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Tonneau cover vs. Hard top

Old 05-26-2011, 06:00 AM
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I use one of these...

http://www.roadstersolutions.com/page97.html

Folds up and fits easily in the trunk, installs in about 30 seconds. Anyone want to buy my factory boot cover?
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:53 AM
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Starrman has it right! The older MG's and TR's had a tonneau that covered the entire cocpit area with a zipper up the middle. You could un-zip the driver's side and drive with the passenger's side covered. That's a real tonneau cover. The thing Honda provides cleans up the lines of the car when the top is down but is difficult to erect (?) and is useless.
There is a big difference! The one that covers the complete cockpit with a center zipper, is a tonneau cover! Keeps out rain etc. The one that covers only the folded down top, is a boot for cleaning up the lines!
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:40 PM
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I got my hardtop today. Best decision I ever made.
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I got the mugen style VIS hardtop. Theres some wind noise still, but the homie gave me extra weather stripping, so it should be an easy fix. *_* the road noise is decreased almost completely, and the back window is way larger than the softtop.
But if u like driving with the top down more often than I, which I hate doing lol, then if get that fancy huge tonnau cover.
PEACE ^_^
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:10 PM
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OK I want to bump this thread because I would like to install a true tonneau cover on my 06 S. The guys at my Honda dealer don't have a clue. Has anybody found a true classic tonneau cover for the S? If so where? I suppose the grommets would be an issue but I would like to look into installing one if I could get it done.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:21 PM
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Yes, the snap grommets would be an issue. If you look at a triumph TR-3 the grommets are placed across the dash and along the sides and rear of the passenger compartment. The tonneau was snapped in place along all sides. Maybe you could use velcro on the dash but along the sides of the car,? I don't know.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:23 PM
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I have searched on a few occasions and found nothing on any *true* tonneau covers for the S2000. I think it would be difficult to contruct one since you have to deal with the roll hoops (thankfully those don't move) and then pockets to accomodate the seat headrests. And then how does it fasten at the rear of the car? It's not like the Miatas where you can slip an edge under the lip around the back at the rear deck lid.

The complaint I would have about a tonneau is that it would mean readjusting the seats to fit into the headrest pockets every time you put it on. Not as a big a deal for the passenger side, but definitely a hassle if you don't want to readjust your driver seat if it doesn't happen to match where they put the pocket.

You could probably get one custom made at a car upholstery shop, but I assume it would likely be pricey. And yeah, it would mean some sort of fasteners across the dash. Velcro would only work if you use a very serious adhesive that can deal with the heat of the dash board and not slip. The stuff you buy in the store will end up slipping and leave a gooey residue on the dash.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:46 PM
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I vote both. With the CR you have the best of both worlds, a tonneau and a hardtop. With the top removed I carry a cockpit cover to protect the interior when I park outside, which also keeps the interior shaded.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Lil Tippy View Post
Do you mean something like this? I have a BB top new in Jan 2011 on my SSM which I have for sale. A number of people have asked to buy just the HT, but no, it goes with the car.

A number of times, people think it looks like the soft top from a distance.

The tonneau cover is actually a "boot cover" Us "vintage" owners remember the MGs, Triumphs, etc where the tonneau cover was used to cover the entire cockpit. You unzipped the drivers side to enter and drive the car. Passenger side and boot remained covered.


I clearly remember one drunken evening in Chicago on or near Rush street, I came upon a Morgan 3 Wheeler just as the rain started. It was sitting there, totally open to the elements, so I found the tonneau cover (behind the seats). Spread it out, used all the "lift the dot" fasteners, and zipped it closed. All this time a shop owner watched me. After I was done, he told me that I must be some sort of alien because not only did I do a favor for someone I didn't know, I knew how to do it.

Back to the thread, I just bought a boot cover because I really don't want to have to wash the bugs off the inside of the folded hood (top).

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Old 06-29-2012, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by philiam View Post
Takes me about 2. Do you have shoe laces?
Me too as far as to put it on only 2-3 minutes but I don't get much practice cause it's always on and top always down.....
and yes it does keep the soft top cleaner......

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Old 06-30-2012, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Sr200003 View Post
I don't get much practice cause it's always on and top always down.....
Then you're doing it right lol
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:15 PM
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seems to me that comparing a tonneau to a hard top is apples to oranges.

OEM hardtop looks great if that's how you want to go.

a tonneau is impracticable, and vaguely useful for an S2000; now, if you have an MG-A:

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Old 07-01-2012, 03:09 PM
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It's funny how things can get so complicated. A true tonneau seems like such a simple idea and quite useful, but the very thought of velcro fasteners full of cat hair and other airborne kipple is distressing to say the least and grommets, well grommets are vaguely reminiscent of the steam age.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by 3.1415926 View Post
It's funny how things can get so complicated. A true tonneau seems like such a simple idea and quite useful, but the very thought of velcro fasteners full of cat hair and other airborne kipple is distressing to say the least and grommets, well grommets are vaguely reminiscent of the steam age.
well, i don't know about you, but i got a top that goes down in 6 seconds; it also goes up in 6 seconds. a tonneau only alleviates the necessity of trying to manhandle a non-motorized top. somehow i can see the tonneau snugly in place during a raging rainstorm when you need to drive. gotta unsnap and then raise the roof. lotta water to get you wet. now, the tonneau is a nice fuzzy feeling accessory; it takes ya back to the good ol' days (steam age).
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:31 AM
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No sense in bothering with a tonneau cover. Just put your top down and drive!!!
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:36 AM
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The " tonneau" sure keeps the inside of the vinyl top and all the hard to reach crevices behind the seat free of dust, etc. That is my main concern and need for using it.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Vanishing Point View Post
The " tonneau" sure keeps the inside of the vinyl top and all the hard to reach crevices behind the seat free of dust, etc. That is my main concern and need for using it.
My guess is that I am just too old to worry much about any concerns. I agree fully with Vanishing Point (obviously someone who might live in west Texas??)

Boot covers forever!

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:34 AM
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Agreed. Plus if you find one lock it down if you want to keep it!
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by joncallihan View Post
My guess is that I am just too old to worry much about any concerns. I agree fully with Vanishing Point (obviously someone who might live in west Texas??)

Boot covers forever!

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North Texas Jon, but prone to dustiness just the same.

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Old 07-09-2012, 01:35 AM
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if i end up getting a hard top its going to be from spoon i prefer it as i think the regular hard tops make it look like a bubble, imo.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:15 AM
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mugen hardtop mmmmm
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:50 PM
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I've had both, and hands down hardtop!



Quites road noise, better visibility, added style, the list goes on and on! Thing is awesome.

Although, I ended up removing the stock soft top and putting a light-weight removable sub box back there, so that's kinda like a tonneau cover now.
Check it out: http://greens2k.com/#stereo
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by w00tw00t111 View Post
I've had both, and hands down hardtop!



Quites road noise, better visibility, added style, the list goes on and on! Thing is awesome.

Although, I ended up removing the stock soft top and putting a light-weight removable sub box back there, so that's kinda like a tonneau cover now.
Check it out: http://greens2k.com/#stereo
^^I like this S^^
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:25 PM
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Definite hardtop ! Bought my '04 on July 2 and the OEM hardtop came with the car! Would like to remove it, but it looks like a 2-man job!
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:27 PM
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Where do I find these hardtop locks I keep hearing about?
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