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can-bak or the ord soft top?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ben794X4, Feb 13, 2002.

  1. ben794X4

    ben794X4 Registered Member

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    Well tax season is here and I cant save so I'm gonna blow it:) my question this time is about soft tops. I want to run a soft top in the summer and go back to my hard top in the winter. I was wondering if anyone has one of the toppers that ord is selling and how they compare to the can back. The biggest thing to me is the cost at 1/3 the price of the can back the ord topper is attractive on the other hand quality does matter and I dont want to have to buy twice.

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    IMO the can back is the best soft top you can buy. Naturally, its also the most spendy. If I had $1k+ to blow, I might get one. I dont have a kayline/specialty top, but one of my buddies did and it worked fine. Take care of the thing and you'll be ok.

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    Just one thing to remember is that the hard top holds the truck together or stabalizes the truck, especially when wheeling hard. So if you are gonna run a soft top or run without the hard top and do some teisty type wheeling, it would be very advisable to install a six point roll cage to stabalize the body.
    Just FYI

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    yeah, but what about when I run with no doors, tailgate, OR top? =p

    j/k, a cage is *always* a good idea....now if only 55willy would get that bender...

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    yeah, but what about when I run with no doors, tailgate, OR top? =p

    j/k, a cage is *always* a good idea....now if only 55willy would get that bender...

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  6. ben794X4

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    If I read the spec section correctly the cab on a 79 features a integral rool bar system. I have no doubt that a six point would increase rigidity but wouldnt that compromise flex? Also I dont understand how the hard top could be a stressed member of the chassis when it is fiberglass which will break under twisting forces easily and it is designed to be removed any how. I'm not trying to be a smart ass I just dont understand and I am trying to learn. Also if anyone has one of the Kaylines I would appreciate hearing about it. thanks again.

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    Let me tell you MY story:

    Early last year I bought a Kayline top. I was planning on having the soft top on ALL the time. I got it in the mail and to be quite honest with you, I was disappointed. I decided to not install it so I sold it on ebay and forked the money over for the Canback. When I saw the quality of the Canback I was extremely impressed with the quality and engineering.

    The frame of the Kayline doesn't even come close to the strength of the frame of the Canback. Also, the quality in the Canback is excellent and it doesn't leak when it rains. PLUS you don't have to drill a million holes on the body when you get a Canback. You only have to drill 4 holes.

    I think both tops are great looking and to be quite honest I used to like the look of the Kayline more, but I also felt exactly the way you do with regards to "not wanting to buy a top twice". Not a knock on Kayline tops, but you also see that Stephen Watson himself changed from the Kayline to the Canback.

    I love my Can Back!!!!!!!!!!

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    The hard top is actually a lot stronger than most people think. Boats are fiberglass too and they take a HELL of a lot of stress. The top helps hold the bedsides together when you get the truck all twisted up. The first time I went wheeling with the top off I got REALLY twisted up and bent the tailpan (where the tailgate hinges mount) which spread the bedsides and dumped my tailgate open. There's pretty much no way to straighten the tailpan without a frame table so I had to use a come-a-long to pull the sides together so my gate would close. After that whole PITA situation I made a brace that goes across the bedsides to hold them together when I'm wheeling with the top off.

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