Review & Install Video
If you have a soft top, it's because you like to take the soft top down, or at least pull the windows out and get that open-air driving experience. But when you take the windows out, where do you put them? If you end up throwing them behind the back seat, you're going to end up getting them all scratched up. If you keep them in your garage and you're not careful with them, again, they're going to get scratched. They're not going to be clear. They don't look good from the outside. You can't see out of them. That's just not a good solution. So you do have to be careful with your windows, and that's where this piece comes in. Today, we're going to talk through the installation of this system. Which if I'm being honest, doesn't really get installed. You can set this in the back of your Jeep if you want to use it there. You can leave it in your garage. If you wanted to buy some way to mount this either in the Jeep or in your garage, you can go ahead and do that. But there isn't any mounting hardware or mounting tabs that come with this. So we're really just going to talk through how you use this item. This window storage vault is going to allow you to store your windows between two pieces of very soft fabric, keep everything rolled up in a nice, neat, and compact design that's going to keep those windows protected and keep them scratch-free for a good long time. If anything, this thing is going to be a little bit overengineered. A lot of you are thinking, "I just put my windows down on top of a nice, soft blanket, put a couple of towels in between each of the windows, and I'm good to go. I don't need to spend almost $300 on this thing." However, if you are somebody who doesn't have room to lay out your windows and just leave them sprawled out on a blanket€¦ If you like the idea of being able to roll them up and keep them in a nice, compact package like this in the back of your Jeep when you want to, very easily take it out, and put it in your garage if you wanted to do that, then I think this is going to be a pretty good solution for you. As far as construction goes, this Window Vault is made of a couple of different types of material. These sides are a plastic-type material, which is nice. It helps to keep the weight down a little bit. You do have a couple of steel crossbars that run across the front and the back to keep everything nice and rigid. Then, of course, you have your rollers, which have a soft, almost felt-like material on them. That's going to be a nice material, because you're not always going to have the chance to completely clean those windows off before you put them in here. So this is going to help to keep things scratch-free, even if you do have a little bit of dirt or particulate on those windows. Again, this doesn't necessarily mount. You can mount it if you want to, or you can just set it in the back seat of your Jeep, set it in your garage. You could mount it to the wall. You have a lot of different options with how you store this actual unit, or where you decide to put it. But either way, it's going to work very, very simply. So to get into how this thing actually works, the first step is set it on a nice, level surface, somewhere that you can work. You're going to remove the windows from your Jeep. Of course, you can remove them one at a time if you want to, and put them directly in here. So all you do is start with all the material on one of the rollers, and then go ahead and feed your window into the slot here, rolling by hand the roller to take up the material onto the second roller. As it's pulling the material onto the second roller, it's also pulling your window in and winding it around the main dowel that goes through the center of this thing here. In order to get your windows out, you just do it in reverse. You go ahead and wind the material back onto this other roller. As you're doing that, your windows are going to come out. This is a fairly simple design. It is going to work. It will take up a little bit less room than having your windows just laid out flat with blankets or towels in between them. If you like the convenience, if you can see yourself using this to protect your windows, then this is going to be a good option. This unit is going to come in at right around $300, which does seem like a little bit much for what you're getting. However, if you compare that to purchasing a new set of windows, because yours got all scratched up by not storing them properly, then all of a sudden this becomes a pretty good buy. If you don't have $300, if you just want to protect your windows and store them, maybe one of those other soft top window storage solutions would be better for you. So that's my review of the Window Vault Soft-Top Window Storage System, fitting all 1987 and up Wranglers that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.