Ok, so I have been looking at soft-tops for years now. I either can't afford them or hate the way they are made. So, I figured that it will be like engines and axles, it looks like something I would rather pay someone else for, but it's probably pretty easy and cheap if I just roll up my sleeves. So, here goes, I wanted to brainstorm some ideas with ya'll. Requirements: 1) Must be quiet. 2) reduce body weight. 3) Must be durable. 4) NO Drilling the body, unless it can double for rollcage, in which case I am only drilling the floor. 5) I want to be able to run it like an umbrella top, where the sides and/or back come off easily. So, here's my plan. The Frame: First, I want to take the fiberglass hard top (I have an extra), and cut the front off, about an inch back. This will serve as the mounting surface for the front of the canvas, where I will braid in some holes for the standard mounting bolts to go through, it will wrap from the outside in, so you have a solid mount to the cab. Second, take some angle iron, 1/8 x 4 x 1. Drill it where the bed rails have holes for the standard top. Put button fasteners along the 1 inch angle to fasten to sides of the top down to. Drill some more oblong holes in the 4" angle to reduce weight here, it's not necessary to be solid. Third, I figure this would just be an arching bar from driver to passenger side, probably welded to the angle iron of the previous step. I'd probably angle it in some. Fourth, put another middle arching bar so it doesn't slump in the middle, also welded to the angle iron. add some cross bars, smaller guage, running from front to rear on each side to add rigidity. Fifth, ditch the 300 pound tailgate in favor of a regular truck tailgate. These mount up with very minor bracket relocation, I have already checked. Put some fasteners on the top for canvas. Soft Top: First, get some good quality marine canvas (http://www.glfi.com/marinecatalog_sunbrella60page.htm) That's not a plug for them, just someone that looked good from my google. Spend as much or as little as you want here. Second, windows: I would probably buy some plexiglass to help add some regidity. Spend as much as you want here, I'm doing tinted. Third, use inside zippers, ala JEEP style. Fitting: Measure everything about an inch short. Sew it up. Wet it thoroughly stetch the piss out of it and mount. Total Cost: metal: 40 bucks canvas: as low as 100 bucks windows: as low as 25 bucks What do you think?