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Old 02-23-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Soft-Tops.com Out of Business. But there's good news.

I just got off the phone with Putt Georgi, owner/president of ARO Convertible Tops & Glass out of Walden, NY. I had heard in another thread that they were producing "tonneau-style" soft tops for Broncos and decided to investigate.

Mr. Georgi advised me that ARO is currently making two styles of soft top (click here): STC/Fastrac style and "Fastback." The Fastback runs about $395 in vinyl or a little extra in Stayfast Cloth. The STC style is $1500-$2000, depending upon whether or not you want a bolt-on frame rather than drilling holes for snaps. At this time, a bolt-on frame is not available for the Fastback tops. That was something that soft-tops.com had produced, but ARO is in the process of finding a machine shop to make a similar setup.

Each top is made-to-order, and they can usually crank out a soft top in 2-3 business days in any color you want, with clear or tinted windows. Since each top is custom-made, you have the option to add extra windows (Fastback), etc.

Another interesting thing that Mr. Georgi told me is that ARO has always produced the Fastback tops for soft-tops.com, who went out of business about 6 months ago. He has been trying to contact them, but no luck so far.
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so they are making the ones with the roll up windows not the zip out ones like broncograveyard.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:05 PM   #3
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I honestly don't know. I was more interested in the Fastback top.

The second link I posted are pics of the tops on their website (granted, they're originally from other websites). He advised me that those pics are very good representations of their products.

You could give him a call at 845-778-1314 and ask, though.
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What's the difference between fastrac and fastback?


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We have been contacted by customers trying to locate the STC, Kayline products. Due to these inquiries we are developing a top and frame assembly similar to the KAYLINE/STC/BIG BUCK/WHITCO products. We are developing this top to have the fold down frame, dielectrically sealed side windows,etc to be as close in appearance as possibly for a local customer. It will be available in a variety of materials and colors. This product will not be able to be installed over the old frames, it will only fit the frame we provide. We are working on this project during our winter schedule and hope to have it ready for sale shortly. We do not have a listing for this item on our website since it does not exist yet. We would appreciate your input and ideas.
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:53 PM   #5
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so they are making basically the same fastrac top as JBG is providing for over twice the cost? I dunno 'bout you but I would pay the $600. Unless it came with a free hot redhead.
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Shame, they go back into production cause of all those calls, but only a few will ever buy. Wonder how many JBG sold, 100s wanted one.... maybe 6 sold?
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Fastrac refers to how the canvas is attached to the body. Neither of those are Fastracs - they both use snaps. A "FastTrac" - I believe a name coined by STC/Kayline - uses an aluminum J channel bolted to the bed rails and the top has a plastic J-channel that interlocks on the bed rail piece.
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once they start producing a bolt on fram i may order a fastback with the frame.
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Those are nice but DAMN are they expensive. I would think the fabricator guys could build a frame and if you know someone who can do the sewing work you could build your own for pretty cheap. There is an amish guy in Shipshewana IN who does good work REALLY cheap. I've used him before for stuff, and might use him to make a roof top tent.
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So from what you gathered, is the "tonneau style" top I posted about probably a "fastback" one?
If so, not sure how I feel about that. I was hoping for more of a Skyler look.
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Yeah their Fastracs are high as hell, but they're made in America by Americans (don't think JBG can say that), and any color you'd like. You can customize them just about however you like. Still a steep price that will keep the majority from buying, though.

But for those who like the FastBack style, you're dealing directly with the manufacturer, rather than a reseller (soft-tops.com). The same top that previously sold for $600 is available for less than $400. I'm just waiting until they bring out their rail system for the FastBack.

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So from what you gathered, is the "tonneau style" top I posted about probably a "fastback" one?
If so, not sure how I feel about that. I was hoping for more of a Skyler look.
The "tonneau" style offered by ARO is the FastBack. At this time they do not produce anything similar to the Skyler top.
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:12 PM   #12
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How much different is the 79 Bronco comparied to the 80-96? Could one of these fastback tops be used on my 79?
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:18 AM   #13
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is that your rig ? if yes were did you get your soft biguglyeb??
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Shame, they go back into production cause of all those calls, but only a few will ever buy. Wonder how many JBG sold, 100s wanted one.... maybe 6 sold?
True dat! I saw that coming from day one. I think their biggest problem was the lack of tinted windows on release date. They now have the tinted windows, but the whole soft top rage has phased out for the most part. I'm still down for one when I get out of school and the downtown parking garages.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:43 AM   #15
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it will pick up again this summer I bet. that sunshine will have people thinkin real hard.
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:02 PM   #16
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is that your rig ? if yes were did you get your soft biguglyeb??
The pic in my signature is my Bronco. I scoured CraigsList daily for 6 months to find my Skyler top. But, when I found it, I basically stole it and only had to drive 3 hours one-way to get it.
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The STC style is $1500-$2000, depending upon whether or not you want a bolt-on frame rather than drilling holes for snaps.
Holy cow! $1500-2000 for a soft top? I'm surprised if they'll even sell one at those prices.
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Holy cow! $1500-2000 for a soft top? I'm surprised if they'll even sell one at those prices.
Yeah, I agree. At THAT price, I can def. afford to put more time into reworking the bows, hardware AND the canvas that a friend of mine gave me that was on his boat. He sold the boat, but the guy that bought it didn't see it with a top on it, and never asked, so John never said anything about it. Slightly underhanded, I know, but he was all ready taking a loss on the boat.
$600 for the Fastback top is still steep I feel...
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The FastBacks are $395.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:00 PM   #20
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Well. I miss read then. Sorry about that. The $395 is ALOT easier to swing than $600 would be.
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