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Old 03-01-2008, 09:36 PM   #21
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i guess i win i installed a soft top in 4 hours...even the tools were put away

just make sure you have a rivet gun and take your time dont rush the job
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Old 03-02-2008, 01:09 AM   #22
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Do you see a hardtop in that photo
There I go being retarded. Then I tell the spaniard that he's looking at the larger window of a hardtop. WTF is wrong with me. Seriously think inhaling this burning rosin is getting to my brain. Sorry Rafa.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:05 AM   #23
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WTF? It takes THAT long to install a softop? I replaced my softtop in the parking lot at my work in under an hour. (long story)

Am I missing something here?
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:50 AM   #24
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I have done 'a couple' of tops. Here's some tips that seem to make it go a lot smoother.

I wouldn't get with a new rain rail, if you take the proper care upon removal, even if there are a few cracks, some duct tape(the real stuff) will be sufficient.

Don't re-rivet the rainrail to the top. The new rivets you'll find and use from the hardware store will be too thick and once you re-attach the top w/ the 13 bolts the rivets will leave a large leaking gap.

When re-attaching the guide wires, drill the hole out to accept the next size, IIRC it's a 1/4" rivet (unless your fortunate enough to have metric rivets).

Clean out you drains.

It's a pretty straight forward process. Have fun! and good luck!
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:19 AM   #25
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Took me 12 hrs, but I was doing it for a hot brunett with D *****. I kept getting distracted. She was kinky. I may not of made money, but it was worth my time.

I wish I would of put up a camera in the garage.......
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:34 AM   #26
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Take my word for it, not replacing the rain rail is the worst advice ever. If you like water in the trunk, don't replace it. Just my opinion.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:24 AM   #27
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wow....

i replaced my top last night and it was scary but went very well, only took two hrs.
thanks to lwindridge i read his instructions and went at it!

my advice to anyone doing this is to just wing it! dont listen to other peoples problems
for you will go through the whole process thinking about them! oh... and buy a good top! because i can see were a shitty top can be a nightmare!!!!!!!!
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I got a used complete OEM top from a junk yard.
The rag was already attached to a frame so it only took me less than 2 hours to complete the swap.
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wow....

i replaced my top last night and it was scary but went very well, only took two hrs.
thanks to lwindridge i read his instructions and went at it!

my advice to anyone doing this is to just wing it! dont listen to other peoples problems
for you will go through the whole process thinking about them! oh... and buy a good top! because i can see were a shitty top can be a nightmare!!!!!!!!
Glad to hear you didn't have any problems. Its not really a big deal, but when its cold as **** nothing goes together right. Really wish I spent the extra 250 for the canvas looking back on it, but the top I bought was like 550$ already.. Oh well.
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:42 AM   #30
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yeah i dont know if i said this already but i bought a 99 oem top brand new for 182.00 to my door!!
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