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Old 04-01-2018, 01:02 AM   #1
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Just picked up a 98 cali top. After not driving my club sport in 2 years, I had a blast bringing this home today. Looking forward to the summer!


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I sold my 96 slicktop for a 98 California Edition. Some may disagree with that decision, but living in So Cal, its open more often than not, and I love it. I guess I'm lucky; the motor was replaced before I bought it and it doesn't leak at all; the wind noise is not noticeable even at "extra-legal" highway speeds. Lots of sunshine and fresh air, without the compromises of a convertible. There's not much else like it.


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Very nice! I found out why they call it Cali top. Sun was shining on the way home and was warming my face up. It was pretty rad. You have the wheels I want. I’ve already been looking for a set.
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I also sold my 95 slicktop for my 96 california edition

Lucky you, you both have the wind deflector...
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I also sold my 95 slicktop for my 96 california edition

Lucky you, you both have the wind deflector...

Can't the wind deflector be retrofitted to older models? I gotta say its pretty nice; I can have normal conversations with my passengers at 80mph and its no problem.

Hell, the biggest issue with having it is the anxiety I have over something breaking and me not being able to get parts!

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Can't the wind deflector be retrofitted to older models? I gotta say its pretty nice; I can have normal conversations with my passengers at 80mph and its no problem.

Hell, the biggest issue with having it is the anxiety I have over something breaking and me not being able to get parts!

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Iím sure it can be...nobody has really documented how the deflector mounts into the channels.
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That's a really gorgeous example you picked up. I shouldn't be jealous having a black/black cali top myself, but, irrationally, I can't resist.

Are those sport trimmings original, or were they added by a PO? I'm very curious whether any cali tops were also built to club sport spec from the factory.
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Like a Cali M Sport? I have a 98. Black on Black 5sp Or presently Black, Yellow and Red...
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