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Old February 3rd, 2013, 06:47 AM
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How much of a pain in the a$$ is a SW/ST conversion?

Ok, so I've considered to converting my SW to a ST. I live in Italy where the summers are long and hot... and the idea of riding with the top off and such is appealing. So my question is... how much of a pain is it really to do the conversion. I have a great garage and an unlimited about of tools on base.... My truck is an NAS, so I'd like to put in an NAS ST cage and not the hoop set. Any guidance or advice?
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 07:11 AM
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Biggest pain is in the wallet.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 07:48 AM
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I had a friend several years ago that wanted to do the switch from SW to ST (hot here in Texas also). He found someone who wanted to do the reverse switch from ST to SW. They did it over a weekend.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 07:52 AM
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The NAS st parts are hard to come by here in the States, would think it would be a royal pita to get them in / to Italy.

SD makes a soft top cage for row that might be easier to get in your part of the world but since you truck is NAS I would keep it as is.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 09:35 AM
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2x on the cost and availability of needed parts. Just sell your SW and buy an ST. The conversion could be done in just a few hours.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 09:58 AM
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Matt....really? If you every come back over and end up where you where....you will freeze your ding ding off......
But I have a sawzall waiting....just saying........
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm pretty partial to my D90, and don't really want to sell it. Besides, I won't be back in the USA until 2015 so buying an NAS ST out here would be borderline impossible. Does anybody know how well the Safety Devices setup is compared to the NAS?
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 12:30 PM
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There is a review of it online somewhere. I believe it is not really like the nas soft top cage at all and does not tie into the frame either. I could be wrong however.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Why not get a 1994 special edition out of the uk? NAS soft top parts with 200tdi.
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It wouldn't be hard but you will have to source some cage parts as I do not think Safety Devices makes the exact NAS cage stuff any more. You could always make it yourself however.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 08:57 AM
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It wouldn't be hard but you will have to source some cage parts as I do not think Safety Devices makes the exact NAS cage stuff any more. You could always make it yourself however.
Good point. I'm not a welder... but I imagine there are some guys out here that need the work... and hopefully not too expensive. Thanks for the input fellas.
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I would buy a 90 euro spec for the next 2 years so you can see what driving a ST is like. Plus you'd get a taste of a Diesel engine!
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Old February 4th, 2013, 08:38 PM
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i assume you've seen this: http://www.defendersource.com/mod/sw2st/index.htm
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