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Old March 21st, 2015, 08:08 AM
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Get a ROW ST and buy a SW top as well.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Rufus View Post

Don't get me wrong I dig them both BUT us Arles ST owners are a rare breed and have to represent

My door tops are off from late spring - late fall. I wouldn't want SW doors. To each his own, I suppose.
From another Arles ST owner, I am with Rufus, doorstops off from spring to fall - and soft top windows out too. My 90 is not my daily driver, if I had to drive it all winter I might want a SW.

I do have to say, I am beginning to prefer the look of a SW. However, if I went with a hardtop, it would be a 110.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 08:31 AM
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Yeah, it is really the ST doors that I miss the most. I toy with the idea of switching out my SW doors with ST doors a lot. I owned a POE before this SW and that was a nice combo. My 110 rolls this way summer-fall.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 09:46 AM
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I have owned all kinds and I prefer the SW for my current situation. However if I were to live in San Diego or somewhere warm where my commute was short I would want the ST.

It really depends on where you live and what you want / expect out of it.

NAS ST makes for a fun summer vehicle some people can make it work year round dependent where they live and how much they are willing to live with to have the ST. More air / water leaks, less heat retention, more noise and less security. Fun in the sun with the top off

NAS SW good commuter in all conditions and more civilized. You miss out on the fun in the sun top off experience unless you are willing to do a bunch of work to remove the top. You gain the ability to insulate and sound proof it to a higher level reducing noise and adding to heat / A/C retention. Less air / water leaks and you have the security of the hard top

ROW... Been there and done that you can have the best of both worlds but it is a bit of a compromise. The ST does not seal or fit as well as a NAS badger top so you will have more leaks and more flapping and the SW tops if you want to remove them each year you are not going to get the same quality of weather proofing / insulation / noise reduction as a dedicated SW roof setup. A great compromise to have the ability to swap back and forth with a few small downsides Just make sure you plan on putting in a cage.

NAS fiberglass trying to be a SW roof thing.... barf
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Old March 21st, 2015, 10:36 AM
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I roll with a hard top (gel top) with the door tops off unless it is raining. But I live in Florida and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible plus it always seems like it's a 50% chance of rain so as soon as you take the top off it rains.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 10:51 AM
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For me I have always loved the looks of 110 2 door soft top with the sides rolled up. The Tithonus soft top I have isn't that bad for leaks or flapping. I have made small improvements and it has helped. I rarely take the door tops off as it cuts down on noise. To each his own.
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