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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:06 PM
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Install Soft Top - window zippers

First time I've installed the soft top on my '95 D90. I'm in the home stretch but right now it looks no closer than (the planet formerly known as) Pluto. Is there a tried & trusted technique to get the top window zippers engaged? I've used up half of my next year's patience trying to get them started! Any suggestions would be warmly received.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:26 PM
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undo top and install windows before there is so much/any tension on the soft top.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:41 PM
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Makes total sense. Thanks. Shame on me for following LR instructions w/o checking here first.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 11:40 PM
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Let the top warm up in the sun first.
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Put a space heater in the tub and let the top expand. That works for me when I wait too long to put the Tickford on.
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Let the top warm up in the sun first.
I'm in SoCa, or what's left of it anyway. So the fitting and stretching wasn't much of an issue, which was a pleasant surprise. But when I got to those two side window zippers I hit the wall. Will try to get it done ASAP tomorrow morning and then going out to chase quail or chukar with my new dog and that incredible nose of his.
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Old December 31st, 2012, 11:42 PM
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When I was close to getting it totally in place I noticed, for the first time, that it was a Bestop. Concept was fine it seems but the execution of manufacture leaves me wondering . . . Did I get a bad one or do they all fit so poorly. I don't think there is any way both vertical zippers on the rear window will zip shut all the way. There's almost a 1" gap for one of them! And the piece in the lower part of the window won't hook into the tabs on top of the tub to secure the window. I could go on.
To get to the point, is there a consensus about who makes a better, or the best, soft top?
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Old January 1st, 2013, 12:21 AM
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Badger tops are THE consensus for an awesome top (http://www.badgercoachworks.com/). Lots of threads on here talking about them, and lots of happy customers too. The tops can be quite spendy but are well worth getting the job done correctly. I wounldnt mess with one of the (slightly) less expensive knock offs.
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UOTE=genie90;400121]Put a space heater in the tub and let the top expand. That works for me when I wait too long to put the Tickford on.
Regards
Jay[/QUOTE]

Thats what I did. Also, since we are experience such fine weather here in SD and you have a vinyl best top that thing needs to be warm and plyable. You need to approach it with the promise you will not use anything matallic to help in securing it such as needle nose pliers etc.
I have found the Best Tops are the hardest to get on of all the tops and that they need to be really need to be nice and warm.
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