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Old October 14th, 2013, 07:13 PM
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Pros and Cons of a POE

I've been wanting a defender for years now but something always comes up, getting married, buying a house, excuse after excuse.

I found a POE worth looking at but want to know the pros and cons of a POE.

It is easy to go from the hard top to a soft top on a POE?
Is removing the top not recommended (leaks) on a POE?
Is getting in the rear seat(s) a hassle in the POE with the tailgate?

No real questions on the engine or anything like that until i get more pictures and see it in person. Any other information would be greatly appreciated.

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Old October 14th, 2013, 07:47 PM
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The tailgate is the same. We've had some pretty lengthy discussions on POE trucks and what they lacked - not sure if you saw any of those? If the cage doesn't come with it, that will be the most expensive piece to source.
I am talking purely from an aesthetics standpoint.
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Old October 14th, 2013, 08:01 PM
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Old October 14th, 2013, 08:23 PM
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I had one. If you search you can find the threads on them. Basically it is a 94 ST with the rear cage removed. If you want a softtop, you need the rear cage $$$$ plus the header bar, alpine bar and tailgate bar and retaining strips on the side of the tub.

You can fit a rear seat. Some of them had them. The brackets for the upper seat belt are available.

Because they are less equipped than SW and IMHO less desirable that softtops, they do not command a premium. The top is easier to remove than a fiberglass top and is much more durable but once it is off, there is nothing there to bolt the seat belts in front to.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 07:55 AM
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I owned one for about 5 years and should have never let it go.

I miss having the front and rear door tops off and with the rear windows wide open was all the open air I ever needed.


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Old October 15th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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If it's a solid truck, go for it!
Where it is desirable or not is a matter of opinion and the only opinion that matters is yours!
Happy hunting!

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Old October 15th, 2013, 11:08 AM
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POE top is the best thing ever. Its a real top, doesn't leak... too bad. They seal up nice. And you can go soft top in the summer if you have the cage. It is around 10 bolts to get it off. You can take it off with 2 people if needed as one piece.

It was one of the best purchases ever... Thanks Ron!

It is very easy to get things in and out. Tailgate opens and lift gate opens like a series truck.

The only thing I don't like is the thinness of it.
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