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Old November 29th, 2015, 02:52 PM
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Finally got my OE fiberglass hardtop home, prepping for install. Can't believe how nice of condition this was in, no cracks anywhere (yet). I've read over the installation instructions a few times over, ordered the retro fit kit, now I just need to track down a rivnut tool. Everything seems pretty straight forward, just looking for any helpful tips. One question I do have: one set of instructions say to "drill out existing rivets" and another says "mark the locations per the retro kit, then drill out location(s) for rivnuts". I assume this is the same thing? Anyone local with experience that could help me out? I'll pay with premium booze of your choice!
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Old November 30th, 2015, 07:37 AM
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I can't help you, but it would be awesome to see some in-progress pics and a write up for the next guy trying to install the hard top.
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Old November 30th, 2015, 09:05 AM
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I can't help you, but it would be awesome to see some in-progress pics and a write up for the next guy trying to install the hard top.
With that in mind, will you post up the instructions Matt?


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Old November 30th, 2015, 09:06 AM
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With that in mind, will you post up the instructions Matt?


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This is where I downloaded the instructions...

http://www.defendersource.com/tech/f...p_install.html


Also, the "retro kit" ordered from Ebay has instructions for the 94 models, if that is needed I can upload.
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rely on the retrofit kit.

I suggest you position the side pieces onto the cappings to get a sense of where the rivets are you need to drill out where you need to drill entirely new holes. This step should give you a lot of confidence.

Once you install each rivnut, test to ensure it is properly secured. You don't want to realize you have an unsecured rivnut well into the installation process .

When in stalling any bolt on the top piece, a rubber seal is your best friend.

If the header area doesn't line up right away move the windscreen a little to get everything into place.

Test for leaks and buy/apply weatherstripping as needed.

I also recommend gorilla black tape fill hard to reach gaps.
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Old December 2nd, 2015, 01:38 AM
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You need to buy the giant rivnut gun. I forget where I got mine, but it is totally worth it and is great for rivets too. I think McMaster Carr? Also, install the bolts into the rivnuts with anti seize as that is what kills the rivnuts when the bolts rust into them.
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Yep, loosen the windscreen to get the front to line up.
Also do not through bolt the a-pillar side bolts they do line up and I believe they are called for but will crack your top in the first 20 miles..
Mine did right after I got it painted and they were pretty loose.

I used a screw and a panel fastener to get it water tight.

Take your time and pretty much expect all doors to require adjusting (rear door included)

Take your time is the biggest thing with it, it will fit with out a lot of force but takes a lot of finagling.
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Thanks for the pointers. I haven't installed it yet, I need someone with first hand experience to help. Willing to buy person a keg of beer for their help!
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I have a rivnut tool you can borrow. Where are you located in VA?

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Thanks for the pointers. I haven't installed it yet, I need someone with first hand experience to help. Willing to buy person a keg of beer for their help!
How much is a keg of beer? You sure you want a forum expert to help you? For a few dollars more you can go to your expert shop for $120 and have them install it.

In all seriousness stop being a complete pussy. This is so straight forward. You install the sides and the only thing you need help with is lifting top to get it above the truck. Then just line it up. Anyone can help you do that. You need a second person for three seconds. Your wife can help you.
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I have a rivnut tool you can borrow. Where are you located in VA?

Troy J. Smith
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Thanks for the offer Troy, but I am going to just buy a rivnut tool this weekend.
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Getting it to line up is a bitch, huh?
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Getting it to line up is a bitch, huh?
Definitely. Took tons of patience, which I'm short on. Will only put it on once, next time it comes off its for sale!
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Matt

I have a rivnut tool you can borrow. Where are you located in VA?

Troy J. Smith
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Hey Troy!
Long time, no see!

I now need a rivnut tool! What kind do you have?


And Matt, congrats on the FGHT install ...but it'll be warm again in a week!?
Let's see some more pics!


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And Matt, congrats on the FGHT install ...but it'll be warm again in a week!? .
Factory AC! And this was more for the little ones to keep them inside, once they are bigger I'll probably shed it.
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I'm really digging mine now that its been on a while..
The kids like it now but i may take it off in the summers (No A/C in my truck yet)

One thing to remember is that next time it will be a straight install in 1/4 the time since everything is lined up now..
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