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Re: rollable tailgate window

Search the forum for "flipper glass". The rear window used to flip open --- as stated earlier model years 2011-2013. While I only really needed the flipper glass a few times for long items in 3 years of ownership, it was a nice feature to have for other times especially if just wanted to reach in and grab something so it doesn't roll out or whatever when opening the entire liftgate. Even better, Home Depot (at least in my area) rents trucks etc. pretty cheaply for the transport of the occasional bit item. I've had to do that once for some 4'x8' sheets of plywood.

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Re: rollable tailgate window

You all missed the key point here. The wife is the problem. Take it from there...
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Re: rollable tailgate window

For likely less than what it would cost you to come up with something that opens at this point (MY11-13 had the "flipper glass" but that's out of the picture now), you could pick up an inexpensive utility trailer to haul longer things. Honestly, that's what I did even though I do have an opening window back there. I took that route years ago when I sold my 2000 Tundra in favor of something more family-friendly and haven't regretted it.

The big home centers like Home Depot also offer low-cost truck rentals for when you need to "bring home a load" that's not appropriate for what you have yourself to haul with.
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Re: rollable tailgate window

Good points, guys. MY CURRENT WIFE is not the problem; she laughed when I told her MDBONES' idea of using her X6 to carry long stuff. And, I've been considering Jim_in_PA's idea of a small trailer, it's just that I have a 23' trailer sitting in my yard now. Understand the relative convenience of just renting a truck at HD, and would probably do that for big loads. I'm just trying to build in a convenience factor when I'm out and about and decide to pick up a couple long items (and the window idea fits the convenience factor). Thanks all for the input (and humor, no ridicule).
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Re: rollable tailgate window

I regularly grab a few 10' pieces of trim or similar and they fit just fine from the outside corner of the passenger side of the dash to the back of the JGC. ALWAYS put a cloth down on the dash first of course!
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Re: rollable tailgate window

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I'm making an assumption here, but I don't think you'd have to swap the whole gate. Glass, hinges, lock, some interior trim, and maybe a few other bits & pieces. If you can find a complete hatch at a pick-a-part, then buy the whole thing, use what you need, and sell the shell on Craigslist.

I didn't use it much on my '12, but when I needed it, it was nice to have. I'd love to have that functionality on my '15.
Guess I wasn't clear in my post.
I was advocating an entire liftgate swap.
I don't think you could just swap the glass and latch mechanism, the structure would be totally different.

Swapping the entire liftgate would be the 'easiest' option IF all the dimensions are the same AND the electrical would be compatible.

BUT you would end up with the earlier non-LED marker lights in the tail gate as the newer LED tail gate marker lights will not fit on the older tail gate.
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Re: rollable tailgate window

^^^ Not necessarily. Swapping JUST the necessary parts IMO sounds easier. Not only are the lift gates different, as are the tail lights so it would look pretty goofy. I bet all they did going into MY 2014 is change to a fixed glass and most of the parts could be swapped over to add flipper glass to 2014+. Like others have said you would be swapping over the glass itself, hinges, new latch mechanism etc etc. The 2011-2013 had a button above and to the right of the license plate that would pop the glass. You may have to custom mount that in that location which probably wouldn't be all that hard. As far as the keyless pop using the fob, that might not happen though, but probably not a big deal.

Swapping the entire lift gate would be costly, unless you happen to find one mint condition in your exact color. And if you don't mind converting to the older 2011-2013 tail lights which compared to 2014+, look old and cheap.

Either way this is an interesting topic and would be cool to see if someone could do it. When I had my 2012 Overland I really only needed the flipper glass one time in 10,000 miles so its not a big deal to me. I was able to get a 16' garage door section in my Grand Cherokee :-)
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Re: rollable tailgate window

I would think there'd be a difference in the sheet metal stamping in the window area of the lift gate that would make just swapping the glass, hinges, etc., difficult if not impossible?
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I would think there'd be a difference in the sheet metal stamping in the window area of the lift gate that would make just swapping the glass, hinges, etc., difficult if not impossible?

Time to get two Jeeps side by side and compare.
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Re: rollable tailgate window

My next door neighbor has a 2013... I'll have to go over and take a look.
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^^^ Not necessarily. Swapping JUST the necessary parts IMO sounds easier. Not only are the lift gates different, as are the tail lights so it would look pretty goofy. I bet all they did going into MY 2014 is change to a fixed glass and most of the parts could be swapped over to add flipper glass to 2014+. Like others have said you would be swapping over the glass itself, hinges, new latch mechanism etc etc. The 2011-2013 had a button above and to the right of the license plate that would pop the glass. You may have to custom mount that in that location which probably wouldn't be all that hard. As far as the keyless pop using the fob, that might not happen though, but probably not a big deal.

Swapping the entire lift gate would be costly, unless you happen to find one mint condition in your exact color. And if you don't mind converting to the older 2011-2013 tail lights which compared to 2014+, look old and cheap.

Either way this is an interesting topic and would be cool to see if someone could do it. When I had my 2012 Overland I really only needed the flipper glass one time in 10,000 miles so its not a big deal to me. I was able to get a 16' garage door section in my Grand Cherokee :-)
I highly doubt you could just swap the flipper glass, struts, and latch.
The door structure that allows that to exist would be completely different from the door structure if there is just a glass panel.

Funny you should call the 11-13 tail lights 'old' and 'cheap'....
I think the corny LED surrounds with conventional bulbs on the 14+ models look 'cheap'.

Come on Chrysler... You've got full LED lights on the your cheap SUVs (Compass and Renegade), but not on the top of the line SUV.

Bah! Bunch of 'bean counting' f'ing morons!
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Time to get two Jeeps side by side and compare.
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