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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-10-2002, 07:46 PM
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need help installing back glass in hardtop

I had my back glass knocked out in the wind (hard top was not on the jeep)a while ago. I tried to pop it back in but could not, I thought because the seal was degraded. So I ordered a new one from 4wd and tried tonight to install it.
Either I am doing it all wrong or it is the wrong seal. With the old seal I was able to put it on the glass,stuff a heavy string around the outside in the grove and try to work it in. The new seal is so big that it won't stay on the glass. It seems like it is apx 3-4in to long.
Has anyone had any experience w/this
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

Sounds like the wrong seal but as far as I know there is only the one size unless you got one for a Scrambler half top or you don't have an OEM top. I was going to give you the string technique but you already got that covered. Give them a call.
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

They goofed up the seal the 1st time and sent one for the side glass. So we went into the catalog real slow to make sure we got the right one this time. When it came in it looked perfect.
Would putting it in the freezer overnight help to shrink it or would that just make my freezer stink?
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

Putting it in the freezer will only make it stiff and hard to work with. Is the one you got an OEM style seal with the locking rubber? Or is it a newer style like a windshield seal. The OEM style needs to be "Unlocked" and the window drops right in. I can't explain how it works, but if you have a Jeep manual, it shows how it works.
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

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I think you hit it, they sent him a windshield seal. Compare it and see.
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

When I ordered it they said it would have to be, I thought she said bottom sealed.
Look at the picture, the seal looks just like the old one but what would be the inside of the cab view it is open. Does this look like an OEM top?
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

Not OEM. You need to find the manufacturer and get the seal from them.
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

How can you be that sure from that one pic?
I dug up a different picture, does this help. I would be much unhappy if it was not the factory top.
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

The style of the back lift gate gives away that it is not OEM. See if there are any factory markings on it naming the brand.
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Re: need help installing back glass in hardtop

Well, I can't be sure, I could be wrong. I haven't seen mine since April. It doesn't look right but mostly it's where the arrow points. I have an OEM rear hatch frame in the basement, it measures <strike>37"</strike> (make that 47" sorry) at the bottom. Yours looks narrower.
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