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Protect your ride's interior with a durable hardtop, a rigid auto roof that comes in three styles: detachable, retractable, and pillarless. Detachable hardtops are typically used on vintage convertibles and roadsters. It is no longer offered as an option for modern vehicles today; detachable hardtops usually require a large storage area and can be inconvenient to use since it cannot be kept in the auto. Retractable hardtops, however, remain to be in use today, because of the convenience they offer. Most vehicles come with these automatically operated, multi-part, and self-storing roofs; with retractable hardtops, drivers only need to press a button to open or close the roof. This type of hardtop is usually made of steel, plastic, or aluminum. It can vary in the number of rigid sections and has a mechanism that often relies on trunk lids to receive the retracting top from the front and the parcels from the rear. Some hardtops, on the other hand, are created differently. Unlike retractable and detachable hardtops, pillarless hardtops have a unique design that requires no roof support behind the front doors. This style was very popular in the 50s and 60s, though it began to disappear in the 70s when US federal safety regulations restricted the use of pillarless models. If you're looking for any of these hardtops, look no further. Auto Parts Warehouse offers a full inventory; with us, finding the perfect hardtop won't make you feel as if you're looking for a needle in a haystack. Our online catalog is accessible and user-friendly; simply type in the part you need and you'll get quick matches. Aside from this, all items sold on this site come with a low price guarantee, so even if you are on a tight budget, you can still secure the unit that you need. You can even sign up for our email group to get regular updates on our discounts and promotions. All you need to do is to click the shopping cart icon and to fill it with replacements you intend to purchase. Once you've completed this, just enter your email address on the email exclusives box and voila! You can now enjoy great savings on your next set of parts. Shopping for parts has never been this easy, and affordable. Order your needed hardtop today! If you have questions and concerns, just call our toll-free hotline; our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Choosing the Right Hardtop: Shopping Made Easy
Convertible and pillar-less vehicle owners know the value of a good hardtop. Unlike its counterpart, the ?soft top', the hardtop offers excellent protection against harsh weather elements. This type of top also offers insulation against sound. And with its sleek design, the hard top adds instant style to any pillar-less ride. So if you're on the lookout for a new ?top' for your ride, get the one that doesn't damage easily. Go for the easy choice-the hardtop. To help you find the right hardtop for your ride, check out the following buying tips.
Basic types of hardtops
1. Removable hardtop- As is implied by its name, the removable hardtop is specially designed for easy installation and removal. Its one-piece design means that one or two people can easily lift, position, and install this hardtop. Manufactured using hardwearing materials like lightweight metal alloy, plastic, and fiberglass, this type of hardtop is built for lasting use. Originally, hardtops came with plastic rear windows. However, since plastic yellows over time, hardtop manufacturers have shifted to using glass rear windows.
2. Retractable hardtop-The retractable hardtop, also known as the coupe convertible, is the most expensive type of hardtop available. This is because this retractable top requires a motorized system to operate it. Retractable hardtops are generally built with three or four panels. These panels raise and lower through a small motor. A button on the driver's side operates the motorized system, letting the driver raise or lower the top with a push of a button. Despite being extremely convenient, there's a downside to this hardtop-and it isn't just its hefty price tag. For most convertible owners, the biggest issue with the retractable hardtop is the strain put on the engine by the hardtop's motorized system.
3. Pillar-less hardtop-Unlike retractable and removable hardtops, the pillar-less hardtop is supported by the elements that can be found in the windshield and rear window. Its name was derived from its design, which didn't require a center pillar to stay rigid. A pillar-less hardtop needs a lot of reinforcement underneath to prevent shaking when the vehicle is running. Since the frame of a pillar-less hardtop is reinforced by more materials, it's actually more rigid compared to detachable hardtops.
Hardtop: Installation Made Easy
Installing a hardtop is one of the best ways to improve the looks of a vehicle without spending a lot of money. It's also an excellent way to boost your cabin's protection against harsh outside elements. Now, if you're planning on using a hardtop to give your Jeep Wrangler an aesthetic boost, then you can make the hardtop installation process a bit easier by following the steps listed below.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Phillips screwdriver
Step 1: Open the front doors of your Jeep Wrangler.
Step 2: Lower the Jeep Wrangler's sun visors.
Step 3: With the help of a friend or assistant, lift the hardtop and put it on the rear section of your vehicle. Make sure the hardtop reaches the vehicle's windshield.
Step 4: Insert the hardtop's clamps into the pre-drilled holes on the windshield, then press the hardtop down with your hands to secure it in place.
Step 5: Bolt the hardtop into place. Using a Phillips screwdriver, tighten the nuts on the opposite side of the bolts for an airtight seal.
Step 6: Lock the front part of the hardtop by folding the locking tabs on the front part of the windshield.
Step 7: Join the windshield wiper with its connectors by pressing them down onto the hardtop. These connectors should be located at the rear section of the hardtop's driver side.
Step 8: Activate the windshield wipers to check if they're still working. If they're not moving, check for loose connections.
Before taking your ride for a spin, we recommend making sure the hardtop is installed properly. Check the hardtop's mounting points, bolts, and fasteners for any loose connections.