Just wondering......especially in the northern climates? I decided to skip the hard top for a few reasons when I ordered my Wrangler Unlimited. I wanted half doors, the extra cost of the hard top, finding someplace to store it when not in use, and needing 2 people to get the top off safely. I won't be parking in a garage either. How many years can I get out of the top before replacement?
I live in Colorado so there are a few different types of weather here all the time. I use my soft top year round, but I do not know how long you can use it before you have to replace. My soft top, by the looks of it, has been in use for many years. The only reason I do not know is because it belonged to my father.
Tuff call.. nvr had a hard top, think it could be quieter but mine's original equipment and no leaks or problems.. the heater is a beast. my gf gets cold and I have to close my drivers window when it's like 20 degrees out.
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Going to a soft top from my hardtop...I don't notice a single difference in cab temp. Its absolutely identical to me...I also don't use a setting other than 1 on my heater and only have it around 1/4 to 1/2 way in the red.
I just got my jeep and it has a soft top. Was seriously considering a soft top for the winters, but, from reading here, I may just keep the soft top only. Was hoping for a little less wind noise if I was to go with a hardtop.
My wife will not allow me to own anything but a Wrangler with a soft top and soft upper doors...The top and upper door skins on her TJ were replaced in 2001. It's a 1997, and it is gonna need replaced more than likely this year. Bestops last a long time, and that is all I will ever put on my Jeeps, since having cheaper/inferior tops fail...The top on my YJ was put on in 2003 and still looks new, as do the upper sliders. As said in other posts, they are just as warm as a hardtop, in my opinion.
Funny thing about this discussion is, I looked at a 2008 JK 2 door X package with my wife tonight...only reason I even stopped is because it had a soft top and optional soft upper doors with hard half doors that she likes. Liked it enough to possibly trade my 72 CJ 5 and her 97 TJ in on it! The negotiations begin!! The dealer said no one really wants it because it has soft upper doors...told him that is the only reason I was even looking at it...
Add me to the list..... Northern INDIANA about 60 miles from MI....had a hardtop on the '94 YJ and said never again to much of a PIA to store from March to Nov...that's the only time I would consider a hardtop.
Look at avatar both Jeeps are soft tops some people say my head is also.
Having owned 4 jeeps and living in south Alabama soft tops are all that I've ever had and they don't stay on vehicle most of time. It was 79 degrees here today, just a bimini top on my TJ parked out in the barn right now.
My heater takes forever to warm up...but anyway. I switch between my hardtop and softop. I am a little afraid to run my soft top all year because the heavy, and I mean HEAVY wisconsin snows hit at just the wrong times. That stuff can cave in ur softtop.
i only have a soft top as well! i live in seattle, so the weather is (usually) pretty mild, and like everyone else has said, that heater works like mad. i do head up to the mountains to go snowboarding fairly frequently, and have never had any problems.
am in the market for a new soft top, however... mine is looking a little worse for wear. just noticed a crack in the driver's side window.
Soft top year round in CT. It was an older top when I got my 98 back in 07, had a few tears and a small hole in it. Patched the hole, and the tears don't leak, so I haven't bothered with them. Its starting to get a bit ratty now, and I think I've been parking too close to the grinder because I'm starting to see a bunch of little tiny holes (that thankfully don't leak). So five years almost on a used top when I got it. Might be replacing it this fall, or pushing it off another winter.
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