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Popping the Top!

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

  1. SkyScraper

    SkyScraper Registered Member

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    Hello all,

    I was wondering if it would be a bad idea to pop off the top, because the man that owned it before me never removed it. I'm thinking if I did remove the top the weather stripping may be really bad underneath and I could loose the seal if I remove it. Is that possible? Should I just leave it in place? Or do you think the the stripping is probably fine, because the top hasen't been removed in years?

    Thanks in advance for your ideas and suggestions /forums/images/icons/grin.gif....Best Regards,
     
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    I went through same thoughts about 6 years ago and I just did it and for the first few times it was ok just take it off slowly after a few times though the old seal just started falling apart but from what I hear thats normal and the LMC has more when you put the new on it last for years I have not changed mine in about 4 years now and I take it off all the time.....
     
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    before you pull the top off go buy new weatherstripping...it will rip!
     
  4. TwoCrowsDesign

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    I think all new stripping from LMC is under a hundred bucks.

    Of course, a hundred here, another hundred there... adds up.
     
  5. keeferk5

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    Or you can go to Home Depot and buy a roll of automotive weatherstripping for $ /forums/images/icons/cool.gif 5.00.
     
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    As far as I know, my seals are original. I pop the top all the time and have never had a leak. The first time it was really, really hard to break the seal, but when the top finally came loose, everything was fine.

    For some reason, some people have spread bad stories about removing K5 tops in the past. I don't know why. They are designed as convertibles. Nobody ever says "Never take the T-tops out of a Firebird" or "Don't drop the top on that Cadillac". A few cases of people being dumb or not knowing how to reattach the top have caused undue paranoia. But be careful, you should probably never open the doors on your truck becasue that might ruin the seals... /forums/images/icons/smirk.gif
     
  7. shane74

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    LOL!! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif So that's what did them in huh?? I thought is was that they were almost 30 years old!! I'll have to remember to quit openign the doors so much. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif /forums/images/icons/smirk.gif
     
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    "I thought is was that they were almost 30 years old"

    Exactly. What seal is still good on a vehicle that old? It has nothing to do with removing the top.
     
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    Yup, the ol' "you'll regret taking off the top wives tale". The first summer I had the Blazer, the top was off and on more than I can remember (PA weather sucks). No leaks. When I took it off for the first time the next summer, the seal ripped right at the top-center. Used 3M weatherstrip adhesive to patch it back together. No leaks. Have had the top off and on many times since - the 3M stuff just sticks to the seal, not the top. /forums/images/icons/confused.gif /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    Yep, some butthead kids broke my back glass out to get my stereo (they weren't even polite enough to just unplug the thing) so I took the top off for the summer. Hope you don't have cats cause ours did disgusting things /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif on my carpeting, hence the need for herculing the interior. The stereo won't be quite as loud on the inside but it sounds great for a river party /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    Before putting the top back on, does anyone dress the seal first so it won't stick when it is removed next summer.
    What do you use?
     
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    Vaseline works.
     
  13. ratpack7

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    After you take it off for the first time the next year you will be anxiously awaiting warm weather so you can take it off again. It is so nice having the top off that you wont care if you have to replace the weather stripping.
    After you go topless you don't want to go back. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    I dress the seal with a thin film of Vaseline too...it still doesn't have nay rips and my top is on and off plenty.

    Rene
     
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    I had the same fears of going topless as you do. I had someone with me who had done it before to make sure I didn't mess anything up. I will tell you to keep the two "hidden" bolts out because you will want to take it off again and again.....oh my..sounds like a porno!!
    I take everything out of my rig that ain't bolted down. Tool box gets put up front and other things get put in the center console. I have yet to be robbed by someone...knock on wood...I had my top off when my friend...no friend anymore...blew my 6.2 Diesel. I left it uncovered for about 2 weeks. Most people thought it was a pickup. Have a helper for the top because it ain't the lightest thing in the world and hard to move around by yerself...or you could take one of Steve's ideas and make a hoist!
    When taking the top off I suggest lifting the back part of the top to get it unsealed then the front should come right off. Bring a rag if you would like to clean the rails off before you go.
    In other words....TAKE THE TOP OFF.
     
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    my factory hardtop had never been off until last year... so for 16 years it was on there. The weather seals were pretty much toast, but some from LMC and/or JC Whitney solved that problem. No doubt it'll come off easier this summer.

    J
     
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    I just anxiously pulled mine a couple of weeks ago, an 89 that didn't appear to have been off before (definetely not in the 4yrs I have owned it anyway) and there were no problems the seals were intact. I also did it on a hot afternoon so i dunno if that might help to soften up the rubber first.
     
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    yeah, my seals were melted and pretty much acted like a glue... they basically came apart when the top came off. Its ok, I really needed new ones anyway and going top-less RULES. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif

    J
     
  19. keeferk5

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    Once you get the top off, if the seals are still intact spray them down with armorall, it will protect them while the top is off. As far as the leaking goes, that is a problem that happens on Broncos and people assumed that it happens on Blazers too.
     
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    To prevent leaks when you bolt it back on, tighten the bolts over the cab FIRST then do the rest. You also don't have to put all the bolts back in, I just have about 6 on mine.
     

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