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Old April 20th, 2006, 01:06 PM
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HI,

When I bought the truck in August of 1995 I installed the Bikinni Top right away. It was on there thru October until It got to cold for me in Maryland. I then put the soft top on.

After another 3-4 months I ended up buying the fiberglass hardtop. It just worked so much better for me. After adding the factory roof rack, it just became to difficult of a process to ever think about putting the soft top back on.

11 years later I still have that Hard top on. And the soft top and Bikinni top have been in plastic bags, with the soft top windows, flat in the leather carying bag. I believe I have every part - it is not like me to lose things.

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QUESTIONS:

1) Will the hard top last forever. That is one reason I kept the tops - in case my hard top started falling apart, leaking like crazy, etc.

2) Should I just sell the soft top and Bikinni tops? I don't even know their values......

3) I don't even remember the installation process. IS IT POSSIBLE to take off the fiberglass hard top, and install the soft top, WITHOUT removing the factory roof rack??? How cool would it be to drive arround in the summer with the roof rack on, and the top off the car. But I don't think I want to remove that roof rack each time I change tops........

4) This fiberglass hard top still seems to be in good shape........and holding up well. Is there anything I should be doing with it to continue to make it last.

Thanks for all your idea!!

Flagg
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Old April 20th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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There is a complete break down of the fiberglass top in Tech articles I think so it might be possible to remove the top basket and front supports and take the top apart in sections if you cant manage to slip it off with those 2 parts removed. I think it can be done but you are not looking at quick swap outs between the 2 differant tops.
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Old April 20th, 2006, 02:06 PM
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Here's another question to add to this post...

I have the Land Rover/Safety Devices rack on my soft-top and would like to remove just the basket and leave the two ladders attached to the back... is this OK to do or do the ladders need the basket for support...
would this put to much weight/pressure on the back?

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Old April 20th, 2006, 02:13 PM
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A few people have made rails that go from the ladder to the front supports so they can run without the basket. You need these due to the fact the read ladders have no other upper attachment/support spots. Someone had a real good shot of thiers in their profile. Let me see if I can find it.
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Old April 20th, 2006, 09:23 PM
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If you do not remove the hardtop it should last indefinately.

If you start taking it on and off it will fail. They are relatively easy to make stop leaking if it starts.

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Old April 20th, 2006, 10:40 PM
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I am very confident that you cannot remove the hardtop without taking the rack off. I've had that set up and didnt even attempt it.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 07:19 AM
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Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and comments........Flagg
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