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Old 09-24-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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Finally got a softtop!

Okay guys, so i know it was probably stupid of me but i traded my hard top for a soft top. Im a enthusiast and i hate having to take that heavy ass rear top off when i want some fun in the sun. Question? Do i have to remove the windows to lay the top down??

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Old 09-24-2010, 01:48 PM   #2
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Okay guys, so i know it was probably stupid of me but i traded my hard top for a soft top. Im a enthusiast and i hate having to take that heavy ass rear top off when i want some fun in the sun. Question? Do i have to remove the windows to lay the top down??
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:54 PM   #3
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Only the side windows. You can roll up the back window then lay it down.
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:47 PM   #4
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Recommend taking out the back window too. It will give you more years of use.
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:09 PM   #5
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I don't think it was stupid... You have so much more flexibility with a soft top..
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I don't think it was stupid... You have so much more flexibility with a soft top..
Agreed! If I have to choose just one the rag top wins everytime
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... it's soft top or no top for me. you'll enjoy some weight savings too.
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i dont think ill ever buy a hard top. soft tops are perfect IMO.
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... it's soft top or no top for me. you'll enjoy some weight savings too.
You leave the soft top on all year?
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You leave the soft top on all year?
Hell yeah!
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But of course! Wouldn't have it any other way...
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:43 PM   #12
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I was kinda apprehensive about only having a soft top at first but I've been very impressed with it. The wind noise isn't bad unless you are just really sensitive to noise, its actually very strong, no leaks, easy to put down and put back up (I have it down to 5-7 mins by myself, quicker with a friend).
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I was kinda apprehensive about only having a soft top at first but I've been very impressed with it. The wind noise isn't bad unless you are just really sensitive to noise, its actually very strong, no leaks, easy to put down and put back up (I have it down to 5-7 mins by myself, quicker with a friend).
yeah the only thing thats a pain in the ass is getting the zip started on the side windows other than that its so easy and takes 5 min
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I don't know, to each their own. I traded my soft top for a hard top so I could put more lift on the JK and still get her in the garage.
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Okay guys, so i know it was probably stupid of me but i traded my hard top for a soft top. Im a enthusiast and i hate having to take that heavy ass rear top off when i want some fun in the sun. Question? Do i have to remove the windows to lay the top down??
How did you trade it? Did you go to a dealership or someone privately? I was thinking about the same thing but man the hard top is really nice to have. Its safer, more secure, less noise, better air flow over Jeep = better MPG, and easier to see out of the glass windows.
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How did you trade it? Did you go to a dealership or someone privately? I was thinking about the same thing but man the hard top is really nice to have. Its safer, more secure, less noise, better air flow over Jeep = better MPG, and easier to see out of the glass windows.
I'll give you more secure and less noise, but safer? How? MPG would be neglible if any. It weighs more.
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I don't know, to each their own. I traded my soft top for a hard top so I could put more lift on the JK and still get her in the garage.
How does a HT fit in the garage better than the ST?
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But of course! Wouldn't have it any other way...
Mine came with a dealer-added Sahara hard top. I wouldn't buy it unless they agreed to delete it.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:02 AM   #19
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How does a HT fit in the garage better than the ST?
I guess if you dropped the window, and cut the rollbar off hahahahah!!!
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I'll give you more secure and less noise, but safer? How? MPG would be neglible if any. It weighs more.
Weight has some impact on MPG but not as much as wind and rolling resistance. A hardtop allows air to pass over your Jeep evenly on all sides unlike a soft top that breaks apart the current that passes over each side. You do get better MPG from less resistance. You are still driving a refrigerator however so I'll take a little advantage here and there. Having owned both the standard stock soft and now a 3-piece freedom top I can say it definitely affects your MPG.

Safer? Absolutely. We are talking about a soft top that can be pierced from almost any element when trailing vs a secure soft top for your cargo and passengers.
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I like my hard top. really wish I had a soft top though. what the heck are you supposed to do with those panels anyway?
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:54 PM   #22
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I've got both for my JK and tend to prefer soft..easier to put up n take off.

You definitely want to take all windows off when going topless. I made the mistake of leaving the back window on when going topless with my TJ, scratched up the window more n wrecked the zip
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:35 AM   #23
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Yeah I love the soft top. I always think, man, I hope nothing drops on top of the vehicle because we would be in trouble, but I also am very wary of my surrounding so barring a freak accident..if it's in the cards for me to get speared by a tree.... so be it.
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I guess if you dropped the window, and cut the rollbar off hahahahah!!!
You have more clearance with the hard top. 2" shorter than the soft top if I remember correctly
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:29 AM   #25
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i traded my hard top for a commercial grade lawn mower and some cash then put a soft top on it and i like the soft top way better

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