Does anyone know if I can order just the back window for my hard top from anyone, I have a 97 TJ 4.0. most places want over $400 for the window, I was hoping to find it cheaper.
Pretty stupid question considering its glass, but I can hope!!
DesertJeep, I don't think you can cut safety glass, I used to buy safety glass and I had to it cut to size before the glass was tempered. Auto glass may be different? How about Lexan, some other plastic?
I've had "laminated" glass cut for front windshields on CJ's before and saved a bunch of doe. Laminated glass is two pieces of glass with double sided sticky clear plastic in the middle. This keeps it from shattering in a crash. You should be able to do the same for your back window if it is a perfectly flat. (No curves) Any good glass shop can cut it to size. The only problem with laminated glass is that if you "pinch" the glass in the opening (usualy because the glass is to big) it will crack and wander such as a rock chip will in the front windshield.
In most cars the front windshield is made out of laminated glass and the rest are tempered (Unless things have changed in the last few years.) Tempered glass shatters into small pieces when it breaks to prevent long knife like shapes that can cut. Tempered glass also needs to be cut to size and then heated to temper it. A good glass shop should be able to cut and send out or order the glass from the tempering plant to your size specifications. Again it must be flat.
I would try the laminated glass first but you will have to check out which will be cheaper in your area. Hope this helps!