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Attention CanBack soft top owners!!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BigTex, Dec 4, 2001.

  1. BigTex

    BigTex 1/2 ton status

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    What have you guys used to waterproof your top?! I have applied the 303 Protectant and it works great, but the top still leaks through the seams. Not a whole lot, but enough to get my floors wet enough to piss me off. I just bought something called Plastiseam and it is supposed to work great, but I was curious as to what you guys use.

    It doesn't rain here TOO much, but the past few days have brought a lot of rain and I want to resolve this problem before I complete my interior. Any ideas are appreciated.

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    Mine leaked like that a few times then it hasn't leaked since, never have waterproofed it either, almost liked it needed to get soaked a few times.

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    Where exactly is your top leaking? Around the top of the cab? Or, Around the bed rails? Or around the tailgate?

    I am looking to get the can back but want to know what I am getting into first.

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  5. BigTex

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    Steve, you gotta be kidding! It hardly EVER rains here but I still sprayed it with 303. I just can't see myself putting in the rest of the interior without fixing the leaks first. How much does it rain up there?

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    Chris, it leaks at the seal right behind the cab. The seal is not very tight so I am going to add another seal that should alleviate the problem. It just trickles down to the bedrails from there. There are other small leaks at pretty much all the seams. I sprayed a lot of 303 all over the top, I even sprayed the inside of the top, but the leaks are still there. The leaks are mostly where the "roll up" straps are on the sides and also on the top. They aren't massive water holes, but enough to get your interior wet in a rainstorm.

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    Uh...thanks, Jason...

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    Thanks.....just as long as it does not flow over the top of the cab. I really do not want to get a new back seat and get it all wet with the new soft cover. I have my cab rhino lined so the water should do no damage.

    Thanks

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    For the cab part, reinstall making sure that the metal strip is very tight against the cab and then make sure you have that first fabric tie down part that attaches to the first bar attached correctly (the flap should pull over the first frame bar) it should not be pulling at the cab snaps, this is important I had it installed wrong the first time I installed it and that is part of the reason it was leaking.
    Yeah, mine leaked at the seams the first 3 or 4 rain storms then it never leaked again and I never touched it, kind of weird. I haven't had a leak in over a year and it rains in the afternoon a lot in Colorado plus I run it all winter long.

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    Oh if you have the floor rhino lined you have nothing to worry about. My main concern is for the insullation to get wet, cause moisture and eventually rust my floors. My rear seat doesn't get wet at all.

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    hey, while everybody is talking about soft tops, what about a bestop Tigertop? are they any god, or are the kayline(now specialty to pco) tops better? I want a top that can fold all the way down or be taken off with ease, but still be brought along in case it rains suddenly.

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    Well, let me give you MY opinion. I had bought a Kayline earlier this year before they sold. I did not install it on my Blazer because I thought the construction was not very durable. I planned to get a soft top and keep it on there for good. They did not offer any kind of guarantee (as far as I can remember). The frame is not very strong. I did like the look of it, though. Anyhow, I sold the top so that I could buy a CanBack. Yes, it is expensive, but it comes with a 5 year warranty. The frame is VERY strong and the engineering is 10 times better. Also, you don't have to drill a million holes on the body like you would have to with a Kayline or Specialty top. It goes on a whole lot easier. You only have to drill 4 holes on the bedrails but thats it!

    Again, this is my opinion only but let me tell you, I am VERY picky when it comes to upgrades for my truck.

    Kyle on this site purchased a Bestop and he seems to really like it, and the Blazer of the Month has a Specialty top. You may want to ask them for their opinions.

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