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Old 02-24-2012, 10:52 PM   #31
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Soft top year round in west suburbs of Chicago IL. I have a 04 and replaced the original soft top last spring. So the first top lasted on it for around 8 1/2 years. Would of lasted long i think if the previous owner did not put the rear window in crooked, and messed up the whole zipper.

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:35 AM   #32
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Soft top year round. Though living in Georgia that's not really a problem. BTW: my factory soft top made it 11 years before the stiches rotted out of it. Just replaced it with a bestop replace a top last January. So I'd say they last a good while!


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Old 02-26-2012, 12:55 PM   #33
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I only have a soft top and don't use any top in the summer. The soft top is fine in the winter and and it also very warm when needed. I must say it's not my daily driver in fact I only drive it on the weekends and it is garage kept. The top is three years old and looks like the day I got it.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:24 AM   #34
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I love my soft top, but my DH hates it because it is noisy. We tow the Jeep to AZ in the winter time and that is one argument I won't lose......I love going topless in the canyons!
If i had my way it would have the soft top on year round.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:08 AM   #35
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I have a hardtop, but there are a number of Jeeps running around town here with soft tops through the winter. I am in Fairbanks, Alaska. It got down to -58 degrees this winter.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:46 AM   #36
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i run a soft top year round, they can be a pain when they start getting old, but with with regular maintanance like zipper lubrication and cleaning with micor fiber for the windows, and limiting the amount that you go through an automatic car wash, they will last a while as long as you get a quality top.

i am however picking up a cj top today to mod it to fit my tj. theres a couple threads detailing how its done, i'll give it a shot for 300 vs. 1000 for a new tj top..
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:48 PM   #37
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I run a soft top only. I bought my Jeep in MD 7 years ago, moved to Georgia 6+ years ago. Took the hard top off 5 years ago when i ordered the soft top. The hard top has been on a custom rack in my garage ever since.

Garage + Georgia weather makes the hard top pointless for me. I also am not bothered by the noisier soft top at highway speeds.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #38
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i don't typically run a top in the summer months... i run a soft top in the winter time.
if i run something in the summer its a bikini top..

with that said i'm on the look out for a cheap CJ hard top for the winter...
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:59 PM   #39
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Maryland. Soft top all year round. Don't know what I'd do if I could actually hear myself think when I'm driving.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #40
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Just got my jk 2 days ago, soft top of course, and I am not sure yet if I'll be doing soft top year round. we'll see how much it snows next winter! loving it right now though.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:58 PM   #41
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:19 PM   #42
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I had a '98 that I ran a soft top on all year around. I don't think she ever saw a hart top actually, even from the previous owner. I had no problem with it at all. Jeeps have great heaters.

I am actually trying to sell my hard top now that I have my new Trektop NX.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:19 PM   #43
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When I had my '06, I was living in NJ. I used only the soft-top, and I can vouch for the heater. Never felt cold inside that shell.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:32 PM   #44
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I'm in georgia, I have a 2012 two door and I'll have it on till it leaks. Then I'll prolly just buy another soft top. Hard tops are too bulky and hard to remove. I just unzip the windows and throw the top back. Takes less than five minutes
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:40 PM   #45
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Year round in the NW suburbs of Chicago. I don't think it's the original soft top, but it'll be replaced soon. Seams are beginning to tear and one of the sliders broke on the rear window (new ones on the way).
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:57 PM   #46
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Soft top year round here in Iowa! This winter will be my third with this top and still looks brand new!!! Had a hard top on my 06 wrangler and hated the top the whole time. 2010 jk sunrider and I love it!! I can't see myself ever going back to a hard top regardless of the season! Just my two cents worth
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:08 PM   #47
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I run a soft top year round but I live in NC. I have had my top for about 5 years now, and it is still in perfect condition.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:13 PM   #48
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I have only owned my Jeep four a couple of months. I am in hot Phoenix az. Mine came with a hard top, which I sold and purchased a new Bestop Supertop, real quality top.
The pros: Looks great, good fit and yes my Jeep has a great A/C unit so it is cool enough our temperature today is abot 108.
The cons: Very noisy. I talked to Chris at Bestop and performed all the mods that he recommended to help reduce the noise. It is better, but still vey noisy at 40mph and up. When you pull the rear windows off which mine will be most of the time, then the noise goes away. Yes I would still run the softop year round.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:58 PM   #49
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I only have a soft top,run year around-chicago area.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:22 PM   #50
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'12 JK soft top year round in MA.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:48 PM   #51
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My 11 JKU Sahara my first jeep experience got dual tops, my 13 Rubicon on order only Soft Top. Learned my lesson hard top not needed.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #52
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I've got a jersey jeep (04') and bought it when it 6 years old. 2 years later, still running the top.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:46 PM   #53
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When I started this thread, I asked about this issue cause my Jeep I ordered was supposed to be a half door model which would come soft top only. When my Jeep showed up after 10 weeks it had full doors. The dealer had messed up my order. In the end I got a free hard top and wiring since I chose to take the Jeep rather than wait 10 more weeks for another one. I just put away the soft top for winter and installed the hard top yesterday. Next week I take the Jeep in so they can install the wiring for the wiper, rear defrost and rear washer. I think it worked out in the long run - got the best of both worlds now!
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:10 PM   #54
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This will be my first winter with my Jeep, I plan on going soft top all year, I even got the kids a poncho liner for the back seat just in case. They are 13 and 9 and voted for topless (being macho early) at first but said soft top.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:40 PM   #55
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Softop works all year for me. Keeping the plastic windows clean can be an issue in the ice & snow,& less theft security,but mine is garaged at night & my sailcloth top still looks great after 11 years!

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