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The zipper on my rear window is a bit messed up(came to me that way). Some of the teeth on the window side and some on the top side don't mesh together properly and now I can't unzip the window out. So if I want to drop the top the rear window has to get stuffed behind the seat. Any suggestions. I would rather not have to replace an otherwise decent top just because of a slightly messe up zipper. :censored:
 

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MY rear window zipper got messed up like that and the teeth were still there, but not meshed properly in the upper left corner of the window. The zipper opened on both sides of the slider and it was hopelessly stuck as I couldn't unzip it or zip it further.
In my case, I was able to pull the window out of the slider, by pulling the zipped portion of the window apart so the only place the window was attached to the top was right at the zipper slider and then pulling the window very hard until it came free of the slider. This deformed the slider a little bit by spreading it open slightly front to back. Then I straightened the teeth of the zipper out and I used a pair of pliers to gently squeeze the slider back into shape so it would engage both the top and window again. I lubed up the zipper teeth and now it works like new again and I lube the zipper regularly to keep it working smoothly.
Just passing this on, because I thought I was totally hosed and it really wasn't too hard to get it working right again. This may work for you if you haven't lost any teeth from the zipper. Good luck!
 

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MY rear window zipper got messed up like that and the teeth were still there, but not meshed properly in the upper left corner of the window. The zipper opened on both sides of the slider and it was hopelessly stuck as I couldn't unzip it or zip it further.
In my case, I was able to pull the window out of the slider, by pulling the zipped portion of the window apart so the only place the window was attached to the top was right at the zipper slider and then pulling the window very hard until it came free of the slider. This deformed the slider a little bit by spreading it open slightly front to back. Then I straightened the teeth of the zipper out and I used a pair of pliers to gently squeeze the slider back into shape so it would engage both the top and window again. I lubed up the zipper teeth and now it works like new again.
Just passing this on, because I thought I was totally hosed and it really wasn't too hard to get it working right again. This may work for you if you haven't lost any teeth from the zipper. Good luck!
I've had to do this exact thing. It does work, just be careful not to break the teeth. Also bending the zipper slider itself so it catches the teeth better helped to prevent future zipper problems.
 

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All the teeth are still there. What did you lube it with?
 

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I used spray on lithium grease, but I just bought a can of spray on dry lube to try out next season. I lube mine up now about twice a month. Makes a huge difference.
 

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I use paraffin wax from a candle, just took a candle and rubbed it on the teeth. Doesn't hold onto dirt the way lubes do. A dry lube will work well also.
 

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My back window was messed up also,
So I bought a new Hard top and uper doors, and I love it,
 

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Chief Ben, thank you for your service. I'm a retired Coast Guard EMC. My son just sent me a shirt that says
" U.S.Coast Guard"
"because even the Navy needs heros"
 

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Had a similar problem. took forever to get the old slider off. had to snip a few teeth at the bottom and put a new slider on. Got the kit from ebay. Works ok now, but I can unzip it up both sides. Then I just roll it up and it falls with the top. No perfect, but it works. I use a crayon to lube the zippers, works well.
 

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Dear DP40 Thank you for your service also, and
And yes the Navy needs heros, LOL
and the reason the Coast Guard Chiefs have Beautiful Childern is ???
They Have Navy Daddy's, LOL
Oh A Coast Guard Chief Told Me That One, But The Other Way, LOL
Well now back to the Zipper problem
from what I found out it was going to cost me about $ 250.oo
to put in a new zipper and it was hard to see out of the jeep,
plastic windows were a mess,
and even with the new radio and speakers I couldn't here the radio,
So my wife said buy a hard top and new doors,
were not leaving the money to the kid's, ( Spend It, )
So I Did,
And I can hear the radio at 60 MPH,
Oh and by the way Jerry Lea Loves the Hard top also
we can run with the back window up and open,
 

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Well going to a hard top is 100% out of the question. My wife and I love going topless. We recently purchased a SmittyBilt cargo net that covers the back half of the OllllO to jeep the dog in. So I guess I'll just work on fixing this one.
 

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Congratulations, and its a great looking jeep. BUT...Please read between the lines before posting. The OP clearly enjoys having a soft top, asked for repair tips for it. If the OP wanted a hard top, this would be a different thread titled "buying a hardtop, need advice".
Hi Mr. IndianaBones
Sorry I posted my answer in the wrong place about my Hard Top,
I only went to the seventh grade in school,
I don’t read real well & I don’t spell real well,
But I retired from the U.S. Navy at 38 years old
I am now 68 years old, and look half my age, And Rich.
My Doctor said he thinks I will make it to 99 or so ?? I’m hopping so to,
I see you are from Bloomington Indiana
Like I said I didn’t go real far in school
But I’m Not A Bloomington Idiot either.
 
 

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Chief, what did you do for the Navy?
 

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Hi Mr. IndianaBones
Sorry I posted my answer in the wrong place about my Hard Top,
I only went to the seventh grade in school,
I don’t read real well & I don’t spell real well,
But I retired from the U.S. Navy at 38 years old
I am now 68 years old, and look half my age, And Rich.
My Doctor said he thinks I will make it to 99 or so ?? I’m hopping so to,
I see you are from Bloomington Indiana
Like I said I didn’t go real far in school
But I’m Not A Bloomington Idiot either.
http://s164.photobucket.com/user/DaveBentz/media/My64thBirthdayparty018.jpg.html 
I wasn't hating, just trying to get a soft top fixed. If I seemed abrasive, I do apologize.
 

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Hay Chief what about making something out of plexaglass for the back window that would open up, like hooked from the top some how,
Not sure how it would look ? but may work,
I seen something like this on here some where a long time ago,
 

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I was a welder & Damage Control HTC
I Have a welding & machine shop & carpenter shop in my back yard
More toys than a man should have LOL
But the Wife tells me to keep buying more, So I Do.


 

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Hi IndianaBones::
Hay I'm Sorry I'm An old Navy Chief AND I have had a Few To Drink tonight
I should of went to Bed a Long time ago at my old age,
and kept my fingers off of this key board LOL.
Some times I can be a real ass hole,
any way this should all be fun, and hope we can be friends,
I'll try to learn to spell better LOL
From The State Of The Arkansas RazorBacks Good Night All...
 

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Hi IndianaBones::
Hay I'm Sorry I'm An old Navy Chief AND I have had a Few To Drink tonight
I should of went to Bed a Long time ago at my old age,
and kept my fingers off of this key board LOL.
Some times I can be a real ass hole,
any way this should all be fun, and hope we can be friends,
I'll try to learn to spell better LOL
From The State Of The Arkansas RazorBacks Good Night All...
http://s164.photobucket.com/user/DaveBentz/media/pig.gif.html
Hah No worries at all! Rest well.
 
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