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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-22-2000, 07:14 PM
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cracking soft top

i'm on my second sprint top from besttop in 18 months.
the back window on the last one got so stiff from the cold it busted from a few ice chunks hitting it. i try to warm my zook up as best as i can before i hit the road but i'm getting scared this ones going to bust to. any one know if there is there any type of plastic conditioner to keep it supple in extreme temperatures?
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move to a warmer state. california is good!! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Re: cracking soft top

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Not sure what that means 3 x-wives in Texas or what but Texas is warm place plus we have a lot of warm coast line for CG's to patrol. I bet the back window won't crack from the cold down here. habla en espanol

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Re: cracking soft top

Get a Kayline.

First top I bought (way back when) was a Bestop and it cracked inside of 1 year. Been running Kaylines on our various Suzukis ever since (living in a ski town with cold temps) and never had a problem since.

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Re: cracking soft top

Try 303 Protectant, it might help. The Kaylines are a better quality, I have one that is 8 years old, and still going, but it is an exception not the rule, and I did replace the windows a year ago. It all depends on the care and the location. I saw a Kayline the other day that was a year old, and was cracking and peeling awfull. But, the hint was the heat sealed windows were also cracked away from the vinyl. Even though the owner cared for his top, his area was subject to chemical air pollution, and that will destroy anything. Frequent washings, liberal doses of 303 or other vinyl conditioner, not rolling up windows in cold weather, parking at different angles to the sun, it all adds up to extended top life. The manufacturers including *eep expect no more than two years life from a soft top with average care. They are considered "disposable". How many convertible cars have you seen with crappy rear windows in two years of life???? It is unfortunate, and they could make one that would last far longer, but they would be so costly they would never sell.

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Re: cracking soft top

Meguiars makes a plastic polish and conditioner that works great.

http://www.meguiars.com/product_show...cfm?SrcLine=BI

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Re: cracking soft top

I've used Meguiars and can attest to the fact that it works great.
I got 6 years out of my Best Top. And you could still see through the plastic. It was the fabric that finaly went bad.



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