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Newbie Blewbie question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 84gmcjimmy, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Alright back to being a newbie blewbie...dumb question:

    How tough are fiberglass tops? When I am offroad and in a flexy siutation I can hear the metal half of the roof popping when the body is flexing around...is this alright for the fiberglass top? I supose metal will most of the time pop back into place. But fiberglass may break? Or is it not possible?

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    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    I have seen alot (including my own) crack where all the pieces join. They also dont hold up well to tree branches :p:
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Mine had a couple of fairly deep cracks where the pieces join together when I bought it and it was never seriously flexed out. IMO the fiberglass was a really stupid choice of materials. Mounting rack and such to a factory top is also a very bad idea.
     
  4. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Blazers have tops? :what: :whistle:

    Mine only makes bad metal-creaking noises :waytogo: ... but then it is kinda cold and wet in the bad weather :haha:

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  5. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    The tops are weak when it comes to flexing. Take it off. Then go wheeling. I hate having my top on my Blazer. One of my sons friends took a first gen out wheeling and put a 8" long crack in the top, from flexing.
     
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    On my 83 , I haven't had any problems flexing with the top on . Tree branches love my antenna , but have spared my top . I may be one of the lucky ones , but I have over 30 trips out into some flexy trails by a local lake with no trouble .
     
  7. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    I can't just take the top off; its getting to be around 1* C (around 35 F) in the mornings, and it will be snowing in a month or so...I need the protection.

    So I just have to live with it, but take it off whenever I can?
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    OK if this is your DD just leave it on, it's not a big deal. Thought this was a trail truck and you were looking for advice on the top.
     
  9. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    haha its my stock DD truck, I dont have a trail truck.

    Should of been more clear I guess,, sorry.
     

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