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    Quote Originally Posted by tennis_trs View Post
    [Note: my hard top is a clear coat one. I assume that there might be some significant difference in the production process, but wouldn't think that there would be a significant weight difference from a non-clear-coat one. Someone should weigh a non-clear-coat one and post here if it is significantly different.]
    Supposedly the clear coat CF hard tops are significantly heavier than the body colored ones. At least that's what I heard unofficially from Tesla folks back when people were still waiting for their tops. Would be interesting to have a measurement.

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    Just for reference sake, the Mesh Top is just under 4 pounds including it's carrying bag.
    Last edited by vfx; 2011-07-10 at 09:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Supposedly the clear coat CF hard tops are significantly heavier than the body colored ones. At least that's what I heard unofficially from Tesla folks back when people were still waiting for their tops. Would be interesting to have a measurement.
    I had wondered if they maybe built them about the same and added essentially a decorative layer or two to create the clear coat ones, but I wouldn't have thought they'd end up anywhere near doubling the weight. Considering how thin and flexible mine is, I'll be really impressed if the non-clear-coat ones are significantly lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tennis_trs View Post
    I had wondered if they maybe built them about the same and added essentially a decorative layer or two to create the clear coat ones, but I wouldn't have thought they'd end up anywhere near doubling the weight. Considering how thin and flexible mine is, I'll be really impressed if the non-clear-coat ones are significantly lighter.
    That's a really good point.

    I also imagine that the body-color hardtops still have a standard auto body clear coat to protect the paint. It would not be as thick as the carbon fiber coating, because the body color paint surface is much smoother.

    In any event, I hope to weigh my body color hardtop some time soon. My joke about weighing 2 cats was assuming that the other measurement presented was accurate, despite being done with a bathroom scale.

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    I think a hard top would definitely be nicer in winter, but at $3,200 I guess I'll stick with the soft top.

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    TOP ?? What top ???

    I took the hard top off when I got home from the dealer. I put it safely away and never think about it. I carry the soft top in the trunk just in case - but - if I can't drive with the top off, I'll drive something else.

    I would be interested in knowing more about the mesh top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesla 940 View Post
    I would be interested in knowing more about the mesh top.
    Shade Mesh Screen Top

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Thanks Doug. Manufacturing has slowed on the Mesh Tops for upcoming winter. Those of you who are waiting please be patient. It's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vfx View Post
    Those of you who are waiting please be patient. It's worth it.
    I can confirm.

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    Mesh Top works great when it's too intense for topless.

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