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Old October 12th, 2004, 08:25 AM
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Soft-top doorhandle locks

Recently purchased a 97 Soft-top w/ 53,000 miles on it. When I flick the lock switch up on any of the doors, the handle locks fine, but as soon as I close the door they unlock again. Do these doors have to be locked with the key from the outside? I could have sworn they stayed locked on ones I've seen in the past.

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Old October 12th, 2004, 08:28 AM
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Paul, on my '94 you do have to lock after the door is closed. Not sure if that was changed for '97.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 08:36 AM
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Yep you need to lock it after closing, I just reach in through the soft top and lock it.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 12:08 PM
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whats the point in locking with a soft top
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Old October 12th, 2004, 12:19 PM
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whats the point in locking with a soft top
Good point, really, if you lock it and someone wants something in your 90 they will most likly cut your top open to get to it, then you have to deal with, what they took and a broken top.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 01:04 PM
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Why lock the doors?
Deterrent. It slows down not the thief but the petty thief looking for CDs, clothes n stuff. People do not notice as much when someone is IN the vehicle vs trying to GET IN. That and people generally don't give a S#*T.
With a soft top, someone wants in - they are there and either the radio or D-90 is the goal.

On the positive side, I don't think a petty thief has the IQ to figure out the door locks - to old school!
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Old October 12th, 2004, 04:03 PM
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lockable storage and one of those battery disconnects or isolater should handle them wanting to steal anything. I am saving up for the Mobile Storage Systems stuff or something like it. Never lock my doors anyway.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 04:05 PM
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I have a ST and never lock the doors and I don;t lock the cubby either. If someone wants to steal something I would rather have them use the doors than cut my top and if someone is so desperate to steal the stock clarion unit in my truck they probably need it more than me.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 04:17 PM
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I never lock my 97 up....My dad is so anal with my D90 and he even tells me not to lock the doors even if im in downtown charlotte....If they want in bad enough they are not going mess around with the door locks, they will go straight for the top...There is no point IMO to lock the doors anytime....Just my $0.02
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Old October 12th, 2004, 04:30 PM
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my anti theft device is put the center diff in neuteral
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Old October 12th, 2004, 04:51 PM
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my anti theft device is put the center diff in neuteral

I thought I was the only one who did that. I also have a battery disconnect.

Not sure about your area, but I would agree. Thieves here are more apt to slash a window in your top if they want something off your seat. They are well versed from slashing all of the Heeps.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 04:55 PM
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yeah tell me about it, I bet there have been 20 or so break in's to soft-tops on my campus in the last 2-3 weeks.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 05:04 PM
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Is there a type of battery disconnect that would not require the seat to be taken off? Like one with a hidden remote switch?
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Old October 12th, 2004, 05:24 PM
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yeah phil...they caught those bastards....if they cut my top on the 90 i would kick somebodys ass....That is if the D90 was ever up at Western....lol
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You can have a battery islator switch installed in one of the mobile storage cubby boxes. Chris Cox let me know how expensive they are.

http://www.mobilestoragesystems.fsne...tore-caddy.htm
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Old October 13th, 2004, 04:14 AM
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Thanks guys! Good to know the locks weren't just defective. I think the locks are a good deterrent in my neighborhood just to slow down or confuse the looky-loos that want to poke around. With the added hard-top in the winter, however, they'll be much more useful.

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Paul

BTW - I bought my D90 out of state and am now waiting for the shipment. (10-14 days) Needless to say, I'm going out of my mind waiting for it!

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Old October 14th, 2004, 05:22 PM
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I lock the doors, but all someone has to do is reach in the side where the soft top and the window frame meet - not meet. Depending on the sun (SoCal) I have a 1/4 to an 1/8 inch gap so it aint hard. As to stealing the D-90, interesting. I have always figured with such low vehicle numbers in the US, its an easy set of wheels for the cops to find so to risky. Now joy riders is another issue, but then again, i have always assumed they want speed - not grunt power.
Like other have said - you ain't going to stop them.
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Old October 14th, 2004, 05:42 PM
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I agree Paul, I have often wondered how long it would take the cops to find an AA yellow D90 with six Hellas and a Flowmaster rumbling down the street in Charlotte. Not very incognito....
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I smile at the image...but then looked at the www.rosenthalauto.com Defender Jeep ad posted earlier and really smile. Not dissing the cops but I can see someone going "Man this is a Jeep not a land Rover" and being let go.
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Old October 16th, 2004, 12:14 PM
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Smile

That's funny. I'm the one who bought it from Rosenthal. They weren't too happy that a salesman already agreed on a price with me the day before that flyer went out! It even has a Badger Coachworks top plus the full and Bimini tops. I don't think the dealer even knew what the Badger was!

Still waiting for delivery...

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