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Old March 2nd, 2016, 04:40 PM
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Sliding windows on NAS Fiberglass hardtop?

Has anyone ever modified the windows in a factory hardtop with sliding windows?






The dimensions are exact, but wasn't sure about overall fit...








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Old March 2nd, 2016, 05:02 PM
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I don't imagine why not? I was planning on it, as well. It was an option for D90Tops (aftermarket).
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What holds the original fixed panels in the fiberglass, a rubber seal??

The sliders are held in with pop rivets around the perimeter, about 22 in all.
In fiberglass, the rivets would require the "metal washers" for the rivet to squeeze to in the installation process. The rivets would have to be longer also to go through both the fiberglass & the metal washer/backer.
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These appear to be 24 rivets each (doesn't matter). I'd be surprised if a finishing frame wasn't available for the inside to act as a sandwich plate for the rivets. All that being said, once installed, I don't believe you could ever go back, as the rubber gasket might not be thick enough to cover the rivet holes. Then again, why would you ever want to go back to a single fixed pane.
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Metal framed, fixed glass windows are available for the SW models.
They'd be nice in colder climates where the windows would rarely be opened anyway.
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 09:51 PM
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hopefully D90tops will chime in. I believe I asked if it was an option and I am pretty sure he indicated that the diagonal roll cage bar made sliding glass impossible and it's no longer listed as an option.
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 09:57 PM
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Good point! I hadn't thought about that. ;-(
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 01:21 AM
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hopefully D90tops will chime in. I believe I asked if it was an option and I am pretty sure he indicated that the diagonal roll cage bar made sliding glass impossible and it's no longer listed as an option.

I have a D90tops fiberglass top and yes the padding on the diagonal support interferes with the sliding window frame. You could cut the padding or do what I did and make custom offset diagonal supports that would allow the window frame to clear. As for the windows I drilled holes in 1" by 1/8 thick aluminum strips and put them on the inside to sandwiched the window frame to the fiberglass using button head screws and nyloc nuts. I can't remember if I had a gasket or if I used some black silicone caulking.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 07:40 AM
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Put them in my Tithonus, used #8 carriage bolts with washers on the inside. There is some interference from the cage which dictated mounting them opposite side. And location was dictated by getting rid of factory holes in the top.
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Thanks for all the input gang... appreciate it!
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