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Unread 04-22-2010, 07:20 PM   #1
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How would I fix a zipper on soft top?

Hey guys,

So I was putting my factory soft top back on the TJ in preparation for the rain tonight. Unfortunately the zipper skipped a couple places along the top. This is the 'rear hatch' window.

I spent close to half an hour trying to get it to go back and besides shedding blood and moving it maybe a mm back through it I got no progress.

With a normal coat zipper its not to hard to man handle the thing to get it apart but with the TJ zipper the thing is pretty rock solid. So now I can zip up/down the right side with the left zipper and the right side with the right zipper but cant actually remove the window anymore. And I have a couple spots where there are holes in the zipper where the zipper did not mesh. Luckily it is along the top where it shouldn't let to much rain in but if the holes expand then im pretty hooped.

Any ideas what I can do?

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Unread 04-22-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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They are a pain to unzip after they split. But once you do here's a repair kit Jeep Zipper Sliders
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Unread 04-22-2010, 07:42 PM   #3
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I used to have an awful time with my rear window too. Eventually one of my zippers (the metal part) actually broke in half, so I ordered these.

Jeep Zipper Sliders

Now everything is fine and they work like butter every time. I'm afraid you're just going to have to force the zipper back into place though. No tricks that I know of. Them don't open it again until you can get new zippers. It's my understanding that they wear out over time, and should be replaced every so often.

EDIT: Looks like someone else beat me to the punch. haha.
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Unread 04-22-2010, 07:59 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I manged to forcefully close the rest off so at least the window is closed for the most part and the zipper.. thankfully did not break in the process. That is if the top stays how it is and doesn't open itself up more till I can get the zippers.

Thanks for the link, I was hoping it wouldn't be some dumb dealer only item or some overly complicated process to try and find the right size zipper.

Last thing I would need is for Jeepit to not ship to canada =/
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Unread 04-22-2010, 09:01 PM   #5
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use needle nose pliers, i keep a pair in my glovebox just for the rear window. i just replaced my sliders 2 weeks ago, 5 minute repair job and TOTALLY worth it. i picked up my sliders and a zip stopper from a local auto+boat interior/top shop, but you might find some at a shoe repair place. if you have holes where the teeth aren't connected, try to power through it with pliers, it's really all you can do. just be careful, you might yank off the lace puller like i did, then you're really screwed. i had to put a key ring on it to finish the job. it can be a real ball breaker getting through the unzipped sections, but as far as replacing the sliders themselves go, that takes all of 5 minutes. clean those zippers!!!
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Unread 04-23-2010, 08:50 AM   #6
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I tried using pliers but I couldnt get it back over the parts that skipped. I was reefing on it really really hard and it moved back maybe one tooth. I really dont want to damage the actual zipper teeth in the process. Ill have to wait till the sliders come in and hope it doesnt just zip wide open somewhere.

What is this 'zip stop' you mentioned? I can think of a few obvious answers but just want to know for sure before I go in somewhere asking for something that doesnt exist

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Unread 04-23-2010, 09:15 AM   #7
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the stop is the tiny little metal clamp at the lower right corner of the top half (as opposed to window half) of the zipper. it comes right off if you spread it with pliers, and a new one clamps right on. its what stops the zipper (derr!) from sliding off the teeth. you're gonna either have to pull through the hole in the zipper (it can really be exhausting), or break the actual slider off. the front breaks off from the back, as they are connected by only a small piece of metal. you can accomplish this at one time like i did: stand on the rear bumper, pliers clamped on the slider pull, and lean all of your weight in the direction you're trying to go. you'll probably get through some of the hole, then the slider will just snap in two. the only thing about this method is that you risk damaging the teeth. but, from what it looks like, i got fairly lucky and didn't mess up too many teeth that weren't already damaged. hope this helps! oh, and the zipper size is C-10 for the back and side windows, and C-8 for the soft upper windows, if anybody was wondering.
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Unread 04-23-2010, 09:22 AM   #8
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I used small vise grips . grind inside of jaws so i had larger working area (but do not grind tips). Now squeeze the zipper closing side a little at the time. Worked great andsofar lasted long time
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Unread 04-23-2010, 10:01 AM   #9
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get yourself some zipper wax for DrySuits from a dive/scuba shop. your zippers will love you for it.
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Unread 04-23-2010, 10:05 AM   #10
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A zipper was skipping a few notches on the driver's side window because they were damaged. I took a razor blade and trimmed one or two of the damaged notches. The slider zips right through no problem now.
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Unread 04-23-2010, 10:09 AM   #11
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^as in, took out the damaged teeth?
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Unread 04-23-2010, 10:35 AM   #12
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Link to the zipper sliders is a great find. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by gabriel05
I used to have an awful time with my rear window too. Eventually one of my zippers (the metal part) actually broke in half, so I ordered these.

Jeep Zipper Sliders

Now everything is fine and they work like butter every time. I'm afraid you're just going to have to force the zipper back into place though. No tricks that I know of. Them don't open it again until you can get new zippers. It's my understanding that they wear out over time, and should be replaced every so often.

EDIT: Looks like someone else beat me to the punch. haha.
Thanks for the info. I am going to try replacing the zipper sliders.
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