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Anyone have the hard top?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Neb, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Neb

    Neb Member

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    I'm considering getting one, but I'm curious: does it reduce the noise level in the car at all?

    Thanks!

    Ben
     
  2. Roger Reid

    Roger Reid Old but effective

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    I don't know if it is quieter because mine is still backordered. If you are looking, check out Sector 111 web site.
     
  3. Neb

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    Yeah, I will almost certainly purchase that one. I figured there would be a better chance of someone having the OEM top, however. Maybe not?
     
  4. Lancelac

    Lancelac 2010 Roadster Sport #690

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    Loads of folks have the hardtop, the CF hardtop, however, is a different story...
     
  5. Neb

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    Great, now I just need one or more of them to find this thread and comment on the experience. :biggrin:

    Ben
     
  6. toutizes

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    I have the hardtop but have not put it on for a while as it's still sunny enough in the bay area. I don't remember a big difference of noise between the soft and hard tops.

    Actually it feels like you hear the engine more with the soft top than topless. Same with the hard top.

    The big difference with the hard top is that it's harder to enter/exit the car than with the soft top. The hard top is a bit lower on the sides than the soft top.
     
  7. Roger Reid

    Roger Reid Old but effective

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    I agree. I feel the road noise and motor whine is coming from the cockpit walls and floor pan. Sound insulation would help here but you pay a small weight penalty.
     
  8. DRM

    DRM Roadster #619

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    I have the hard top, but have not attached it in awhile.

    It definitely reduces/eliminates wind noise, but the motor is still quite audible .... same with much of the tire/road noise.
     
  9. Neb

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    Thank you all for your comments! They're very helpful.
     
  10. DrComputer

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    Unless you live in a climate that gets snow, I don't quite see a reason for the hard top. The soft top is much easier to install/remove, it works fine in the rain, it can be taken with you in the trunk, and it doesn't hide the nice carbon fiber roll bar. I didn't buy the hard top for my car and haven't once wished I had.
     
  11. raymond

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    Am I the only one who thinks the hard top looks so very much worse than the soft top? I do like the idea of a hard top, but for reasons I haven't been able to figure out the Roadster's hard top does look like a bad toupee.

    PS: Googling to find the bad toupee reference I found the link... on teslamotors.com
     
  12. Neb

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    Yeah, I live at 8,500 feet and get nearly 200 inches of snow a year. I've never had a convertible (or a soft top, much less), but I'm not especially worried about the moisture or even some snow load. The car will be garaged and I'm sure top is sturdy enough to easily handle a foot or more of white stuff in a pinch.

    I mostly would choose the top for any noise reduction and the convenience of having a little more security.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    Ben
     
  13. Neb

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    I think the same-color top looks weird, too. I much prefer the contrasting, carbon fiber top, especially with the lighter color options.
     
  14. Roger Reid

    Roger Reid Old but effective

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    I seem to remember this photo where a hard top might have been appreciated.

    Roger
     

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    hard top

    I have a hard top and like it for the hot rainy Florida summer. Personally, I like the look of the car with it on and feel that it is a little quieter and roomier than the soft one. Just removed it yesterday and was really thrilled to have my open roadster back. For temperate weather, there is no doubt that the soft/open option is the way to go. But for brutally hot and rainy weather, I like the hard one.
     

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  16. raymond

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    Can I opt-in for a teslamotorsclub without pictures? Pictures like these make me soooo envious (even with the hard top on!) Sometimes I forget what a beautiful car this really is...
     

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