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I finally went topless this weekend with my 1996 XLT :rockon

http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=114715&toggle=fullsize&f=Brake light installed 2.JPG

It took a little hunting for the right tools however I got it off in one piece (and solo no less). Those of you who have the later models (92+) need some special tools to get both the seatbelts and mounting bolts off. I searched the site for the bit sizes and did not see them mentioned so here goes:
T50 Torx Socket (for Seat Belts).
T40 Security Torx Socket (I adapted a drill bit security Torx Head to a 1/4 Socket)
I even purchased the plastic panel fastener removal tool (busted 50% regardless) :shrug
Since I reside in the "Peoples Republic of California" I also had to fab up the third brake light. I used an off the shelf 4 LED light ($10), a piece of lexan (I shaped to the light size) and a "L" bracket.

http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=114716&toggle=fullsize&f=Brake Light Fab.JPG

I used the mounting screw as the ground point and an 18 AWG direct burial wire (overkill but all I had) to complete the circuit.

http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=114717&toggle=fullsize&f=Brake Light Wiring.JPG

I ran the wire into the paneling on the driver's side and tapped into the solid green wire at the rail to top connection.

http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=114714&toggle=fullsize&f=Brake Light Connect.JPG

I made this removable so I can still but the top back on. Hope this helps give you guys ideas........
 

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Wow...that looks great...can't wait to take mine off before too long (hopefully).

If you don't mind my asking, where did you get the covering you have on the bed in the back? My carpet has gone to crap, and that looks great.
 

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Thanks guys. The main reason I am taking the top off (other than it looks cool) is to make some measurements to fab up a cover. I'm taking a road trip through the Southwest next week so the top comes back on.

mvisos,
The covering on the back is deceiving. I bought a husky liner for the cargo area and used a old black fleece blanket to cover the seat (folded). Sorry nothing permanent.

stangmata50l,
I could have put it on the spare tire carrier but the wiring would have been difficult. You would have to run it under the bed or carpet and then loop around the tire carrier (you wanted full function). This way it is stationary and only takes a couple of minutes to install (using factory holes). If you go that route, post some pics. I'd love to see how you did it.

95broncoxlt,
After unbolting the mounting bolts and seatbelts (this took alot of time) I supported the top with my shoulders/back and lifted it up (about 150 lbs). I then walked to the tailgate and lowered to one knee (be carefull not to scratch the paint with the top). I then placed the other leg on the ground. Once both feet were on the ground I was able to put it down on a raised grass area in the back yard. Keep in mind I'm 6'2" and the Bronco has only a mild lift.
 

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I have on them brake lights that slide into the hitch, works of the trailer harness Was wondering if that would be leagal?? If not i can also move it up on to the tire.
 
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