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post #16 of 43 Old 04-12-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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I've never driven with the rear glass up. How is that? Does it bounce around? With just the sunroof open is there a lot of wind buffeting? I've had other cars do that when the sunroof is open but the windows are closed.
I wouldn't offroad with the rear glass up. It makes a little clunking noise here and there on the street but all around not bad at all as long as you have good shocks on the glass. With the sunroff merely "OPEN" there is pretty much NO wind at all, maybe upwards of 80 MPH you'll get some. No wind, just fresh air....it's really smooth and quiet popped open, even with windows rolled up and rear glass closed.

With the sunroof OUT (removed) and all other windows up you get the fluttery vacuum SOUND (some wind but not bad) at different speeds, this can be defeated by raising (or to a lesser degree cracking it open against the spare tire carrier) the rear glass and/or rolling the windows down. WIND with the sunroof REMOVED is kind of like it is with the sunrider back but subdued by about 50% (along with noise).


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post #17 of 43 Old 02-13-2013, 03:08 PM
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Do you think the sunroof made the hardtop stronger? I have a defective tj top which "pools water" right where i would want to put a sunroof. I was thinking the curved design could pop the top back up and make it a little more rigid. Looks good, love having the "open air" feeling in the winter!
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I have read that it does and it appears to to me as well. That frame sandwiching the top the way it does stiffens things and reduces interior resonance ..actually quieting things down a tad. Well it's been about a year now and no problems at all ....no leaks in the heaviest of downpours, not even one drop. No regrets ...one of the best mods I've done to the Jeep for sure.

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Awesome i know what I'm doing during soft top season
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That is awesome!
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Thanks. It's really nice on an odd warm winter day to take the doors off and completely remove the sunroof (very easy btw). It really is BIG too and it's nice not to feel so couped up even when it's cold out ...just to be able to see up and out and get some light in.

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I really need to do this in the fall before next winter.

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Going to have to do this to the wife's Jeep! And of corse mine (when I get it)!

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Where is the latch for this? It looks like it'd in the center. I'd like to do this but I have a Rock Hard cage and it uses a center bar.



Is that going to be in the way?

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I was just thinking about doing this to my hardtop the other day. Good write-up. Thanks!

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It appears you could grind down the raised sections to avoid filling the gaps in between them, and also avoid the thickness change front to rear?

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I ordered my sunroof today! I probably won't start to install it until next month though unless there is some room to work under the deck where I store the top.

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Going to have to do this to the wife's Jeep! And of corse mine (when I get it)!
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Where is the latch for this? It looks like it'd in the center. I'd like to do this but I have a Rock Hard cage and it uses a center bar.



Is that going to be in the way?
Sorry I've been delayed ...I've accidentally deleted subsciption reminders. Yes, it's in the center so it would be an issue for you.

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I was just thinking about doing this to my hardtop the other day. Good write-up. Thanks!
Sure thing, I regret that I didn't take the time to take pics as I did it. Weather wasn't the best at the time and I wanted to get it done in a day. Even taking a lot more time (being somewhat nitpicky) than most would I still managed it in less than a day.

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It appears you could grind down the raised sections to avoid filling the gaps in between them, and also avoid the thickness change front to rear?
Don't try that (maybe draw a picture for reference)....even if it worked it would be a major PITA IMO.

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Thanks, I still have no issues at all, everything has remained sealed up in many downpours.

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I ordered my sunroof today! I probably won't start to install it until next month though unless there is some room to work under the deck where I store the top.
Great! ...did you get the big one? ...to me it was well worthwhile to go as big as possible.

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Yea, I ordered the same one you linked to on Amazon. You used Auto/marine sealant from K-mart? Is there a brand for that? I have room to work where the top is stored so I plan to put the template down and trace it with a sharpie. Then do the cuts using the saw and blade you suggested. Then I'll get the strap wrench and put its sections down. It looks like you put a layer of RTV under the wrench rubber? The nighttime temps will probably be in the 50's. Does RTV need higher temps to cure? I'm sure I'll have more questions as I progress.

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