Re: Consumers Report
From the factory, the hardtop is rated at about 40lbs more than a softtop. All of that weight is up high, so yes the Hardtop has a slightly higher center of gravity, but not enough to make a difference.
My frame and body are sitting over 12 inches higher than stock, yet with my wide wheels and tires I'm 14 inches wider than stock. And I've added a lot of weight down low with beefy axle housings, skidplates everwhere, and 450lbs of wheels and tires. That's why I've been able to tip my Samurai over well beyond the stock's 46 degrees without flopping it over onto its side.
Passengers who are used to low and wide vehicles are oftentimes somewhat scared riding in my Samurai on the road. I think what scares them most is the body lean on corners, even when I have the front sway bar installed. But what's cool is that no matter how far it leans, it doesn't want to roll. My Samurai has been my daily driver since 1994 and it's never given me any problems!
-- Geoff Beasley