Rag Time: How To Add A Sliding Ragtop To Your Custom Ride

Texas is known for it’s HOT summers and Retractable Roofs, that’s right, convertible roofs. And just like everything in Texas, we do it BIG! Think about Reliant stadium where the Texans play…retractable roof. How about the spectacular Cowboy stadium…retractable roof. Since we can’t beat the heat when it comes to cruising in Texas, why not let the sunshine in by, that’s right you guessed it, adding a retractable roof to your ride.

I have been contemplating having this done to my mild custom for sometime now. The only drawback for me was and is, more information on the best manufacturers and also a reliable fab shop that can install it to look as factory as possible for a clean and flawless look and proper functionality. Cutting a hole in the roof of your vehicle is not a small order. One error in the measurements or cutting can wipe out the value of your vehicle and crush your summer cruising dreams. Once I find the right experienced installer and decide on the company to purchase from, it’s on as they say.

Since I’ve already started researching this process, I thought perhaps some of my readers may like the idea of ragging their rides also, therefore I decided to share what research I have completed to this point.

I added a few links that describe to installation process so you can see what it takes to have one installed. Make sure you go through a diligent vetting process when chosing a shop. This is crucial when it comes to having a clean top that functions properly.

Links to step by step ragtop installation instructions below:

1. http://http://www.minitruckinweb.com/tech/body/1007mt_webasto_power_slider_install/index.html

2. http://www.lowrideredge.com/tech/0109lre_installing_sunroof/index.html

I also included a few spots I have found online that sell ragtops. Many offer standard sizes by vehicles and some you can have custom made. Check out the links below for more information.

Online stores that sell sliding ragtops:

1. www.streetbeatcustoms.com/Ragtops-Sunroofs/

2. http://www.slidingragtops.com/

3. http://store.gaugemagazine.com/search.aspx?find=Rag+top

4. http://www.autoculturellc.com/slidingragtops.html

If you have experience with ragtops, share your thoughts and comments for the benefit of other readers to help us avoid any pitfalls. If you are in the process of installing a rag, share your build photos with us.

Tell your buddies about the Whip Appeal Auto Enthusiast blog. I cover everything from rags to swtiches and everything in between. It’s a great place to share ideas, images, information and more.






Until next time,

D. Smith aka TheGlossBoss.Com

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