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Unread 11-07-2014, 12:26 AM   #1
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my weird hard top back glass

I have this back glass on my hardtop on my YJ. Found the hard top bolted to a wrecked YJ, in cherry-ish condition except for some hardware missing from the back glass. What back glass is on this thing- and is it even a YJ hard top?

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Unread 11-07-2014, 12:31 AM   #2
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I did not know until a few minutes ago that steelhorse made a hardtop all to its own- I guess I have that one huh? Where do I find the struts and closing hardware for this stupid thing?
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Unread 11-07-2014, 09:28 AM   #3
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They have been out of business for a while.

Your best bet is to fab something up. Foam and fiberglass, plywood, plastic sheet, sheet metal, whatever you are used to working with.
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Unread 11-07-2014, 11:17 AM   #4
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Smittybilt bought steel horse years ago ..... good luck finding the parts
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Unread 11-07-2014, 11:50 AM   #5
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might be easier to get a sheet of plexi glass an cut one without the notch on the bottom an let the tailgate hold it closed like a normal rear hatch.
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Unread 11-07-2014, 01:21 PM   #6
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http://www.rallytops.com/replacement...acement-parts/

You could give these guys a call. I ended up making a new window out of 1/4" Lexan and used a small gate latch on either side to keep it closed. I got my top sans rear window... If I had the glass I'd likely fab up the plastic trim that goes on the bottom.
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Unread 11-07-2014, 02:30 PM   #7
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The window itself is in great shape. What I really need is a pic of the closing hardware that came stock on this glass so I can fab something up. I need to know how they connected the latching hardware to the rear glass more than anything. I have several pieces of the stock glass hardware off e-bay.
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That cut out is clearly for a 3rd brake light assembly. I think you may be able to use two sheets of moderately thick aluminum sandwiched together and some stainless hardware to create the bottom edge fairly easily if you have even the most basic of fab skills. For the shocks, I'd measure it out at full lift and then hit the junk yards and scavenge off of mini vans or even some wide-opening trunks like a BMW. get creative and you'll save some coin on replacing and fabricating all new rear glass.
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Unread 11-07-2014, 06:37 PM   #9
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That cut out is clearly for a 3rd brake light assembly. I think you may be able to use two sheets of moderately thick aluminum sandwiched together and some stainless hardware to create the bottom edge fairly easily if you have even the most basic of fab skills. For the shocks, I'd measure it out at full lift and then hit the junk yards and scavenge off of mini vans or even some wide-opening trunks like a BMW. get creative and you'll save some coin on replacing and fabricating all new rear glass.
Pretty much what I plan to do- with some Hawaii big island differences LOL- you can't find working struts here at junk yard- atmosphere eats them up- but they have a camper supply store that is pretty good for that. Brake light huh?

If I can just get a good pic of how the original set up was, I could get a better understanding of how it clamps to the window itself. if it is just a glue down gasket that is really smooshed against the glass with a couple pieces of hardware, I can get it.
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I wouldn't bother fixing that. Find another used original hardtop. Used ones go for $100 in my area. So much easier and cheaper than playing games with that one.
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I wouldn't bother fixing that. Find another used original hardtop. Used ones go for $100 in my area. So much easier and cheaper than playing games with that one.

um, no way LOL- I live in Pahoa, near a lava flow. There is no way I am even finding a hard top here for less than 1500 dollars with the back glass intact.
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I lived in Honolulu for a few years an the over pricing of everything is the one thing I don't miss! It was pre internet days so no on line shopping to try an save a buck.
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I wouldn't bother fixing that. Find another used original hardtop. Used ones go for $100 in my area. So much easier and cheaper than playing games with that one.
Uh, no.

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