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Old September 22nd, 2007, 03:22 PM
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Rear side windows: interchange between SW top and fiberglass top?

Can I use SW rear side windows in a fiberglass top? I'm thinking of adding the sliding window option to the truck...

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Old September 22nd, 2007, 04:05 PM
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I'm quite certain that they're the same size, but the sliding windows rivit in. You would have to drill about 25 holes ver close to the edge to fit them. It may work with reinforcement, but I've never tried it. I also dont know how the panels would deal with the extra weight.
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Old October 27th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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Thanks for the info Jim. I didn't think about that - I assumed it would be held by the rubber window gasket. If that's the case I might have to reinforce it with some kind of backing plate then to sandwich it around the fiberglass...
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Has anyone done this? Or. can you substitute the side panels from a SW with the windows for the fiberglass ones? Will they fit around the cage like the fiberglass sides do?
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100% totally no way jose. Sorry, there's also no Santa Claus.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 12:16 AM
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100% totally no way jose. Sorry, there's also no Santa Claus.
Easter Bunny?? Next your going to tell me the Tooth Fairy is a fraud too!!
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Old January 6th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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It can be done. I have an old customer in Colorado with a red D90 with a red fiberglass top that did it. He used the sliding windows from my POE top and I still have the side windows that he took out. They have been in there for at least 7 years. I assume that he reinforced the fiberglass where the mounting holes go.
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Just to be clear, the windows between the tops fit in the same holes and are interchangeable to the extent that you reinforce the fiberglass to accept the mounting of the sliding windows. LenB actually uses solid (non-sliding) windows with his station wagon sides. What is not interchangeable are aluminum and fiberglass side panels. You cannot take the panels off a station wagon and use them with the fiberglass top or vice versa.
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Previous owner of my D90 had sliding rear side windows installed. (I still have the non sliding windows)
I am not sure if they were from a SW part list or not. I could check my paperwork to see if there is a part number or some other info. Definately a bonus if you keep the fiberglass top on during the summer

I noticed you are located in the Los Angeles Area. If you want I can probably find out where previous owner (Santa Monica) had them installed. It might be near you.
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Previous owner of my D90 had sliding rear side windows installed. (I still have the non sliding windows)
I am not sure if they were from a SW part list or not. I could check my paperwork to see if there is a part number or some other info. Definately a bonus if you keep the fiberglass top on during the summer

I noticed you are located in the Los Angeles Area. If you want I can probably find out where previous owner (Santa Monica) had them installed. It might be near you.
I'm in Denver but I would be stoked for any info you have. I'd like to do that to my truck. If you could post an interior photo of the windows that would be great too.

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Old January 9th, 2009, 09:52 AM
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I'm in Denver but I would be stoked for any info you have. I'd like to do that to my truck. If you could post an interior photo of the windows that would be great too.

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Alex
A couple of people have shown interest in this. I will take detailed pictures this weekend and look for the paperwork on the install to see if there are any part numbers and anything else.

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Old January 9th, 2009, 09:54 AM
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I wish Badger or somebody would make custom re-pop fiberglass tops so the few remaining originals don't get cobbled up...
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Okay, sorry if the pictures arent that great. They are in my garage.

Previous owner had it installed at the Four Oaks Garage in Santa Monica 310-451-2226
http://www.fouroaksgarage.com/

Parts listed in invoice

1- MWC4736 Window Assembly $325
1- MWC4737 Window Assembly $325
2- MWC1005 Trim $26
2- MWC1008 Foam seals $37

also misc 5/16 rivets and washers and epoxy
Labor was extra.

This was done in 1998 so the prices may have changed by now.

It doesn't look like it was a hard job. There might of been a little trimming done on the diagonal outer roll bar pads but it's not much. Fits very nicely like they were always there.

Hope this helps anyone looking to getting this "upgrade"
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I am in the process of converting my 1997 NAS D90 SW sliders to solids. I bought a "solid" kit, MWC4733, off ebay. So here shortly, I will have 2 sliders for sale. The " hole " in my SW sides measure very close to 41-1/2" by 16-3/4". I do agree that some interior supportive metal is in order to attach the pop rivits to in the fiberglass top. The sliders mount as a fixed unit from the outside of the vehicle.


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I am in the process of converting my 1997 NAS D90 SW sliders to solids.
I am looking for a set of SW windows and would buy them off you dependant on the condition and price
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