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Old 10-04-2013, 05:14 AM
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Re: Flipper Glass

I had a '87 4Runner SR5, '81 Ford Bronco XLT and '00 Explorer XLT (in that order). The 4Runner and Bronco both had glass that wound into the tailgate while the Exploder had flipper glass. The flipper glass gave you access to stuff in the back without raising the whole door but I preferred the glass winding down into the tailgate and felt that it was one of the best things having an SUV. The only problem was exhaust fumes sucking back into the car.

You could have a proper tailgate party and you could run 2x4's, ladders and other long stuff out the back quite easily without having the flipper glass flopping up and down when you're driving.

I don't know how I'll cope with what amounts to a hatchback.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:55 AM
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Re: Flipper Glass

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I had a '87 4Runner SR5, '81 Ford Bronco XLT and '00 Explorer XLT (in that order). The 4Runner and Bronco both had glass that wound into the tailgate while the Exploder had flipper glass. The flipper glass gave you access to stuff in the back without raising the whole door but I preferred the glass winding down into the tailgate and felt that it was one of the best things having an SUV. The only problem was exhaust fumes sucking back into the car.

You could have a proper tailgate party and you could run 2x4's, ladders and other long stuff out the back quite easily without having the flipper glass flopping up and down when you're driving.

I don't know how I'll cope with what amounts to a hatchback.
LOL. As to your point, the fumes were the only real negative to the glass winding down into the door. I also had an 84 full size bronco that had that too, so I suppose our interest in vehicles is the same.

As a side note, the fumes from the 4runner smelled like rotten eggs. Go figure
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Re: Flipper Glass

They removed it for better visibility out the rear of the car. The window angle has changed. It's been reviewed many times on youtube videos
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:41 AM
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Re: Flipper Glass

I used the flipper glass as recently as earlier this morning to put a grocery bag in the back as it was raining and the glass is quicker and less messy than the whole tailgate. But, if I get another JGC, I will get used to it not being there, I guess!
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:59 AM
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Re: Flipper Glass

I like having a fixed rear window.
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Re: Flipper Glass

I use flipper glass on my vehicle about 4 times/day. Sometimes more.
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Just wondering if they removed it bc of leaking issues that arose. Just a thought
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Re: Flipper Glass

I think they removed it to save money. The argument about removing it to improve sight lines/view is complete b.s. because most people who go on vacation or use an SUV have so much crap piled up in the back you can't see the window anyways.
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Re: Flipper Glass

Sales guy told me that he asked a factory rep about the switch and the reply was that exhaust circulating back into the cabin was a main driver for the change. People were driving with the window open while carrying long stuff.
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Re: Flipper Glass

UGH! Why ruin it for the rest of us that really want/rely on the flipper glass?!
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Sales guy told me that he asked a factory rep about the switch and the reply was that exhaust circulating back into the cabin was a main driver for the change. People were driving with the window open while carrying long stuff.
Grrr... a simple warning sticker would have been enough. I have never seen a WK2 with stuff sticking out of the rear window and the flipper glass open.

I use mine all the time, especially when I am on a road trip. Leave it open so my dog can get some air and not run away. LOL. On camping trips, it is so much easier to grab something from the cargo area using the flipper glass.

I think the main reason was was cost reduction.

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Sales guy told me that he asked a factory rep about the switch and the reply was that exhaust circulating back into the cabin was a main driver for the change. People were driving with the window open while carrying long stuff.
If it came from a sales guy I would tend not to believe it, they usually know less than most and make stuff up. I once had a salesman tell me that the WK's air intake was so large because the Hemi requires so much air that Chrysler made it that large for a reserve of air. LOL
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