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Old 10-12-2010, 11:03 PM   #1
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Question Hard top or not?

I have a '98 TJ and with winter coming up, I've been wondering about a hard top for my wrangler... I just don't know if it will be worth it to get one. right now I have a soft top with full doors. This is what I've concurred so far...
Pros: Warmer, looks good, nice, no fooling with plastic windows
Cons: when it's off where will I put it??, much more hassle to get on than a soft top, chlostrophobia?

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Old 10-13-2010, 07:16 AM   #2
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When I first got my TJ I was dead set on getting a hardtop. I almost ordered one before I even got the Jeep.
Since then I've actually gone from wanting a hardtop to being anti-hardtop.
Living in the south, it gets cold but not that cold. The heater in our jeeps is a furnace and I've never had an issue being cold or feeling a draft, etc. The biggest thing that turned me off of hardtops is the number of Jeeps I see driving around during Spring/Summer/Fall with their hardtops on and I realize that's not for me. I know some people like hardtops year round, but I know a lot of people bought theirs with the intention of removing the HT at the first sign of spring and....welll.....just never got around to it.
Sounds like you enjoy the flexibility of the soft top like I do, and if I know myself I will get lazy and not take the top off until summers 80% over. I want to make sure it's easy for me to go open air anytime the weather is nice.

I agree, Hardtops look nice but no top looks more nice and adding another step (that without a hardtop lift takes 2 people) to get topless wasn't for me.
Just my $.02. No doubt there will be differing opinions.

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Old 10-13-2010, 07:28 AM   #3
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Stay with the soft top. It'll keep you warm enough. The heater is great.
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:29 AM   #4
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You're in SC? You don't need a hardtop, especially if you don't have a place to store it. All I have on my TJ is a softie and I survived last winter just fine with it. Being a scrawny bit..... uh, girl, I am always cold, but never suffered a bit through our typical Indiana winter. If we ever get the hoist installed in the garage for the JK's hardtop, I doubt it leaves the garage again, ever.... Not sure, but since we got the soft top for it, that's all we've run. It's sooo much easier to change with the weather with a soft top.
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:24 AM   #5
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I use the hardtop for going snowboarding (and thats pretty much it). I store mine on the roof of my shed. Its a little tricky, but only takes a few minutes.


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Old 10-13-2010, 09:37 AM   #6
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Bought one for my LJ and I love it! Use it only from about now until early spring, but frankly it's a nice change during the winter. Rear wiper and defroster, much quieter.

If you've got the money and the storage space, I highly recommend it!

Oh, and I live in NC. No, I probably don't NEED it, and you probably don't NEED it either. Of course, you don't NEED a lift, mud tires, a winch...heck, you don't NEED a Jeep at all. It's not about need, it's about what you'll enjoy. I enjoy my hardtop.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:31 PM   #7
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you really don't need one for winter but the change is nice in the colder wheather like mcdavis said above. Note that i drive down to conway at christmas time and when i get there i take the two front panels out until i head back to ct.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:41 PM   #8
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Skip it. I's not any warmer. They don't look that good, ruins the clasic look of a jeep. A real pain to store.
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As long as you have the newer sailcloth, the hardtop isn't needed
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I've had a hard top taking up space in my garage for almost 4 years now. Once I got the softie, I never even considered putting it back on. There are those beautiful days that creep into the middle of winter here and I'm always ready to go topless with the soft top. With the hard top you have to plan ahead and hope that the weatherman is correct. I honestly hated the way the soft top looked on my jeep, but again, it is a personal preference.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:00 PM   #11
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In SC stay soft. Use the money on something else for your jeep.

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