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Old January 25th, 2015, 07:17 PM
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SW Conversion Needed

Hey all

Can someone point me in the direction of a SW conversion thread? No fiberglass solutions, need a real aluminum SW for permanent use.
Also anyone with any real world experience?
There are a million SW to ST threads and articles, but not finding much online on the reverse.
It's talked about so much, just can't find anything with real info.

Also, are STs still more $$$$ than SWs?

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Old January 25th, 2015, 07:24 PM
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JimC's thread.

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Old January 25th, 2015, 07:27 PM
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Old January 25th, 2015, 07:32 PM
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This is pretty close to what you want without all the effort.

http://www.d90tops.com/newdefender90hardtops.htm

I got one that came with my 94. I want to sell it if your interested.

You can get it painted locally to whatever you would need (Coniston?)
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Old January 25th, 2015, 07:35 PM
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Yeah I looked at those a while back, and they seem to be just nicer quality fiberglass versions.
That being said, did you paint yours to match your Arles? Also did you get the sliding back windows option? We might be talking soon...
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Previous owner painted it Arles.
It's a lot nicer than the fiberglass versions.

Lemme know. I'm in Indy and wanna roll with a bikini top only.

3K and pickup and it's yours.
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I think I read this posting years ago, and the bottom line seemed, yeah it can work, but you need to either remove your roll cage/bar (don't want to) or you have an aluminum top with more problems than fiberglass...

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Can leave ST cage in place with Rovers Rack hard top......
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Would love some pics if you have any...
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I converted my 94 from st to sw. The top and cage are bolt on's. The hardest part is the expense.
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Were you able to overcome the roll cage issue or did you get rid of it?
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There is no issue to overcome. You remove the st cage and you install the sw cage. As I said its all very simple, just expensive.
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Brand new rovers rack painted & spec'd & shipped costs about 6.5 to 7k. Is the real conversion more expensive?
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Forgive my insistence, but a real aluminum SW is my only option. All fiberglass options just look cheap to me, so I thought I'd ask here (since so many others have done this here succesfully)
I have ST. I want to make it into a SW.
I need an inner roll bar and a rear door for a SW (or a POE/Series Liftgate). I think I might have my top and sides taken care of. BTW, the SD bars are not an option for me. Just don't like the look, plus it won't go with my roof rack anyway.
Another option, if there is by chance any SW person out there interested in converting to a ST, I'm your guy. I'll keep the extra parts I've already purchased for the next Northern Urban Dweller tired of seeing homeless people in the truck each morning or all your stuff missing!

Really appreciate it. At this point, location isn't an issue. I'll ship it to and from.

Thanks in advance.

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I am dismantling my sons D90 for conversion to soft top. Parting out the body parts, roll cage, roof. Perhaps we can make a deal for your soft top cage.
I will be posting thread with available parts.
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So before shayne et al start licking can I officially lick the roll bars now? Sh$t ill send a deposit via PP.
What's your timeframe?
I guess if there's no other option but a swap we can talk. Let's see
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Forgive my insistence, but a real aluminum SW is my only option. All fiberglass options just look cheap to me, so I thought I'd ask here (since so many others have done this here succesfully)
I guess if you never want to have a ST ever again, then that is your only option. The fiberglass option, although perhaps "cheap looking" in grey, can be painted to match your vehicle's color, can be reinforced for longer-term strength, and allows you to retain your existing ST roll cage year-round. It doesn't force that either-or option, and instead allows you to have both a ST and a SW whenever you want. Just my two cents.
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And your two cents are greatly appreciated. The custom color fiberglass option was definitely on the table till I started pricing out all I'd need. There's no way I could deal with no way to open the back windows ever so that meant I needed the rover top custom version which from my math seemed a hell of a lot more than scrounging for real aluminum SW parts.
In an ideal world I'll rock it like, Jim C I think it was, did with both set ups and the ability to go back n forth if the circumstances permitted.
The ST cage is such a beast so to give it up after all these years would hurt a little.
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I guess if you never want to have a ST ever again, then that is your only option. The fiberglass option, although perhaps "cheap looking" in grey, can be painted to match your vehicle's color, can be reinforced for longer-term strength, and allows you to retain your existing ST roll cage year-round. It doesn't force that either-or option, and instead allows you to have both a ST and a SW whenever you want. Just my two cents.
I'd ask Ron up in MA. He's gone back and forth between SW and ST. I think his last white truck with the Rhino door went back to stock white SW when he sold it a couple of years ago.

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