Shattered the rear glass of my hard top. RIP.

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Installed a cheap hoist (Classic mistake, you get what you pay for) over the weekend and when we went to lift the hard top the rear glass inexplicably shattered into 10,000 pieces all over my JLU and Garage. Took us a few hours to clean up and fortunately nobody was hurt.

Now I have no idea what I am going to do, Geico is covering the replacement but Jeep is saying that the part isn't available anywhere in the country and there is no ETA on manufacturing. Because the glass includes the heating element, the rear wiper, etc. it's a specific piece of glass that needs to come from Jeep. To make things even worse Jeep doesn't have Soft tops available and my dealership is telling me that if we order a hard top it does not come with the rear glass (Supposedly you still need to order this part separately and have it installed, which just seems so dumb). Additionally because the JL is so new there are zero aftermarket options available.

Anyone have any suggestions?
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Installed a cheap hoist (Classic mistake, you get what you pay for) over the weekend and when we went to lift the hard top the rear glass inexplicably shattered into 10,000 pieces all over my JLU and Garage. Took us a few hours to clean up and fortunately nobody was hurt.

Now I have no idea what I am going to do, Geico is covering the replacement but Jeep is saying that the part isn't available anywhere in the country and there is no ETA on manufacturing. Because the glass includes the heating element, the rear wiper, etc. it's a specific piece of glass that needs to come from Jeep. To make things even worse Jeep doesn't have Soft tops available and my dealership is telling me that if we order a hard top it does not come with the rear glass (Supposedly you still need to order this part separately and have it installed, which just seems so dumb). Additionally because the JL is so new there are zero aftermarket options available.

Anyone have any suggestions?
Get a soft top?
 

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^ I'd say get a soft top as soon as you can. Maybe retrofit a JK bikini top for the moment if you want.
 

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Also, to just be motoring at the moment, you could put the hard top on, sans rear glass. If that's the case, drive with all windows down, and preferably freedom panels out, to not asphyxiate yourself with exhaust fumes.
 

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This is so unfortunate. I feel for you. How's the weather where you're at? Maybe get some type of clear shade for the back? IDK it's just so hard since these Jeeps are so new and everything is extremely limited.
 

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Can you share how the hoist broke the glass so that others don’t end up in a similar situation? I know many are making their own hoist and the setup may have similar risks.
 

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Sorry about your top. :( It seems crazy that jeep doesn't have spare parts available for a vehicle they are selling. You'd think the factory could send one to the dealer.

Maybe just put a piece of plexiglass there temporarily?
 

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I would drive with The hardtop on and afix some type of temporary clear plastic to the back for now with Gorilla tape. Far from
Ideal but functional.
 
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Also, to just be motoring at the moment, you could put the hard top on, sans rear glass. If that's the case, drive with all windows down, and preferably freedom panels out, to not asphyxiate yourself with exhaust fumes.
This was my initial thought, the only problem is there are two large electrical wires now hanging from the top with shards of glass all over them. I'm sure I could clean them up further but my dog rides in the back and it would need to be 100% safe, plus I am worried about messing up any of the electrical wiring and further hampering any repairs.
 
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I would drive with The hardtop on and afix some type of temporary clear plastic to the back for now with Gorilla tape. Far from
Ideal but functional.
Probably the easiest solution I agree.
 
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Can you share how the hoist broke the glass so that others don’t end up in a similar situation? I know many are making their own hoist and the setup may have similar risks.
I wish that I could but my dad and I are were completely stumped. He came over to help me install the hoist and was standing near the back when the window exploded. The cables from the hoist were not touching the glass at all, the only thing that I can think is that maybe the top flexed as it was being lifted and one of the shocks on the glass pushed it a little bit or something. :(
 
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This is so unfortunate. I feel for you. How's the weather where you're at? Maybe get some type of clear shade for the back? IDK it's just so hard since these Jeeps are so new and everything is extremely limited.
I'm in SC so the weather is warmer fortunately, still just really sucks as this is my daily driver and a brand new vehicle. And you are right, everything is so limited right now!
 

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Was the glass open or closed when it shattered?
 
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