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At 49 (yrs), I plan to be utilizing the new Pioneer I purchase this year for a LONG time. With a 21yr old son, the "threat" of grandchildren is real in the future!

So, we've decided to purchase the 4-P, in preparation.

But, for a (hopefully) long while, it'll be used as a 2-P unit. My question is for enclosing the cab. I plan to add the windshield and a flexible rear panel and soft doors. My question is on the hard top. I like the looks of the hard top that only covers the front section. Will I regret this, down the road?

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I use mine as basically a worker. I have 3 kids 5,4,and 2. They all fit in the front with me with we have inclement weather. If we are going out to have some fun, it's usually nice out. I think they actually prefer the open air above them in the back seats. That way they can look up into the canopy of the trees.

For hauling large items or loads. It's nice to not have the roof in the way. The only time I really regret not having the 4 seater roof is after a fresh snowfall banging through drifts and snow fallen from trees gets in the bed. Only really a problem when my saws or a load of wood is back there.

 

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I've got a 4p with a windshield, canvass doors, a curtain behind the drivers seat……and a full Hardtop. I really like the full-length hardtop. Not only keeps passengers dry and protected from brush and sun……but keeps my cargo dryer in rain and snow. Several times the roof has already protected things I didn't want to get wet. I'd buy the full top again.
 

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Usually you would take out the kids for fun in nicer weather so i don't think it is a big deal to get the canopy only for the front. Open air, natural light, more ability to look around. Should be good for the kids.
 

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I have the full roof.
Its a nice roof, but i think i would wait to see what aftermarket options show up before i pulled the trigger on it again. The Honda roof adds inches to the height of the machine, and this seems to be wasted space, really.

It also reflects a lot of sound ( like any hard-top would ) back into the cab. Then there is the fact that i really like the open air feeling of not having one...Right up until it hits 100 degrees and monsoon rain starts here in AZ. Once the hail starts hitting my sunburn, i expect i'll be quite fond of that top.

FWIW, most of the sound i mentioned seems to come through the bed area, so the 1/2 cab like you and Moose run may not be a bad compromise. I actually kind of expected the full roof to be in 2 sections so you can run one or the other...but i guess that Honda felt that would be difficult to seal.

Look at it this way: You'll get at least 9 months warning before you need the full top, and by then they may start popping up used for cheap locally ( you would NOT want to ship this thing...the box was wider than my 8ft trailer!).

Likewise, i believe the bikini style full top is like $150, so it could be used if need be, without breaking the bank.
 

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I use my 4p mostly for 2 people also. First thing I did is to take off the rear roll bar and set it up as a a 2p. You can use the space under the rear seats when folded down for more storage room. I think the 4p will always have a higher resale value and worth the money.
 

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I have the full length hard top and think it was the better choice for me as I can take it off easily and go without but I like the entire thing covered.
 

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I use my 4p mostly for 2 people also. First thing I did is to take off the rear roll bar and set it up as a a 2p. You can use the space under the rear seats when folded down for more storage room. I think the 4p will always have a higher resale value and worth the money.
I was thinking of doing the same when I get mine.

Just for the fact that 1 out of 100 times I use it I might need the rear bars.

And it would be probably easier to slap it back on for that one time then have it in the way if i was using the bed a lot.
 

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No sir. No split but there is always saws. :)
 

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Hehe. Trust me, I sweat just as much as anyone when I start that saw or dremel or whatever it is, on anything I own, or especially when its someone else's. :)

You just get better at hiding it with each project.
 
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