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Old April 20th, 2008, 08:33 PM
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Looking For Aluminum Hard Top

Hey there. I'm brand new to the D90 world. I have just bought a 97 soft top and am looking for an aluminum hard top for it. I have heard they are better than the fiberglass variety. If this isn't true - please correct me. If anyone could pass along any relevant information - it would be much appreciated.

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Old April 20th, 2008, 09:17 PM
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Adam

I think you'll find these threads helpful:
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=11092.
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=6125

Retrofitting a hardtop from the Port Of Entry 94 D90 or a fixed roof SW is more complex than simply mounting the top. You need to source additional hardware (see threads).

If you're just looking for a better (higher quality, better engineered, quieter, less leaky) top, go for a badger coachworks softtop. If you have security concerns and are up the effort, converting to hardtop could be worth it.

Congrats on the new ride.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 10:18 PM
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Thanks, Jimmy. Very helpful. I live in Park City, Utah and I was thinking the HT might be nicer in the winter. I was looking at another defender that had a convertible hard top and soft top. Do you know if those are available on an aftermarket basis and wouldn't necessitate a roll cage removal?

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Old April 20th, 2008, 11:05 PM
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Fiberglass tops fit right on top of the roll cage, the only thing you have to remove it the alpine bar and header bar. Fiberglass tops come up for sale from time to time.

There is one on ebay right now. It happens to be in AZ, about 11 hrs from you...if you really want one, you should jump all over this one. They are too fragile to ship. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Land-...spagenameZWDVW
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Old April 21st, 2008, 08:31 AM
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I am pretty sure that "ron" on this forum has a complete SW Cage for sale - send him a PM
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Old April 21st, 2008, 11:50 AM
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Thanks so much, guys. Great Advice.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 05:54 AM
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I have a great condition fiberglass top if you decide you want one. I live in Wilmington , NC.
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I am pretty sure that "ron" on this forum has a complete SW Cage for sale - send him a PM
I know he just bought one from me.........

I have the hard top and sides that go with it, as well as the rear door.
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I have an almost new Alum. hard top with sunroof, alpine windows and hear liner... Only thing is that its in NJ...
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