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Old 11-06-2014, 12:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hi. I'm still debating on what to do about my '97 Gen 2 Top. The options that I am thinking about are: 1. Going to a Gen 1 top. Has anyone made a parts list or write up in it? 2. Doing what Gigafex has done. As well as 3D print the retainer brackets (just need measurements on a complete bracket). 3. Make a hybrid out of the Gen 2 top and add snap buttons to the top.
What do you guys think?

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Old 11-06-2014, 02:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hi. I'm still debating on what to do about my '97 Gen 2 Top. The options that I am thinking about are: 1. Going to a Gen 1 top. Has anyone made a parts list or write up in it? 2. Doing what Gigafex has done. As well as 3D print the retainer brackets (just need measurements on a complete bracket). 3. Make a hybrid out of the Gen 2 top and add snap buttons to the top.
What do you guys think?

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Old 11-06-2014, 03:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Is that piece you drew up the only one you need? it's fairly small and could probably be easily printed with a few slight modification.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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That piece and the opposite side. The top half of it was broken off by the P.O. Once I figure out the dimensions I am going to 3D print it and test it out. I got this out of a different post. Going try this shape. This one is metal. The one I have is plastic. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-06-2014, 05:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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yeah I've been missing the "latch clip" out of mine since i bought it but the tail gate holds the bar in so meh not to worried
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The options that I am thinking about are: 1. Going to a Gen 1 top.
Generation 1 has different hardware (front bow attaches with sliding clips and not snaps, side windows, attachment at tailgate, etc.)
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:15 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Here's my 3D printed test part.
As it printed
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Cleaned up
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Trimmed and installed.
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I guess some of the dimensions and was wrong in a few spots. I'm going to update the design and give it another go.
Will keep posting here for now.
Planning on making a metal version and some with mixed materials.
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Very nice!

If you're in a hot area, know that that part will quickly deform if it's PLA on a hot sunny day.
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Well, I just finished converting our Canadian 1992 Pontiac Asuna two door over to the gen 2 style top.

Why? I have a back problem that meant I needed two canes and a walker to get around. I could not lift anything, even a plate full of food hurt. That left it to my wife to wrestle my walker in and out of the back through the passenger door (the rear window zipper was frozen solid), and it was hard for her to do that, being that both of us are over 70.

The gen 2 top allows her to open the tailgate and slide my walker into the back without unzipping the rear window. There's even room for a wheel chair (the rear seats are removed), if it comes to that.

And yes, it was a picky, finicky job to lay out all the clips/fasteners that I stripped off a wrecked '96, but everything lined up and nothing leaks.
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The generation 1 top has the fiberglass rod that snaps into the brackets on the tailgate. Could you not have just unsnapped that rod, and then opened the tailgate without unzipping the window???
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