Convertible Replacement

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Depending on the model of automobile, convertible replacement can be either simple or complex. The simplest of all convertible tops to remove are removable hardtop. Because of the awkwardness and inconvenience of hardtops, however, removable hardtops are rare in recent car models. These days, power soft tops are the norm.

Due to the complexity of many power soft tops, however, convertible replacement of many modern cars can be difficult. With a comprehensive instruction guide and a few devoted hours, though, most people can successfully perform convertible replacement procedures. In many cases, the only tools necessary are common sockets, pliers, and screwdrivers.

The Hardware Needed for Convertible Replacement

Many convertible replacement specialty stores may sell replacement tops in packages with all of the necessary hardware to perform convertible replacement. For some models, however, seals, pads and hold down cables may not be included with the top, so if they appear worn or dysfunctional, they may need to be purchased separately. Generally, most convertible parts suppliers will allow you to purchase only the parts you need.

Older styles of convertible tops, such as the two-part top, or manual removal soft tops, may be comparatively simple to replace, requiring few tools or foreknowledge. Replacement tops are also usually available in a variety of fabrics and colors to suit your taste. Many different types of canvas and vinyl tops are currently in production, and are available from convertible specialists and other automotive interior suppliers.

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