|06-18-2013 02:57 PM|
|space_monkey||I know this doesn't help but I just don't even bother putting in the windows anymore. Having just the top up provides plenty of protection from the rain and elements, even when driving. I pulled my carpet long ago as well. Everyone's different though.|
|06-18-2013 09:30 AM|
|06-17-2013 08:21 PM|
|06-17-2013 08:13 PM|
|Otto Man||...also, after cleaning them, lube up the zippers with candle wax, bees wax or chapstick, the work the zippers back and forth a few times.|
|06-17-2013 08:06 PM|
Yep, also helped leaving the top unlatched...something I easily overlooked many times.
Owners Manual....?!?!? Yeah okay
|06-17-2013 07:49 PM|
I usually use a pair of pliers (I keep a cheap leatherman in the glove) to grip the pull. I line up the zipper and pull with the pliers. I put the sides in before the back window.
My usual order is
-Put top up and line up latches but dont latch
-attach drip rail clips and sail panels (i find it doesn't matter what order i go in so i just work my way around the jeep)
-attach side windows ( get zipper started a foot or so using pliers, attach side rail, finish zipping, attach bottom rail)
-install rear window
-flip front clips
There is probably an easier way but I've done it this way through trial and error and this works best for me
|06-17-2013 07:43 PM|
|06-17-2013 06:37 PM|
|Wesboy||I find it easier if I get the zippers on the side windows started before clipping the top in the door surrounds.|
|06-17-2013 05:56 PM|
|Maitre||Latch last. If you latch first everything will get under tension and will make closing the zippers much harder.|
|06-17-2013 05:54 PM|
Just found the 'shoelace trick' in another part of the forum. That zipper is a nightmare to grab, and that was probably the main problem. I threaded a shoelace theu it and had an extremely easy grip. Much much easier to get them zipped up.
Still a pain to hold them in place though!
|06-17-2013 05:47 PM|
|s14sh3r||I'm not sure what kind of top you have, but try starting the latch, but not locking it until after you do the side windows.|
|06-17-2013 05:38 PM|
I just put a corner on the Velcro to hold it but I've still got some room to play with it. And definitely do them last. Many years ago I made the mistake of thinking I could do it better if I get them on first and zipped up...I was wrong.
One other pointer just in case, get the zipper started about 6", put the front plastic in its slot, zip up all the way, then put the bottom plastic in its slot.
|06-17-2013 05:25 PM|
Any tips for the back side windows?
Top goes on easy. Rear window goes on easy.
Side windows are a nightmare. Getting the thing in the zipper and staying there.
I've always done them last, should I do them first?
I raise the top, tuck the sides in the sleeves..latch. Stand on the bumper, push the back down, tuck them in their sleeves. Put the rear window in the channel, attach zipper and zip without a problem.
I grab the side windows and try to hold them up, maybe stick them on part of the Velcro to stay there then try to get the slider into the retainer and zip. Never happens. I fight with it over and over, take a break, then eventually get it.
Someone has to know something!