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    Quote Originally Posted by Nvbob View Post
    Mesh Top works great when it's too intense for topless.
    There's an adult joke in there somewhere......

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    The mesh top is especially great if you have dry "desert" heat. Really cuts down the sun. That's perfect for the average California or Arizona summer day.

    Up here in Eastern Canada, hot days are often hazy and humid with barely a breeze. On those days the mesh top is great while you're in motion, but at a stop light it blocks what little breeze there is, and that makes it hotter. So on those days, if I'm city driving, then I prefer to leave the top off altogether. The mesh is still very nice on the open road, though. And of course on the occasional day of dry heat it is perfect.

    That's the only minor nit I can report. Other than that, the mesh top is lightweight yet solidly made, and it takes up very little trunk space. It's great to have three options for summer driving (top/mesh/open).

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    My car spent almost the entire summer with the mesh top on. With garage parking at home and at work, all I had to do at each end was toss the shower cap on and plug in.

    Love the mesh top.

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    I doubt there is a noticeable difference between the soft top and hard top in range and performance. In the 1/4 mile I get 100.5 MPH with the soft top on versus 99 with no top. So there is not much of a difference. I assume the difference between the hard top and the soft top to be even less than the difference between open top and the soft top.
    Last edited by dhrivnak; 2011-11-06 at 04:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tennis_trs View Post
    I finally weighed both of my tops today. The hard top is heavier, as I'd expected (I believe I've seen a post in another thread indicate the opposite like quoted below), but obviously both are light.
    Hard top: 22 pounds
    Soft top: 12 pounds
    [soft top included support slats, but not bag, since I never keep the bag in the car and none of this adds significant weight]
    [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.]
    Has anyone weighed their non-clear-coat hard top yet? I'd be interested if it is significantly lighter than my clear-coat hard top, as others have claimed (based on statements from Tesla employees).
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    I'm picking up my non-clear coat hardtop in Menlo Park tomorrow. I'll see what weighings can be done there....

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    Jake at Tesla just reported back to me that the clear coat hardtop weighs the same as the painted hardtop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smorgasbord View Post
    Jake at Tesla just reported back to me that the clear coat hardtop weighs the same as the painted hardtop.
    Thanks, I figured they probably weigh about the same, but had read people quoting that they weigh less than the soft top, which mine definitely doesn't. Still at about 22 pounds, the hard top is light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smorgasbord View Post
    Jake at Tesla just reported back to me that the clear coat hardtop weighs the same as the painted hardtop.
    I had heard from several sources that the clear coat CF hardtop would weight more than the body colored painted hardtop. The reasoning had to do with the differences between structural and cosmetic carbon fiber and maybe the thickness of the resin. However, this was all before Tesla actually started shipping the clear coat tops, and was perhaps speculation. Do we have actual mass numbers now?

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    sorry for a silly question on an old thread,

    but what is a mesh top?!?


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