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Does anyone have experience with Soft Top Trimmers out of Buccleuch, South Africa. I have lowered my roll bar on my FFR Mk3 to fit the requirements of this top and am getting ready to purchase. Its $1550 plus $375 shipping. You can see the top being removed and put on in a youtube video if you search "Cobra soft Top". Any help / advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!!!
 

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Are you sure that top isn't designed more for a Backdraft Cobra? I think they're a bit wider and a couple inches longer than the FFR. Not sure about the dimensions of a SuperFormance or Kirkham that they also mention on their website.
 

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also, have you looked into the top sold by Whitby's? I think it's a long wait, but people who have them really like it.
 

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I know it’s a little bit more, but I’ve used the Rod Top a lot and have been very pleased.

John

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Dan, Thank you for responding I will look at Whitby's. Soft Top Trimmers said I would be the first person to try this top on a FFR. All the previous FFR guys who had previously contacted him were unwilling to lower the roll bar. I have sent extensive measurements. The process requires that I custom fit the top. Soft Top trimmers sent me a manual on how to do it. My attraction to the top is the simplicity, material quality, and it comes with zip in side curtains. But most of all I like the low profile of the top. Thank you for your recommendations.
 

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Best of luck which ever way you go, let us know how it turns out.

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Jay, something to think about-- I have one of the original older style FFR tops. Its very close in profile to the newer one Whitby/FFR sell. At 5'8" and with my seat in a middle of the road position, height wise off the floor, my head is pretty close to the top material. Personally I can't imagine sitting in a car with one much lower. I assume you have dimensions for the proposed top? If you haven't already done so I'd run some tape or string form the roll bar to the top of the windshield at the the right height to see what kind of room you'll end up with.
 

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Dave, Geat advice. I will check it.

From the info and talking to the designer the Soft Top Trimmers top has its highest point over the drivers head rather than over the roll bar like some other tops.

It's also been tested at over 100mph.

Thank You for your help.

Jay
 

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Hello Jay,

I'm seriously considering a top for my MK4 roadster and since I already have dual Breeze roll bars I'm looking at this top as an option at this point. I will definitely be following your thread to see how the Soft Top Trimmers top compares. Please keep posting

Thanks

Saul

 

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I got the top from South Africa (Soft Top Trimmers). It arrived in one week. It's very nice. High quality German material with all hardware fitting manual, drill bit and tap for snap installation, canvas punch, templet etc all very well packaged. I was surprised it came with heavy duty storage bags for the top and side curtains. Very nice quality. A memory stick was included that has 100's of step by step photos of the fitting process. I started the fitting process and it looks like its going to fit great, but I am taking my time and have been in email contact (9 hours time difference) with the owner of Soft Top Trimmers, David. He is very helpful and the nicest guy I have worked with throughout my build process. A really super guy. He happens to be installing tops on two Cobras in S. Africa now and has been sending me daily step by step photos of his work and I am following with my top.

My car is a Mk3, FE 445 stroker (carb), Tremec, 3 link, comp. dash, Mk 4 control arm update, I am going for a traditional SC look, no strip (thinking Rangoon Red). I have been driving it in gelcoat because I wanted to fit a top on it before paint. I will post my progress if anyone is interested.
 

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I am going for a traditional SC look, no strip (thinking Rangoon Red). I have been driving it in gelcoat because I wanted to fit a top on it before paint. I will post my progress if anyone is interested.
The roadster always looked good in the classic Rangoon red color..good choice!

I'd be game to see some progress pictures. That top is about 40% less $$ wise then the ones available in N. America, so I wouldn't doubt other will be interested in it.
 

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The roadster always looked good in the classic Rangoon red color..good choice!

I'd be game to see some progress pictures. That top is about 40% less $$ wise then the ones available in N. America, so I wouldn't doubt other will be interested in it.

I think it's about the same price as the Whitby top, I just got mine in and having it installed later next week
 

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As I'm waiting now for the second FFR to install, I'm so impatient I might just pull the trigger myself. The photo gallery examples look AWESOME and I just really don't like my APE Hardtop.
 

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Are you sure that top isn't designed more for a Backdraft Cobra? I think they're a bit wider and a couple inches longer than the FFR. Not sure about the dimensions of a SuperFormance or Kirkham that they also mention on their website.
Hello Dan. My Soft Top was designed on a Backdraft, yes, however (open to correction) all Cobra's have the same size of windscreen, which my Top is controlled from and I doubt if the rear ends differ that much from within the width of the windscreen frame and material, it takes up any variances in rear end curves. Length and the windscreen angle also does not matter. My Top fits all, but for the F5 because of its roll bar height. Lower that and it will fit. I now have a smaller ST that fits the WestCoast Cobra (Gas Cap in the middle of the rear end).
 

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Looking forward to see how yours fits. Very interested and will likely order one too.

Keep us posted!

Saul
 
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