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Old October 6th, 2013, 10:41 AM
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Should I cover screw holes in the tub?

I just removed the hardtop on my D90 and installed a surrey top. Just wondering if it is advisable to cover all the screw holes in the tub (top of the sides) where the hard tub screwed in, or maybe just put the screws back in? Is there some sort of matting or strip that can be installed to the top of the tub sides to cover the holes? Asking from the standpoint of water intrusion.

Also, is it normal for the alpine bow to have huge play from front to back? I'm wondering if I have the correct hardware for installation of the alpine bow. Without the soft top, the bow can be moved probably 30 degrees front and back. With the top on, this is not an issue because the velcro sleeves on the underside of the top hold the bow secure. But the alpine bow would have to be removed to run topless as it would just flop around like crazy. Please let me know if this is normal, or am I missing some mounting hardware.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 12:26 PM
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My alpine bow doesn't have that amount of play. I use the Velcro strap to keep the top secure to the alpine bow, not the other way around.

Are you sure it's in all the way? I remember having to hammer it in to get it secure.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 12:53 PM
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Thanks Sam. The alpine bow just slid right over the extruded metal cylinders on the top of the roll bar. The internal circumferencre of the alpine bow is much larger than the metal extrusions on the roll bar and the screw holes line up but the skinny screw that goes through allows tons of play. It's all secure with the top on, but it is the top that secures the bow.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 12:59 PM
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do not drill holes in your tub you will regret it or the next owner will curse you
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Old October 6th, 2013, 01:15 PM
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Ron, you must have misunderstood my question. I definitely don't want to make any holes in the tub. I'm asking about covering the existing holes that are present from the factory to receive the hard top. Without the hardtop on, the holes are present.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 01:18 PM
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ah the rivnut holes
no need to cover them there are many more water egresses than that
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Old October 7th, 2013, 03:18 PM
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Why not just fill the holes with some automotive rubber blanking plugs/bungs. Lots of different sizes. eBay is your friend.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 03:32 PM
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Just leave it alone...
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Old October 7th, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Yeah, thanks Scott. I just didn't know what others do when running the ST and wasn't sure if water was a concern in these holes. But as you and Ron both suggested, I guess it's OK to just leave the holes and any water will find its way out.
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