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Old 02/22/08, 11:40 AM   #151
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So, its been 2 days...why are you holding out on us Chuck? Its lunchtime, that top should have been installed and around the block a couple of times by now.
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Old 02/22/08, 01:44 PM   #152
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Sorry for waiting to post, we (BCB crew) have been working out details about how to move forward. Here are a few pictures. The windows will be larger and the way the top connects to the windshield header will change.
the frame you see in the picture is rusty because it is a prototype so was not powdercoated. The production frames will be powdercoated 2"x1" rectangle and 1" round hoops. I think the steel frame is stronger than Alu and easier to fix if there is a problem. Also we were able to not have a tube going across the side windows without loosing strangth by using the 2"x1" rectangle. We also have a rain gutter and the frame is made to use the stock door rubber. Got a little carried away with the sales hype but the bottom line is we are getting close.
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Old 02/22/08, 03:12 PM   #153
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Thanks for the pics! Sorry to give you grief, but someone had to... The top looks real good Chuck! With larger windows that will be a fine looking top. What is the intention with the snaps? Keep them or minimize them? I know it has to be fashioned to the frame somehow...snaps are expeditious and reasonably durable, but not as aesthetically pleasing. The frame looks good...keep us posted.
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Old 02/22/08, 04:43 PM   #154
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I can have the snaps black. I am using velcro acress the back but I think the snaps are better. Could be wrong. I can also get those twist things like on canteen covers.

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Old 02/22/08, 04:49 PM   #155
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I would think that by using just the snaps that you would encounter more drafts and wind noise at speed. But not that I know anything since I have never owned a soft top... Just a thought

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Old 02/22/08, 06:15 PM   #156
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Count me out.Snaps look terrible!
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Old 02/22/08, 07:08 PM   #157
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Looks good Chuck. I don't mind snaps at all. That is what I have had for the last 20+ years and they have worked great. If the snap heads are black you'd hardly notice them either. Any use of zippers at all? Along where the side fasten to the top and along each side of the rear panel would work good. Bigger windows are a must. Keep up the good work Chuck.

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Old 02/22/08, 07:36 PM   #158
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I like it alot Chuck! I think the Black snaps will blend right in.

Are you planning on offering the option of side windows or solid canvas, kind of like the original top you guys had a few years ago?
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Old 02/22/08, 10:32 PM   #159
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Count me out.Snaps look terrible!
I know I will not be able to please everyone but I am willing to do something besides snaps if I can find something that works better. Velcro works for a while but tends to become ungluded after a while. Do you have something? Look at the earlier pictures to see what black snaps look like on a black top. The silver snaps would be better on the white and tan tops I think but the darker colors black may be better.
The side and rear panels zip across the top and will be available in dark tent, light tend and solid.

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I would think that by using just the snaps that you would encounter more drafts and wind noise at speed. But not that I know anything since I have never owned a soft top... Just a thought
The sides are zipped across the top so no leak there, the front of the side panel is tucked under the steel shield and the rear of the side panel wraps around the back so low chance of leak there. The bottom of the side panel is long and lays on the body reducing the chance of leaks. The stock doors will seal as well as they do on stock hard tops. All in all I think this top will seal up close to as good as the stock top.

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Old 02/22/08, 10:49 PM   #161
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how about track on wind shield, and top of tub with
zippers & velcro, to attach the sides/rear to the main of the top

seems to work good on my brothers fj40 and has a clean look
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Got a picture? The front top does use a track. And top of the sides does use a zipper. The bottom of the rear is velcroed to the tail gate.

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Old 02/23/08, 09:20 AM   #164
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That is looking really good Chuck. With either black snaps or some other form of holding it to the sides I think that will be a real nice top. Make the windows and BIG as possible and you've got a winner. I hope that I am still on the waiting list.

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Did you ever get a price? Cant wait till its finished so I can get one!

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