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Old 08-29-2009, 03:39 AM
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hardtop recommendations

Looking for a hardtop for this winter. First, can't get over how expensive they seem to be. Next, what are the trade offs between OEM, Mugen, and the myriad of other aftermarket tops? The only issues I can imagine are fit (no rattling), finish, and weight.

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Old 08-29-2009, 05:19 AM
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Totally from jus' observation sf, 'cause even though I run Stewie all year, I won't deny myself the 6 second go-down'a Stewie's top and buy'a hardtop.
But'z slick'z the OEM unit looks . . any expanse'a eye-pleasin'ly curved aluminum whut'z godda be man-handled on'n off izz jus' heart-wrenchin' dentz waitin'a happen.
If I hadda go with'a hardtop, I'd go carbon-fibre.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:16 AM
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Ok... So Id start off by saying all depending is it just a winter hardtop? I run my mugen replica over the winter and its got its quirks sqeek there little rattle there, but they can all be worked out but when i take it on and off sometimes in the summer do I actually do it... no. If your not set on looks I would go with an OEM just seems a little more simple comes with the hardware comes painted. And you may be able to scoop one up for around 2k. Are you sebring or silverstone?
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I don't want to hijack this thread, but what's involved with the hard top going on? Does the vinyl top need to kept down the whole time? Or up, as a "hardtop liner"? Maybe even removed completely?
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:37 AM
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It needs to be down, The oem has a liner mugen does not, You can remove it if you want to go 100% hardtop and loose the weight of the soft top and motors. As for installing it its the same front catchers for the soft top and two brackets on the side of the hardtop that bolt onto the car.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:45 AM
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Mugen does look better, and comes with all the extras needed, ie fitting kit and glass. But it does need to be painted and costs $$$$.
If you like the OEM one you could get the fitting kit from someone like hardtopguy.com and try to pick up a second hard top somewhere to save yourself some cash. You can always buy the OEM one complete from them too.
(Try breakers yards and the forums to see if anyone is selling.)
For carbon tops again Mugen or Seibon are worth a look. Seibon is a little more expensive than a FRP Mugen and is lighter than the carbon Mugen. Don't know about the quality of the Seibon but I know the Mugen fits grand.

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Old 08-29-2009, 11:43 AM
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There is a guy on S2kCA selling a Mugen FRP hardtop.

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Old 08-29-2009, 02:03 PM
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My car is Silverstone, tho I could live with black, maybe white. I owned an old SL Mercedes years ago with a removeable hardtop. I thought it was great for winter in San Francisco. I put it on in Nov, off in April. That's the plan here. The Mercedes top was a work of art. Not the slightest squeak or rattle. Has a sort of rachet latch that ensured it was held down tight. Of course, it weighed a ton.

I think that is prob the most important to me now too. Squeaks drive me nuts.

Guess I'll hang on for an OEM.
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:51 PM
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if u go full time hard top u can drop an easy 200lbs is everything is taken out. I read all softtop parts weigh in at a total of 270ish
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:31 PM
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Interesting. I am top down all summer here and would never let that go. But between Nov to April, I could. I wonder how much work it is to remove and install the convertible top? Unloading 200lbs would be great.
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:33 PM
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probably a huge pain but 200lbs isn't a joke either! ET calculator on 2900 @240hp is 14.08 , but 2700 @240 is 13.75
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:32 PM
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Strange...if all the soft top crap weighs 2-300 lbs, how does the CR only loose about 100 lbs total? Does that shaped lid weigh THAT much??
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim21680 View Post
Strange...if all the soft top crap weighs 2-300 lbs, how does the CR only loose about 100 lbs total? Does that shaped lid weigh THAT much??
well the Cr has a more supports and braces to keep everything tighter. I could be completely off base with those number because I haven't remove mine ad weighed everything, but I've read several places just he softtop and rails are 78lbs
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Old 09-04-2009, 03:05 AM
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Found a stock 2005 top for my 2002, 600mi away. Ideally, I would want to drive back with it mounted. Is it practical to install the mounting brackets before I leave, with the expectation that the top can be mounted without issue?

Also, once I have the hardware installed, does that preclude me from using the softtop when the hardtop is off? Or do I have to keep switching hardware whenever I mount or unmount the hardtop?
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:02 AM
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Hardtop uses the same catchers in the front as it does on the softop so thats not a problem... The rear brackets will stay on the car and the other half on the hardtop.. My non oem hardware hits the soft top when coming up so i have to remove them. Im 99% sure OEM you can just leave on there. And as long as the guy is willing to show you real quick where to mount the brackets it will be no problem for you to mount it before driving back should only take 10-15 minutes.
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Do I need to remove the ragtop to install the hardtop?

I have the opportunity to get either a Seibon or Honda OEM hardtop for a great price, so I was looking thru the posts to determine if I need to remove the softtop (what would be a major pain).

Originally Posted by RL1924 View Post
It needs to be down, The oem has a liner mugen does not, You can remove it if you want to go 100% hardtop and loose the weight of the soft top and motors. As for installing it its the same front catchers for the soft top and two brackets on the side of the hardtop that bolt onto the car.
Is this true, I can just install the Hardtop over the installed softtop?

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Yes, the soft top just needs to be down as stated.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MutantCheese View Post
Yes, the soft top just needs to be down as stated.
Thanks for the clarification MutantCheese.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:09 PM
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i also have a mugen rep it works great! and my next project will be to gutt out all the soft top parts for weight reduction...so when summer comes around i wont mind taking off and on the hardtop only 2 latches and 6 bolts w0ot!!!
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Originally Posted by CherryPopper View Post
i also have a mugen rep it works great! and my next project will be to gutt out all the soft top parts for weight reduction...so when summer comes around i wont mind taking off and on the hardtop only 2 latches and 6 bolts w0ot!!!
put the guts on a scale so we can see reduction amounts
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