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Unread 03-29-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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any issues driving with rear glass open?

I don't have any crossbars on my roof rails and I need to bring a 10ft ladder to my dad tomorrow. Any reason for concern with sticking it out the back with the glass open? I'm only going about 25 miles, at 55-60mph max. generally.

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Unread 03-29-2014, 07:48 PM   #2
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I don't have any crossbars on my roof rails and I need to bring a 10ft ladder to my dad tomorrow. Any reason for concern with sticking it out the back with the glass open? I'm only going about 25 miles, at 55-60mph max. generally.
I've done it plenty of times in my Libby and in my old grand Cherokee. You should be fine. Just make sure ladder isnt rubbing or Bouncing against the glass.

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Unread 03-29-2014, 08:08 PM   #3
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I do this several times per year. Usually when the weather is just right.

To get the dome lights to turn off and the warning to disappear, just push the latch in. Don't forget to release it when closing the flipper glass.
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Unread 03-29-2014, 08:17 PM   #4
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cool thanks dudes. kinda makes me wish the glass slid down into the rear hatch like 4runners do. I love that feature, but I drove a 4runner today at work and let me tell you, if you think the Liberty is slow off the line, try a 4runner for several more $thousands. That thing was so slow and didn't even seem to let you know you were gassing it.
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Unread 03-29-2014, 09:20 PM   #5
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I did it once. Only to see what it would do with the skyslider open and windows down. Be careful with exhaust gas, I think that's what a few were mentioning. I didn't really like it because the glass moved with every bounce, but it won't do any damage.

Oh, as for the rear glass....that part of the reason why I loved the old full size Broncos lol.
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Unread 03-29-2014, 11:17 PM   #6
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I feel as far as exhaust gasses go, if I'm constantly moving then the gasses will always be left behind me. I live in a pretty uncongested area so there's not much idling at lights. Just wish there were a way to tether the glass to keep it flush with the roofline.

Also, this reminds me to ask. Anyone ever attach a spoiler/wind deflector to their KK like those seen on S10 Blazers? not so much a style point but to keep dust down off the rear window.
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Unread 03-29-2014, 11:18 PM   #7
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but the rattling/shaking is what I'm most concerned about. Don't want to wear out the gas struts prematurely.
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Unread 03-29-2014, 11:40 PM   #8
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your not doing this every day, I doubt doing this once will wear out you struts
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Unread 03-30-2014, 11:07 AM   #9
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I feel as far as exhaust gasses go, if I'm constantly moving then the gasses will always be left behind me.
At highway speed there is a vacuum created behind the Jeep, well any brick shaped vehicle for that matter. That is why the rear always gets so dirty. Now, the open hatch may act as a sort of spoiler, exaggerating the effect. So, do be careful and keep the ventilation on... it will suck in exhaust gas.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 09:03 AM   #10
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Around town and at highway speeds you will smell exhaust in tha cabin. I had asked about this last year and was told by everyone that I shouldn't do it because of the exhaust actually being sucked in the back window... I did it anyway, and I do it all the time. No problems with the struts so far, I'd just be careful on bumps as the glass will flip down some on the big ones. Exhaust gas has an odor to it, if you smell it a lot try venting it out by opening another window. Also, be VERY aware of how awake you feel. If you start to feel sleepy please pull over ASAP and get some fresh air. CO will make you tired - if you are getting sleepy you are getting more CO than you realize. FWIW, I've taken long highway trips with no problems at all.

As far as the window acting as a spoiler... don't worry about it. The wind at speed will push the back window down a little and will not be a problem.

Do it, you'll be fine. It really is nice to roll down all the windows and pop the rear glass in the summer for a nice refreshing ride.
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