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frizzardking Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:33 pm

Ok here is my problem , last year i had just picked up my Manx after having some minor adjustments and my top assembled , I am on my way home its windy and the top flys backwards will I am driving ,put to stress cracks in the top about an inch long .
It does not fit into the groves of the windshield ,some people drill 2 screws one on each side to keep it in place. I am one that does not like the screws in the windshield frame.
It is held with tension spring that are bolted to the top and bolted to the roll bar.
Not sure if my angle of my windshield is off a bit and that's why.
Any ideas
How have you attached your hard top?
thanks Marc



nightmanx11 Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:39 pm

Marc,

On a good day the fit of a hardtop is a bit on the chancy side. It is very unusual for them to blow off.

I have seen them mounted to wooden blocks on the inside, mounted with screws to the windshield surround. You name it and someone has done it. One of the cleanest mounts I have seen is to use a couple mirror clamps on the windshield surround. Danís performance has the clips.

If you can wait for MOTB, then you will be able to see several buggys that use these clamps.

Joe

didget69 Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:40 pm

Presuming that your rollbar & windshield frame are parallel & on same centerline left/right, you may find that front of hard top is not 'square' with windshield frame & lacking in proper engagement with windshield frame lip. At this point, you punt...

bnc

DomManx Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:30 am

The best way don't move end good fixing



:wink:

frizzardking Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:27 am

Thanks we don't have a Dan's , I ordered some from Appletree Auto.
That Picture from France looks Like a Good Idea , need a better Picture of the brackets

73SpeedBuggy Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:11 am

frizzardking wrote: Thanks we don't have a Dan's , I ordered some from Appletree Auto.
That Picture from France looks Like a Good Idea , need a better Picture of the brackets

I don't think anyone has a Dan's.. as far as I know they are online only.
http://www.dansperformanceparts.com/

parmaynu Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:13 pm

Here is a link

http://www.flatlandsengineering.co.uk/fle/parts/fle_BK69.jpg

Flatlands is an English company that sells buggy parts and builds show winning vw's

DomManx Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:27 am

Exactly the website is : http://www.flatlandsengineering.co.uk/fle/parts/fle_BK69.jpg

Perfect service and very good quality parts :wink:

I don't have better pictures

manxfwin Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:55 am

For what it's worth dept, this method worked for me and at least one other buggy owner. This works best if you hinge the top for entry/exit but would also work using a solid mount. You have to make the aluminum brackets but the windshield clamps are available from several sources. This is stable at 65-70 mph all day.

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Bub Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:51 pm

I used a couple 'suitcase latches' at the front, pretty much like this:

Tiny tiny bracket mounted on the underside of the windshield frame, latch mounted on the inside/ roof obviously.
You can get those a million places for a couple bucks, I may have bought them at Summit Racing.

And the thumbscrew at each corner in the rear- with a threaded anchor mounted underneath through a hole in the body. But I have almost a full hardtop, not just a roof, that I wanted to have the option of removing in a minute or two if I ever wanted to.

Mike_CNYBuggy Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:42 pm

Off topic but I love that mirror


Kevinwterry Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:19 am

what are those brackets called? the ones that hold the top down to the windshield frame? i cant seem to find them on dansperformance
parts.com.

frizzardking Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:13 pm

They are mirror mount brackets for a Manx windshield.

Dale M. Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:23 pm

This would also be my solution if I were doing this...



Windshield brackets at one time were available at "Bugshields by Dino"....

http://bugshieldsbydino.com/

Dale

Meco Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:12 pm

Frizzard man, in your first picture it looks like the hard top's front lip is not sitting within the channel of the windshield frame like it should be. It looks like it is overlapping the entire frame. I'm working on installing my hard top, and really like the solution offered from England that DomManx posted. Real clean looking.

frizzardking Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:44 pm

Yes that what we have concluded , the rake of my windshield is my problem , the slant , i had a Custom shop Build this Buggy and they would not read the instructions ,which i told the many times over , because of little tricks and so and , this is what happens.
I am going to order two from England, I have another full hardtop for another Buggy, , as of now i will figure something out for a simple solution while I am in Manx on The Banx.



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