Replacing a convertible top is not rocket
science, but it does take average or a little better than
ability. Can one install a convertible top without professional
The nuts and bolts part of the
installation is pretty straightforward and within the grasp of most
it yourselfers. Different years/makes/models have particular characteristics, making it
imperative that one have quality instructions for your particular
year-make-model. Our videos
provide step by
depth instructions in great detail.
The installation area must be above 70
degrees F. Convertible materials get more difficult to work
with as the temperature falls below 70
To help the first time installer, AOK Sales, LLC has compiled a library of
that you watch the entire video before beginning the installation.
If you are in PA and need a top
installed, take a look at
this page for top installation. We may
install it for a significant savings if we don't already
have it in our library.
The short answer is sometimes, the long answer is.........
Convertible tops have several types of windows.
In two piece tops, the window unit,
whether glass or vinyl, is
separate from the top and can be
replaced without installing a new top.
This link will show you a window in a
typical two piece topbefore the top goes on.
The video shows
a vinyl window, but the procedure is the same for a glass
When replacing a window on a two piece
top, the rear half of the top must be removed to access
the window unit because
the window was installed before the top. You will do nearly as much work
and replacing the top to install a window as you would replacing both the top
window. For that reason, it is prudent to inspect the top before
making a decision to replace the
If the top is worn, you will save time and money in the long run by
replacing it at the
same time as the window.
On one piece tops, the window is an
integral part of the top. The best way to replace the window is
to replace the
However it is possible to replace the
window only, if the window is vinyl, not glass.
On those cars,
the top must be removed
completely from the vehicle.
The damaged window is cut from the
top and used as a pattern to cut a new window from .40 gauge clear
vinyl. The new window is the
sewed into the top and the top replaced on the vehicle. The sewing
operation is best left to a
professional with a heavy duty commercial sewing machine.
Some one piece tops have a glass window.
They usually cannot be replaced without replacing the
top. A few tops have glass
windows installed in them in such a way that they are replaceable.
only a few models with this feature. Premier among them is the VW Beetle, Rabbit
These must be addressed on a case by case basis.
Our instructions for replacing tops also include
the instructions for installing the window.
Instructions for replacing tops and
windows can be
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