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Old 10th June 2008, 05:28
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Hi, Just read on one of the MR2 forums that the Veranti kit is not available as a drop top any more due to new SVA rules - is this why they are now doing the coupe version as it needs no SVA being just a body kit?

Apparently if you base a kit on say an MX5 that's OK but if your donor is a hard top then it can't be converted to a convertible.

Is this true or a load of b@ll@cks?

Being in deepest China I am not as well informed as others!
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I would say it is due to structural integrity
Seen at the MX5 was designed as a convertible and the MR2 at best a t bar there for the chassis it not stiff enough to cope with scuttle shake

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Old 11th June 2008, 03:21
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The MR2 was produced for a while in Spider (convertible) form and the under body received extra bracing. The Veranti uses a similar set-up and the same bracing was also used by BAD for their 355 Spyder. What I need to know is has there been a change in the SVA regulations to prohibit such kits? or is this incorrect?
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There's been no change to the rules - you always needed to put body conversions through the test, but in the early days it was often possible to register a body conversion without a MAC certificate.

These days, the rules are interpreted more consistently. There's no reason a convertible Veranti couldn't pass an SVA test, it's just that Verant's MD John Barlow chooses to avoid the hassle by selling coupes with don't need an SVA to be registered.
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Arr, got it! So you could still build a Veranti convertible if you want, but the coupe is much easier to construct and register as no SVA at all!! :-)
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