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post #1 of 8 Old 06-08-2017, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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Aftermarket Soft Tops - fold in rear windows?

Does anyone make an aftermarket soft top where the rear windows fold in and don't have to be removed to fold the top down?

It's been done with the power top, basically looking for a top with a similar design but without the power option.
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I'm not aware of any that are part of the OEM design, but you could go to an upholstery shop and have them mod the ones you have - trick is that it barely folds flat with the windows removed - it would likely stick up quite a bit even if you had built in crease points. It's not to hard to take them out, really - I would prefer a mod that allows one-handed folding back the sunrider without pinching the fabric in the intermediate joint.

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Basically looking for a top that folds back like this (without having to remove rear windows at all), but without the power option.

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Basically looking for a top that folds back like this (without having to remove rear windows at all), but without the power option.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoquroH6bLw
I don't know of anyone making what you're looking for...

But I may know of a guy who would look into it for you. Putt Georgi (yes, that's seriously his name) at ARO 2000 Convertible Tops was willing to one-off a Skyler-style soft top for my Bronco a few years back. It won't be cheap and it won't be real quick, but from the handful of his convertible tops I've seen (old Cadillacs and LaSalles), it'll be high-quality.

Honestly, IMO, having a top that doesn't fold down past the roof line is hideous. And probably dangerous.


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Basically looking for a top that folds back like this (without having to remove rear windows at all), but without the power option
Not gonna happen. All of the aftermarket tops that I know of, use the same lip on the top of the tub to hold the base of the window in place. The soon as you take attention off of that window, the plastic van that holds it in place slips out of the lip. Not sure exactly what the mechanism is like on that power top, but I'm sure they have some means to hold the bottom of the side windows in place. Otherwise it would shell out as soon as it started folding up.

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I imagine for that power top to work right, you would still need to take out the windows before having it fold down. It looks ridiculous driving away with the top all balled up. At that point, it's so easy to fold down the top. The side windows are simple. The back window is the one I dislike doing the most


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I imagine for that power top to work right, you would still need to take out the windows before having it fold down. It looks ridiculous driving away with the top all balled up. At that point, it's so easy to fold down the top. The side windows are simple. The back window is the one I dislike doing the most


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The power top is designed to fold back without rolling up the rear or taking the side windows out, that's kind of the point of it. Personally I don't care that it doesn't fold down as far as a regular top, for me it's not about aesthetics, it's about being able to go from top up to top down and back in a few seconds without disassembly. Function over fashion.
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The power top is designed to fold back without rolling up the rear or taking the side windows out, that's kind of the point of it. Personally I don't care that it doesn't fold down as far as a regular top, for me it's not about aesthetics, it's about being able to go from top up to top down and back in a few seconds without disassembly. Function over fashion.
The side windows look like they were already undone; there's no way they fold in and don't flap like hell unless the fit in the door surround channel and therefore need more manual intervention.

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