Good chance of rain - put top back on my Jeep: Zippers hard to start.

Good chance of rain - put top back on my Jeep: Zippers hard to start.

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    Good chance of rain - put top back on my Jeep: Zippers hard to start.

    Had my top down for several days. Love it! Since my Wrangler (TJ) is also my daily - I listen to the weather often. Today and the next few for Mobile Alabama area sounded like I didn't want to risk it so I put my top back on this morning before going on duty.
    Not too hard doing this by myself - EXCEPT for those darn side windows! Starting the zippers just gives me fits.

    Now - if the zippers only started at the rear bottom of each window I think that'd make a BIG improvement for me.

    Anyone else have fits putting top back on alone?
    Anyone else have a hard time with putting side windows back on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyCop View Post
    Had my top down for several days. Love it! Since my Wrangler (TJ) is also my daily - I listen to the weather often. Today and the next few for Mobile Alabama area sounded like I didn't want to risk it so I put my top back on this morning before going on duty.
    Not too hard doing this by myself - EXCEPT for those darn side windows! Starting the zippers just gives me fits.

    Now - if the zippers only started at the rear bottom of each window I think that'd make a BIG improvement for me.

    Anyone else have fits putting top back on alone?
    Anyone else have a hard time with putting side windows back on?
    Would soap or crisco help?
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    Problem I'm having isn't from lack of lubrication but from from how at the top front where it has to start zipping - being in a small tight hard to get too location. Once it's started it's not hard to finish. I'd like it to start at the rear bottom area where it'd be a lot easier to start.
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    Is it the stock top? I just replaced the top on my TJ a couple months ago. The stock top it had was just too worn out. I actually had to cut a couple places to get it off as the zippers were just frozen. Obviously not the problem you're having, but I know what you're talking about. Just a tiny little space to work in to get those zippers started. Not much to do to help with that honestly. I have nimble fingers so it wasn't too terribly hard for me, but if it was cold or my hands were sore from anything it was quite the struggle.
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    I called a local auto upholstery shop and they said they could replace my zippers and have the new ones start at the other end like I mentioned but it'd cost about $40 to $45 for each window.
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    It's been a few years, but I remember that that was my main complaint. If I remember correctly, if I started the zippers BEFORE I seated the front seal/lip, there wasn't the tension that was making the task difficult - in other words keep the top limp until the very last..
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    Turn the jeep upside down?

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    HAd an old CJ7 and I had a hard time if the material was cold. The windows were not as flexable, so it was hard to line everything up right

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    Turn the jeep upside down?
    Always a possibility.
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    Take the carpet out, remove the drain plugs and don't worry about a little rain!

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    Rubbing them hard with a candle (waxing them) will help...but it's the tension thing as Geezer said above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txron View Post
    HAd an old CJ7 and I had a hard time if the material was cold. The windows were not as flexable, so it was hard to line everything up right
    +1. For your application, I think Geezer's got the answer. Zip the top and then hook the seal into the lip.
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