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Unread 06-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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First Time Putting Hardtop On

Unfortunately Massachusetts is supposed to get thunderstorms for the next week, spits time to put on the hardtop for the first time.

I got a hardtop reinforcement kit from quadratec, but since its never been on there are no holes in the windshield. Where do I drill the holes for the top?

Also, there's a black rail on top of the tub, where its at the highest point, and I'm not sure if that should be on or off when installing the top!

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Unread 06-28-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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The black rail will be for a soft top or bikini top. It is actually a channel of which the tops slide into, before you fasten 'em tight at the rear.
I haven't seen the Quadratec reinforcement kit. Original equipment had a metal strip which bolted to the windshield and also the top. I have never used mine. No water leaks when raining, no wind noise that I could hear over the other wind noise around the doors, . That reinforcement kit and my strip is just more work to do putting it on and off in my opinion.
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Unread 06-28-2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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I've had my top on for a year or so and I still don't have anything joining it from the front of the top to the windshield frame. However, I'm thinking of bending a sheet metal plate to similar to the original because I can see it bounce and squeak a bit on the freeway sometimes.
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The black rail has to come off. There should be 7 or so screws holding it on.

Don't drill any holes in the WS frame until the top is on, you might also remove the 2 large knobs that hold the windshield, for adjustment Purposes.

Depending on the year of your top, there will be either a fiberglass or metal strip that goes inside the WS frame. The screws go thru it, into the frame .

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Unread 06-30-2013, 07:37 AM   #5
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I'm putting my rail onto my windshield frame for my bikini top for the first time but I don't have any screws to secure it down. I guess just a short sheet metal screw will be fine? I don't want to strip out the holes because I plan on putting the hardtop on in the fall, is this what you guys are using?
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Sheet metal screws are what 99% of Jeepers use for the front rail on soft tops and bikini tops but there is a better choice. I used, and so have a few others, 6 or 8-32 SS machine screws with a truss head. The windshield frame gauge steel is thick enough to drill and tap a hole for a 6 or 8-32 screw.
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Sheet metal screws are what 99% of Jeepers use for the front rail on soft tops and bikini tops but there is a better choice. I used, and so have a few others,6 or 8-32 SS machine screws with a truss head. The windshield frame gauge steel is thick enough to drill and tap a hole for an6 or 8-32 screw.
That's a great idea Keith, thanks
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