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Old September 29th, 2004, 12:02 PM
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I'm with Jim, the only benifit I see you would have with the alluminum top would be to put a head liner in to quiet it down some more, but I bet it could be done to the fiberglass top.
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Old September 29th, 2004, 12:18 PM
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Yes, I think the headliner is a major area of attractiveness in the idea...as well as durability. I'd imagine affixing an insulated headliner (not to mention speaker enclosures) to an alum. top would be greatly superior than the fglass. Imagine trying to construct anything permanent with the fglass? Plus taking it on and off without cracking? Nice...
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Old September 29th, 2004, 12:44 PM
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I'm with Jim, the only benifit I see you would have with the alluminum top would be to put a head liner in to quiet it down some more, but I bet it could be done to the fiberglass top.

This would work if you put in a rigid headliner like the LaSalle. Then you would have the speaker cutouts and other goodies. That would make it viable and help support the fiberglass top when taking it on and off.
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I once saw a military removeable headliner on e-bay. I bet it would work good for the fiberglass top.
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Old September 29th, 2004, 06:26 PM
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Randy...What can you tell us about the fit between the windscreen sidebars and the front hoop. Did you drill new holes in the Wagon Top to match the sidebars with no interior hoop support, extend the sidebars, etc.?

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when I put the top on, I did not put the front hoop on but if I was to, I was going to make a bar similar to the sw one to adapt to the roof.
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Yes the cage comes off easy, that is the only way to do this but you lose the cage.

Just buy a good torx bit.

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Old September 29th, 2004, 11:55 PM
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To address the headliner issue in regards to the fiberglass top...

My truck originally belonged to Michael Azeritti who has some very informative write ups in the "how to" section of this site. Some of you guys probably know him. In any case, he made many of the mods to my truck, all of which seem to be very well thought out and have made my truck one of the nicest "driver friendly" d-90's that I have ever seen or driven. I say this because I didn't make this mod, and as such, i have no measurements or specifics regarding it's constrcution.

Anyway, the modification that my truck has is a headliner that Michael fabricated for the fiberglass hard top. It is made of plywood over a series of wood "ribs" (much like a boat or canoe) which is then filled with a spray on type of foam insulation. That wooden frame is then covered in black vinyl. It is contoured to the shape of the roof, complete with cut outs for the alpine windows, and has a dome light and two map lights just aft of the center roll bar. The lights are prewired to a power source on top of the wind screen (completely hidden) and just plug in during installation. The headliner is placed on top of the roll bars before installation of the hard top, and is sandwiched on during it's installation. The headliner between the wind screen and center roll bar is simply a piece of plywood covered in black carpet and cut to fit which is "sandwiched on" as well. I know it kind of sounds like a train wreck, but trust me, it looks really nice and very professional. As for the noise, it's so much quieter that a SW it's rediculous. I believe that it's the quietest D-90 I have ever been in. And it's a soft top!

Go with the fiberglass top and figure our something custom for a headliner. Maybe an upholstery shop would have some good ideas. I think you'll see that it will prove to be cheaper and BETTER than an aluminium top in the long run. And you won't have to modify the roll bars at all.

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Tom,

Can you post some pcitures of your headliner for us onlookers?
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My two cents...As the owner of fiberglass top, I would greatly prefer one made of aluminum. The fiberglass cracks and splinters, and wears poorly with age. One good smack with a tree branch, and this thing is good as a garbage.

However, given they developed this after the fact, as a response to customer demand, I'd say they did pretty well in such a short time. Treated well, though, a Rover is a lifetime vehicle, exceeding the abilities the fiberglass can offer.

Also, the metal top would look more a Rover than a Jeep, especially painted white (limestone).
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I would post pics, but it is disassembled and stored up in the garage. If I put it on this winter, I'll e sure and post pics. Sorry.

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