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Rear Glass: slider v. solid

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by wiggler, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. Jul 27, 2020 at 4:41 PM
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    wiggler

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    I broke one of the panel of my back glass. I am thinking about getting the one piece replacement instead. I've read a couple threads here and most seem to agree the three piece is better even if you don't use it much. Discussions about people breaking in etc...

    But I am looking for more discussion along the lines of how it looks. In my head I am thinking the one piece looks simpler and cleaner. Maybe even a little bit more old school. Also is one stronger or more impact resistant than the other? Thoughts?
     
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  2. Jul 27, 2020 at 5:10 PM
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    winkel

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    You know, that's a good question. IF I had to replace mine and a one piece was available, I think I'd seriously consider it. I never use my slider anyway.
    I think if it were put to a vote, I'd vote one piece.
     
  3. Jul 27, 2020 at 5:17 PM
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    You Suck I Suck More

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    I vote slider because otherwise my toy poodle couldn't stare people down behind me out the back window
     
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  4. Jul 27, 2020 at 5:19 PM
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    koditten

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    Never!

    Get the slider. The one time you need to haul a long piece of lumber you will be thankful. A solid rear glass is just rediculous.
     
  5. Jul 27, 2020 at 10:09 PM
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    wiggler

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    I haul lumber all the time, but When it’s longer than 96” or so I put it up on my racks.
     
  6. Jul 27, 2020 at 10:14 PM
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    BKinzey

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    I use my slider. What's the difference in cost? What I think sucks about the slider is you have to buy it, frame and all, you can't just get one of the panes.
     
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  7. Jul 27, 2020 at 10:25 PM
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    This is the truck. Used mainly for truck things. Not really a beauty queen. Mildly built and dented and scratched up like hell.

    2013 off-road package. Manual. 3” of lift with UCA’s. 255/85/16 km2’s, stock rims.

    when I cracked my tail light on a fishing trail I replaced the Led taillights with the regular red and clears from the base model, and I liked it so much more. So kinda just thinking along the same lines here

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  8. Jul 27, 2020 at 10:45 PM
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    The difference in cost is around $100 to $200. One piece being cheaper
     
  9. Jul 28, 2020 at 3:11 PM
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    tacokarl

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    I personally like the clean look of a one piece back glass. I also normally choose form over function, not the popular choice by any means.
     
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  10. Jul 29, 2020 at 4:37 PM
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    I am considering replacing mine with a single glass. The weatherstripping sticks on mine and the window pulls it loose when I try to open it. I haven’t opened it in two years and haven’t missed it.
     
  11. Jul 29, 2020 at 9:26 PM
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    If you use the slider, get the slider window. If you haven’t bothered to use it, then get the one piece. Personally I use the slider and enjoy it for airflow in the cab, so I wouldn’t downgrade to a non-slider window.
     
  12. Jul 30, 2020 at 1:22 PM
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    I have an '05 Access cab. The only way to open/close the slider is to get in and out of the truck. A PITA. The truck is 15 yrs. old and I think the sliding window has been open ONE time. I don't dare open it now, for fear it may start leaking! If it ever breaks, I'm going to a single pane.
     
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  13. Jul 31, 2020 at 1:34 AM
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    I also was thinking of changing mine to the one piece. Mainly because its a cleaner look and my moldings look like they have some kind of disease with all the spots on them. Then i saw the thread about guys putting in window motors and making the slider functional with a button.if the window could open and close with a button then I would use the slider all the time
     
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  14. Jul 31, 2020 at 1:40 AM
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    I had an F250 that someone broke the back window out to try and get in and I just replaced it with a solid glass. To me it just depends on if you actually use the slider or not.
     
  15. Jul 31, 2020 at 1:49 AM
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    nudavinci64

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    never really thought about it I guess. I tend to use the slider since I have a shell and I will open the slider to the shell and the truck cab for some air or moving stuff. Gets decent use but if I did not have the shell the use case would prob be the long item which I have done. Now if it was a bigger piece of glass or some of those that went up and down now that would cool best of both worlds.
     
  16. Aug 1, 2020 at 7:57 AM
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    I'd keep the slider. If you don't use it, try it nice air flow with just the vent/outside air open
     
  17. Aug 1, 2020 at 8:02 AM
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    koditten

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    Odd. Around here the sliders are cheaper to replace. You don't need as large of piece of tempered glass. Just 3-4 smaller pieces.
     
  18. Aug 1, 2020 at 8:04 AM
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    Loved the slider in the 09 access, was a long reach but I could do it while driving. I was concerned when we decided to move up to a double cab, thankfully the 17 has the button.

    I can agree the clean look of the one piece, and money savings if you don’t use the slider, but I like the look of the 3 windows.
     
  19. Aug 1, 2020 at 8:31 AM
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    I use my slider constantly. Then just crack the front windows and you get a ton of fresh air.
     
  20. Aug 1, 2020 at 8:39 AM
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    Mine shattered too and at the time I could only afford a one piece. I really regret that decision. I wish I had a sliding back window. 688CCD1F-217E-46E9-A811-2EA942B5CCB1.jpg
     

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