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Old 02-25-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Would you trade your soft top for a hard top?

I found someone who is wanting to trade a hard top for a soft top. I currently have a soft top and safari top. Ive never had a hard top but my Jeep came fully wired for one (came from the factory with the dual top option). During the summer I have no use for a hard top because the soft top is always down. But during the winter the top is always on so a hard top would be a benefit during the winter. I dont have a garage so removing a hard top and storing it wouldn't be exactly easy.

I do have some tax return money so I could get a new sot top as well but that money was going towards my lift.

What do you guys think? What would you do in my shoes?
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:07 PM   #2
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I wouldn't trade mine. I like the idea of a hardtop and I have room for storing it. I don't like the idea of having to have another person help me remove it. Theres no way I would be able to rig the hoist in my garage either. I love the conveinance of th soft top if I ever get stuck in the rain too. I would keep your current top and use the money towards the lift.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:08 PM   #3
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You could always store it outside in the summer on a couple of home built saw horses or something. I'd trade my hard top for a soft top in a second. I dont use it in the summer and only have the bikini top. During the winter the Jeep stays in the garage because it is not my daily driver. Really it comes down to what you would prefer.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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No way- when I decided to get a JK I started watching Wranglers, and noticed that almost all hard tops are always on, vs. about half of soft tops that are open. A good friend has a fabulous '12 Sahara with the color match hard top, lift and all the extras, but his top has never been off and probably never will be.. I bought mine to enjoy open air fun.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:30 PM   #5
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There are some differences in the wiring plug ins on different year hard tops. Depending on the year of your Jeep, and the hard top you are considering, there may be some wiring modifications needed.

I have all three tops. Soft, hard, and Safari. I have a garage to store the hard top in. If it was not for my garage, I would sell the hard top. It has not been on the Jeep in almost 3 years. I just use the soft top and the Safari top all summer.

But, good hard tops are hard to find at a decent price. You could always do the trade, and get a frameless top later if you feel the need.

Quite the conundrum.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:36 PM   #6
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I would trade my soft top for a hard top in a second! But that's just ME. Do what suits YOUR needs and preferences.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:36 PM   #7
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The only time I wish I had a hard top is when I'm loading large objects in the back. Flipping up the back window would be so much easier than rolling it up.

But, I find the soft top keeps me comfortable enough in the winter that I don't regret only having it as an option. It's easier than the hassle of removing the hard top and storing it, especially since my living arrangements are more or less temporary.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:24 PM   #8
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No way would I trade my soft top for a hard top. I prefer the look of the soft top and the ease of removal.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:58 PM   #9
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Guess it doesn't matter now. Just an got an email from the guy. It's on 03-06 top. Thanks for y'alls input.

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