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Alan Russell
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I'm going to pickup my new hard top (bought it used for $700).. My question is thus:

I don't have the side latches, is it safe to transport it 120 miles (on highway) with just the front and rear latches?

And while I'm at it, how do you bolt it in? Replace the latches with plates?


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Yes it's safe I've gone a hundred windows down no side latches.No sweat

raycm2 Verified Driver
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quote:
And while I'm at it, how do you bolt it in? Replace the latches with plates?

Yup.

A tip for getting the latches off: Apply copious heat to the screws, then back them out while still hot.

-ray.


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replace the latches with plates

whenry
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The side latches are called "rattle latches" and are not needed to secure the top. You may need to check the tightness on the Frankenstein bolts and the adjuster inside the chrome boxes(mine were loose on one top and I discovered it at 70 mph; when I tried to tighten the bolts were missing)

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Wayne Henry SM 06

   

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