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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:51 PM
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NAS 110 top removal

So I was wondering, if I ever wanted to drive around a bit with the top off on my NAS110, would it be as simple as removing the exo cage, then removing the top (and all that goes with it implied) and then remounting the exo cage for safety? Is there anything big I'm missing as steps or parts?

I know what's involved in taking off the exo cage and the hard top, I'm just wondering if there is anything fundamentally unsafe about doing what I described? In the event of a rollover or accident, I would think I'm still relatively safe and that the exo cage would not be structurally compromised.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:56 PM
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The rear door would act like a wind anchor and look pretty dumb!
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Old April 29th, 2012, 08:18 PM
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yep, that was what I was forgetting about! Thanks. If I ever did that I would need a way to swap an ST tailgate for the interim.
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You might have to consider a place to mount the shoulder portion of the seat belt as well.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 09:01 PM
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Does the exo-cage tie into the T-posts? If not, you'll want to support/brace those too since the middle doors hang off them too. Two piece doors all around would be the way to go if you wanted to do this often (but sounds like a lot of work).
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Old April 30th, 2012, 10:46 AM
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Does the exo-cage tie into the T-posts? If not, you'll want to support/brace those too since the middle doors hang off them too. Two piece doors all around would be the way to go if you wanted to do this often (but sounds like a lot of work).
Yes, at the seatbelt shoulder mount point.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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Also the windshield is supported by the top. The convertible, rest of world trucks, has a piece of metal that ties in the rear hoop set to it so the windshield is supported at the top. All in all you could make everything work but it would be a extensive job to get it off and then back on again.
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I drove around like that for a lot of last summer. I had to take the top off to replace the body cappings, and at first just was too lazy to put the top back on. Then I decided it was kind of nice having it off.

One of the big downsides was that I certainly wasn't going to off-road it like that, which meant that I didn't do any off-roading last summer. I was busy with other stuff anyway though. Also, my bulkhead is shot, and when I put the roof back on the driver's door now doesn't stay closed properly. So, something shifted.

You have the advantage of a roll cage to keep things together. With the roof off of mine, it definitely felt a lot less rigid than it does with the roof on.

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looks like the family wasn't in a hurry for you to get it back on either!
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