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Old 01-18-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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I am looking to purchase a 2011 Wrangler Sport S Package (2 door).

Below are the options I am considering, and would like any feedback or advice.....

- Dual top option so I will have the soft top and hard top (will be great for snowy New England winters)

- 368W 7-Speaker Infinity Sound System with Subwoofer

Also, I live on a dirt road which gets very dusty. I have a white SUV and a silver car that hide the dirt pretty well. The black Harley Davidson always shows the dust.....so annyoing. I am leaning toward the new deep cherry red color. Not sure how well that would "hide" the dust. Also, has anyone seen this color in person?

Thanks for your help!

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if yer old & cranky like me, you only need the hard top.

Mine came with both. Probably won't be using the soft top. It's new & still never installed. I don't know how much you can save on a new one by only getting one top. The canvas model isn't secure enough for me either.

Re: Fancy sound system. There was a time when I was concerned of such matters and would have insisted on the best system available. Now I rarely listen and couldn't care whether this even is a radio. I don't have CDs either....so my circumstances are probably the polar opposite of what you want. Mine came with the base model system with a woofer. It is awesome when I use it but I wouldn't give a dime to have it installed. YMMV.

re: dirt showing. The best longest least dirt showing color I've ever had was white, then light beige. I had several black rigs that were all hard to keep clean. Flat gray primer color was astoundingly unaffected by dirt, dust or various road debris, as was various flat camo patterns.

High gloss dark colored anything seems to attract dirt.

I don't know on the Jeep cherry color. My natural dark green/khaki top Sahara seems to be doing well but we're in the midst of the Orygun Winter Monsoon season.

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I would stay with the hard top and go topless or get a bikini top.

I like my music so I would go with the upgraded radio. I have the sirius with mine and it is great on road trips. Went to Kansas and couldn't find anything worth listening to on the am/fm and was thankful for the sat. radio. and didn't have any CD's with me.

like already stated the lighter colors tend to hide the dust/dirt better. but I like the red, mango or blue. the resuce green is starting to grow on me now that i see more of them. at first the resuce green made me think of pea soup.
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Defintely get the soft top. If you only get one make it the soft top. You won't have any issues in the winter. I would also get the 3.73 gear ratio ($50), towing option, (heavy duty suspension) and trac lock rear (limited slip differential)
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IMO the Infinity is worth every penny. We went with the matching hardtop simply for the looks and we figured we could use a bikini top during the summer. Ours is the Deep Cherry Red and it does looks great but it is for sure going to show the dirt.
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I have the hard top. Save the money and get a bikini top down the road. Take off the front panels and open the rear window. You can't tell the difference. Just get the bikini to keep the sun off you.

The Mango seems to hide the dirt, for now.

I have the upgraded stereo. I like it, but don't make it a deal breaker. You can always add a subwoofer. Then again, some people remove it.

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If you are ordering the RHB Infinity radio make sure you order the connectivity group option so that your blue tooth and voice command buttons are enabled. Otherwise you will have the same complaint as sooo many others, like me, on here that didn't do their research well enough. Just search Uconnect and you will see what I mean.
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I have the hard top. Save the money and get a bikini top down the road. Take off the front panels and open the rear window. You can't tell the difference. Just get the bikini to keep the sun off you.

The Mango seems to hide the dirt, for now.

I have the upgraded stereo. I like it, but don't make it a deal breaker. You can always add a subwoofer. Then again, some people remove it.

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You don't know what you're missing until you get that top completely off and take the doors off. My top is down and doors are off all summer long.
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I just got a white 11 also, I got the Infinity Radio and it has nice sound inside with top on or off on the highway, I would say thats a great option to get. I also got the tow package, limited slip, and the u connect ( i didnt think it was needed but now that I have it, I love it).
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You don't know what you're missing until you get that top completely off and take the doors off. My top is down and doors are off all summer long.
I've had the doors off with the fronts off. I loved it. Will get the whole roof off this spring.

One dumb question, that I've never seen asked, how waterproof is the dashboard? Can it survive a good rainstorm?

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You don't know what you're missing until you get that top completely off and take the doors off. My top is down and doors are off all summer long.
Absolutely! Of course that isn't a good option for those who don't want to muss their hair....
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:21 PM   #12
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I would avoid it.
So, I should invest in a rainsuit for parking. Lot of rain in Florida.
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A bikini top is your best bet. Dirty Mudder, a vendor on here, makes a cover for your steering column to protect the clockspring from getting wet.
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Another new term. WTH is a clockspring?
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Clockspring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

They don't like getting wet very much.
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I like having both tops, but if I were to choose just one, it would easily be the soft top. Taking the front sections off of the hard top is pretty easy, but storing them in the 2-door (for the days of unsure weather which is most of them in FL) basically negates any storage behind the rear seat, and reduces rear visibility because they stick up behind the headrests.

Not that it's much of a problem, but in about the same amount of time it takes me to unlock and remove those panels and put them in the storage bag, and attach the storage bag to the back of the rear seats, I can raise or lower the soft top and install/remove the windows.

Then there's the ever-present problem of storage. You have to put it somewhere, and my garage door takes up too much ceiling space to allow me to mount a hoist. The hard top, even for the 2-door, takes up a massive amount of space. I just bought the Bestop HOSS Hardtop/Door Carrier, which should help a bit by allowing the hardtop to be stored vertically, and allows the doors and accessories to be stored inside the top.



It has the added benefit of allowing you to mount the hardtop cart while the top is still on the Jeep -- so you can use the cart as a set of "handles" to make removal WAY easier. I put it together the other day but I haven't used it yet. I might try it out this weekend, since it seems like the coldest days are past us and the temps are creeping back up into the low 70's.
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I am looking to purchase a 2011 Wrangler Sport S Package (2 door).

Below are the options I am considering, and would like any feedback or advice.....
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I'd hold off and wait for the 3.6 much higher hp Pentastar "option" ! Or if you don't mind the weaker 3.8, wait til the 2012 comes out and they'll be giving those away.
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everything flharleycop said plus both tops especially in ne winters . i have an 11 silver. white or silver best colors for not showing dirt. i had a white tj for 10 years.
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My family has 2 TJs, one soft, and one hard. I have the soft one and I have no problem in the winter. It might take a few extra minutes to warm up the cab, but once its warm it'll stay warm. And its much easier to go topless!!!

The biggest difference really between a hard top and soft top is you'll always have part of your soft top with you, for those sudden New England Squalls. If you have a hard top you'd be SOL if that happened.
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I am looking to purchase a 2011 Wrangler Sport S Package (2 door).

Below are the options I am considering, and would like any feedback or advice.....

- Dual top option so I will have the soft top and hard top (will be great for snowy New England winters)

- 368W 7-Speaker Infinity Sound System with Subwoofer

Also, I live on a dirt road which gets very dusty. I have a white SUV and a silver car that hide the dirt pretty well. The black Harley Davidson always shows the dust.....so annyoing. I am leaning toward the new deep cherry red color. Not sure how well that would "hide" the dust. Also, has anyone seen this color in person?

Thanks for your help!

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I have the sound system in my jeep and I love it.
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We have the older red and it doesn't particularly hide dust and mud. But it does look really good with a nice coat of mud and dirt.
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If you're not planning to add tires and regear as soon as you get it I'd go with Daggo66's recommendation for the limited slip and tow package (for the lower gears), in addition to your dual tops and sound system. You might want to consider the connectivity package as well.
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for my 2011 rubicon I ordered, natural green, leather seats, dual tops, big nav sat screen radio with serious sat radio,
that was it for options.........

oh and standard transmission.

I wouldn't have it any other way, I thought they all came with the speakers,
I am sure mine comes that way without it being offered as an option.
mine should be her to me in the end of feb, or Start of March
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I have the dark cherry red and I love it.... Looks great in the sun.. .... Also not to hard to keep clean .... Good luck
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I'd hold off and wait for the 3.6 much higher hp Pentastar "option" ! Or if you don't mind the weaker 3.8, wait til the 2012 comes out and they'll be giving those away.
Since you don't know what you're talking about STFU and come back when you actually buy your beloved 3.6.
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Since you don't know what you're talking about STFU and come back when you actually buy your beloved 3.6.
Old interior w/old engine vs. new interior w/old engine vs. new interior w/new engine.... debate is a desired product of the 'process' but we must remain civil!!!
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stick with the soft top. I love mine and keep it on year round with no problems
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Thanks to everyone for their tips.
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