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Peeps, I have a 2015 Overland and want to change the rear fixed window into something more usable. I googled and searched the forum for someone who has replaced the fixed rear window with something that moves up and down. The reason I would like that is to have the ability to carry longer stuff (8-10'). My Tundra had a sliding rear window and it was the quickest, easiest and safest way to carry pvc, boards, pipe, etc. I don't like the options on the GC to use a roof rack or running lengths out the passenger side window or out the sunroof (ha). There are several obvious challenges (even before looking at the space inside the gate itself), such as, window wiper (I don't need that), location of tail lights, license plate and light, door locking mechanism, etc. Since I can't find anything on this, I am starting to assume it is just not doable? Thoughts appreciated (ridicule, not so much ). Thanks.

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Re: rollable tailgate window

Seriously, it would be far cheaper to just buy an old beater pickup for your trips to Lowe's or Home Depot.

No ridicule intended.
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You could buy a manual passenger seat like the Laredo has as it folds down. It can be covered with your Overland leather seat cover.
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Re: rollable tailgate window

MDBones, non taken. I absolutely love your idea and I was already there until I sold my 2007 Tundra, which got me down to only 3 cars (Miata, BMW M3 and jeep plus my wife's X6). See the problem? MY WIFE! Well, she's got a point. And besides, if I can do what I've described with the rear window, I like the challenge but, of course, it is a fool's challenge if it is impossible.
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MDBones, non taken. I absolutely love your idea and I was already there until I sold my 2007 Tundra, which got me down to only 3 cars (Miata, BMW M3 and jeep plus my wife's X6). See the problem? MY WIFE! Well, she's got a point. And besides, if I can do what I've described with the rear window, I like the challenge but, of course, it is a fool's challenge if it is impossible.

LOL... then you should use your wife's X6. That should change her mind about a beater truck.
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Re: rollable tailgate window

Would a tailgate swap (from a 2011-2013 MY) work out ? Obviously the locking mechanism would be from the new model whereas the rest of the hardware for the glass portion would be from the old model.
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Ok, I'll bite: MY?
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Ok, I'll bite: MY?
MY = Model Year.
Up to 2013 the rear window opened
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Ok, I'll bite: MY?
MY = model year. The 2011-2013 GC featured opening rear glass, but that was removed with the 2014 refresh. f1anatic is suggesting that, with enough patience, time, and energy, you might be able to retrofit an opening window from a 2011-13 tailgate into your '15. Who knows, maybe it would work.
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Peeps, I have a 2015 Overland and want to change the rear fixed window into something more usable. I googled and searched the forum for someone who has replaced the fixed rear window with something that moves up and down. The reason I would like that is to have the ability to carry longer stuff (8-10'). My Tundra had a sliding rear window and it was the quickest, easiest and safest way to carry pvc, boards, pipe, etc. I don't like the options on the GC to use a roof rack or running lengths out the passenger side window or out the sunroof (ha). There are several obvious challenges (even before looking at the space inside the gate itself), such as, window wiper (I don't need that), location of tail lights, license plate and light, door locking mechanism, etc. Since I can't find anything on this, I am starting to assume it is just not doable? Thoughts appreciated (ridicule, not so much ). Thanks.
There's no room in there for a roll-down window to work.

About your only option would be to look into obtaining a 2011-13 rear door and seeing if you can swap it into place.

Be forewarned..
The rear door marker lights are different on the 11-13 years, so you would not have your LED marker lights in the door.

Probably the best source would be a local salvage yard with a GC that has been in a frontal collision, see if you can drive back to the vehicle and compare the two (measurements, latch points, etc).
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Re: rollable tailgate window

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There's no room in there for a roll-down window to work.

About your only option would be to look into obtaining a 2011-13 rear door and seeing if you can swap it into place.

Be forewarned..
The rear door marker lights are different on the 11-13 years, so you would not have your LED marker lights in the door.

Probably the best source would be a local salvage yard with a GC that has been in a frontal collision, see if you can drive back to the vehicle and compare the two (measurements, latch points, etc).
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.
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I like the idea! I'm going to find a MY 2011-2013, measure and see if I can swap the window (and mounting brackets) into my 2015. That's a great idea. Thank you.
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