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Old 11-19-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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Will a Hardtop fit inside the back of an '09 Honda Pilot?

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I just found a hardtop 3 hours away and I need to transport it back to my crib. Due to the rainy weather in the PNW, I don't want to risk getting the interior headliner wet by putting it in a truck bed or on top of a vehicle, so I would like to put it in the back of an '09 Honda Pilot.

http://www.autos.ca/galleries/2009/i...pw-015-758.jpg

Would any one know if the hardtop will fit in the back of an '09 Honda Pilot? If not, I may just rent a Uhaul.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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I really don't think so. I don't even think it would fit In the back of a suburban and a pilot is small compared. It's just so wide. That's the problem.
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Why wouldn't you just put it on the car it's designed for?
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:19 PM   #4
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The hardtop installation is on order and, from my understanding, it is required to attach it to the car. I'm not so worried about connecting the electrical components, right now, but I believe there is hardware in that kit to attach the hardtop to the top of the windshield and rear.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #5
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I do not believe the hardtop will fit. I have a 04 Honda pilot as well and if I recall it would not fit. I would just wait until the hardware comes and install that in the vert and then use that to transport the hardtop.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #6
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Sometimes it took as long as 2 weeks to get my bmw parts, when I ordered online, and I don't want to wait that long--just in case the seller decides to sell it to someone else. Does anyone know the turnaround for shipment at thebmwpartsstore.com?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:17 PM   #7
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I would make a down payment on the top to ensure you get it. Or just spend $50 or however much to rent a u haul for the day
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Idk man I wouldn't risk trying to jam it in there. You could damage the hard top.. Find a friend with a truck or rent a Uhaul !
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:34 PM   #9
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I just check Uhaul and I'm surprised about the charges--please someone tell me if I'm checking Uhaul wrong. It's about $20/day to rent a cargo van plus $.59 per mile. The total distance is about 402miles. I'm guessing the total cost for a Uhaul to pick it up, with gas, is about $300. Ouch! I think I might just wait for the installation kit and pick it up with my car.

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You could attach a set of wheels to the hardtop and use the pilots tow hook..
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #11
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Haha! I might just have to
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:04 PM   #12
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Haha! I might just have to
Hahaha yeah good luck with that one.. O.o
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Why not wait for a nicer day and strap it to the rack on your pilot?
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Some places have renta pick up trucks. I think menards near me has one or two. Internet search for that. Or maybe phone book. I can't believe the uhaul is that much.
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Maybe find someone fairly local that has one on their car and is willing to go for a drive. They can transport it for you. Where is the hardtop located? I see you are in Salem
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:49 AM   #16
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Maybe find someone fairly local that has one on their car and is willing to go for a drive. They can transport it for you. Where is the hardtop located? I see you are in Salem
It's located in grants pass. I will just borrow a truck to pick it up bc I want to inspect it first.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:51 AM   #17
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Does anyone know if the locking mechanism (spikes/small pole) at the bottom of the hardtop can be removed? I'm afraid it might break while I'm transporting it?
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:31 AM   #18
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Hello all,

I just found a hardtop 3 hours away and I need to transport it back to my crib. Due to the rainy weather in the PNW, I don't want to risk getting the interior headliner wet by putting it in a truck bed or on top of a vehicle, so I would like to put it in the back of an '09 Honda Pilot.

http://www.autos.ca/galleries/2009/i...pw-015-758.jpg

Would any one know if the hardtop will fit in the back of an '09 Honda Pilot? If not, I may just rent a Uhaul.

Thanks in advance.
@ M3 Dux...No it won't fit. I picked mine up with my Chevy Z71 PU & it didn't fit that real well. The (2) long pins that go into the real locks get in the way everywhere. They hit the wheel well area on the truck so had to turn it around & actually sit it on the raised tail gate with a blanket under it. The top will lock to the front windshield area and the 2 long rods in the back will fit into the 2 rear lock slots after you remove the plastic covers. I don't know how far you need to travel but it's mu opinion that it would not come off the car without the rear prep kit. MY OPINION ONLY. You can get the prep kit for about $125 from a link on this forum (ECU?) I can walk you thru the install if you like.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:37 PM   #19
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@ M3 Dux...No it won't fit. I picked mine up with my Chevy Z71 PU & it didn't fit that real well. The (2) long pins that go into the real locks get in the way everywhere. They hit the wheel well area on the truck so had to turn it around & actually sit it on the raised tail gate with a blanket under it. The top will lock to the front windshield area and the 2 long rods in the back will fit into the 2 rear lock slots after you remove the plastic covers. I don't know how far you need to travel but it's mu opinion that it would not come off the car without the rear prep kit. MY OPINION ONLY. You can get the prep kit for about $125 from a link on this forum (ECU?) I can walk you thru the install if you like.

Thank you for your offer. I might have to take you up on it when I install it.

The kit has been ordered thru thebmwpartstore.com for $120, with free super saver shipping. Now I'm just waiting for it to arrive at my door step. I know someone with a regular size truck but with a flat bed so I am borrowing it.

Does anyone know the best way to package and tie it down on a flat bed, without the two rods getting in the way?

With my luck it will break or the wind will keep moving it around. During this time of the year, the PNW is notorious for rain and winds.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:58 PM   #20
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Woohoo! I just drove today, on thanksgiving, 6.5 hours to pick up my hardtop. It's silver metallic so I'm going to wait to paint it later bc Im low on deniros. Now, just waiting to have our feast.

Happy turkey day, everyone!
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