Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Replacing your Convertible Soft Top: What to Know

There’s no better way to enhance the value and look of your convertible car than replacing your worn out convertible soft top. While convertible tops are designed to withstand the elements, they will eventually breakdown and require replacing. Replacing the top will not only improve the look of your convertible, it will help preserve the interior from moisture and inclement weather, as well as help reduce wind and road noise. While the process can be complicated, it can be done at home with the right tools and a little dedication. Here are the most important steps for replacing any convertible soft top.

Order the Right Parts

This may seem like a no-brainer, but many convertible owners make the mistake of trying to find cheap alternatives to properly manufactured parts. Whether it’s replacing tension cables, the convertible top motor or the entire mechanism, you should be using quality parts specifically designed for your car’s make and model. Using parts not designated for your convertible may cause failure of other parts, costing you more money and possibly voiding any warrantees. OEM and upgraded parts will ensure a perfect fit with little worry about damaging any other parts.  

Clean Everything

After removing your old convertible soft top, you should do a thorough cleaning of all exposed surfaces. All surfaces must be smooth and free of residue to ensure a perfect seal when installing the new soft top. This is also a chance to get into the nooks and crannies that are normally unreachable when the top is installed. If any parts will be reused, they should be removed and thoroughly cleaned, as well.

Follow Instructions

When installing a convertible top yourself, it is extremely important to follow the instructions exactly as they are written. While parts of the installation may require some strength to accomplish, no parts should be forced into positions that will strain the motor, cables or frame. Remember, if you reach a point in the installation that is beyond your abilities, there’s no shame in handing it over to a professional to finish the job.  

Check your Work

Once your convertible top has been installed, it’s time to check your work. You should manually raise and retract your convertible top making sure it does not snag at any point. Perform a thorough visual inspection checking that no light shines through the seams and that the top closes tightly when latched. With the top up and windows closed, have someone run water over the convertible top while you check for any moisture or water leaks using a flashlight. Once the convertible top has passed your inspections, it is safe to use the motor to raise and lower the top. Once on the road, listen carefully for air leaks and wind noise.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Now that your convertible top is installed and fully functional, it’s important to perform regular maintenance. Always keep a soft brush handy to remove any debris and your convertible top will have specific cleaning solutions depending upon the material. Make sure to do a thorough cleaning at least once a month and only use approved products to clean and/or polish your convertible top.

Taking these steps will ensure that your convertible looks great, your interior is clean and quiet, and your top lasts for years. We have everything you need to repair and replace your convertible top and all of our convertible soft tops come with installation instructions.

What are our tips for installing a new convertible soft top? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Best Convertible Cars for Traveling

Convertible cars can provide some of the most enjoyable and economical means of travel. With the top down and wind in your hair, the miles melt away as you relax your way to each destination. While convertible cars may not technically be considered as recreational vehicles, their ability recreation cannot be overlooked. So, we’ve picked our favorite convertibles for hitting the road for extended vacations and overnight trips.

Mercedes-Benz SLC

If you’re looking for comfort and style, the SLC from Mercedes has everything you’re looking for! This is a roadster-style convertible with wood trim and plenty of head and leg room. The cabin is extremely quiet, even with the top down, and a premium sound system including an auxiliary audio input for enjoying your favorite tunes wherever you’re going. The cozy bucket seats come with optional leather and heated front seats and seat memory and power passenger seats. The turbocharged, rear wheel drive 4-cylinder engine can reach over 240 horsepower. Trunk space is ample, especially with the top up.

Jaguar XK

If luxury is your thing, the Jaguar XK comes fully loaded with everything you could ever want. The 5.0 Liter V8 engine is constructed with lightweight components to reduce weight while improving performance and handling. The convertible top is power-operated and the interior comes with heated leather seats and heated leather steering wheel, as well as the most comfortable interior you’ll find anywhere else. Adaptive dynamics increase control and balancing for a continuously smooth ride even through hairpin turns. With the top down, the Jaguar XK boasts up to 8 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk.

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang convertible is one of the most fun convertibles to own and has more trunk space than most convertibles in its class. The Ford Mustang’s power and style have had an irreversible effect on the convertible car industry and is still one of the most sought after convertibles on the market. Higher end Mustangs have options for heated leather seats, as well as leather trim with colored accent trims in ebony with detailed stitching. The 5.0 Liter V8 engine offers a 6-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed SelectShift® Automatic transmission.

Jeep Wrangler

Depending on your plans, the Jeep Wrangler soft top convertible may be the best choice! While Jeeps may deliver a somewhat noisy ride, their ability to store plenty of cargo and go virtually anywhere makes them the ultimate convertible for road trips. Jeep Wranglers can comfortably transport 4 or 5 people while making its way through the roughest terrain. The Jeep Wrangler also has the ability to tow additional gear for your vacations including jet skis, motorcycles, camping trailers, and just about anything you could possibly need!  

These are just a few of our favorite convertibles for traveling. What are your favorite convertibles for hitting the road? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Small Convertibles with Big Offerings

Owning a convertible car comes with plenty of excitement. However, some of the more compact convertibles come equipped with the biggest offerings. From parking in tight spots to zipping around in traffic, many compact convertibles are well worth a second look. So, we’ve highlighted some of the more best convertibles on the market today that you may not have considered.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Of course, we had to include the Mazda Miata! While one of the more compact convertibles, the MX-5 Miata (Grand Touring) comes with a powerful 155-HP engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems combined with the dual front and side-impact air bags augment the safety of the Miata to a new level. Leather seating with leather wrapped amenities make the MX-5 as stylish as it is fast and nimble.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche 718 Boxster is an upgraded take on this classic design. The 718 Boxster comes with a 2.5 Liter 350-HP four-cylinder engine and can reach 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds. The 718 Boxster has incorporated the Porsche Stability Management system to increase the convertible’s maneuverability while switching to more lightweight parts to further add to its performance. The Boxster has 2 luggage compartments to make it the perfect convertible for long getaways.

Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is packed with elegant features and is an extremely comfortable ride. The interior has a 12.3” high resolution display screen set in a glass cover that perfectly blends with the yacht-style design. The 329-HP engine and extended wheel base provide plenty of power and control through all types of traffic conditions. The E-Class convertible comes with plenty of trunk space as well as ample room for up to 4 passengers.

Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is an extremely fun convertible with lots to offer! While it may not be the fastest convertible (0 to 60? Yes!), it has a 6-speed turbocharged engine that boasts a combined 29.5 MPG. The Volkswagen Beetle combines classic features with modern technology to create one of the most interesting convertibles on the market. Equipped with an LED touchscreen, App-Connect system, and Fender Premium Audio System, the Beetle has everything you need to enjoy your driving experiences.

These are just some of our favorite small convertibles with big offerings! Whether you’re looking for speed and agility, room for storage, or a smooth ride, these convertibles more than deliver. 

What are your favorite convertibles and their most impressive offerings? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Best Convertibles for Dogs

When it comes to driving with the top down in your favorite convertible, nothing beats the rush of the wind flowing through your hair. Whether it’s the idea of being free on the open road or just being closer to nature, this experience is something that you may find yourself wanting to share with your best furry friend. Although many dogs love the outdoors, it’s important to remember that being in a moving convertible is completely different than being in a regular car. If you want to make sure your pup is safe and happy on your next open-roofed cruise, here are some things to keep in mind:

Keep them Contained

In an enclosed car, the possibility of your dog jumping out onto the open road is slim to none. However, no matter how well-trained your four-legged pal may be, stoplights and occasional traffic jams are a golden opportunity to jump out and catch that squirrel they’ve been eyeing for the past few minutes. Your dog is most likely not used to the rules of the road and won’t recognize the dangers of hopping out. Play it safe and always assume that a dog in a convertible may jump out at any stop light.

So what should you do? Make sure you set up a form of containment on your pup, whether a dog seat belt harness, carrier, or other measure. This way, you can ensure that your dog stays safely inside your vehicle while also enjoying the fresh air you both love so much. After all, even humans have to wear seat belts, right?

Give them Spacious Seats 

When it comes to the happiness and comfort of your canine friend, more space is always better. In the case of taking your dog out in your convertible, space is especially important to ensure that your dog doesn’t feel claustrophobic during the ride. They won’t have room to roam around while you’re on the move, so having extra space to find a comfortable position will help them from getting restless. Not only will they feel right at home in a spacious seat, but they’ll also be less likely to look for more space outside of your vehicle. Plus, when they’re tired of taking in the scenery, it’ll be the perfect spot to curl up into a ball and relax.

Keep them Enclosed

Although the first thing that pops into a person’s mind when they think of the term “convertible” is probably a Porsche of some sort, the best convertibles for dogs are generally the ones that are the most enclosed. Cars like the Jeep Wrangler offer the full convertible experience with the option of keeping the doors and windows in place.

Not only will it prevent them from making the great leap outside, but they’ll also be exposed to much less wind that can be harmful for them. While some big dogs can handle a strong breeze, smaller dogs or dogs with floppy ears may not fend so well against the wind. With the constant pressure of the strong breeze beating down on their ears and eyes, it could cause serious damage if they’re exposed for long periods of time. So avoid those long-haul journeys with the roof folded back.

Automatic Convertible Top

While manually pulling up a convertible top may not matter to you, one thing to consider when searching for a good convertible for your dog is an automatic convertible top that can easily be switched on with a press of a button. If your dog gets too warm due to exposure of direct sunlight for long periods of time, you’ll want a quick fix. Not only is it important to give your dog a break from the harsh heat, but this convenience can also come in handy when driving through big construction sites that produce a lot of debris. 

Being able to easily switch the car from a convertible in a matter of seconds is not necessary but is highly recommended since you won’t always be able to pull over immediately. When taking your dog for a ride, be aware of any possible problems that may arise so you can react appropriately – and quickly.

Drive Smoothly

Just like people, dogs can get car sick, too. If anything, dogs are even more prone to car sickness since they’re not used to the long drives. To reduce the risk of a sick pup, take care that your car isn’t making loud noises or driving unsteadily in any way. 

Although it doesn’t have to be the smoothest car with the most innovative technology, but you definitely want to steer clear of a car that makes a small dip feel like you’re driving over a canyon. Unstable convertibles – and any car – can not only make your dog car sick, but may also frighten them. All in all, a stable, smooth-driving car is the best for any pet lover.

While sharing the open road with your best canine pal seems like quite the dream, even the best dreams require the right preparation. Next time you’re shopping for your new convertible, keep in mind the possibility of taking your furry friend for a ride as you decide wh

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