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Top: On or Off?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 1990SilveradoK5, Apr 19, 2001.

  1. 1990SilveradoK5

    1990SilveradoK5 1/2 ton status

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    I have 1990 stock rig which has probably never seen it's top off. If I get the urge and take it off will my seals be reusable? Also taking it on and off is no problem (will make a harness in my garage) but do you have to install all the bolts when you put it back on, only to take them back out on the next 70 degree day.

    Gone Large and Loving It.
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  2. 1990K5

    1990K5 1/2 ton status

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    i also have a 1990k5 silverado, the tops on the 89-91 are heavy as hell, i think its because they have reinforcements for the rear shoulder belts. anyway i took mine off last year and never put it back on, gave it away and bought a soft top, it runs soooo much better when you lose that 300 pounds. i just let it rain and snow in mine cause its all lined inside. no you dont have to replace all the bolts when you put it back on and the seals will be fine.
     
  3. 6.2Blazer

    6.2Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    My '90 K5 was about 8 years old the first time the top was taken off. It's been on and off at least dozen times since and it's never had a leak, even with only 4 bolts holding it on. The truck is strictly a weekend play toy, so in the summer the top is just used to lock it up and keep rain out. I used an air powered ratchet before to take the bolts on and off, but have also done it by hand and it wasn't too bad.
     
  4. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    Those soft tops aren't cheap though. I plan on putting a roll rob in mine from behind the front seat back and going to have a top made to just snap on over the roll bars, using them as the supports or frame if you will. Anyone else done this?

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
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  5. tRustyK5

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    Although the 89-91 tops are probably a little more heavy than the older ones I'm pretty sure they're not that much heavier. I wieghed mine (with slider glass) and it tipped the scales at 188 lbs...

    My soft top only wieghs 23 lbs [​IMG]

    Rene



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    A couple things to remember when taking it off for the first time...
    There are 2 hidden bolts at the rear. You actually have to take the sidepanels partly off to gain access to the bolt.
    Also when you remove all the bolts it will feel like the top is still fastened. This is just the seal. Just stand in the cargo area of the blazer and put your back against the soft top and push up with your legs. This will break the seal and make life much easier.

    89 K5 Silverado
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    custom soft top is the way to go!!! cheap too. thats what i did. check it out on my page, it will be updated this weekend

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  8. 1990K5

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    ya i have a cage in mine also and thats what the bikini top is supported by in the back--works great!-- the k-line has its own rail system but it was way too expensive!
     
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    1990K5 1/2 ton status

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    well i gave the top off mine to a freind, his was an 85, we used a freinds flatbed and parked all 3 trucks side by side, first we took the top off his and moved it over on the flat bed (not bad id say 170-200bls.) then we took mine off my 1990 whoa! a lot more weight. no fun.
     
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    Thanks for the input, I am actually thinking of having my wife make a soft top for my truck.
    I will use a heavy canvase/tarp material and snap it inplace similar to a tonnue(sp) cover. Since this is my daily driver I do not want to get caught in the rain with out my top on.

    Any of you have pictures of custom tops/tonnue's on your trucks?

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    Keith
     
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    Ric aka" BOWTIE" from this site has a bikini type top on his Blazer... The pic of his Blazer is on my website.. under "slab January 27.. it's the gold Blazer Should have his name under the caption...

    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com>http://www.rocko.coloradok5.com</A>
     

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