Replacing a rear side window on a soft top because of broken zipper -

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post #1 of 4 Old 06-20-2008, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing a rear side window on a soft top because of broken zipper

Anyone have or had this problem? I am currently going crazy trying to figure out how to solve this zipper issue. My drivers side, rear window on my soft top broke. Specifically the insider clip weakened and snaped into millions of pieces!! ARRRGHH....... Its like a 2 cent... piece of metal in a "U" shape that attaches to the material thats sewn onto the soft top. You insert this metal piece into the slidder so you can zip the zipper. Who knew the zipper has so many pieces to it??!!! I've learned a lot about zippers needless to say.

But heres the issue. They don't sell insider clips. WTF ... right? So I had to buy a knew zipper with all the working parts.... not bad... only like 5 bucks. But now I need to sew the new zipper onto the soft top to replace the old zipper.. right. Luckily I live in a boating town and their are a few canvas shops that I thought would be able to help me out. Which is true,..... however they are willing to charge me 135 bucks to do so!!!! Does that seem redicules to anyone?? All I need is a 2 cent piece of crap metal and now I have to spend 150 to get it fixed.

Someone..... Please help my broke bank account in solving this issue.

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-28-2008, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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In case anyone else has this problem. Take your canvas to a shoe repair service shop. I took mine to Anthony's shoe repair, which I think is a chain. Anyways.... they only charged me $40 to put on a new zipper. I tried a boating canvas shop first, and that guy quoted me $140!!
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I have the same problem. I just use a pair pliers to open and close my zipper.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-02-2010, 07:17 AM
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I had the same problem, got to the point I couldn’t use the zipper at all. I put 5 holes through the window and top, got 5 bolts with wing nuts. Works for me.

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