Hardtop with only front latches? - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


General Miata Chat A place to talk about anything Miata

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-03-2009, 12:19 AM   #1
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (10)
 
rccote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 1,595
Total Cats: 17
Default Hardtop with only front latches?

Gonna pick up a hardtop here soon and it's looking like I'll be buying the thing before my hardware comes in the mail. Would any of you dudes chance it and run it with just the front two latches? I don't think I'd be driving it all that far. Totally don't need the thing flying off the handles though.
rccote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:31 AM   #2
Supporting Vendor
iTrader: (31)
 
Savington's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 14,370
Total Cats: 1,332
Default

There are plenty of folks who chance it every day - front and rear latches only is fine. You don't NEED the side latches, but they do knock out some of the vibrations and stuff you'll get.
Savington is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:31 AM   #3
Senior Member
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 758
Total Cats: 5
Default

I drove mine all winter (including 125 mile drives to & from my GF's place every other weekend) without issue. I suspect the back latches might make it a little quieter, but I think you will be fine.
boileralum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:39 AM   #4
Elite Member
iTrader: (33)
 
RotorNutFD3S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Newnan, GA
Posts: 2,539
Total Cats: 29
Default

I'll 3rd the fact that the side latches pretty much only reduce vibration and noise. I drove with mine for about 6 months with just the front latches and Frankenstein bolts without a problem.
RotorNutFD3S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:40 AM   #5
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (10)
 
rccote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 1,595
Total Cats: 17
Default

I probably should clarify I don't have the frankenstein bolts either.
rccote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:45 AM   #6
Elite Member
iTrader: (33)
 
RotorNutFD3S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Newnan, GA
Posts: 2,539
Total Cats: 29
Default

Yeah, you have a problem then. lol
RotorNutFD3S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:50 AM   #7
Elite Member
iTrader: (1)
 
NA6C-Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Birmingham Alabama
Posts: 8,038
Total Cats: 43
Default

LOL, give it a shot, but I don't think you will be too happy. The front latches hold well as long as nothing else is moving around. I would imagine the rear lifting from wind would be enough to maybe cause the front latches to slip out of the little "cups".
NA6C-Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:53 AM   #8
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (10)
 
rccote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 1,595
Total Cats: 17
Default

Damn. I guess I could rig up some studs in place of the frankenstein bolts as a temporary thing. It really just needs to get to my house. It can come off after that.

Or I could duct tape that bitch down. Chicken wire and duct tape, baby.
rccote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:54 AM   #9
Elite Member
iTrader: (41)
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Seabrook, TX
Posts: 2,409
Total Cats: 19
Default

I think you should drive with your arm out the window and hand on the hardtop like you are holding it down. Hey it works for all those guys who strap mattresses to the tops of thier car with a piece of twine and hold it going down the damn interstate.
rharris19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:55 AM   #10
Elite Member
iTrader: (17)
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NY
Posts: 1,614
Total Cats: 2
Default

depending on how far u have to go u could just limp it home like that...but i'd be weary bout also damaging car/top or both...

anyone near u to maybe ask to take the drive? or friend with a pickup?
TonyV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 12:57 AM   #11
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (10)
 
rccote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 1,595
Total Cats: 17
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tvalenziano View Post
depending on how far u have to go u could just limp it home like that...but i'd be weary bout also damaging car/top or both...

anyone near u to maybe ask to take the drive? or friend with a pickup?
Everyone I know that has a larger car drives an SUV. Liberties ETC. Probably too small for it to fit.


Quote:
Originally Posted by rharris19 View Post
I think you should drive with your arm out the window and hand on the hardtop like you are holding it down. Hey it works for all those guys who strap mattresses to the tops of thier car with a piece of twine and hold it going down the damn interstate.
Like their arm is going to do **** if the wind starts to take it. See that **** all the time. Once today actually. Little beat CRX with two mattresses. People gave that dude a lot of space.
rccote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 02:59 PM   #12
Senior Member
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 758
Total Cats: 5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rccote View Post
Everyone I know that has a larger car drives an SUV. Liberties ETC. Probably too small for it to fit.




Like their arm is going to do **** if the wind starts to take it. See that **** all the time. Once today actually. Little beat CRX with two mattresses. People gave that dude a lot of space.
I can verify that a HT WILL fit in the back of a Jeep Liberty. A buddy picked mine up for me from the seller in NJ and met me halfway with the top in the back of his mom's Liberty.
boileralum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 03:05 PM   #13
Junior Member
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Salinas, CA
Posts: 446
Total Cats: 1
Default

without the bolts don't do it. But on Miata #2 when I installed the HDSD bar in it the side latches became un-usable. I drove around for 5 years with the front latches and rear bolts only. And the new owner has driven around for at least 4 years that way too.
Qckslvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 04:11 PM   #14
Elite Member
iTrader: (30)
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Va Beach
Posts: 7,282
Total Cats: 0
Default

I think you should be fine for just getting it home. Just keep the windows closed so you don't get any lift from the wind.
__________________
Best Car Insurance | Auto Protection Today | FREE Trade-In Quote
levnubhin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 04:51 PM   #15
Elite Member
iTrader: (9)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Concord, North Carolina
Posts: 4,173
Total Cats: 5
Default

Local guy lost his doing this...be very careful.
miatamania is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 04:58 PM   #16
Elite Member
iTrader: (1)
 
NA6C-Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Birmingham Alabama
Posts: 8,038
Total Cats: 43
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by levnubhin View Post
I think you should be fine for just getting it home. Just keep the windows closed so you don't get any lift from the wind.
But doesn't air moving over a surface already cause lift/low pressure? I still wouldn't do it.
NA6C-Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 05:02 PM   #17
Senior Member
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 758
Total Cats: 5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by levnubhin View Post
I think you should be fine for just getting it home. Just keep the windows closed so you don't get any lift from the wind.
I respectfully disagree. Even hitting a pothole could be enough to lift the top up high enough to pop off the latch(es).
boileralum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 06:15 PM   #18
Junior Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Charlotte , nc
Posts: 325
Total Cats: 1
Default

I would look at it as how fast you might have to travel to get it home.

I would duct tape the side and back down, and travel that way, if you arent going over 40-50 mph.... beyond that. I would truck it and not risk it

But some tape down the sides, onto the quarter...Ide go that way

Goodluck
jedduh01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 02:00 AM   #19
Elite Member
iTrader: (17)
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NY
Posts: 1,614
Total Cats: 2
Default

-you could always rent a truck/van from uhaul/home depot for like $20-$30

-if you have a rollbar (dont see in ur sig), you might be able to strap it down securely enough.

I wouldnt do 40-50 with the rear taped on. When I bought mine, the inside of the rear latches were totally loose and basically not doing much at all, but it was something at least. 60 mph was resulting in a decent amount of flapping in the wind. This could damage the hardtop itself if severe enough, and damage your paint depending on where its hitting, and of course fly right off the car.

Seriously there's lots of options...you can delay pickup till your hardware gets in, do one of the suggests listed, come to an agreement to have seller deliver, find another local miata guy, etc etc...
TonyV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 02:36 AM   #20
Elite Member
iTrader: (17)
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NY
Posts: 1,614
Total Cats: 2
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by -Patrick- View Post
weird but cool
dude who the **** are you with 18 ******* 1 word posts??
GTFU and stay out you **** jockey

seriously 18 ******* posts and counting, my faves:

cool
cool cool
lolol
weird
prolly
cool cool cool
cool cool


Y8's, weren't you waiting to break in that stick???

Otherwise hustler, just go over there and skull **** him
TonyV is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Project Gemini - Turbo Civic on the Cheap Full_Tilt_Boogie Build Threads 59 Yesterday 09:00 PM
Raleigh: Fiberglass headlight scope, 1.6L ECU, AFM, Hardtop latches, more bigmackloud Miata parts for sale/trade 13 09-22-2017 01:34 PM
1994 Spec Miata Race Car SM/SM2/SSM For Sale Quinn Cars for sale/trade 6 10-23-2016 08:58 AM
Back to Stock Part Out!! Turbo Parts, MS2 Enhanced 01-05, Suspension, and MOAR! StratoBlue1109 Miata parts for sale/trade 16 10-02-2015 10:39 AM


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:54 PM.