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I really like my soft side cab. I like that it is air tight on the coldest and windiest nights. I like that when removing the cab for summer, the rear windows or panels remove easily and install quickly. I roll them/it up in paper and store them/it in the cab untill winter. No hardware, no worries about storing glass. I like the yellow boarders on the rear panel. Kind of like a highly visable saftey vest. Two minor complaints. First, poorly fitting vynil fillers undr windsheild. Fixed here. http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=173805 My other minor complaint is that only the windsheild tilts out from the bottom and there is no other window to open. I came up with a few ideas to adapt or create windows or panels that open.
Then I noticed fellow MTFer Badzuki had his hard side doors for sale. I had to get them.
Now I have what I believe is the best of both cabs.
 

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Yes it is very nice.
 

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Looks great and definitely does it all. Did you by chance photo/document the removal/installation process or was it like my WE where one minute it was off and the next it was on?

Thanks for the pics!
 

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That looks great! slkpk
 

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Looks great Tom. Its always a pleasure checking out what you have going on there. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks for the link to your plexi panel addition. I didn't want to resurect it by posting, but this thought came to mind.... "One can clearly see the difference":trink39::sidelaugh:aetsch:

The doors look great too!!:thThumbsU
 

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Looks great and definitely does it all. Did you by chance photo/document the removal/installation process or was it like my WE where one minute it was off and the next it was on?

Thanks for the pics!
I took a few pics intending to post here, then like you said it was off then on!

Thanks for the link to your plexi panel addition. I didn't want to resurect it by posting, but this thought came to mind.... "One can clearly see the difference":trink39::sidelaugh:aetsch:

The doors look great too!!:thThumbsU
Ha!!!! Good one!

Thanks everyone.
 

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Very nice set up. I don't know which one I like seeing pics of more your tractor or your beautiful garage! Very nice Tom!
 

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B-E-A-utiful. I really like the best of both worlds. it almost would be better to have cab manufacturers have solid doors and roof with soft every where else for a solid frame and ease of set-up and tear down. imo.

WFburtton159 where abouts are ya located in this tropical state of ours. (NO coast) North Dakota.
 

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B-E-A-utiful. I really like the best of both worlds. it almost would be better to have cab manufacturers have solid doors and roof with soft every where else for a solid frame and ease of set-up and tear down. imo.

WFburtton159 where abouts are ya located in this tropical state of ours. (NO coast) North Dakota.
Thank You.

In my opinion, Curtis should offer a soft side with hard doors to their line up. And or a full hard side with a soft side style windshield for loader compatability.

I am still not sure why a hard side is not loader compatable. Is it because once the loader is on the windshield can not be opened preventing the hood from being opened if needed? Or because the loader locking rod\handle will contact the windshield? Is it because the loader goal posts will contact the windshield?
 

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I am still not sure why a hard side is not loader compatable. Is it because once the loader is on the windshield can not be opened preventing the hood from being opened if needed? Or because the loader locking rod\handle will contact the windshield? Is it because the loader goal posts will contact the windshield?
Tom,

We've had some discussions about this in the past, and there always seemed to be a bit of ambiguity in the answer. I recall the consensus was that the goal posts and/or the cross bar would contact and crack the front windshield.

I like the idea of the ROPS goalposts on the loader, for safety reasons. But if I knew I was going to leave the ROPS Cab on all the time, I would get the CTC FEL instead. The CTC FEL does not have any goal posts, and you'd get your protection from the Hard ROPS cab, without the incompatibility issue.

But for folks who will be using the FEL without the ROPS cab, JD's 45 FEL with the roll-bar/goalposts is a good way to go. Your hybrid cab arrangement is really nice, especially in that it is fully compatible with your FEL. Enjoy!
 

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Tom,

We've had some discussions about this in the past, and there always seemed to be a bit of ambiguity in the answer. I recall the consensus was that the goal posts and/or the cross bar would contact and crack the front windshield.

I like the idea of the ROPS goalposts on the loader, for safety reasons. But if I knew I was going to leave the ROPS Cab on all the time, I would get the CTC FEL instead. The CTC FEL does not have any goal posts, and you'd get your protection from the Hard ROPS cab, without the incompatibility issue.

But for folks who will be using the FEL without the ROPS cab, JD's 45 FEL with the roll-bar/goalposts is a good way to go. Your hybrid cab arrangement is really nice, especially in that it is fully compatible with your FEL. Enjoy!
I have to say I was a liitle nervous attaching the FEL with the cab. I knew the goal posts would not contact the window, but I went very slow just to make sure!

Like you said I have year round roll over protection between the cab in the winter and the goal posts in the summer when tha cab is off. I always remember if something does not feel right or safe it isn't. I would not want to test either roll over system!!

When I spoke with CTC earlier in the year I was told that their loader was not cab compatable....
 

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When I spoke with CTC earlier in the year I was told that their loader was not cab compatable....
That's interesting. I may have heard that already (fuzzy memory), but I do remember them telling me (1+ years ago) that their loader would be compatible with the cab. Maybe they've discovered otherwise in the interim.
 

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The loader mount and the hard side cab use the same mounting location on the frame. That's why they won't work together. That is the case with my cab anyways. Can't speak for the Curtis.
 
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