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Soft top owners: You're away from home and want to take the top down. Where do you put your windows?

fizzlebottom

New Member
Apr 21, 2019
7
seattle, wa
I've had a nice new Bestop Supertop NX for maybe 2 months now and weather is finally becoming favorable. I drove to work with the top up, but maybe want to drive home later with the top down. What's a good way to store the windows in the Jeep so they don't get creased or scratched to bloody hell? Should I even be worrying about that? It is a Jeep after all, and the thing is gonna get dinged up eventually.

So what do you do when you want to take the top down away from home?
 

primetime4

Member
Sep 13, 2018
79
Northern Virginia
I have had 2 soft tops including the factory one over the 18 years of owning my Jeep and never really had one scratch. However, that’s not to say they don’t look the age. Being plastic, I just think hazing is inevitable so I stopped worrying so much about them a long time ago. I lay them on the back seat if no one is sitting there or tuck them behind the rear seat and really never had a issue. But I think keeping them crystal clear is impossible unless you really want to go through the trouble. Then I would definitely remove the rear window instead of rolling it up as that’s where I have the most wrinkling and I’m not about to do that.
 
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fizzlebottom

New Member
Apr 21, 2019
7
seattle, wa
I have had 2 soft tops including the factory one over the 18 years of owning my Jeep and never really had one scratch. However, that’s not to say they don’t look the age. Being plastic, I just think hazing is inevitable so I stopped worrying so much about them a long time ago. I lay them on the back seat if no one is sitting there or tuck them behind the rear seat and really never had a issue. But I think keeping them crystal clear is impossible unless you really want to go through the trouble. Then I would definitely remove the rear window instead of rolling it up as that’s where I have the most wrinkling and I’m not about to do that.
Thanks. I'm not looking to keep them unscathed forever, and recognize that hazing is unavoidable. I'll likely just place them in the back seat til I get a roll-up storage solution.
 

Tranz Zam

Member
Jan 13, 2019
94
MA
I leave the windows in the garage. If it starts raining, you can use the soft top like a bikini top. Roll the windows up on the doors, and you wont get wet.
 

primetime4

Member
Sep 13, 2018
79
Northern Virginia
Thanks. I'm not looking to keep them unscathed forever, and recognize that hazing is unavoidable. I'll likely just place them in the back seat til I get a roll-up storage solution.
Mine actually tuck in nicely behind the rear seat especially if you have the top down. You can tuck the windows between the folded top and the seatback and the pressure will keep it from sagging down. They also stay mostly hidden.
 

joelachr

New Member
Supporting Member
Dec 13, 2018
20
Grand Rapids, MI
I've seen this and will likely purchase one in the near future. I'm curious about how well the side windows roll up though, what with the hard plastic kinnards. Do they cooperate and retain their shape when unrolling, or is it more of a fight?
I use this same storage roll. I only use it for the side windows. They roll up and unroll easily enough and it easily fits behind the rear seat with the top down. For the rear window, I just roll it up and strap it in place.
 

02SteelBlue

TJ Enthusiast
Jan 29, 2019
324
New Orleans, La
I have had 2 soft tops including the factory one over the 18 years of owning my Jeep and never really had one scratch. However, that’s not to say they don’t look the age. Being plastic, I just think hazing is inevitable so I stopped worrying so much about them a long time ago. I lay them on the back seat if no one is sitting there or tuck them behind the rear seat and really never had a issue. But I think keeping them crystal clear is impossible unless you really want to go through the trouble. Then I would definitely remove the rear window instead of rolling it up as that’s where I have the most wrinkling and I’m not about to do that.
Pretty much this. My top comes off pretty much every day, then back on overnight. The windows are rolled up with each other and put in the foot area of the back seat.
 

Equilibrium31

TJ Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Apr 7, 2018
944
Burnsville, MN, USA
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texasblueline

Member
Supporting Member
Jan 23, 2019
9
DFW, TX
I use this:


Fits the side windows and rear window perfectly, has the thin cloth pieces sewn in that sandwich between each window so they don't scuff each other, and once it's closed I just roll it into a roll and bungee it behind the upper part of the back seat (on top of the collapsed soft top if I have it all the way down). The windows have some minor wrinkles when taken back out, but once they sit in the sun for a short time they seem to be good as new.

When I'm not using the bag it's just rolled up and tucked under a seat so it's always with me.
 

06TJ35's

TJ Enthusiast
Mar 17, 2018
520
Los Angeles, CA, USA
I normally don’t take off my side windows because I can’t the zipper messed up from flipping the front half back so much.
What I do is unzip my back window but not all the way up maybe have 3/4 of the way up not enough to get it unzipped and flip the back window on top of the soft top then flip the front half back. The front half of the soft top will keep the rear window held down. It’s way easier for me to do this than take the back window completely off it’s a PITA trying to get it back on.

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lindsey97

TJ Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Feb 23, 2018
262
Wynnewood, OK, USA
I use this:


Fits the side windows and rear window perfectly, has the thin cloth pieces sewn in that sandwich between each window so they don't scuff each other, and once it's closed I just roll it into a roll and bungee it behind the upper part of the back seat (on top of the collapsed soft top if I have it all the way down). The windows have some minor wrinkles when taken back out, but once they sit in the sun for a short time they seem to be good as new.

When I'm not using the bag it's just rolled up and tucked under a seat so it's always with me.
Just bought a bag like this for mine. I have my rear seat removed, so I hope to lay the bagged windows flat in the back, with tools, recovery kit, or other small amount of weight on top of it to keep it from moving around or blowing out at highway speeds.