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Anyones thoughts on a soft top for a 1989.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SOFmech, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. SOFmech

    SOFmech Registered Member

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    Ive been kickin around the idea of putting on a soft top. I live in Washington State and it seems to like to rain out here. I dont want the hassel of taking off and putting on the hard top so I was thinking of a soft top. I have done the whole tub (front and back) in Herculiner. I like the idea of having the top on with the sides rolled up. I think it looks pretty good. Anyone had any experiance with soft tops? Good or bad? I was thinking of the Kayline fast trac, anyother types to use. I have read the reviews and just want other peoples opinions. Thanks for the input guys.
     
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    Your only option is the Bestop; all other manufacturers (including Kayline et al) are out of business.

    -- A
     
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    mr.smartass 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Or come up with a snazzy looking cost effective DIY soft top... This is what I'm going to do... eventually.
     
  4. SOFmech

    SOFmech Registered Member

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    What about Specialty Top Company? This is my DD and I haul my 3yr old in it all the time, otherwise I wouold try to make a homemade one. I did that with my old '73 Ramcharger, it didnt work out so well.
     
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    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    Speciality Top Company is Kayline, they just changed their name in 2000. They are out of business as of Sept 2006.
     
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    GEORGIA GABE 1/2 ton status

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    build one, I love mine...
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    Just wondering.....Do you ever miss the way it used to look? It looks badass now, but wasn't that think super clean about a year ago?
     
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    He looks purdy dang happy to me.
     
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    GEORGIA GABE 1/2 ton status

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    it was pretty before...
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    but now I get a hard on just from looking at it.... kinda like the slutty, been around the block look now...
    I like my truck a little on the trashy side

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    GEORGIA GABE 1/2 ton status

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    back on track now... here is a better look at the soft top.

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    what material did you use Gabe?
     
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    GEORGIA GABE 1/2 ton status

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    1X1 Square steel for the frame and a cordura tarp from Northern Tool... I have rubbed the side of it up into trees and it has held up great so far.

    I also added some extenable painters poles so that I have a covered work area when its raining.

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  13. SOFmech

    SOFmech Registered Member

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    That looks pretty good. I might have to try that next month when I take leave. I almost went the route of a Jeep. I might have to hold off on thaet for a little bit. All the rigs look great guys. Gabe, does it seal very well around the cab? how did you hold it in place?
     
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    It seals pretty good, I was making the top more water resistant than waterproof... it works good for a trail rig and the cab protects you for the most part, it is not a top to keep all the rain out, just to make it bearable
     
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    not to be a thread jacker but, gabe do you have a build up thread on that, and where did u get the wheels done, also do you street it in georgia
     
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    no real build up thread, the wheels were done before I bought them and yes I do drive it on the street ocassionally.
    gabe
     

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