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Old 03-17-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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Just installed hardtop

Long story short the past couple years I've really been questioning my decision of buying vert over the coupe. Don't get me wrong with the top down there is nothing better, but being in NY I really only get to drop the top for a couple of months out of the year. Well just picked up a hardtop and its like having the best of both cars. The hardtop greatly reduces noise and lets you have the look of a coupe despite added weight. Just thought I'd post my 2 cents. Here's a few quick pics.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Long story short the past couple years I've really been questioning my decision of buying vert over the coupe. Don't get me wrong with the top down there is nothing better, but being in NY I really only get to drop the top for a couple of months out of the year. Well just picked up a hardtop and its like having the best of both cars. The hardtop greatly reduces noise and lets you have the look of a coupe despite added weight. Just thought I'd post my 2 cents. Here's a few quick pics.
The hardtop just finishes the car, looks great!!!
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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Funny thing I just took mine off last week, won't be back on till Halloween. Looks great I have the exact same car minus the tint.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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Funny thing I just took mine off last week, won't be back on till Halloween. Looks great I have the exact same car minus the tint.
Haha yea Im sure Ill be taking it off again very soon, but had to give it a trial run since I just picked it up. The hardtop makes a huge difference in my opinion
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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Long story short the past couple years I've really been questioning my decision of buying vert over the coupe. Don't get me wrong with the top down there is nothing better, but being in NY I really only get to drop the top for a couple of months out of the year. Well just picked up a hardtop and its like having the best of both cars. The hardtop greatly reduces noise and lets you have the look of a coupe despite added weight. Just thought I'd post my 2 cents. Here's a few quick pics.

The hard top is a great addition and looks so much better than the soft top up. Just wondering, though, what part of New York do you live in that you only put your top down two months out of the year - Buffalo, Lake Placid?

I was out today for my car's first real ride of the year. Windows up, windscreen up, heater and seat heaters on. And sunshine. Absolutely beautiful and 38 degrees, tops. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:12 AM   #7
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Haha yea Im sure Ill be taking it off again very soon, but had to give it a trial run since I just picked it up. The hardtop makes a huge difference in my opinion
I agree, the only downside is storing it. The sound difference is night and day, and I couldn't believe it but it actually keeps the car from flexing a little, you will notice the difference when it's off.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:22 PM   #9
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The hard top is a great addition and looks so much better than the soft top up. Just wondering, though, what part of New York do you live in that you only put your top down two months out of the year - Buffalo, Lake Placid?

I was out today for my car's first real ride of the year. Windows up, windscreen up, heater and seat heaters on. And sunshine. Absolutely beautiful and 38 degrees, tops. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it.
Im in Westchester County, so I suppose I exaggerated some. Weather is ideal from april to september, might have to give your system a go though.

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I agree, the only downside is storing it. The sound difference is night and day, and I couldn't believe it but it actually keeps the car from flexing a little, you will notice the difference when it's off.
Yea the next chore on my list is hooking up some kind of hoist, I saw someone on here used a kayak hoist and seemed to work pretty well, and if i remembered correctly that just stored it suspended in their garage.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:32 AM   #10
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Down here in Florida our season is reverse. Soon it will be too damn hot for anything but the a/c on full bore, then add in our daily 3pm storms to the mix. We need to work out some seasonal sharing plans for the hard tops.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:16 PM   #11
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Im in Westchester County, so I suppose I exaggerated some. Weather is ideal from april to september, might have to give your system a go though.
Well, maybe you're in northern Westchester:-) Seriously, as long as you have a windscreen and the sun is out, just about any temperature is nice. I've even driven to the Cape in 90 degree weather, a/c on full. In almost anything, it's better than putting the top up. For me, at least.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:29 PM   #12
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I know what you mean. Just took mine off last week. Temp got up into the 70's, so we road around the Blue Ridge Parkway & just around the mountains. Sunday, drove down to Chimney Rock for lunch. So nice with the top down. Turned cooler this week so having the rag top up.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:03 PM   #13
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looks gr8! I want one so bad!!!
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