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GNS1310 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.
Any tips?
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!
Thanks.

PStov98TJ 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.

s14sh3r 06-17-2013 05:47 PM

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.

GNS1310 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!

Maitre 06-17-2013 05:56 PM

Latch last. If you latch first everything will get under tension and will make closing the zippers much harder.

Wesboy 06-17-2013 06:37 PM

I find it easier if I get the zippers on the side windows started before clipping the top in the door surrounds.

Otto Man 06-17-2013 07:43 PM

  • Get the top up loose
  • Get the windshield latch hooks in, but do not close the latches
  • Make sure the drip rail clips above the doors are out, but do not clip them in
  • Attach the real sail panels
  • Attach a window on the rear velcro higher than normal to hold it up while you get a side window zipper started (about 1") the clip in the door frame retainer before zipping all the way and then clipping in the bottom retainer
  • Repeat on the opposite side window
  • Zip in and clip the rear window in
  • Tuck in the drip rail clips above the doors on each side
  • Get in and latch the windshield frame latches (I like to do both at the same time)
I know how guys are about reading directions, but this is all in the Owner's Manual :D

MarkWVU02 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

GNS1310 06-17-2013 08:06 PM

Yep, also helped leaving the top unlatched...something I easily overlooked many times.
....also....
Owners Manual....?!?!? Yeah okay
LOL
Thanks all.

Otto Man 06-17-2013 08:13 PM

...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.

King_Aragon 06-17-2013 08:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto Man (Post 3870788)
[*]Get the top up loose[*]Get the windshield latch hooks in, but do not close the latches[*]Make sure the drip rail clips above the doors are out, but do not clip them in[*]Attach the real sail panels[*]Attach a window on the rear velcro higher than normal to hold it up while you get a side window zipper started (about 1") the clip in the door frame retainer before zipping all the way and then clipping in the bottom retainer[*]Repeat on the opposite side window[*]Zip in and clip the rear window in[*]Tuck in the drip rail clips above the doors on each side[*]Get in and latch the windshield frame latches (I like to do both at the same time)

I know how guys are about reading directions, but this is all in the Owner's Manual :D

This is my exact same process like no joke! Are you stalking me Otto? Lol :D

DrewG 06-18-2013 09:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto Man (Post 3870966)
...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.

Agreed! Chapstick really works quite well...I was shocked.

space_monkey 06-18-2013 02:57 PM

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.


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