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Old December 9th, 2007, 11:47 AM
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bestop for an 1985 90

Does anyone know if a 1997 defender bestop will fit on a 1985 L/R 90? Station Wagon.
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Old December 9th, 2007, 12:07 PM
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Um, more info needed here dude. Ostensibly, there is no need to put a soft top on a station wagon.

Do you want to know if it will fit after you remove the top? It will fit if you buy a NAS cage and install it. It wont go over hood sticks, not will it support itself.
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Old December 9th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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I assumed i would have to take off the top, and realized it would have to modified, I just was wondering if it would have the same dimensions for the tub.
Just out of curiousity, why wopuld one try and put a softtop over a SW0
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Old December 9th, 2007, 12:44 PM
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The tub dimensions are the same, but you'll need the belt rail kit, a winshield header, and a complete roll cage assembly. There will be cutting involved in the installation.

Naturally no one in their right mind would put a vinyl top over a station wagon, but I try to never assume. After all, you might want to be all pimpin with a vinyl-roofed rover. For all I know you are the American rep for Bellargio.
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Just cause I'm from L.I.

I'm not looking for the landau roof look, and I changed my mind about the 22 inch spinners! I'm just thinking a softop might be nice. I need a rolebar setup anyway.
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Old December 9th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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If I decide to convert my second 90 to a pickup next summer I'll sell you every last part needed to turn your truck into a NAS soft top. The jury is still out on that one though, and the truck is still over here with me in Russia.
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When your in NY where are located? I kind of want the best of both worlds, softtop/station wagon.
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Old December 9th, 2007, 01:57 PM
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Usually I'm at West Point. I have a fiberglass hardtop over the soft top cage right now if that sort of thing turns you on. Its several hours work to go switch between a metal station wagon top and the soft top cage. I can say with absolute certainty that a soft top cage will not fit inside a station wagon top, so you can forget about that option.
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Many questions

Its funny you answered my post today, I was talking to a guy from Brooklyn who suggested talking to you about an engine conversion. As far as the softop, do you have to do an all out swap to a ST setup, or is there a setup that will fit under SW roof? If you do that conversion, let me know, i'd be interested to see what it would be, workwise and pricewise.
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Old December 9th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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You must have been talking to Dan - he's a good dude. He has the top that orginally was on my truck, the PO (Ron - evilfij) sold him the top and converted to a ST setup. Ron's a good dude too.

There is no set up that I know of that will fit under a SW roof (except of course the ST with the fiberglass hardtop over it).

With a little prep work, the conversion could be done in a day. Minimum cost for a ST cage is around 2500 bucks.

I know a thing or two about engine swaps, but I'm just an amateur. The pro's here like Pendy (Jim Pendelton) and Junkydog (Matt Browne) are much better sources of info. There are tons of thread here on all kinds of engine conversion, so run a few searches and see what comes up.

Those last two guys are also good dudes.
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Jim can you direct me to the engine conversion to run my truck on hydrogen?
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Thanks for all the advice. The things you can upgrade on my truck are endless.
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Old December 9th, 2007, 03:17 PM
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Jim, sure, I'll use my contacts at BMW to get you a Hydrogen 7 real cheap.












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