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post #1 of 8 Old 01-23-2020, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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TJ softop rear window zipper

I'm sure this is a beaten down topic, but the rear window zipper on my TJ is all boogered up and it appears the zipper needs replaced.


I called the local trim shop (very well known and recommended by many), they told me those rear curved zippers are no longer available and cannot be replaced and I'd have to purchase a new top.


Does that seem right? I can't believe there isn't a heavy duty zipper made for the TJ to fit that rear window?


Thoughts?

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-23-2020, 01:41 PM
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Is the zipper definitely bad, or is it a slider issue? I have replaced my slider many times, but never had a zipper sewn in. I thought that was a common thing to do.

These aren't clear about what years they fit, but maybe look into them:

https://www.zippershipper.com/jeep-w...MaAnNEEALw_wcB

https://www.ebay.com/i/333026921623?...YaAqLkEALw_wcB

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-25-2020, 11:47 AM
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I looked at getting my rear window zipper replaced on the top itself by a local automotive upholsterer in the area. He said for the labour better off just buying replacement windows.



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Is the zipper definitely bad, or is it a slider issue? I have replaced my slider many times, but never had a zipper sewn in. I thought that was a common thing to do.

These aren't clear about what years they fit, but maybe look into them:

https://www.zippershipper.com/jeep-w...MaAnNEEALw_wcB

https://www.ebay.com/i/333026921623?...YaAqLkEALw_wcB

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-25-2020, 03:48 PM
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OP, is your zipper still intact or broken. If it's intact, just not working well, some silicon lube or even wax makes a world of difference.

I used to avoid removing my windows because they worked so crappy and I was afraid to make matters worse. A little silicon spray lube made them work better than ever before.

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-26-2020, 10:51 AM
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I’ve replaced them before, talk to a shop that does tents (the big commercial ones) and tarps and such. They replaced my zipper and it was perfect. also offered to replace my clear windows with tinted ones (I was too cheap at the time). Think the zipper cost me $130 and that was a while back. 7 years probably.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-27-2020, 10:44 AM
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Nope that's not right at all - I had my rear zipper replaced in my 2005 TJ just last November. Find a different shop; I went to an automotive shop that featured vintage car rebuilds. They had no problems repairing (replacing) the rear panel zipper. The overall length is important, also get a zipper that has the oversized pull ring on the outside as that helps with the zipper action at the very end of travel wear the tension is the greatest.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-29-2020, 08:58 AM
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Sounds like it's time for a new top.

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-02-2020, 06:51 AM
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If the top is solid outside of the zipper, go ahead and fixit. If not., a replacement top may be a worth a look. Only you can make that call.
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