How To Install a Hard Top in 5 Steps
Cruising with your convertible down the road or on any place you wish would look much cooler with the addition of an aftermarket hard top. You see, hard tops on your auto provide a sporty appeal while keeping it protected from external elements especially during winter or rainy season. This is probably why most convertible owners prefer hard tops over soft tops. If you have recently bought a hard top for your convertible, but is quite unsure about how to install it, then this is your lucky day. Here is a quick five-step guide in installing a hard top.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
Preparing for installation
To make the installation job easier, open the auto's front doors and lower the mounting brackets found on the windshield. Make sure that you perform the installation in a wide area to avoid scratching off the part's surface.
Lifting the hard top with an assistant
Unless you are the man of steel, lifting the hard top all by yourself is impossible. So to continue with the installation process, call an assistant in order to lift the top onto the vehicle. Ensure that the hard top is aligned properly to prevent possible setbacks.
Placing the mounting clamps
Once you and your assistant have settled the hard top in place, secure the mounting clamps through the parts' holes. To ensure proper and tight fitting, press them in lock position. The installation should not take long so be sure to double-check if the clamps are in lock position.
Installing and tightening the hard top bolts
There are holes along the inside edges of the hardtop where the bolts should be secured tightly in place. If you want to ensure that the aftermarket addition does not fall off when you are driving around town, thread the nuts onto the bolts and tighten them using a wrench.
Connecting the wiring harness
Lastly, connect the wiring harness to the vehicle's rear windshield wiper motor. This is done by pressing the two connectors together. You should know that the installation is done when you hear the tabs click in place.