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Old March 15th, 2011, 07:22 PM
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Hardtop to softop conversions


I'm definitely a Land Rover newbie. I'm thinking about importing a 90 or 110 diesel into Canada. There are many trucks on the market and the price range is quite something. I want a softop but NAS ones seem to go for a fortune.

From the many pictures online, it looks like there is a seam between the roof and body of the truck. Could someone tell me how easy (or not) it is to remove the roof from a hardtop Defender?

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Old March 15th, 2011, 07:35 PM
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Takes about 1 hour to remove a ROW hardtop maybe a little less if it does not have the headliner and side plastic.

You can get a hoop set and canvas

or a cage and canvas
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Old March 15th, 2011, 09:12 PM
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Hi Phil, and welcome to the forums.

I just wanted to point out that if you are thinking of a stop top having the NAS style cage, they are very hard to come by and very expensive.

But otherwise what Dave says is correct. If you want to have shoulder seatbelts, and take your kids with you, you'll want to invest in a cage (one that fits under the hard top would be the easiest as you can then easily put the hard top back on during the winter.
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Old March 16th, 2011, 05:10 AM
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You can get a Defender from Mike in Sherbrooke (Britrest) his prices are not that bad. There is an arles blue with 80K Kms for sale at John Scotti in St-Léonard. It has been for sale for quite a while (more than one year), they may give you a decent price. It is more and more complicated to import a truck into Quebec since they have forbidden RHD vehicles (due to the kids buying japanese Honda's for street racing and having a lot of accidents).
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Old March 16th, 2011, 09:02 AM
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Here is what is involved with converting a NAS SW to ST just for some reference:
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Old March 16th, 2011, 09:56 AM
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Wish those prices were still accurate and you could buy new cages for a grand.

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Are there shocks that I can addjust up and down like my friends LX460? That would be very cool!
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