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Old 12-26-2006, 06:59 PM
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holy crap thank god my top got slashed and insurance paid for the top/labor. i only had to pay 70 bucks extra to get the robbins top and i must say it is a very nice top and such a great upgrade from the plastic window...

i knew the install was time consuming, but geeeeez that makes me so much happier that i didnt have to do it
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Old 12-26-2006, 07:20 PM
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wow!!!

makes me feel like an incompetent just reading this-
thats a lot of work-
and a really great job of detailing the process...

you should open up a top replacement shop!
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Is that a bearded Joe I see? Nice write up.
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Thank you sir, This will help me and my buddy out a lot when it comes time to doing my top !!!!!



Looks like some work though !!
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While the Robbins top does seem like a nice replacement, IMO I find that it's a SLIGHT downgrade from an OEM '02+ top, if indeed the glass top + defroster looks exactly like that, just with added defroster lines. The length from top to bottom of the glass is actually a bit smaller than OEM, and it doesn't have that plastic piece surrounding the glass.

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What you say is true, but the money that you save is worth it to me. Not to mention I've had the plastic window for all these years and it didn't come with a defroster. Why would I need one now ??

saving money gets a from me
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Originally Posted by guardiase,Dec 27 2006, 01:59 AM
While the Robbins top does seem like a nice replacement, IMO I find that it's a SLIGHT downgrade from an OEM '02+ top, if indeed the glass top + defroster looks exactly like that, just with added defroster lines. The length from top to bottom of the glass is actually a bit smaller than OEM, and it doesn't have that plastic piece surrounding the glass.

Actually, that's not completely accurate. The pictures are misleading. The robbins top glass goes below the material along the bottom edge where as the OEM glass goes over the top of the material making it appear to have a larger visible area. Both have about an inch of material that the glass needs to attach to on the bottom, the difference is on which side they are attached.

As for the 02+ replacement tops, I have not seen one from Robbins so I cannot comment on how the one with the defroster looks like.
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Thats one badass DIY. Terrific job
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What is the approximate cost of a Robbins V. an OEM top?

Is the Robbins top still made of the same grade & thickness vinyl material?
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Originally Posted by JLUDE,Dec 27 2006, 10:28 AM
What is the approximate cost of a Robbins V. an OEM top?

Is the Robbins top still made of the same grade & thickness vinyl material?
Prices are listed in the GB : https://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=437842

2000-2001 plastic rear window replacement tops: $495
2000-2001 glass rear window conversion tops (no defroster): $595
2002+ glass rear window replacement tops (with defroster): $695

OEM cost is approximately $850 or so.

The material is an exact match for OEM. Same thickness and all.
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