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Old 02-23-2012, 01:03 AM   #1
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How many run a soft top year around?

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?

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Old 02-23-2012, 01:09 AM   #2
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I run a soft top year round...live in Colorado so i experience all weather types

no regrets at all selling my hardtop for my soft (trektop nx)

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Old 02-23-2012, 01:17 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
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i have a rear windowless softtop year 'round. live in the pacific northwest. driving in the snow sucks. lol
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:41 AM   #5
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I run a '91 YJ year round with a soft top. I want a hardtop for the winter though because I hate being cold. lol.
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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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Old 02-23-2012, 03:03 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:08 AM   #8
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I do...but I live in California it was pushin 80 deg today. I as out in shorts and no shirt.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:52 AM   #9
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I run a soft top year-round. Actually, I don't even own a hard top. I'm in Wisconsin. You can boil a lobster with the Wrangler heater...otherwise I might rethink things.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:22 AM   #10
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Both Jeeps have only been soft tops year round. I live in Florida where it's no big deal, but worked in Maryland for 3 and the snow and ice didn't hurt it.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:25 AM   #11
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Soft top year round, lived in Maine, Utah, now in Kentucky. Only top I have.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:29 AM   #12
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My '07 is soft top only. Had to swap soft tops last year. It's a great rig. In Olympia< Washington.

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Old 02-23-2012, 10:18 AM   #13
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This winter, I didn't even put my hard top on. I usually run it for a couple winter months each year.

Not because I need to, just for something different.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:18 AM   #14
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The Bullet: Soft top = all year
The Freezer: Hard top/Freedom Top = all year (we did get the dual top for him, but if we want to go topless, we can just take the Bullet.)

Ahh....the pure joy of having two Jeeps in the family.

Which one do I like most? Whichever one my butt lands in when I leave the house in the morning.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:46 AM   #15
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Soft top all year, no problem keeping warm. Sliders in the winter, zippers in the summer on top of the half doors.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:00 PM   #16
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I only have a soft top, love it year around up here in northern Michigan!
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:24 PM   #17
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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.

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Old 02-23-2012, 08:24 PM   #18
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Soft top only on mine here in Southern Indiana. No problem what so ever... 1/2 doors too....
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:25 PM   #19
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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...
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Soft top year round here in Mi. No problems. Shure is a lot more air-tite than my CJ5 with soft doors was......
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:15 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:23 PM   #22
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Soft top only here in Upstate NY. The heater is more than enough to keep me warm.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:36 PM   #23
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I live in Maryland and run a soft top year round. we have weather here that varies from 10 deg in the winter to 95-100 in the summer with no problems.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #24
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Live in SE Michigan run a soft top year round and wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:15 PM   #25
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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.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:19 PM   #26
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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.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:22 PM   #27
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Running soft top year round. Rapid city,sd
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:29 PM   #28
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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.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:34 PM   #29
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Soft top in the winter, bikini top in the summer Chattanooga TN. Last year the temp. got down into the single digits
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:45 PM   #30
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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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