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Old 05-05-2015, 01:46 PM
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How Do I Fix Soft Top Rear Window Zipper?

Ugh... I just broke the pin to my soft top rear window. The darn thing was stuck and I guess I pulled it too hard and it broke. Can this be fixed by myself or will I need to take it somewhere?

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I couldn't get my rear window off either. Guess I didn't pull as hard.
Unless there is a grove in that piece that can re-crimp the fabric, you may be outa luck.

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I couldn't get my rear window off either. Guess I didn't pull as hard.
Unless there is a grove in that piece that can re-crimp the fabric, you may be outa luck.
The silver pin is undamaged. It's the fabric area that it is/was fastened to that tore.

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That piece should have a split in it. When you have to replace the slider you have to take it off and "squeeze" it back in place. If you're not sure about fixing it go to an auto upholstery shop, perhaps they can help you out.
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Or a marine upholstery shop, too.
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Thanks all. I'll look into your suggestions.
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Hopefully they won't have to resew the whole zipper because that spot looks pretty beaten up. Might just want a newer top if the price is too much.
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Upholstery place probably your best bet....like mentioned b 4 ...

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Go to a place that does automobile convertible tops.
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Here is a pic from my side quarter window. Can some one tell me if the rear zipper (to the soft top not the window) should have a piece like the one shown in the pic in the red box? I'm trying to determine if there was one that is missing.
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Here is a pic from my side quarter window. Can some one tell me if the rear zipper (to the soft top not the window) should have a piece like the one shown in the pic in the red box? I'm trying to determine if there was one that is missing.
The rear window shouldn't have one of those, because the zippers are meant to come completely off the track. That box would stay attached to one side and wouldn't let the zipper come completely off track and separate from the top, if that makes sense.

There's also another thread going right now that I just posted in, explaining a fix you COULD try yourself, if you're brave.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/zi...m-1232377.html

You'd want to sew all along that ripped edge, from the bottom all the way up to where the metal insertion pin stops on the other side, to keep that raw edge from further unraveling. You may also want to pick up a bottle of fray-check and put it on that raw edge now, just to keep it from fraying any more than it already has, till you can take it someplace or attempt to fix it yourself.
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The rear window shouldn't have one of those, because the zippers are meant to come completely off the track. That box would stay attached to one side and wouldn't let the zipper come completely off track and separate from the top, if that makes sense.

There's also another thread going right now that I just posted in, explaining a fix you COULD try yourself, if you're brave.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/zi...m-1232377.html

You'd want to sew all along that ripped edge, from the bottom all the way up to where the metal insertion pin stops on the other side, to keep that raw edge from further unraveling. You may also want to pick up a bottle of fray-check and put it on that raw edge now, just to keep it from fraying any more than it already has, till you can take it someplace or attempt to fix it yourself.
Thanks for clarifying and the DIY link, StarBrite!

I just got back from the automotive upholstery and they said they couldn't fix it which I was completely surprised since it's such a small piece and tear. Then again, I certainly don't know anything about zipper repair.
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Maybe I'm just over simplifying this, but why wouldn't you just get a small piece of nylon fabric, double it over like you are wrapping it around each side of the frayed piece, and sew it on there. It has plenty to grab on to, then just crimp the zipper piece back on there.

The upholstery shop just didn't WANT to do it...
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Thanks for clarifying and the DIY link, StarBrite!

I just got back from the automotive upholstery and they said they couldn't fix it which I was completely surprised since it's such a small piece and tear. Then again, I certainly don't know anything about zipper repair.
Like I said, it's a jerry rig fix, but cheaper than a new top.

Let us kNow if you try it and it works! Good luck!
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My zipper was chewed in the corners on both the window and the top itself.
Took some calls around, but found and upholstery guy that replaced the entire zipper (both sides) for $150. Was cheaper than buying a whole new set of windows (annoyed you cant seem to buy JUST the back window, plus the zipper on the actual top was broken too anyway) Works great now, and i even did a quick buffing trick i saw on youtube for plastic windows. Metal polish (removes oxidation) then a swirl remover all buffed on. Looks brand new
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Update...

I thought i did a nice job patching things up, but the zipper wouldn't line up. I ended up buying a new rear window for $200. Sucks bc the window was new and only on twice before I f'd it up. Costly lesson learned.

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I have learned not to take my rear window off anymore. I just zip up the sides and roll it up with a fleece blanket.
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Update...

I thought i did a nice job patching things up, but the zipper wouldn't line up. I ended up buying a new rear window for $200. Sucks bc the window was new and only on twice before I f'd it up. Costly lesson learned.

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If the window was new, it should be covered under warranty.
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If the window was new, it should be covered under warranty.
It wasn't a defect. I let frustration get the better of me.
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Did you try the dealer, and if so, what did they say?
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I just did the same thing. At least nearly, my pin is bent 45 degrees and can't get the zipper up anymore. Anyone ever crack this problem? I could try some manual surgery, of course I don't have high hopes.
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Similar issue for me as well. 2016 JKU, only removed maybe a dozen times. Had a 2014 for 2 years way more use with no problem. Gonna take in to dealership and see if they repair under warranty.
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Similar issue for me as well. 2016 JKU, only removed maybe a dozen times. Had a 2014 for 2 years way more use with no problem. Gonna take in to dealership and see if they repair under warranty.
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I just did the same thing. At least nearly, my pin is bent 45 degrees and can't get the zipper up anymore. Anyone ever crack this problem? I could try some manual surgery, of course I don't have high hopes.
Did you find anything that worked? I am having the same issue right now!
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I ended up being able to trim the excess fabric back from mine with kitchen shears. Then I threaded it into the zip and managed to pull it up with needlenose pliers.

It only somewhat stays zipped, but I can get the top zipped on and off with some effort. That said right now I have the entire top off as it's perfect weather in the Bay Area.

If there's interest I'll snap some pics of my process in the next week or two when I put the top back on.
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Just to update for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. They're going to replace the top for me under warranty.
Great. I worry about mine doing that. I take my top up and down about 4 times a Month. Glad the warranty is paying!

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I took mine to a Tarp shop . They make heavy TARPS for trucks and boats .
My zipper Was a mess five years old and broke the TARP shop replaced it with a very heavy zipper . This zipper never gave me a problem just worked as it should . The best part the guy that did the work charged me 35 dollars . That was four years ago still as new . If you are looking for a real zipper go to a TARP shop
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I feel your pain. Good luck!
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