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RASTA WOODIE
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hello everyone!

just got a new red 2003 a few months ago.

i have several questions involving very basic questions about the truck.

is there one person or resource on this forum, where i could ask all of my questions at one time?

the questions are varied. they involve tires, convertible questions, etc.

in addition, i am in louisville, ky. if anyone knows any forum members in louisville, or even in kentucky, i would appreciate knowing who they are.

thanks
 

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Welcome from St Louis. First I would go and read the post for newbies. That has some really good info in it. Anything else post it up and you will get your answers from people who know what they are talking about. There are several people who are specialist in certain things and others are very good all around the trucks. Plus by posting it may help someone else who has the same question.
 

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A big hearty welcome from Sunny Sturgis South Dakota.
 

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a few questions that i have are these, since we all have 2 different sets of tires, do all ssr's have these? & is it possible to put all 19's or all 20's onto all 4 hubs? i'm guessing that 19" wheels wouldn't fir the rear, & 20's wouldn't fit the front, or am i wrong. are all ssr owners resigned to the fact that you cannot carry spare tires, but to only use the inflating aerosols?

also, i have taken off the 2 plastic containers in the cargo area. doing this, leaves small screws facing up. it seems hard to get this strip of screws out, but i'm not sure. i have not retracted the top, yet. if i were to do it, would the top rest flat on the bottom of the cargo bed, thus on top of the screws? ...or does the top rest in a higher position? lso, is it possible to open the tailgate, when the top is in the cargo position? (as you can tell, i'm completely a rookie at all of this, & on top of it, i have no mechanical skills. thanks for your help!
 

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a few questions that i have are these, since we all have 2 different sets of tires, do all ssr's have these? & is it possible to put all 19's or all 20's onto all 4 hubs? i'm guessing that 19" wheels wouldn't fir the rear, & 20's wouldn't fit the front, or am i wrong. are all ssr owners resigned to the fact that you cannot carry spare tires, but to only use the inflating aerosols?

also, i have taken off the 2 plastic containers in the cargo area. doing this, leaves small screws facing up. it seems hard to get this strip of screws out, but i'm not sure. i have not retracted the top, yet. if i were to do it, would the top rest flat on the bottom of the cargo bed, thus on top of the screws? ...or does the top rest in a higher position? lso, is it possible to open the tailgate, when the top is in the cargo position? (as you can tell, i'm completely a rookie at all of this, & on top of it, i have no mechanical skills. thanks for your help!


The screws are on a rail and slide out. Push the top button and watch. Be ready to pick your jaw off the floor. Don’t worry totally safe.


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WELCOME . . . from Southern Arizona.

First and foremost . . . the top never enters or is stored in the bed area of the truck when down as with other retractable hardtops. It is stored vertically in the well behind the seats.

Sorry, not much help with the other two questions.

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first thing welcome to the forum where all your questions will be answered, as a fairly new owner myself I have found the fanatics to be a great knowledgeable and friendly group of people.

Your 1st questions yes you can carry a spare in the back and there is a mount made to carry one underneath but you will have to move the battery as it's in the back. Go to custom search and type in spare tire you should find the post on this.

2nd question when you put the roof down the small tonneau cover will lift up allowing the roof to go down into the small compartment then the cover will come back down. The roof does not go into the bed of the truck so you can store things in there.
quick operation of lowering and raising roof: Make sure the cargo cover is down so you do not destroy the tonneau cover and bend the hinges, computer system should stop this from happening but why take a chance. Have the truck running when you raise or lower the roof as there is a major drain on the battery when doing this. Put your foot on the brake, press the down button and hold it the windows will automatically come down if their up,then you should hear the latches for tonneau cover unlatch and the cover start to come up. The latch by the windshield will unlatch and top will start to go down, when it is all the way down the tonneau cover will close and you will hear to dings letting you know everything is good and locked down.
Raising the top the reverse will happen and you will get the dings again when the cycle is complete.
You can start the procedure and when the small tonneau cover is all the way up before the roof starts to go down you can stop and check the compartment out to clean any debris or dirt out, the compartment should be dry if you see any hydraulic fluid in there most probable one of your cylinders is leaking.
Remember to have the tailgate partially open to allow closure of the large cargo cover.
Hope this helps you out.
Have fun with your R and try and make to make to a rally where you can meet other members, learn things about your truck, and most importantly EAT as I have found out these Fanatics like their food and Ice Cream. Try and make Maggie Valley in May just look for the post for info on it.
 

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As for the spare question, some carry a spare in the bed. Some buy the spare kit to mount it under the truck. This requires a battery relocation kit but it is possible to do and if you look up Simple Engineering Mike from AZ sells the kit there. For a spare tire there are several posts going over options and size tires that work out good for using for either a front or rear. Wheel size is important so the spare wheel will fit over the brake calipers on the truck.

The top retracts into the compartment between the cab and bed area and the cover closes over it. The bed area has nothing to do with the top other than it has to be closed for the top to go up or down.

With the hard bags removed the screws sticking up can slide out of the track they are in. When you get to the end push down in the center to allow them to slide out.

When you open the bed cover and want to close it you need to open the tail gate first and close the bed cover then close the tail gate. Other wise you will get dimples in the top of the bed cover. Yes you can open the tail gate with the top down.
 

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Welcome from North West Indiana, You will find as I did that this is "The Best Ever " group of like minded folks

you will ever meet! There really is NO Question that these people don't have an answer to! So ask away, many will help

Enjoy the PREM-A-GRIN, as we all do!

"This is one sweet ride" SuperChargedYellow
 

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First of all :00000732: to "As The SSRfanatic World Turns" :smile2: :smile2: :smile2: The guys and gals on this web site are more than willing to help you and any new member.

If and I said "If" you can, gas that "little red truck" up and head down I 65 to E town then get on I 69, then exit onto the Pennyrile Parkway, stay on that till you get I 24 east until you get Clarksville, Tennessee (probably 250 miles). 4 or 5 couples of us in our SSR's will be having lunch at the Liberty Park Grill around 12:30 or 1 CDT. We will introduce you to SSR 101 and can answer any questions you have. If you cannot make it Sunday, you definitely need to attend the Maggie Valley Rally in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, MAY 17, 18 & 19. There will be nearly a 100 SSR guru's there and you will be in SSR Heaven. Call the Maggie Valley Inn & Conference Center to reserve a room ASAP.

Again :00000732: :00000732: :00000732: tennesseecozydog or Bob Alexander 615 605 4763 :ssr
 

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Welcome from North Central Indiana
 

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Welcome to the family @absorbine and congrats on your :ssr purchase!

As you can see, the comments from the really smart people are already starting to pile up; as are the comments to get involved and meet other owners. As a few others have already mentioned, Maggie Valley is the place to be in May for anyone who owns an SSR. Good food, beautiful trucks, fun cruises and AMAZING OWNERS (smart and fun to be around)!! I highly encourage you to take Bob's advice and join them on Sunday (weather permitting), he and the others will get your 101 questions out of the way and you'll be calling Mike in AZ the minute you get back home!!

Do you feel the way your face hurts from smiling when you look at and drive this truck...we call that PERMAGRIN :grin2: Enjoy the fantastic journey you're about to embark on and hope to see you at a rally soon. :smile2:

(Great avatar and can't wait to hear the story about the site-name "absorbine"...guessing you own horses!?!?
 
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