The plugs don't look that bad but they are your only option other than welding, filing and painting the holes. There are plenty of AU utes with aftermarket hardtops getting around but the BA's seem to have a greater proportion with the factory hardtop, which looks pretty damn good.
Mess with the bull, get the horns!
The plugs dont look too bad. When you purchase them from ford they need to be painted as they are black. I painted mine with ford touch up paint in the small bottle with a brush. Get a woman to paint them, (it's like applying nail polish). I'll post some pictures of mine on the weekend if I can borrow my mates digital camera.
I wouldnt be worried about htem letting water in, considering the whole arese end of the ute is hollow. Thats one thing AU and BA ute owners have to to watch, you need to wash these utes up under the wheel arches regulary, as mud and shit gets up there and could cause rust later on.
If i was getting a hard cover, id just get a remote control one which looks like a roller door, that way you can use it as a ute if you need to without having to take the hard cover off, and you can use your soft cover over the top.
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