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I ordered my '15 a few weeks ago, and my father in law ordered his monday night. He was under the impression that because the coupe came with the body color CF roof, that because he ordered the transparent roof for $1k he was getting both roofs. Obviously i corrected him and we were both thinking: Since the body color roof is included in the price of the car, wouldn't it be economically better to get the body color roof now and buy the transparent roof later??? I mean, how much would the transparent roof cost from a forum vendor, $1200 maybe????? So for $200 more you get both panels???? What am i missing here fellas???
 

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You forgot to add in the cost of the remaining components if you are going to order aftermarket, you need the frame, latches, seals, etc. The price for substituting the transparent for the body colored one when you place your order is already giving you credit for the body colored one.
 

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ahhh, so you're saying for the transparent roof it would be a lot more than the $1200 i estimated? gotcha. now it makes a little more sense. I would probably never have used the body color one, but it would have been nice to have both if it was a little cheaper...
 

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Also I haven't seen any available from aftermarket vendors. They are available through your dealer parts department or from someone selling one on our forum or elsewhere from time to time.
 

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Seen a few vendors selling transparent roof with all the attachments, but all were over $2000.
 

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There are five roof choices available on the Stingray coupe.

You can purchase your car with carbon fiber panel that is fully painted in body color. (this is the standard roof package that comes on the coupe). This is RPO CFA

You can purchase your car with a roof panel that has exposed carbon fiber in the center of the panel and two body colored trim edges on sides above the windows. This is RPO C2Z.

You can purchase your car with a transparent polycarbonate top only and no carbon fiber roof panel. This is RPO CC3.

You can purchase your car with a dual roof package that has an exposed carbon fiber panel with body colored edges and a transpartent roof panel. This is RPO C2M.

You can purchase your car with a dual roof package that has a painted carbon fiber roof panel and a transparent roof panel. This is RPO C2Q.




The Corvette comes with a painted top standard and that is included in the cost of the car. This includes the painted panel and a magnesium frame and hardware.

The optional transparent roof is made of Lexan polycarbonate and is a solid molded part. The cost for the clear roof is the difference between the painted panel and the Lexan panel as you have all ready paid for the frame and hardware. You are in effect getting credit back for the frame that you all ready paid for in the cost of your coupe which is why the optional transparent roof package is only $995.

The optional dual roof package is the additional cost of the Lexan panel and the cost of the additional magnesium frame and hardware. So, you are paying the extra money for the Lexan material and the second magnesium frame.

A transparent roof panel as an option will come available via a dealer parts department after the fact. If you elect to go the painted roof route, you can save a couple of hundred this way. Worth noting is the fact that it is very difficult to buy a painted roof after the fact if you think you will want one. You basically will have to buy all the hardware, the frame and the panel and have it painted by a body shop of your choice if you want one later. You will likely find one that a member is selling used at some point down the road but you may not find the color you want.

If you want both the best time to buy them is at the time of purchase as you can take whatever appropriate discount was available at the time of purchase. If you aren't sure that you want both or if you want the transparent it makes the most sense to purchase the painted only as you can easily add the transparent top later. It is really only difficult to add the painted panel at a later time.
 

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There are five roof choices available on the Stingray coupe.

You can purchase your car with carbon fiber panel that is fully painted in body color. (this is the standard roof package that comes on the coupe). This is RPO CFA

You can purchase your car with a roof panel that has exposed carbon fiber in the center of the panel and two body colored trim edges on sides above the windows. This is RPO C2Z.

You can purchase your car with a transparent polycarbonate top only and no carbon fiber roof panel. This is RPO CC3.

You can purchase your car with a dual roof package that has an exposed carbon fiber panel with body colored edges and a transpartent roof panel. This is RPO C2M.

You can purchase your car with a dual roof package that has a painted carbon fiber roof panel and a transparent roof panel. This is RPO C2Q.




The Corvette comes with a painted top standard and that is included in the cost of the car. This includes the painted panel and a magnesium frame and hardware.

The optional transparent roof is made of Lexan polycarbonate and is a solid molded part. The cost for the clear roof is the difference between the painted panel and the Lexan panel as you have all ready paid for the frame and hardware. You are in effect getting credit back for the frame that you all ready paid for in the cost of your coupe which is why the optional transparent roof package is only $995.

The optional dual roof package is the additional cost of the Lexan panel and the cost of the additional magnesium frame and hardware. So, you are paying the extra money for the Lexan material and the second magnesium frame.

A transparent roof panel as an option will come available via a dealer parts department after the fact. If you elect to go the painted roof route, you can save a couple of hundred this way. Worth noting is the fact that it is very difficult to buy a painted roof after the fact if you think you will want one. You basically will have to buy all the hardware, the frame and the panel and have it painted by a body shop of your choice if you want one later. You will likely find one that a member is selling used at some point down the road but you may not find the color you want.

If you want both the best time to buy them is at the time of purchase as you can take whatever appropriate discount was available at the time of purchase. If you aren't sure that you want both or if you want the transparent it makes the most sense to purchase the painted only as you can easily add the transparent top later. It is really only difficult to add the painted panel at a later time.

Extremely well written!

Also, some on this board have other threads about how hot the transparent roof panel is, and many have a 'shade' they stick in it to keep the intense sun from beating in. That may not be an issue for you, but it is worth noting.

Good luck with your choice!
 

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ahhh, so you're saying for the transparent roof it would be a lot more than the $1200 i estimated? gotcha. now it makes a little more sense. I would probably never have used the body color one, but it would have been nice to have both if it was a little cheaper...
What Talon90 wrote is above is dead-on. Notice this one part: "A transparent roof panel as an option will come available via a dealer parts department after the fact. If you elect to go the painted roof route, you can save a couple of hundred this way."

You cannot get the transparent roof plus the hardware (frame, latch, handles, gaskets, bolts, etc) for $1200, but you can get it less than the $1995 it costs as part of C2Q, if your dealer is being nice to you. I think the best price I heard of was at about a $400 savings buying it over the parts department counter. But then you have to assemble it, it is not part of your build sheet, et cetera, and the savings may not be worth the trouble.
 

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I purchased the body color as the dual roof option was in constraint last spring when my car went to production. I suggest getting the body colored with the car so that you get a perfect paint match.

I have found a site that has them for about $1,500 plus shipping if memory serves me right. That included all the hardware.

Since they are not a supporting vendor I will not list them.
 

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very informative!!! I really can't justify another $1k for the dual roof package cause i know without a doubt i would hardly use the body colored one, and i have to draw the line somewhere with cost. If i tried to justify this extra $1k, then ill wind up justifying the extra $1k for the carbon flash dash, then the $4k for the CF ground effects, etc... Thanks for the info guys!!!

PS i had the trans top for my C6 and loved it. I don't get to drive it as much as i like because of family constraints, so the heat/sun was never really a problem, and like it was stated earlier, i can get panels that stick on if needed. :)
 

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I purchased the body color as the dual roof option was in constraint last spring when my car went to production. I suggest getting the body colored with the car so that you get a perfect paint match.

I have found a site that has them for about $1,500 plus shipping if memory serves me right. That included all the hardware.

Since they are not a supporting vendor I will not list them.
That is the best deal I have heard, and beats the previous best by $100 or so.
 

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$ 1,585.xx Shipped to NC.
 

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Extremely well written!

Also, some on this board have other threads about how hot the transparent roof panel is, and many have a 'shade' they stick in it to keep the intense sun from beating in. That may not be an issue for you, but it is worth noting.

Good luck with your choice!
I'm deciding on a roof but not sure if I should go CF or transparent. This issue you mention here is important to me as I've been looking for threads about the downside to a transparent roof --- i cant find any information so far.

Can you point me to a thread that discusses it and/or elaborate further? any info is appreciated!
 

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I love the body colored roof on the Stingray. It is much lighter in weight and blends perfectly with the rear hatch. I had the transparent roof on a 2000 coupe--it looked ok on that body style. Having 2 roofs is ok if you have a safe storage space.
 

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I'm deciding on a roof but not sure if I should go CF or transparent. This issue you mention here is important to me as I've been looking for threads about the downside to a transparent roof --- i cant find any information so far.

Can you point me to a thread that discusses it and/or elaborate further? any info is appreciated!
Here are the basics: the carbon fiber (standard roof, body colored) and the exposed carbon fiber do not allow any light to be transmitted through the roof into the cabin, while the transparent panel does. You can easily see up and out of the transparent panel which comes with a blue tint. From about 5 feet away the average individual can not tell the difference between the way the exposed carbon fiber roof and transparent roof appear on the Stingray - both look black on the outside (again because the transparent is tinted) except that the exposed carbon fiber has body colored spears on each side. Closer than 5 feet you can see the nicely laid carbon fibers in the exposed carbon fiber panel (not of course in the painted carbon fiber panel) while at that distance you can start to see into the interior of the car with the transparent panel. The exposed carbon fiber and the regular carbon fiber have a permanent liner while the transparent does not (you can purchase a temporary liner for the transparent) and this does two things, it reduces the heat transmitted through the panel as compared the the transparent panel and it also reduces the head room. The fit and removal of all of the panels is the exact same, with the two carbon fiber panels coming in at about 16.5 pounds and the transparent at about 18.5 pounds. All panels store nicely in the trunk on built in hooks that in fact both secure the top and allow you to lift/pivot it up to store stuff under it when it is back there. For example you can get a full set of golf clubs in a regular cart bag under the panel in the trunk when it is stored back there. The transparent panel for many makes the interior feel much more roomy and airy in addition to being able to see up through it. However it also transmits heat from the sun that some find objectionable. There are several aftermarket options available to reduce the heat and you can find a discussion of them here, especially at post #1 http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum/stingray-corvette-accessories/5316-transparent-roof-panel-shade-options-tested-3.html. I live in Las Vegas- the 'desert' and we have sun most of the year. I use one of the aftermarket liners during the hottest 2 to 3 months of the year when I park, the rest of the year I find it perfect.:cool:
 

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Here are the basics: the carbon fiber (standard roof, body colored) and the exposed carbon fiber do not allow any light to be transmitted through the roof into the cabin, while the transparent panel does. You can easily see up and out of the transparent panel which comes with a blue tint. From about 5 feet away the average individual can not tell the difference between the way the exposed carbon fiber roof and transparent roof appear on the Stingray - both look black on the outside (again because the transparent is tinted) except that the exposed carbon fiber has body colored spears on each side. Closer than 5 feet you can see the nicely laid carbon fibers in the exposed carbon fiber panel (not of course in the painted carbon fiber panel) while at that distance you can start to see into the interior of the car with the transparent panel. The exposed carbon fiber and the regular carbon fiber have a permanent liner while the transparent does not (you can purchase a temporary liner for the transparent) and this does two things, it reduces the heat transmitted through the panel as compared the the transparent panel and it also reduces the head room. The fit and removal of all of the panels is the exact same, with the two carbon fiber panels coming in at about 16.5 pounds and the transparent at about 18.5 pounds. All panels store nicely in the trunk on built in hooks that in fact both secure the top and allow you to lift/pivot it up to store stuff under it when it is back there. For example you can get a full set of golf clubs in a regular cart bag under the panel in the trunk when it is stored back there. The transparent panel for many makes the interior feel much more roomy and airy in addition to being able to see up through it. However it also transmits heat from the sun that some find objectionable. There are several aftermarket options available to reduce the heat and you can find a discussion of them here, especially at post #1 http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum/stingray-corvette-accessories/5316-transparent-roof-panel-shade-options-tested-3.html. I live in Las Vegas- the 'desert' and we have sun most of the year. I use one of the aftermarket liners during the hottest 2 to 3 months of the year when I park, the rest of the year I find it perfect.:cool:

Thats great info so I appreciate you taking the time to write it. It sounds like while the CF may look cooler up close, it does not add any more functionality whereas the transparent roof does (you can see through it). If heat is the only possible issue and that can be fixed with a liner, which I may not need bc I live in Arkansas not Vegas, I will opt for the less expensive transparent panel and still retain the black look.
 

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Good recap. I had the dual roof option on my C5 coupe, and really liked having both options. Unfortunately, the dual roof option with the painted roof has been on constraint at 0%, so that's not a player for my ordered Z06. I went with the painted roof, but told the dealer he's cleared to switch it to transparent if that would get my order accepted.
 

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Thats great info so I appreciate you taking the time to write it. It sounds like while the CF may look cooler up close, it does not add any more functionality whereas the transparent roof does (you can see through it). If heat is the only possible issue and that can be fixed with a liner, which I may not need bc I live in Arkansas not Vegas, I will opt for the less expensive transparent panel and still retain the black look.
Here is a shot that gives you an idea of how the transparent top looks on RedHot:

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Good recap. I had the dual roof option on my C5 coupe, and really liked having both options. Unfortunately, the dual roof option with the painted roof has been on constraint at 0%, so that's not a player for my ordered Z06. I went with the painted roof, but told the dealer he's cleared to switch it to transparent if that would get my order accepted.
Wow this is not good! Was really thinking of switching to dual roof option (Painted CF and glass) and going AW!!! That C word is a nasty word!

I live in Las Vegas and thought this would be a perfect solution - use painted CF during hot months and glass during winter!
 
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