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Old 10-26-2014, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,
I've been trying to track down replacement soft top trim for my 95 Tracker. (17-18 in the diagram)
The black plastic that holds in the side rear windows. The threads I've seen are at least a couple of years old and everything seems to be out of production.

I did see where someone in Mexico had made fiberglass repros. Are they still?

They seem to be broken on every Tracker I've seen. Seems like there would be an aftermarket demand for these.

http://suzukicarparts.com/parts/1995...iagram=1410205

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Kelly

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If it makes any difference, any 1995-1998 Sidekick or Tracker will be compatible for these parts. The basic solution is a junkyard or someone parting out a car (or perhaps a 3D printer). I don't have any info on getting them out of Mexico, etc....Did you look on the classified section on the left of the page to see if anyone is parting their car out?? As Suzuki is pulling out of the US market, there will be more and more difficulty in getting parts in the US, sadly.
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I have thought about the 3D printer idea. Once the file was made, they could be produced as needed. A good way to offset the costs of mine.
As for used, I haven't seen any that are usable. If I did find a used one, I doubt is would last very long.
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These cars are still supported in Europe - it seems likely that in the future, as Suzuki pulls out of the US, more and more of these specific parts will have to be purchased and shipped from overseas. Of course, the cost of posting may be a deterrent. There are a couple of really good used parts places in the UK, that deal specifically with Suzukis that have been pulled off the road, where I have been able to get all sorts of parts, really cheap. I don't know if there is anything similar in the US, though.....
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Lot's of good used parts available to keep them going for a long time. Unfortunately, the plastic bits are just crumbling away on most of the salvage vehicles.
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I've said it before: convert to a 89-94 top (GEN1). Used parts are readily available and the aftermarket tops are cheaper. The only parts that break are the clips and Suzuki still sells them for $6 new. I see people buying used GEN2 parts for $500 a set on fleabay, and they're cracked, broken and brittle, when they could bought an entire GEN1 system complete to include a new soft top for half that.
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I could produce the needed parts on my 3D printers, I just have not got around to looking into it/drawing it up (too many projects). I have the ability to print in about 5 different plastics at the moment (hoping to expand that number soon).

Shoot me a PM if you are interested in talking. We can probably work out an arrangement so you get a set at no cost.
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I haven't see a Gen 1 top before so I'm not sure what's involved in the conversion. Besides, my top is only a few month old. But, something to look in to.
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If I had a gen 2 with a soft top, I'd probably convert it to the old top style. I think it's a better design, personally. I don't know why they changed over (if it ain't broke...)
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I heard the Gen 1 tops the side windows don't come out? That's why I wouldn't convert back. My plastic was trashed when i bought it, the P.O. had the top attached with self tapping screws so I bought some 1 1/4x 1 1/4x 1/8" angle iron and made my own
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