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Old 12-07-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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Soft Top Removal

I bought my S2000 with the OEM hardtop and I really like the hardtop. I'm not much of a convertible guy anyways. A while back, right after I bought the car I took the hardtop off just to check the soft top and it's in really rough condition. It's worn out, dirty and has several little holes and the rear window is torn up. So I was thinking about removing the soft top since I don't and won't use it anyways and just saving the weight. Has anyone done this? I've tried searching but I didn't find anything too helpful. Any thoughts on this?

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be prepared to remove most of trim behind the seats and spend the better part of a day. You have to remove all of the trim behind the seats, the seats, and the inner cross brace.
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Have you seen any write ups on the removal? I can't seem to find many. So it sounds like the hardest part is just removing all the trim and seats. How much weight should it save? I've heard it will be around 30lbs lighter than stock with the hardtop on. Sounds right?
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Have you seen any write ups on the removal? I can't seem to find many. So it sounds like the hardest part is just removing all the trim and seats. How much weight should it save? I've heard it will be around 30lbs lighter than stock with the hardtop on. Sounds right?
I have heard that removing the soft top and ALL related hardware including the motors will knock off around 95 lbs. The OEM hardtop weighs in at 44 lbs. So, you should be losing 51 lbs.
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That's pretty good. Should that make a noticeable difference in acceleration and handling form the lighter weight?
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nah, you'd be better off going on a diet and losing weight. Of course, if you go on a diet and remove the soft top at the same time, you may notice a slight difference. I have a CR which doesn't have a soft top and I don't really notice any difference.
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nah, you'd be better off going on a diet and losing weight. Of course, if you go on a diet and remove the soft top at the same time, you may notice a slight difference. I have a CR which doesn't have a soft top and I don't really notice any difference.
Per Honda, when you remove the hardtop and if you don't have the optional a/c and radio, you save 100 lbs (approx). Probably not enough weight savings to make a difference in accelartion times. But good for lap times as you're lowering the center of gravity. (But then again, Ken, you probably already know this )
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Removing the soft top would lower the center of gravity though right? So it would save 50 pounds and lower the center of gravity. Doesn't sound like too bad of an idea.
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So I just finished removing the soft top. It wasn't too hard but it took a very long time. I probably spent about 7 hours working. I have a question about the soft top assembly where it bolts to the body. In the picture, normally with the soft top on the car, the black metal piece(from the soft top assembly) bolts to the white corner metal piece(on the car in the picture) and they bolt to the body together. Well with the soft top out that black metal piece isn't there anymore and I was wondering if I need it. There is that gap between the body and the white corner piece and I don't know if that's ok or not. Do they support anything else besides the soft top? Do they help increase the cars rigidity or anything like that? There is still one bolt that connects the corner piece to the body and the hardtop bolts to the corner piece and to the body. Will this affect anything or are those parts just there to bolt the soft top in place?

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I like having it out of the way and it saves weight so thats good too. The soft top was in horrible shape anyways.

Anyone know about those metal pieces or anything? Any help would be appreciated.
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And does having the soft top removed effect weight distribution at all? I was thinking about the CR. Since that has no soft top and no spare tire or tools or anything, it makes it quite a bit lighter in the back, does that make it more front heavy or is that still perfect 50/50?
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I have a question about the soft top assembly where it bolts to the body. In the picture, normally with the soft top on the car, the black metal piece(from the soft top assembly) bolts to the white corner metal piece(on the car in the picture) and they bolt to the body together. Well with the soft top out that black metal piece isn't there anymore and I was wondering if I need it. There is that gap between the body and the white corner piece and I don't know if that's ok or not. Do they support anything else besides the soft top? Do they help increase the cars rigidity or anything like that? There is still one bolt that connects the corner piece to the body and the hardtop bolts to the corner piece and to the body. Will this affect anything or are those parts just there to bolt the soft top in place?
Sorry to dig up an old thread but since I just pulled my soft top I now have more opinion on the matter.

Please look at the picture. Without the softtop 'metal piece' the bulkhead does not tie into the chassis of the car. The red shows the mounting points of the bulkhead and the green show the chassis. The bulkhead supports the rollhoops so any reduction in the bulkhead strength directly affects the rollhoops. It might also affect how rigid the rear chassis is but I'm not sure on that, but not only does the CR have plates in the place of the 'metal pieces', but also a bulkhead brace so it must matter some. So I personally would say you SHOULD re-install plates either by removing them from the soft top assembly or by buying the CR plates(part numbers 86121-S2A-A00 and 86171-S2A-A00). Just my humble opinion at this point.
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Sweet, thanks man!
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