. Does the front not open at all? This could present an issue for me.
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On the TJ, I'm not 100% sure, but the YJ sliders only open the back half. It's not bad in the winter for the fact that the cold wind won't blow right on you. What I did in the past was I kept my zipper set and slider set for seasonal use. In the spring, I would put the zips on the doors. Fall/winter, put the sliders on. The sliders come with their own frame, so you can keep the zips aside for a change.
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Oh, that is awesome. That was my plan, to use zippers in summer (I usually go doorless, but throw on the uppers if it is going to rain for days) and use sliders in the winter. I don't mind the zippers, but when it is cold they are likely to crack being bent into the jeep, etc.

I will look into the window details for TJs. THANK YOU!!!!
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I just got a set of these brand new off ebay for $375, shipped. They are the bestop upper slider window. After a 25 mile ride, I am a fool for not buying them earlier!! These are the cat's a$$. So much quieter that the plastic zip up windows. They open up both ways, front and back. I'll get back to you if they let me down, but as of now, they are great.

carparts.com has numerous sets for sale on ebay. And while carparts.com has extremly crappy, rude customer service, The parts were shipped quickly and without issue. I called their customer service because they sent me a tracking number that didn't work. I was a bit concerned about that and the customer service did everything possible to make me doubt the sale and scare me into believing that I was gonna get screwed. But about 6 hours after that, in the middle of the night. I got a tracking number that worked. The next day the windows are on my front porch.

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I went with steel doors off a cj7 and couldn't be happier with them!

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