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    Who here has a soft top?

    May I pick your brain some?
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    I do
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    Sent you a PM Mr Bill. Thanks
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    I have one as well. Worked with Cad at Rod Tops on some refining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Whittaker View Post
    I have one as well. Worked with Cad at Rod Tops on some refining.
    Hi Tim, I am thinking of getting the soft top for my 33 in the near future. On checking my measurements I found it off by 0.5'' on one side and 0.75" on the other side. What kind of refining did you have done?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Sides were good on mine but the rear fabic was about 3/4" too shot all along the back. Sent it back to them and they fixed it. EXCELLENT customer service.

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    Tim, what sort of refinements other than that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Whittaker View Post
    Sides were good on mine but the rear fabic was about 3/4" too shot all along the back. Sent it back to them and they fixed it. EXCELLENT customer service.
    Thanks Tim, I think I will talk to them first before I put in the order. If not I may have to play around with adjusting the windshield.

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    I sent them an email a while back asking if they had a way to modify the top for me if I chopped down the windshield. I never heard back from them. Kind of disappointed as I do like the rag top look and was planning on going that way. Was just worried about customer service when I never heard back from them.
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    TD, I've talked to Chad on the phone at Rod Tops and he was always very helpful, but hard to get a response via email. I don't think the top will work if you chop the windshield for a couple reasons. I have a hard enough time seeing out of the stock height windshield and your head would probably hit the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CVOBill View Post
    TD, I've talked to Chad on the phone at Rod Tops and he was always very helpful, but hard to get a response via email. I don't think the top will work if you chop the windshield for a couple reasons. I have a hard enough time seeing out of the stock height windshield and your head would probably hit the top.
    I agree with Bill that the top most likely won't work well if you cut the windshield. Eric Hansen cut one down ( I think ) and you might reach out to him for some info.

    My experience with Rod Tops has been stellar and Chad couldn't be better to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Whittaker View Post
    Sides were good on mine but the rear fabic was about 3/4" too shot all along the back. Sent it back to them and they fixed it. EXCELLENT customer service.
    Iíve got the same problem. What did Chad do to fix it. My top is at his shop presently.

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    I assume they replaced the rear piece with a longer one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevemcwilliams View Post
    I’ve got the same problem. What did Chad do to fix it. My top is at his shop presently.
    I am a bit concerned now. I am all the way in Canada and if mine does not fit properly the first time it's a long way to return it, not to mention the cost of shipping.

    Any suggestions?

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    Would slitting the windshield mount holes and moving it back, or changing the angle slightly, help take up the extra 3/4”?
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    My top fit the first time and would recommend it to anyone. If the windshield angle isn't correct the top wont fit, the angle is very important. I think if you modify it at the windshield mount it will effect how everything else fits, including the side curtains.
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    Hot Rod #304 purchased 5/28/2017 from original owner Unassembled . Titled and plated 8/24/2017 Coyote,
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    Quote Originally Posted by clays123 View Post
    I am a bit concerned now. I am all the way in Canada and if mine does not fit properly the first time it's a long way to return it, not to mention the cost of shipping.

    Any suggestions?
    Where in Canada ? I'm right on the border in B.C. if it's not to far to drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Whittaker View Post
    Where in Canada ? I'm right on the border in B.C. if it's not to far to drive.
    Hi Tim,

    I am in Brampton Ontario, about thirty five minutes north west of Toronto. A bit of a drive to the BC border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CVOBill View Post
    My top fit the first time and would recommend it to anyone. If the windshield angle isn't correct the top wont fit, the angle is very important. I think if you modify it at the windshield mount it will effect how everything else fits, including the side curtains.
    Do you know what the angle should be? I tried to find it in the manual but no luck.
    Thanks very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clays123 View Post
    Do you know what the angle should be? I tried to find it in the manual but no luck.
    Thanks very much.
    Rod Tops has a specific measurement on line that is from the frame to a step on the rear part of the door opening that can be checked as well. It's a PDF file on the info for the top on either FFFR's 33 parts site or Rod Tops site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Whittaker View Post
    Rod Tops has a specific measurement on line that is from the frame to a step on the rear part of the door opening that can be checked as well. It's a PDF file on the info for the top on either FFFR's 33 parts site or Rod Tops site.
    Ok great, I will check that measurement with what I have. Thanks very much.

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    I am planning on getting the rag top as well and not too far from installing the windshield so I searched and found the measurements.


    From the top edge of the windshield to the top back (inside) of the door it should be 31" on both sides. Additionally, from the same spot on the windshield it is 32" on both sides for the mounting clevis.

    Here is a clip from the manual.

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