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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-27-2001, 10:09 AM
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Hard top model Vs. Soft top?

1. I know hardtops were made 86,87,88...were they also in 88.5 version?

2. I have owned all soft tops in the past, but i was thinking about getting a hardtop this time around....Are there any pro's/con's that i should know about.

3. Is it possible with a stock zuk to attach a small trailor (220lbs) and 1 snowmobile (500 lbs) and be able to drive at normal speed limits. Also without killing the thing...I think I remember reading somewhere that it can tow up to 1000lbs.....but im not quite sure.
4. Hard tops seem to be harder to find...do they generally cost more?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-27-2001, 10:33 AM
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Re: Hard top model Vs. Soft top?

they made 88.5 hard tops i have had a couple of them. i just prefere the soft top when it comes to running trails the hard tops are just not as open feeling. but it you live up north it is probably a better set up for year round running. i have towed way over that behind a zuk but i think a 1/2 ton should be max later mike

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Re: Hard top model Vs. Soft top?

i've had two hardtops & 5 soft tops-currently have 88 hard top & plan to keep it for ever! no soft top noise-secure when locked (i leave mine at off-road bicycling trailheads and launching ramps for long periods)
as for towing, i tow a boat that weighs probably 1400-1500 lbs with no problems-but have modified engine,exhaust,gearing etc.
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p.s hardtops getting hard to find in florida
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Ive got a 1983 SJ 410 Hard Top. One bad thing bout the hard tops is if you roll them, they cant be repaired as easily. The windsheild frame isnt removable, nothing is. All 1 peice. Good things bout the hard tops are they are quieter and warmer and are less likley to be vandalized.
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I have a hard top Samurai. Well in my opinion the soft top Samurais kind of look better because you can mix the colors.
As an example, you have a red Samurai and then you buy a white or black soft top for it. You have two colors

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Re: Hard top model Vs. Soft top?

Hard tops are 300lbs heavier and a the center of gravity is a tad higher


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Hardtops are not 300lbs heavier. According to Suzuki, from the factory the Hardtops are only 50lbs heavier than the convertibles. Fred Swanson (from Canyon State Components) and John Farly "Mud Lite" have both cut the tops off their Hardtops to make convertibles, and they can tell you that what they cut off hardly weighed anything. My Samurai is a Hardtop and I can assure you the sheetmetal is thin and the B- and C-pillars are hollow. The rear door is very light, and the only significant sources of weight are the 3 rear windows that aren't present on the Softtops.

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Sorry to piss in your wheaties Geoff. It was a typo I ment 30.


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1. I beleive that there are 88.5's
2. The pros are they stand up to the weather better and it heats up faster. The cons are that they are heavier, if you roll it, your screwed, and you cant take the top off!
3.You shoul be able to. Ive seen people towing 5th wheels.
4. They are much harder to find, but the cost isnt substatialy more. Most people who are selling them dont know what they have on their hands!

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thanks for all the great info guys

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