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Old 05-17-2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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Hardtop fits in a SUV?

I am picking up a hardtop about two hours away and looking to rent a standard SUV or bigger size car to get it.

Hardtop owners...please chime in. Also, the dimension for the hardtop is a plus
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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You will need a wide suv or van for this. Just took some measurements from mine sitting in the garage:

Width at the windshield: 46.5 inches
Width at the lower rear belt line: 52 inches
Overall length: 72 inches
Height near the rear side windows: 16.5 inches

Be sure to have LOTS of padding...rent some moving quilts, as an example

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Old 05-17-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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I borrowed an enclosed trailer with a lot of foam padding and blankets to pick up mine. Definitely won't fit in an SUV. If u were to do it again I would wait for the install kit to arrive then take the BMW once installed.

I'm excited for you. You're gonna love the hardtop.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I am going with the install prep kit then install it right there instead of renting a SUV. After the installing the kit...the hardtop just drop straight down?
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input. I am going with the install prep kit then install it right there instead of renting a SUV. After the installing the kit...the hardtop just drop straight down?
With the kit installed you are good to go. Now you can enjoy your trip.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:52 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input. I am going with the install prep kit then install it right there instead of renting a SUV. After the installing the kit...the hardtop just drop straight down?
Straight down and lock in place. Just make sure when you put it on that it is not resting on the sill of the storage compartment. Take the adjustment instructions along incase you need to adjust it.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:37 AM   #7
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:36 AM   #8
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Get a Uhaul or a pickup truck with a decent size bed
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:59 AM   #9
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Mine fit without any problems in my X5, and I was able to close the hatch.

It's not as big as it appears. (thats what she said)


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Old 05-20-2011, 09:19 AM   #10
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Get a Uhaul or a pickup truck with a decent size bed
Just put the prep kit in and take your car for a drive to pick it up. Cheaper than renting or borrowing a truck. This way you will not scratch anything.

If it is a nice day the only problem is your return trip will be as a coupe.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:16 AM   #11
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Fits in my Expedition no problem.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:24 AM   #12
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Mine fit in the back of an escalade with no problem. I would definitely just put the kit on the car and slap the top right on. Might be your best bet.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:47 AM   #13
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Ya I drove 5 hrs to grab mine and put it on the car for the trip home... it's weird feeling having your car turn into a "coupe"
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:43 AM   #14
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Ya I drove 5 hrs to grab mine and put it on the car for the trip home... it's weird feeling having your car turn into a "coupe"
Agreed, but it's definitely nice to have the best of both worlds.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:02 AM   #15
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If it is a nice day the only problem is your return trip will be as a coupe.
Yeah, that's the only downside. Hopefully, it will rain that day.
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:06 PM   #16
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Picked up hardtop today...very easy to install after the prep kit. Thanks guys!....Might be a long shot if you have AW hardtop and want to trade for JB hardtop...let me know.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:27 AM   #17
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Mine fit without any problems in my X5, and I was able to close the hatch.

It's not as big as it appears. (thats what she said)


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Hi please send a picture of how you store the hard top in the X5 ?
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:01 AM   #18
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Hardtop fits in a SUV?

I did not know you need a kit on he car, what does it consist of?


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Old 09-01-2013, 12:03 PM   #19
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Why I need to see a picture of this is because my wife has an X5 and I just want to show her the proof of wht you say.
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