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oasis
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:57 pm    Post subject: top straps Reply with quote

The top straps I'm asking about are not the ones that attach to the crossbar. I'm referring to the straps one uses when the soft top is installed but folded down.

TTS straps are sold with a green buckle and rivets that need to be installed -- two strikes against them. I just want something simple. Ironically, the straps I'm not talking about are nice velcro jobs sold by TTS.

Since so many folks are ingenious, I thought I would try to find out some of your solutions. (The so-called "boot" is not an option I want to pursue although they look nice.)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:15 pm    Post subject: Re: top straps Reply with quote

I used to use 2 of these, but with different buckles: http://www.lapolicegear.com/rothco-4177-44-belt.ht...KnMfD_BwEu
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:37 am    Post subject: Re: top straps Reply with quote

I use regular military style webbing.
A little sun faded, but it has worked well for me for over 30 years.
Inside:
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Good luck, Mondshine
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:54 am    Post subject: Re: top straps Reply with quote

This is the type of buckle that I use with the belt I linked above: https://www.armynavyoutdoors.com/classic-cotton-web-belt-54/?sku=200793
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Re: top straps Reply with quote

I purchased my set from The Thing Shop, and they were black buckles. I don't recall what the picture looked like when I ordered them. I would call them to clarify the color. As for the rivets they were very easily installed, I used a pair of pliers with duct tape on the jaws of the pliers to prevent damage to the face of the rivet. There are holes in the webbing for the rivets. I had no problems with my install.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: top straps Reply with quote

I also use the black military belts with the open buckles
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:25 pm    Post subject: Re: top straps Reply with quote

Thanks, everyone!
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