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Old 05-14-2012, 10:09 PM
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How to use the Rear Window Roll Up Strap Kit??

Does anyone have pictures of exactly how the rear window roll up strap kit is to be used? I can't find anything in the manual or online as to the proper way to roll up the windows and use the straps.

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Old 05-14-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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Ok here is the step by step process. Please follow it closely:
1) Open the package.
2) Remove straps and inspect them.
3) Open lid on trash can and drop them in.
4) Crack a beer and rejoyce that I just saved you from fu%#ing up your rear window.

But in all seriousness, when you roll them up the fine dirt grinds into the acrylic from the motion of the window rocking back and forth in the wind while hanging from those straps. And even if the windows are clean, there's still rubbing.
Best to unzip it (as much of a pain in the ass as it is).
If you like seeing out your soft top windows treat them with extreme care.

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It snaps to the inside of the softop, then snaps onto itself when you roll up the window. Rolling up the rear window will eventually end up with it being scratched up.
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Yea, It does look all safe and secure all tucked up in there, but it only took me one time to learn my lesson. It doesn't take much movement.
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Buy a Cloverpatch roll. $80 on Quadratch. Straps right onto the rear. Just pulled my windows out after an entire afternoon of dirty, dry, dusty wheelin- and my windows were still pristine. Had been in the roll for a couple of weeks. Pricey for what it is but the windows scratch so easily and seeing through them is kinda important to me.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:17 PM   #6
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Do you take the back window off the tail gate bar? Thanks!
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:43 PM   #7
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I have seen someone who used a towel before they rolled there window up and in the top loops.

Personally I'm just using 2 large beach towels and 2 bath towels and a bungee. I'm on the lookout for a stuff sack like you would use for a sleeping bag to put it all in. I'm cheap and it is easy to do. Plus I like having towels handy for random projectile vomiting.
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Thanks for the info everyone. Guess I'll look for another solution for storing the windows when I want to lower the top.
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Ok here is the step by step process. Please follow it closely:
1) Open the package.
2) Remove straps and inspect them.
3) Open lid on trash can and drop them in.
4) Crack a beer and rejoyce that I just saved you from fu%#ing up your rear window.

But in all seriousness, when you roll them up the fine dirt grinds into the acrylic from the motion of the window rocking back and forth in the wind while hanging from those straps. And even if the windows are clean, there's still rubbing.
Best to unzip it (as much of a pain in the ass as it is).
If you like seeing out your soft top windows treat them with extreme care.
X2 on this. I used the straps on my old YJ at the beginning and you could see the stripes they left behind from miles away. Once I replaced the top I removed those straps and just unzipped the window completely. I layered everything flat in the back of my Jeep, separated by towels under my security deck.
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Thanks for the info everyone. Guess I'll look for another solution for storing the windows when I want to lower the top.
You definitely don't want to roll it up on the vehicle as a storage solution. They should be removed, then rolled up. Bestop 42810-09 - Bestop HOSS™ Window Storage Duffle in Charcoal For Bestop and Factory Zip Out Vinyl Windows - Quadratec
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I just got the Rugged Ridge roll up bag. Basically 3 felt sleeves that the 3 windows fit into and roll up. Then that goes in a waterproof bag that attached to the rollbar. I keep it with me for days that look to be sunny later on so I can pop the top. It goes nicely on top of the folded top and is secure. Just remove the rear window bar.
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Vomit?

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I have seen someone who used a towel before they rolled there window up and in the top loops.

Personally I'm just using 2 large beach towels and 2 bath towels and a bungee. I'm on the lookout for a stuff sack like you would use for a sleeping bag to put it all in. I'm cheap and it is easy to do. Plus I like having towels handy for random projectile vomiting.
Random projectile vomiting? In a Jeep? Exactly what are doing? Off-road donuts? Wait...don't answer that.
Try tent bags- once I got the Cloverpatch I pulled out my tent bags for comparison- almost the same size. They're $5-10.
(BTW from above: keep the bar in the tailgate- it'll help support the soft top. Don't roll it with the windows- it will also scratch.)
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If willing to accept scratching, are you supposed to roll it up with the bar still attached or remove the bar first?

Mine are so scratched up now I'm almost willing to just accept it. I love it rolled up, I have to admit
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I believe that you can remove the tailgate bar and place it back in the spot where it belongs while it is detached to the back window. As long as the tailgate is closed, I dont think it is going anywhere.
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I believe that you can remove the tailgate bar and place it back in the spot where it belongs while it is detached to the back window. As long as the tailgate is closed, I dont think it is going anywhere.
Yeah it definitely can be removed and stored in it's normal place. I was just wondering if the prefered way to roll up the window is with the tailgate bar still attached to the window or is it better to remove it first?
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If you are not opposed to the scratching, this is how I rolled it up one time and I probably will not do it again.

1. I left the bar on the rear window
2. I unzipped both sides until the top corners but continued about 6" inside unzipped. So the only zipped section was the top middle secion upto about 6" from the corners
3. Roll up the window along with the bar
4. I used the two straps provided (Velcro straps) on both the sides of the rolled up window.
5. You will need to route the velcro straps around the window roll and through the hinge of the soft top metal frame. After being routed through it, the velcro strap attaches back to itself holding the rear window up.

Hope this makes sense.
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Soft top window storage without rolling

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Ok here is the step by step process. Please follow it closely:
1) Open the package.
2) Remove straps and inspect them.
3) Open lid on trash can and drop them in.
4) Crack a beer and rejoyce that I just saved you from fu%#ing up your rear window.

But in all seriousness, when you roll them up the fine dirt grinds into the acrylic from the motion of the window rocking back and forth in the wind while hanging from those straps. And even if the windows are clean, there's still rubbing.
Best to unzip it (as much of a pain in the ass as it is).
If you like seeing out your soft top windows treat them with extreme care.
I would like a soft top window storage option for 2012 JK 4-Door that doesn't require rolling them up since many people stated that they all can scratch the windows (Bestop, Cloverpatch, etc.) when rolled up.. Are there any bags that will store the windows flat with dividers for each window that fit 2012 4-Door JK windows? I am willing to lay it flat in back or attach upright to back seat headrests but I cannot find one that fits 2012 model except for the rolling bags. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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I would like a soft top window storage option for 2012 JK 4-Door that doesn't require rolling them up since many people stated that they all can scratch the windows (Bestop, Cloverpatch, etc.) when rolled up.. Are there any bags that will store the windows flat with dividers for each window that fit 2012 4-Door JK windows? I am willing to lay it flat in back or attach upright to back seat headrests but I cannot find one that fits 2012 model except for the rolling bags. Any thoughts are appreciated.
I'd like to know this as well.
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I drove from dealership with my rear window rolled up and it was FUBARed by the time I dorve home. Don't do it! Those straps cost about $160 each time you use 'em!
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If you are not opposed to the scratching, this is how I rolled it up one time and I probably will not do it again.

1. I left the bar on the rear window
2. I unzipped both sides until the top corners but continued about 6" inside unzipped. So the only zipped section was the top middle secion upto about 6" from the corners
3. Roll up the window along with the bar
4. I used the two straps provided (Velcro straps) on both the sides of the rolled up window.
5. You will need to route the velcro straps around the window roll and through the hinge of the soft top metal frame. After being routed through it, the velcro strap attaches back to itself holding the rear window up.

Hope this makes sense.

The Velcro straps are actually for tying down the Sunrider Top when its open. The rear window straps are an elastic strip in a circle with a press stud on one end. The press stud clips onto its matching other half on the sort top frame above the rear window. I unzip the window to the top, pull the bar out of the holders then slide it off the window and put it back into its holders then roll the window up and slip the loops of elastic over the ends.

The few problems - as mentioned they will scratch, the window hangs down and covers 1/2 to 3/4 of my view out the rear view mirror, and it sways around while driving which I find distracting.

Personally I unzip the zipper 95% of the way (leave about an inch to inch and a half still zipped) then flop it forward into the boot area.
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Check Quadratec.com I remember seeing a storage thing for the top that holds the windows seperate and you can even hang it on your garage wall. I just bring mine inside and lay them on the floor in the corner. When I am going down the road and have them I seperate them with a comforter that I keep for when my kids are with me and they get chilly!
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I just use the confounded things to hold my fishing poles....
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I just bought 2 yards of *really* soft fleece from JoAnne Fabrics and some velcro straps for about 16 bucks. Im gonna cut it to fit each window and roll it like a sleeping bag...
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I just use the confounded things to hold my fishing poles....
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if I roll up the windows soft fleece it does not look like I can fit them in the back.. do I roll them from top to bottom or from side to side?
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If you don't need to have the windows with you while driving around try hanging them in your garage/basement. I tied a string to one side of a large (1") black paper clip then tied the other end of the string to a nail at an appropriate height. I did this 4 times, 2 for the back window and 2 for the side windows clamped together. Make sure the paper clips aren't stretched out or you'll find your windows on the floor.

It took me 2 years to figure out the purpose of those elastic loops with a snap. I do use them, and do get scratches. However I roll-up a soft towel inside as I roll up the window. It's a PITA, and any plactic to plactic contact will cause scratches.

Another question: Can anyone recommend the proper configuration of windows when leaving the top up, yet trying to get maximum air flow? Does anyone worry about those back corner flaps getting stretched out by flopping in the wind at highway speeds? I put a bungie strap around them to limit the flopping, but not sure if it's the right thing to do.

THE JEEP PEOPLE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB AT EXPLAINING ALL THIS WINDOW STUFF.
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I bought packing blankets at Harbor Freight for $6.00 each. I lay them flat in the back and separate and cover each one.

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