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Unread 12-05-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
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Soft top window repair???

So I got back off the road yesterday and some joker had taken a knife to my rear window, the cut is not too bad, but is sure to get worse if I just leave it duct taped. Is there any way to repair the window or am I going to have to replace the whole thing because of a 6 inch cut? Any information would be appreciated.

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Unread 12-05-2008, 04:55 PM   #2
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clear packaging tape on both sides i piece. Its been like that on my cj 5 for about 4 months cant even notice. be sure to clean the surface first
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Unread 12-06-2008, 02:57 PM   #3
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Thanks, but I'm needing something a little more permanent. I've checked around & found plenty of 3 window replacement kits but haven't found where I can just buy the 1 window. If anyone knows where I can just order 1 window instead of the full kit let me know.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 05:48 PM   #4
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Try taking the window off and laying it flat. Tape on both sides of the cut, leaving about an 1/8" of window exposed on each side. Get some clear flexible epoxy glue and lay it on the cut and smooth it out. The epoxy will dry clear but a little foggy and should hold.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 07:45 PM   #5
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Not sure about it but is it possible to sew a rip in the soft top windows/fabric together?
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Unread 12-06-2008, 07:52 PM   #6
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try and find a draper in your area. we have several because of all the agriculture. they sew canvases, conveyors and laminate plastic canvases and such. if you dont know where to look try asking around boat shops. ask if they know anyone close by that does custom covers and tops for boats. ive seen clear plastic replaced for custom boat tops. cant be much different.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 08:38 PM   #7
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Thanks for the ideas, I'll check around & see what I can come up with.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 08:43 PM   #8
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Same thing happened to me - I found someone online selling just the window i needed. However, when I got it, the zippers didnt line up at all... so I took both the new window and the old slashed one to an auto upholstery place.

The first guy i talked to was retarded, so he screwed it up bad the first time, but the second guy figured out what i needed and put the zipper from the old damaged window onto the new one and it works.

Good luck.
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Unread 12-06-2008, 09:41 PM   #9
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A friend of mine used Clear vinal used in graphics from a guy at a flee market who did graphics on cars. His window was hasy and cracked. The vinal cleared the hase and fixed the crack. Ok I don't know how to spell vinal but you know what I mean
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Unread 12-06-2008, 11:06 PM   #10
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vinyl... that might work. Lucky99: Is the rip on the window or canvas? I read it as the window.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 06:56 AM   #11
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I used clear silicone and a clear vinyl patch kit for swimming pools. Has worked like a champ for 14 months and counting.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 08:11 AM   #12
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The cut was on the window
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Unread 12-07-2008, 03:26 PM   #13
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/replacement-window-645207/

see post #6
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Unread 12-09-2008, 02:41 PM   #14
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OK I checked around on the repairs, & decided to go with just replacing the window, the problem I've run into there is that most places( 4wd-quadratec,ete..) only sell the windows in kits of 3, which wouldn't be too bad except that my Jeep was parked on company property behind a locked fence so the company is taking care of the replacement cost & since their being good enough to do that I'm trying to look for the best deal. I checked with the local Jeep dealer yesterday and got a price quote from them for $297 for 1 window and most of the 3 window kits that I've found are running between $209 -$250 so thats not gonna happen. If anyone knows where I might be able to locate just the back window for less than that I'd appreciate the help. Thanks
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Unread 12-09-2008, 02:56 PM   #15
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Buy the set, install them all, then sell the old extras?


Here's what I would do.
Go here www.sailrite.com and buy:
1 roll Seamstick tape p/n 129
1 piece Kal Glas p/n 5874
Get a piece of cardboard bigger than the window. Lay the window out carefully, and duct tape it down securely around the edges.
Cut out the old plastic window.
Put down strips of the adhesive tape around the perimeter.
Cut new plastic to fit to the outside of the tape line.
Carefully peel the tape backing and stick the plastic down.
Sew the edges, one stitch along the outside, one stitch along the inside edges of the tape.
Or - take it to any upholsterer/top shop and have them sew it. Should cost $20.

for under $70 a new window.

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