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post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-02-2018, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Nice video. Not sure I agree on taking WHOLE system out is faster, have to take out cylinders anyway to get system out. So why not just have cylinders rebuilt. Pump is very reliable. Reservoir is not.

Lower inside Clip on main lift cylinders does NOT have to be removed to get cylinder out. Don't lose them!!

Job is not hard, it is LOCATION!! Can't get two hands/arms in there.

Take a look at my SSR HOW TO LIBRARY and see how we do it, pretty much the same.

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Top Hydraulics rebuilt my Cylinders years ago and did an excellent job.

We found on the EAST Coast:

Cabriolet Hydraulics
3007 62nd Ave East
Bradenton, Fl 34203
941-756-1300

Cabriolet Hydraulics turn around is 1, maybe 2 days at most. We just rebuild cylinders although Zig has pumps, hoses, ect. Cabriolet had to make two cylinder rods for the one we replaced roof on.

First time removal is the longest depending if you want to gamble and just do two main lift cylinders or you want to do all eight.
I suggest all eight. Just don't like to have to do again if and when another cylinder decides to leak. Like rebuilding an eight cylinder engine, do just two cylinders?? Or all eight??

You can pull all eight cylinders in about 2 hours IF you have done it before. Four hours is probably first time.

Two main cylinders are what takes the most time.

Should also change Pneumatic Cylinders at same time. They support roof for UP movement by providing 260lbs of LIFT for the roof. More important they provide 260lbs of BUFFER when roof is lowered, thus protecting the hydraulic system from "DROP" shock.

If you put roof down and it drops the last few inches with a "thud" better change your Pneumatic Struts!!

Where?? Here!

https://shop.simple-engineering.com/...c?categoryId=8 or [email protected]

We have an excellent roof system, designed for 10yrs and did it!

See you at Tech Day in Daytona or Maggie Valley.

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A few weeks ago my roof stuck in the down position, hydraulic fluid was leaking from the passenger cylinder.I drove the SSR yesterday thinking all the fluid had drained but I could still smell the fluid leaking on the muffler Is it harmful to continue to drive the SSR with a low or no fluid level in that cylinder? Sorry if this sounds like an odd question.
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A few weeks ago my roof stuck in the down position, hydraulic fluid was leaking from the passenger cylinder.I drove the SSR yesterday thinking all the fluid had drained but I could still smell the fluid leaking on the muffler Is it harmful to continue to drive the SSR with a low or no fluid level in that cylinder? Sorry if this sounds like an odd question.
Won’t hurt it. Drive all you want.

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A few weeks ago my roof stuck in the down position, hydraulic fluid was leaking from the passenger cylinder.I drove the SSR yesterday thinking all the fluid had drained but I could still smell the fluid leaking on the muffler Is it harmful to continue to drive the SSR with a low or no fluid level in that cylinder? Sorry if this sounds like an odd question.
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Won’t hurt it. Drive all you want.

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Here is a link to the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for the fluid. I suggest you look at it and decide how to handle the possible fire hazard and caustic effects of your leak, as well as the safest way to mitigate those effects. This is based on the part numbers provided in Dicktator's One drive.
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Great info.
What type hydraulic fluid for the top. Can not find the specs anywhere
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Question . I am the original owner of a 2005 and have only opened the top maybe 20 times in 14 years. Dicktator or anybody else, do you see any issue from non use of the rooftop mechanism? The truck is in Vegas and garaged.
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Question . I am the original owner of a 2005 and have only opened the top maybe 20 times in 14 years. Dicktator or anybody else, do you see any issue from non use of the rooftop mechanism? The truck is in Vegas and garaged.
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I suspect there may be problems loosening the joints in the mechanism from lack of use so you may get some time outs, but that should improve with use and a bit of CRC 2-26 spray lub on moving parts. Biggest problem is lack of TOPLESS FUN!


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It should be ok, problem is reservoir may "crack" from just sitting.

From sitting hydraulic seals will "dry" out and after 3 or 4 consecutive operations will begin to leak. Roof designed for oil to return to tank after 30 or 40 seconds after operating. They can be rebuilt.

Pneumatic Cylinders will have lost their pressure but can be replaced.

The old adage, "If you don't use it, you lose it!" applies!!

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I need to know when i reinstall all my hydraulic cylinders fill the tank with fluid, fuse back in do i just hit to roof open button or do i need to do anything else before i try to open the roof ?????
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