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Old 12-25-2006, 06:10 PM   #1
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Hardtop owners, some help please.

Hi, I just had a couple of questions about getting a hardtop. How long does it take to remove/install the hardtop completely, and when doing so after an extended amount of time, do you have trouble with the soft top? Also, any leads as to where to purchase one, besides the Stealership? Thanks

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Old 12-25-2006, 06:45 PM   #2
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I've used one since 2001. With the wife's help, it takes about 10 minutes to:

Clean the rear window
Close the top part way
Chop the rear window
Place a piece of felt on the rear window
Close the top
Place the hardtop loosely
Plug in the rear defogger
Secure the hardtop (3 latches)
Pop in the front latch cover (a plastic cover)

No issues with storing the top, just make sure it's clean and dry before closing it.
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Old 12-25-2006, 06:45 PM   #3
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well once you have gone trough your initial instal/adjustment, actually taking the top off takes no more than a few seconds (you can take it off yourself, but putting it on yourself is a little tricky and you may actually damage your cars paint, so its best that 2 people do this, its actualy very easy).
there is one handle on both sides of the car by seatbelts, and one on top where the convertible top latches on, and that is all.
there is also a wire connector that you plug in for the rear defroster
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Old 12-25-2006, 09:32 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help guys I guess now I know its worth it to start hunting for one...
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:28 AM   #5
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I bought mine on Ebay. You can get a good buy if you find one local and avoid shipping and handling which can run from $200 to $400. It needs to be carefully crated and shipped by a freight carrier. Unless you happen to find one in a matching color, it is going to be another $500 to $700 to paint.

You will also need some means of storing the hardtop, either overhead with a hoist or on a cart. This can be another $200 to $500. I made my own electric hoist for about $120.


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