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Old 06-14-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Hey everyone!

On the 4th gen F bodies how drastic is the difference in weight with a car having T Tops or a Hardtop?

My friend is saying that the T Tops require more frame reinforcement so thus they are MUCH heavier... any thoughts?

In the end I dont care, I will stick with T-Tops, They practically define these cars to me!
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your friend is high. Hardly any difference between weight.
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I find it hard to believe its any noticeable amount if not any.
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Know of any weight numbers by chance? I'm trying to find some numbers for this...
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I read this before I don't remember exactly. Sorry. But the weight difference is seriously whatever the holders in your trunk weigh. (Under 5 pounds) and the difference between a fiberglass roof compared to our glass roof (also very minor. Maybe 10 pounds) there is no suspension modifications which might be what your friend is thinking considering convertibles have suspension mods to support the body change. Hope I was able to help.
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There's maybe a few pounds in weight difference between the two if any at all, the roofs are made the same on hardtop cars as they are on T-top cars. If you drop the headliner on a hardtop, you can literally see how T-Top's are designed to go in those spots.
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Hey everyone!

On the 4th gen F bodies how drastic is the difference in weight with a car having T Tops or a Hardtop?

My friend is saying that the T Tops require more frame reinforcement so thus they are MUCH heavier... any thoughts?

In the end I dont care, I will stick with T-Tops, They practically define these cars to me!
For 4th gen Fbodies the ttop cars have no added structural reinforcement over the hardtop cars. These chassis were supposedly built as convertibles from the factory.
weight seems to vary too much between years and options for a real comparison:
http://www.stangbangers.com/98_Cobra...rd_Article.htm
http://www.stangbangers.com/99_Musta...mp_Article.htm
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Hardtops however do have sheet metal bracing connecting the A pillar to the B pillar on the roof unlike t tops which have nothing there when the t tops are off...
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I find it kind of funny ,you're all saying t-tops and hardtops and not one of you quoted weights of your cars ,I have a hardtop and it weights in at 3200 lbs at my digital scale at the track ,with a few pounds removed like front swaybar and spare tire thats about it ,so what does your t-top car weight exactly ,any numbers ?
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I find it kind of funny ,you're all saying t-tops and hardtops and not one of you quoted weights of your cars ,I have a hardtop and it weights in at 3200 lbs at my digital scale at the track ,with a few pounds removed like front swaybar and spare tire thats about it ,so what does your t-top car weight exactly ,any numbers ?
my 98 Z hardtop weighed in at like 3250 with everything but a spare and a 1/4 tank of gas. this was on a analog scale so who knows how exact it was
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yea my auto t-tops car weighed in at 3350 no spare jack figures the 4l60 weights a lil more than the 6speed.
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32xx is light. I haven't got mine on a scale to be honest. But I have full options so it would weigh probably 3400. 100 pounds is like 10 horsepower at the crank. Hardly worth considering when t tops looks amazing. And are awesome when its hot out.
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I find it kind of funny ,you're all saying t-tops and hardtops and not one of you quoted weights of your cars ,I have a hardtop and it weights in at 3200 lbs at my digital scale at the track ,with a few pounds removed like front swaybar and spare tire thats about it ,so what does your t-top car weight exactly ,any numbers ?
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My old TTOP Trans Am weighed 3020# with some weight taken out.

Absolute stupid to even consider this a comparison.
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we did a comparison from my friends z28 and my hardtop and it was about 60~

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haha yeah, my "friend" is a mustang owner. Maybe they say things like that because they don't have t tops
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With spare tire in my car and 1/4 tank of gas my car weighed 3,440 lbs, nothing extra in it besides the jack and a few CD's. My car has T-tops also.
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I find it kind of funny ,you're all saying t-tops and hardtops and not one of you quoted weights of your cars ,I have a hardtop and it weights in at 3200 lbs at my digital scale at the track
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My car is hard top with manual everything, I thought it would be light, but I was wrong. It has 17' vette wheels, a 9" ford and nothing taken out except spare and jack. With 3/4 tank gas it weighed 3500.
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My T-top fully optioned 02 SS weighed 3450 with a 1/4 tank of gas. Spare tire was removed but has a 24lb nitrous bottle in its place. And maybe my dual exhaust weighs more than the factory exhaust does...IDK.

Either way this should be fairly close to what you are wanting to know
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Weighted my 98 Camaro the other day before the conversion to a 6.0L street/strip car.
Car is an optioned 1SC hardtop with a V6/auto.

Car weighted 3,350# with 1/4 tank of gas.

Front left - 900#
Front right - 950#
Rear left - 750#
Rear right - 750#

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