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Hardtop...to softtop??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by monsterbabyberl, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. monsterbabyberl

    monsterbabyberl Newbie

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    hey i wondered if any of you guys take their hardtop off for summer?

    i got a 87 blazer and would luv to ride around town during summer without the top...

    i heard that once u took it off its hard to get it tight and dry on again and it'll leak??

    any ideas? do the softtops work? thanks and happy new year from berlin, germany
     
  2. clarkjw24

    clarkjw24 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    No Top, No Doors, No worries....year round. :D
     
  3. BlazerWheels

    BlazerWheels 1/2 ton status

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    I have taken mine off...a tip I got from here was to put vaseline on the rubber gaskets to keep them soft:confused: when you take it off. When you put it on, make sure to tighten the bolts to the cab first, then the bedrail bolts. I have had no leaks.

    I also ran a soft top, loved it...would like to have another. Had to sell, needed the $$ at the time:( . It was the fasttrac type, not the snap type....
     
  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    The hardtops actually seal up pretty easily once they've been off. It's not a bad design in that regard. I've run without my hardtop every summer for the last 7 years, usually for as long as 3 or 4 months at a time.

    Vaseline on the rubber gaskets does help a lot.

    Rene
     
  5. big_black_blazer

    big_black_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    i have a 89, and the hardtop stays off in the summer. i have had it on and off several times, and it hasn't leaked a drop. i love my ragtop. it is a snap style that makes the blazer look like a swb pickup w/ a tonneau instead of a blazer. only fallback is it leaks in heavy rain, but if you have vinyl seats and no carpet it's not a problem.
     
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    az-k5 1/2 ton status

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    I used to take mine off and put it back on a lot (our weather changes weekly). It never leaked on me. You can aslo use certain tire-shine amor all (for rubber) type stuff on the gasget to keep it usable. There is a special order to reinstall the topper and I reccomend you follow it to the 'T ' It should be in the owners manual.
     
  7. original balzer

    original balzer 1/2 ton status

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    use some sort of rubber treatment and they are fine one thought though is sometimes if a top has never been taken off the rubber gasket sticks and can tear so be careful

    willow
     
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    4GUNZ4X4Z 1/2 ton status

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    Been pulling mine off for 5 years from about March/April to Aug/Sept. When it is on I only use 4 bolts. I haven't put any thing on the seal and I've never had a problem with it leaking....ever.:dunno:
     
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    Mine's off in the summer. it's a '73. The new gaskets/seals are available thru LMC. www.LMCtruck.com Not too expensive. No trouble with leaks here.
     
  10. monsterbabyberl

    monsterbabyberl Newbie

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    hey thanx guys

    preciate it!

    i do have carpet in the back though. so i will have to get something that ll keep it dry during summer months and we do have some rain here in germany..

    so ill think about gettin that fasttrac softtop then...
     
  11. 85blazerk5

    85blazerk5 Registered Member

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    I have one

    I have a soft top and I love it. I used to take my hardtop on and off but it was too much of a pain, but it never did leak once. Trying to find someone to take my hardtop off my hands.
     

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