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Zippers are Zapped ???


 
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Firejeep
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 4:12 pm    Post subject: Zippers are Zapped ??? Reply with quote

I have a 1999 Jeep Wrangler and the soft top window zippers are white [corrosion] my guess, the feed tooth for the rear window is gone and I can only unzip my window one way but not all the way. Does or has anyone else experienced this problem. Short of replacing the whole soft top is there anyway to repair/replace the zipper?? It was recommended that I take the soft top to the local boat canvas place and have them stich in another, problem I have is that there is no promise that they won't screw it up, forcing me to buy a soft top I can't afford right now. Anyone have an answer??
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Zippers are Zapped ??? Reply with quote

Firejeep wrote:
It was recommended that I take the soft top to the local boat canvas place and have them stich in another

That's my recommendation also. You should probably get an estimate from them and decide if it's worth it replace the zippers. If the zippers are in that bad of shape, I can't imagine the top itself is in great condition.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:54 pm    Post subject: Thank You Reply with quote

Thank You for your input. The top is fairly good shape, with the exception of the zippers and the back window from the road grime in the winter. I guess I'll have to see when they can do it and for how much.
+++ Just one question any recommendations on a zipper replacement or options in place of, just so I am not faced with the same problem in a few years. Thanks Again ehirner
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would first try to realy clean those zippers, lots of WD40, maybe some simple green! they may work a little better, good luck
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 1:05 pm    Post subject: Thanks TJgirl Reply with quote

The zippers cleaned up well, however the part that inserts into the zipper (feed tooth as I call it) so the two sides of the zipper meet is flaking apart and there is almost nothing to feed into the zipper. Other than that the zipper looks good. Any suggestions??? Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So No One has had a similar problem with their zippers on the rear windows. Hummmm shock Its a great forum guess you have to bring an interesting subject or be on the in crowd Twisted Evil lol
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firejeep wrote:
So No One has had a similar problem with their zippers on the rear windows. Hummmm shock Its a great forum guess you have to bring an interesting subject or be on the in crowd Twisted Evil lol


I dont have zippers, so I never looked to close to this thread, but Ill give it a shot. Mr. Green I think your on the right idea about trying a boat canvas repair or maybe an upolstery shop. Sewing that stuff is gonna take special machines.

To help protect zippers and lubricate them real bee's wax is the only way to fly.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had that problem with my soft top, but I did have zippers that would skip teeth and create a gap. I finally replaced my entire soft top.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 5:06 pm    Post subject: Thanks Guys and Girls Reply with quote

I hope the advise continues. Wonder if Jeep would consider another way to attach the rear window to the top such as having the sides slide into plastic channels and securing the top with a zipper, velcro, buttons or something easily repaired; or look at protecting the rear zipper with velcro like the side zippers. Wait this makes sense at least to me, its not what the engineers are paid to understand. LOL rofl
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have zippers on my Wrangler.. but I did have them on my last Hummer. There is actually a zipper-lubricant out there. My old motorpool had a stick. It's like a giant crayon or glue-stick. It's waxy, and helps keep zippers in working order.

Once you get them fixed... see if the boat place has a stick of lube for you.

-Lawrence
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there, look on ebay for just the softtop piece. I just saw one today going for $50 just for the top piece. I bought my Wrangler with a ripped window so I have been all over ebay looking at wrangler windows etc. I got a whole set including frames for $125 (without the top, mine is fine). Anyways, $50-80 for the top may be cheaper than a boat canvas seamstress for $50+. Ebay is always nice. Search for jeep wrangler soft top, or TJ softtop etc depending on what kind/brand you like. Hope that helps!

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