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tiny terror 10-03-2007 07:23 PM

full softdoor fix...
 
A couple weeks ago I bought a set of full softdoors from Bestop and discovered a problem on the drive up to BigBear. The tops of the doors have this nasty habit of sucking out when traveling at highway speeds and the wind is just right... which it always seems to be.

It was suggested that a set of small bungee cords around the roll cage and through the zip pulls was a fix, and it almost was, but I hestitate to do that very often since we all know about zippers. I figured it wouldn't take too long before I ruined them.

So neccessity being the mother of invention I went about figuring how I could solve the problem and here's what I came up with...

First I decided I needed to get at the metal frame to attach to so I placed two slits on the inside fabric just under the weather stripping....

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...softdoors3.jpg

I decided to use two points to secure the door top since I still had some noise and flapping when the zipped pulls were being used.

From here I took some zip ties and made loops. This is the tricky part. You have to curl the end so you can snake it around the metal inside...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...softdoors4.jpg

And it's important which direction you put the zip tie around the metal or they won't lay right. I had them in both ways and the best way is to go over the top, inside to out....

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...softdoors5.jpg

Now fasten the ties to make loops..

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...softdoors2.jpg

Cut off excess and tuck in...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...softdoors1.jpg

Now You can loop bungees around the roll cage and to the loops easily...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...softdoors8.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...softdoors6.jpg

I used green so y'all could see them, but yeah, I'm a chick so I changed them to black to match.

4point 10-03-2007 07:55 PM

Good write-up Tiny, I've often thought of doing something like this. Do you think your canvas will tear further on its own now?

tiny terror 10-03-2007 07:58 PM

I'm pretty sure it won't tear because I slit it wide enough and tucking them in (I had the zip ties the other way the first time and they wouldn't tuck) seems to have taken the pressure off the fabric.

activelydying 10-03-2007 08:23 PM

So does this fix also keep more of the rain out?

Scout 10-03-2007 08:23 PM

Damn that's a great idea! I haven't even finished putting my uppers on yet so I haven't experienced what you're talking about. But now I know if I have a problem I'll have a way to fix it. Good write-up.

Texapple 10-03-2007 08:41 PM

Thanks, Tiny

I've had my doors for over a year, but only use them in the summer, ususally around town...noticed this problem the last time we were screaming down the highway....as a matter of fact, the door pulled loose from the latch (it didn't fly open, but made my heart accelerate).

Hard doors are on for winter, but I'll be doing this mod next spring!

tiny terror 10-03-2007 09:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by activelydying (Post 145224)
So does this fix also keep more of the rain out?



I'm not sure actually. We don't get a lot of rain here and where the rain came in, I've got a fix for that too since it traveled down the center seam, just haven't done it yet.

And Scout, you will experience it with the wind in Texas. I heard that's why Texans wear hats, keeps their hair in place.

Scout 10-03-2007 09:37 PM

I cut all of my hair off. :D

tiny terror 10-04-2007 11:35 AM

Yeah, you can do that if your mellon is shaped right.

1BLKJP 10-04-2007 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tiny terror (Post 145524)
Yeah, you can do that if your mellon is shaped right.

I was worried about that the first time I shaved my head. :D Good thing it's nice and round. :D

TT, you should send some pics of this to Best Top along with a write up of the problem. Maybe they can start cutting these slits in the manufacturing process if people want to do this themselves.

Nice work. :D


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