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post #1 of 5 Old 05-26-2012, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Replacement Hardtop Rear Window

'94 YJ SteelHorse Targa Top(section over the front seats comes off seperate) Spice Color(shouldn't matter cause there's only some black trim on the bottom of the window). I need the whole rear window set-up: glass, attached trim, hinges, and piston openers. I busted the window screwing around in college with some buddies on a camping trip tryin to climb a hill with no winch. Needless to say a tree won that battle. Anyway, the last time I contacted Steel Horse(I think they're outta biz now) they had outsourced the parts to that top to some company in Compton,CA that wanted $800+ for just the window. Hoping to find a junkyard option or some great fab ideas from the forum. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-26-2012, 10:41 AM
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I found a jeep junkyard store on ebay. Bought my rear hardtop glass from them with wiper, matching factory tint, hinges for like 400 bucks and thats shipping included.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-26-2012, 07:37 PM
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IMHO, don't deal with glass if you don't have to.

Measure the width of the glass (or where the glass should be) at the widest point, then the height at the highest point.
Then go to a local glass shop with those dimensions and get yourself a rectangular piece of 1/4" polycarbonate... Lexan MR-10 or Makrolon AR (depending on who they're a dealer for)

Take that rectangular piece home and cut it to your shape with a jig saw with a medium-fine tooth blade (and go slow). Polycarbonate can be cut, drilled, edges sanded, etc with no need for special tools. There should be a peel-coat on both sides... leave that on until JUST before you're ready to install, or if you're good with the razor knife, leave it on until AFTER you're done installing.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-27-2012, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SeanB95YJ
IMHO, don't deal with glass if you don't have to.

Measure the width of the glass (or where the glass should be) at the widest point, then the height at the highest point.
Then go to a local glass shop with those dimensions and get yourself a rectangular piece of 1/4" polycarbonate... Lexan MR-10 or Makrolon AR (depending on who they're a dealer for)

Take that rectangular piece home and cut it to your shape with a jig saw with a medium-fine tooth blade (and go slow). Polycarbonate can be cut, drilled, edges sanded, etc with no need for special tools. There should be a peel-coat on both sides... leave that on until JUST before you're ready to install, or if you're good with the razor knife, leave it on until AFTER you're done installing.
Thanks SeanB95YJ,

Couple questions:
1. Will the polycarbonate look like glass from a distance?
2. Can you apply regular window tint to the poly carb? (The side windows are lightly tinted and I may try to match it as close as possible so the back doesn't look funny)

Thanks,
Andy
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-27-2012, 07:47 PM
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It is available tinted. one source:

http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/Tra...arbonate_Sheet

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