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View Poll Results: Station Wagon or Soft Top
Station Wagon 22 34.92%
Soft Top 39 61.90%
Screw them both i hate Defenders 2 3.17%
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Old June 11th, 2009, 11:09 PM
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SW vs. ST

Just wondering what is the favorite type of Defender. SW or ST.

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SW all the way, espically in CT
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Old June 12th, 2009, 04:46 AM
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I prefer a ST, but I also live in Southern California. If I lived somewhere it snowed or rained a lot I would probably have a SW.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 07:07 AM
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I think there are about 4 weeks out of the year when i really really wish I had of bought a soft top. I drove my truck alot between western and eastern north carolina when I was in school, this was the primary reason for the SW. It does get a little hot in the summer time.
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Its funny I guess it depends where you live. Like Phil, when I lived in PA I really wanted a SW because of the rain/snow. Now living here in TX and I now have a SW, I often wish I had a ST since snow is no longer a concern.

I guess I just need to buy a Blue ST so I am covered for both occasions.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 09:58 AM
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Get one of each... Best of both worlds.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:02 AM
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Get one of each... Best of both worlds.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:33 AM
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I love my ST, but there have been many days where I have wished I had a wagon instead.

I just picked up a garage at the new place so now i can leave the top off more than not and have more discretion when the it gets to come out and play. I can see how having the garage and the soft top is the best combination now.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:47 AM
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Get one of each... Best of both worlds.
Or get a fiberglass top for your ST - MUCH cheaper!
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Old June 12th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Isn't this poll completely screwed from the start anyway? considering the vast difference in production numbers ST to SW.

Fiberglass tops suck BTW (IMO). I had one on my 94 and it sucked in all respects. I put a Badger top on that truck and it was warmer, quieter and leaked less with the new soft top than with that POS fiberglass thing.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 11:13 AM
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Mike,

I think it is what would you prefer, not what you own. It is funny that even though there are way less SWs and they cost more when new, that they sell as the same price or less than the STs now.
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I would love both for the summer/winter. I want to know what the sound difference is between a ST and SW. are the decibels much less in the SW?
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Old June 12th, 2009, 12:36 PM
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I would love both for the summer/winter. I want to know what the sound difference is between a ST and SW. are the decibels much less in the SW?
SW is great mine has soundproofing and carpeting. ITs pretty quiet with the windows closed at 75 for a Defender. but with all the windows open forget it its pretty loud.

ALso really nice too is no Leaking.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 01:57 PM
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Here in NJ the top comes off in May and goes back on end of Oct - so at least half the year I really enjoy my ST.

I don't have the Badger (it is on the list) but the Rovers North ripoff goes on and off pretty quickly. Plus I have half the garage cleared for it to fit in (which has forced me to keep the garage organized).

Driving with the top off is one of the reasons I bought a D90 in the first place. Even with low or really high temps, threats of rain, extra dust, stuff needing to be tied down, seat belts flapping, and wind noise, I still prefer it much more to any of my other cars.

Experience a drive through Vermont on a clear summer late afternoon with the top off and it would convert just about anyone.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 03:13 PM
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I like my SW as a daily driver - once I get my SIIA 88" bolted back together I'll have a soft top (that I can fold the windshield down on too!)

Like Scott said - one of each is best....
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Fiberglass tops suck BTW (IMO). I had one on my 94 and it sucked in all respects. I put a Badger top on that truck and it was warmer, quieter and leaked less with the new soft top than with that POS fiberglass thing.
I only have two winters to judge by so with only an N of 2 it's hard to say too much... however... one winter with a RN knock-off of a badger and one with a fiberglass hardtop I'd definitely vote for the fiberglass... I did, however, sound deaden and insulate my hardtop so perhaps that made a big difference (I never ran it without the insulation) and I have no doubt that a true Badger top would have been much better than the knockoff but don't know if it would be better than my insulated hardtop...

To the point of the poll: I _love_ going topless and the surry rocks... and was one of my motivations for getting a D in the first place...
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Old June 12th, 2009, 07:20 PM
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I would agree with ECR on the fiberglass top. My '97 was delivered late last fall with the HT on and I left it on through the winter. At the end of March I pulled the HT off and put the factory soft top back on-it was instantly warmer and a lot lower db rating inside as well. I ordered a bunch of stuff from Badger earlier this summer and will DEFINITELY be ordering the full Badger soft top before the snow starts this fall. I cannot see myself ever going through the hassle of putting the top back on, but I'll hang onto it just in case...

Love the soft tops-one of the biggest draws for me with the Defender, and I'll suffer through the winter to enjoy it through the summer!
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Old June 12th, 2009, 08:29 PM
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The D90 SW is pretty loud. One little thing layer of shitty carpet. Its hot a noisey..
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