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Old December 12th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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Can I convert a hard top into a soft top

I am looking to buy a D90 and leaning to a hard top. I was wondering if I can take the top off at a latter time and convert it to a soft top.

Thanks for all the help.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 02:59 PM
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Yes sir! You can find a few threads on here about doing just that. Not cheap, and parts can be a bear to find, but it can be done.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 02:59 PM
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Yes, it's possible: http://www.defendersource.com/mod/sw2st/index.htm ... finding all the parts is difficult and full cages could be expensive..
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Old December 12th, 2007, 04:18 PM
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All you need is $$$ Actually probably only $
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Old December 12th, 2007, 04:33 PM
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You can also just take off the top.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 05:52 PM
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I did it. I swapped the tops and roll cage on a SW and ST.

I owned a ST with 90k miles, bought a SW with 48k miles. Both were conitson green. I converted the SW to a ST, and kept the low mileage ST (was the SW). Confused yet?

Anyway, it took about 2 weekends, total. A few holes needed to be drilled for the roll cage in the rear of the tub, as well as one of the rear door/gate brackets is slighly different. Besides that, just a lot of elbow-grease.

If I remember correctly, the major difference is the Roll Cage. Pretty much the whole thing needs to come out. And removing the jump seats was a beeeyach!

Other differences, the seat belt connection to the cage, C pillar holes in tub, rear door lower hinge points, speaker boxes, fabric seats, courtesy lights, wiring for rear wiper, rear window washer. Rear seats, that's a whole other issue.

That's about it,

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Old December 12th, 2007, 06:32 PM
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Why complicate your life? Especially now while you can easily choose either the SW or ST route.
As has been said, converting a hardtop SW to a soft top is definitely doable - but it is not a particularly simple swap. The level of swap complexity and cost will also vary depending on how closely you want your SW to resemble an NAS ST. Plan on lots of parts swapping.....
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takes a couple 2-3hrs to remove the sw top and roll cage items. then you need to buy a complete cage from a st. 2-3000k bucks roughly, including the windshield cage. plus the shipping depending where you buy it. i know a guy who wants to sell his now. 2k and thats a deal. the installation is pretty straight forward. if you get that far into the project and hit a snag i can help if you want, just give me a call. good luck.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 08:25 PM
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That all and you'll need a tailgate (that doesn't have the same mounting points), and soft top doors (unless you want window frames when the top is down).

I've done several of these lately for ridiculous $$$$. It's really hard to find the soft top parts.

I keep suggesting to people that they buy a truck that is set up with the right top...but people seem to get attached to these damn things.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 01:03 AM
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This might sound to simple, but here it goes, buy the soft top vehicle and then get the removable fiberglass hardtop.. Or you could go through all that other stuff.

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