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Deep 05-09-2013 06:57 PM

Soft top window storage
 
Just got my new 2013 2dr Sport with premium soft top. I'm wondering how people store the side and rear windows when the top's down. Should they lay flat? Can you fold them or roll them up? Any cool or unique storage ideas?

ARKTCT 05-09-2013 07:08 PM

I bought the bestop window storage roll; it rolls the sides from front to back and the back window from left to right(without the tailgate bar in)...works great.

It has felt layers in between the windows to keep them separated .

All tuck away nicely behind seat in that roll!

kramer2k 05-09-2013 07:11 PM

I pack mine in the Bestop Hoss Window Duffle if I think I'll need them and have to take them along for the ride. Otherwise, they stay hung on my garage wall most of the time.

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You'll often see it compared to the Cloverpatch window roll. I like the Bestop version because you can roll the windows in the long direction and it results in a shorter, compact package that can be stored more easily. You don't have to put it across the back of the Jeep by the spare tire.

PhotoWrangler 05-09-2013 07:15 PM

I rarely have my full top down, using mostly the Sunrider. My side windows are usually left home, and I roll my back window up like this.

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panthermark 05-09-2013 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by PhotoWrangler (Post 3738816)
I rarely have my full top down, using mostly the Sunrider. My side windows are usually left home, and I roll my back window up like this.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/05/10/3ary9ena.jpg

I heard/read that can scratch/haze up the rear window pretty good. Have you had any issues?

I would love to stash the rear windows between the back of the rear seat and the Tuffy box, roll up the rear window, open up the sunrider, and call it a day.

Maybe I can try to roll it up with fleece. Is your tailgate bar rolled up as well?

viperx6x9x 05-09-2013 07:30 PM

You could always just get a beach towel and roll it up with the window.

My rear window only has the one zipper so I can't roll it up like that. I lay all three windows flat with towels in between, roll em up, and stuff em in one of those carry sleeves the fold out chairs come in. Handy and cheap storage solution.

panthermark 05-09-2013 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by viperx6x9x (Post 3738878)
You could always just get a beach towel and roll it up with the window.

My rear window only has the one zipper so I can't roll it up like that. I lay all three windows flat with towels in between, roll em up, and stuff em in one of those carry sleeves the fold out chairs come in. Handy and cheap storage solution.

I was just at the store looking for one of those...I was thinking the exact same thing.

PhotoWrangler 05-09-2013 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 3738836)
I heard/read that can scratch/haze up the rear window pretty good. Have you had any issues?



There is one spot on my window where I noticed that it has kind of gotten dull, and I've heard/read the same thing you have.

I have one of those California duster mop things now, and before I roll up the window I wipe the dust/pollen/dirt off the back window. So far I haven't noticed any different and I've been doing it a while now.

If I have the back seat in, I just unzip it and flop it down into the truck space behind the seat.

ETA: yes I leave the tailgate bar in when I roll it up like this.

Caveman1965 05-09-2013 08:03 PM

Rugged Ridge also makes a window duffel. I have a new one here that I'll be trying out as soon as I get my soft top installed.

TOK 05-09-2013 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by ARKTCT (Post 3738787)
I bought the bestop window storage roll; it rolls the sides from front to back and the back window from left to right(without the tailgate bar in)...works great.

It has felt layers in between the windows to keep them separated .

All tuck away nicely behind seat in that roll!

I just got the Rugged Ridge version of the roll bag. Its still here in the box, and I was hoping I could roll the back window with the bar still on it but I can what you mean since for that to happen it would have to roll width-wise, while the sides would have to roll the opposite way to keep from bending the C channels that lock into the door edge.

How easy does the back window base pull off?

viperx6x9x 05-09-2013 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 3738916)
I was just at the store looking for one of those...I was thinking the exact same thing.


With the standard size chairs the windows still stick out the end a little. You might want to look around and see if you can find a chair with a longer carry sleeve. I have been meaning to go find one but haven't had time to look.

Barmanvarn 05-09-2013 08:15 PM

Clover patch roll. Works great. Can store in rear floorboard or strap in the rear across the top of the "trunk" or on top of the top if the top is down.

jp2611 05-09-2013 08:17 PM

Some people, who leave their windows at home, use men's pants hangers and hang them in the garage.

I prefer to have my windows with me. I made a "bag/ Book" from fleece blanket materiel and a heavier outside cover, it has a zipper all the way around so that it can be completely closed. I have one for my TJ that holds 5 windows (so I can get my soft uppers in as well) and for the JK I have one that just holds the 3......I do leave the tailgate bars on the Jeep. and the bag will fit behind the back seat in front of tailgate

spackler 05-09-2013 08:22 PM

I bought 6 yards of felt from Walmart, $15, and a Northstar duffle bag 14x30 from amazon, $16. Just roll the windows with felt in between, throw in bag. Works perfect.

Barmanvarn 05-09-2013 08:25 PM

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2 cheap spring clamps screwed into the wall.

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jp2611 05-09-2013 08:27 PM

one thing I left out and it is a "personal preference" but IMO it seems a bad idea to "roll" the windows....that is why I made the bag to be "flat" and stand it up behind back seat/ or lay flat in the tub if seat is out.

XLZeus 05-09-2013 08:29 PM

Should you spray something on the windows if you are going to store them for a indefinite amount of time?

Barmanvarn 05-09-2013 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by XLZeus (Post 3739193)
Should you spray something on the windows if you are going to store them for a indefinite amount of time?

I'd recommend always cleaning the windows prior to rolling them as any grit on them can cause a buttload of scratching (if you care about that kinda thing)

The General 05-09-2013 09:49 PM

I lay them flat under the cargo mat with a thin sheet between each. They aren't in the way and I have them handy should I need them.

MTLayton 05-10-2013 11:47 AM

I use the clover window roll and like it so far. To give you a description:
It has a "booklet" of soft felt "pages" (blankets) that the three windows fit into. I then roll them all up the way it says in the directions and put in in the nylon bag with drawstrings at both ends. It then has straps that wrap around the roll cage frame and the roll sits on top of where the soft top is folded down. I put the tailgate bar between the blanket roll and the nylon bag. The roll can't be overly loose or there isn't room for the tailgate bar.

I think it looks nice and organized this way. It's about the same width as the top the way I roll it and I always try to stick to directions. It's surely a good way to take your windows with you. It recently has been nice and hot during the day and then chilly <50 at night, so it's good to have your windows with you where you go so you can put them on for whatever the circumstance. There are alternatives (temporary covers, etc.) to this.

Honestly, this is a felt blanket and sewed nylon with some straps. I bought it because I didn't think I could make it with no experience, but I'm sure it would be pretty easy to fabricate one.

Just illustrating my positive experience with this one. I'm sure the bestop and other products are just as good like others indicated. Pick the one the best fits your needs -or- take some of these very crafty, resourceful members' advice and use the things around you and/or make a system that suits your needs.

yomondo 05-10-2013 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by ARKTCT (Post 3738787)
I bought the bestop window storage roll

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Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3738797)
I pack mine in the Bestop Hoss Window Duffle

I've been using the Bestop window duffle for 4 years, and I like it.

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Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3738797)
You'll often see it compared to the Cloverpatch window roll. I like the Bestop version because you can roll the windows in the long direction and it results in a shorter, compact package that can be stored more easily. You don't have to put it across the back of the Jeep by the spare tire.

Agreed.

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 3738836)
I heard/read that can scratch/haze up the rear window pretty good. Have you had any issues?

If you clean the dirt off of the back window before rolling it up, and just drive around town, it's not so bad. But if you drive anywhere where there's dirt, the dirt will get in there and scratch it up pretty good. Personal experience. :banghead:

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Originally Posted by panthermark (Post 3738836)
I would love to stash the rear windows between the back of the rear seat and the Tuffy box, roll up the rear window, open up the sunrider, and call it a day.

If you drive on the highway, the wind could pick it up.

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Originally Posted by XLZeus (Post 3739193)
Should you spray something on the windows if you are going to store them for a indefinite amount of time?

I store my windows in the Bestop window duffle for months at a time while I have my hard top on during the winter months. No problem. I do clean the dirt off the windows first.

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Originally Posted by Barmanvarn (Post 3739228)
I'd recommend always cleaning the windows prior to rolling them as any grit on them can cause a buttload of scratching (if you care about that kinda thing)

Agreed.


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