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Soft Top Report!! Pics added

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by EricM, Apr 22, 2001.

  1. EricM

    EricM Registered Member

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    Hey all,
    I just got done putting my new Bestop "Tigertop" on and all I got to say is sweeeeeet!!!! It's been raining all day and the thing leaks way less than the hardtop. You Know the leak where the wing window meets the top, I'm sure you do, it's gone with the new soft top. It leaks a little by the tailgate corners and on the bed rails wich I think couild easily be fixed with a little weatherstripping. It fits tight, not to noisy on the highway either, of course I don't have carpet so it's kinda loud anyway. Definatly not for you if your squimish about drilling holes in your truck but the install went surprisingly well. Can't wait for it to stop raining so I can roll up the sides and cruise with the just the canopy. I'll try and post some pics. when it stops raining.
    Bye
    Eric M.

    Oh yeah I'm sure someone will want to know I paid about $450 through J.C. Whitney cheapest I could find anywhere else was $500+ most of thier catalogs also have 10% of coupons which I forgot to use
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    Sorry the pics are so big but I couldn't figure out how to make them smaller. Any help? I used Zing to post them.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by EricM on 04/23/01 10:28 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  2. BobK

    BobK 1/2 ton status

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    Re: Soft Top Report!!

    You gotta take some pic's now.

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  3. JTB

    JTB 1/2 ton status

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    Re: Soft Top Report!!

    I would love to see some pics. I am thinking of using the TigerTop but I would like to see exactly what they look like before I drop 5 bills.
    Jeff
     
  4. Klef72K5

    Klef72K5 1/2 ton status

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    Re: Soft Top Report!!

    Don't hold out on us Eric! We need some pics now!

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  5. JTB

    JTB 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks Eric! Now I can make an educated decision. Looks great!
    Jeff
     
  6. NuBombs72K5

    NuBombs72K5 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks for the pics Eric. With Kayline out of business this looks like the best alternative. Does anyone else have one of these, and how are they after they get some age? I am dying to take the top off, but need a softtop for those surprise storms.
     
  7. pcorssmit

    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    Looks good. Is this the only soft top made for the first gens now? My brother's got a '70, and my dad asked me to look into soft tops as a graduation gift for him. How does the quality compare to the Kaylines? Are they available in black only (probably what he wants anyway)?

    Thanks,

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), 700R4, NP208, Dana 60/14 bolt, 4.56s, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
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  8. Zepplin

    Zepplin 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 74 Blazer and have a black Kayline top. It practically looks identical to the Bestop's. Maybe they copied each others designs. Mine is holding up great except the windows scratch easily.

    74 Blazer
    Zepplin
    See my site at: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.jeremyb.coloradok5.com>http://www.jeremyb.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  9. 72blazer4x4

    72blazer4x4 Registered Member

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    ive got this top too, and right now my sides are rolled up. it looks nice and turns alot of heads. its not very hard to instal at all, but there is lots of drilling involved. i live in california and its been hot here and the top keeps alot of the heat out with the sides up.

    jeremy
     
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    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    I have a white Kayline on my '83, I really like the functionality but was never all that impressed with the quality. I have the older style with the snaps, really wish I had the rails. I will say that it is very quiet going down the highway though, much more so than a soft top TJ.

    Pete

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    Looks good [​IMG]



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    I've had my Bestop ragtop for about a year now. The hard top never comes out of storage now! I've found that the top has worn very well through one winter and one summer. It kept the head in and kept the cold and water out. The zippers and snaps have all stayed in place and work like new. A liitle care needs to be taken to keep the windows from scratching up, and I suspect that eventually the windows will haze up like the old jeep soft tops. However, I live in SoCal and the top is off most of the time, so it sees less hot sun.

    In general the top is very easy to take off and on. I've also found that road noise (flapping) can be eliminated if you drive with one of the kick panel vents cracked open.
     
  13. 72Blazerod

    72Blazerod 1/2 ton status

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    Looks awesome! You have to take some pics with the side rolled up so that I can see it! Fine looking Jimmy!

    72Blazerod

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  14. 2quicK5

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    Eric,

    The top looks good! Where did you get your spare tire carrier?

    John

    1972 K5 Blazer: 400 ci, 4 sp, 3" lift, 35" Tires

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    Man has it been a while since I've had time to look at the site! I have had a Besttop on my blazer year round now for over four years staight, with no problems or complaints. It keeps the water out better than most hard tops. I will probably replace mine this year or early next year, only because I have some improvement ideas I want to make to the top. I am going to go to an upolstry shop to have one made with zip out window panels, and a lock out rear bow like the now discontinued new Kayline tops. My buddy was lucky enough to get one while they were making them. I don't mind the snaps compared to the fast trac, so I'll keep my current hardware.

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