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    Thread: is the pad and headliner really needed?

    1. Member vwdtag's Avatar
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      04-28-2012 10:10 PM #1
      i bought a new top for my 81 rabbit conv, and im wondering if i can place the top one with out the padding and headliner...

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      04-28-2012 10:31 PM #2
      Of course you can.....but......

      The padding prevents the metal bars from rubbing thru the outer top skin.

      Not to mention if your head should happen to hit the inside roof. Hitting those metal bars would hurt.

      Someone posted photos of what it looked like, done that way, a long while back.

      As always, its your car.

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      04-28-2012 10:44 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by CajunSpike View Post
      Of course you can.....but......

      The padding prevents the metal bars from rubbing thru the outer top skin.

      Not to mention if your head should happen to hit the inside roof. Hitting those metal bars would hurt.

      Someone posted photos of what it looked like, done that way, a long while back.

      As always, its your car.
      ok thank again, good to know

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      04-28-2012 10:44 PM #4
      where can i buy new cables for the top?

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      04-28-2012 10:48 PM #5
      Don't waste your Monies. Make your OWN.
      How am I to do that I ask? Simple.

      Make your own Side Cables Brianized.

      Make your own Rear Cable.
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      04-28-2012 10:50 PM #6
      You can actually make the cables...i'll have to find the link.

      Whatever Briano says....do it that way.

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      04-28-2012 11:06 PM #7
      wow you guys rock! this is great!

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      04-28-2012 11:11 PM #8
      take a minute to update your profile with the year and model of your car...so you don't have to repeat it for each question.

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      04-29-2012 11:55 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by briano1234 View Post
      Don't waste your Monies. Make your OWN.
      How am I to do that I ask? Simple.

      Make your own Side Cables Brianized.

      Make your own Rear Cable.
      The rear cable is 1/8 inch!

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      04-30-2012 01:15 AM #10
      i made my side cables....super cheap and easy....Home Depot has it all, as for the rear, i re-used mine...if its in good shape you can get a few tops out of it....BUT....if you even question its condition...make a new one.....

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      04-30-2012 02:04 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by CajunSpike View Post
      Someone posted photos of what it looked like, done that way, a long while back.




      Pretty darn ugly, if you ask me.
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      04-30-2012 12:12 PM #12
      Brian:
      A couple questions about the rear cable:
      Is it covered in vinyl tubing as well? is the sheath?
      Should 1/8" cable be used?
      Thanks
      Mike

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      04-30-2012 03:31 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by mAutopsy View Post
      Brian:
      A couple questions about the rear cable:
      Is it covered in vinyl tubing as well? is the sheath?
      Should 1/8" cable be used?
      Thanks
      Mike
      YES, YES, Yes. 1/8 is fine

      Old factory cable:



      Crabby TMI cable installed, the cracks were there when I bought it.


      Factory original


      Crappy TMI cable
      Last edited by briano1234; 04-30-2012 at 03:45 PM.
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      05-02-2012 10:22 AM #14
      I was considering doing the same thing some time ago and came across this link, apparently people refer to it as a "halter top" http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...er)&p=58671293
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