Ladies and Gents-
I am a new Jeep owner, today is actually my 1 week anniversary (ill give you my address to send me gifts need be). It came with an aftermarket hard top. Not too hip on it. I want the convienence of a soft top. Please give me Jeep wisdom, what do you suggest? The one thing I keep hearing is the noise level of a soft top. To contradict that I hear if you buy a top of the line soft top you wont notice much of a difference. Thoughts? Also, what is your take on the warmth issue in the winter? Is there a noticable difference?
I had a nice Bestop, actually just got my hardtop yesterday. BIG noise difference IMO, its still not a Jaguar, but I dont have to crank up the radio or yell just to listen to music/talk to people in the ride.
It is kind of inconvenient being that I can't break into my car when I lock my keys in there, which I did alot. But it also means thugs can't either, which is why I got the hard top.
If you're only going to have 1 top, go with the soft top. Without it, you are losing half of what makes a Jeep a Jeep.
If interior noise is that big of a concern, you shouldn't buy a Jeep, but you know that already. There will be more noise with a soft top, but it's really not that bad. Even with the top off, you shouldn't have to yell to be heard. If the radio doesn't go loud enough, replace it.
Jeep heaters are legendary, you won't be cold in the winter with a soft top.
You can buy headliners for soft tops if you want to go the extra mile with insulation and noise canceling.
Jeepers have gotten by on soft tops for a long time. A hard top is nice, but I would hate to be stuck with one all the time. You always run the risk of break ins with any convertible, but keep your expensive stuff locked up, out of sight or not in your Jeep when it's parked. You buy a Jeep, you make certain sacrifices, but you also have many advantages.
Yeah, i love the soft top. It rests on the tailgate most of the time, but we have some freak rain so i put it up. I also have a hardtop, but i only use that for going snowboarding. I put a mesh windblocker behind the seats and even with the top down it is a much quieter ride.
I really wanted a hard top when I got my Jeep . . . it was the only option the one I bought didn't have that I wanted, and in hindsight, I'm happy I ended up with a soft top. Hard tops are just too big and heavy and take up too much room, and I really don't mind the soft top as much as I thought I would . . . not that loud, plenty warm, etc. Now if I had a hard top already like you, I probably wouldn't buy a soft top but would go with a bikini top in the warmer months and run the hard top when the rainy season hits. I can't run with no top personally as I blister after a short time in the sun though so the whole put the top down thing doesn't work for me and I end up removing the soft top completely and put on the bikini when I want the top down feel. I usually run the bikini and tube doors 4-5 months a year here in SoCal . . . just put the soft top on last weekend due as the first rains of the season hit.
Bite the hand that feeds you . . . you've had more than enough to eat already.
IT seems to me that 99% of the hard toppers out there NEVER take the tops off. I have never had a hard top but it looks like a PIA to take it on or off..then there is the whole storage issue. The weather on the gulf coast has been stellar for almost 2 weeks now....highs in low 80's and lows in the 50's....no humidity..and clear blue skies...absolutley beautiful..and I see all the Jeeps driving around with hard tops and doors on!! If you arent going to go take the top off in weather like this.....when are you??? I have been naked for 2 straight weeks....and yes...its a DD. I have survived since march with just a safari top...completely removed the softie.