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Old 09-23-2010, 08:51 PM   #1
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hard or soft :)

Man that title could be a bit promiscuous couldn't it. I was wondering what everyones favorite top is. I personally have a 3 piece hard top, but I have been considering the switch to full time soft. I think the hard top looks much better aesthetically, but the usefulness of the soft top seems superb. I also don't have a garage and someone to help me take the rear hard top off my jeep, so Ive only ridden topless once. Let me know your thoughts!

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Old 09-23-2010, 08:56 PM   #2
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I like the soft top. I just put one on my yj about a month ago with the half doors. before I had full steel doors wich I do miss and a one peice hard top it was a pain to take on and off and to store as well. I vote soft

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Love my soft top! Can't come up with any good reason to have a hard top, personally.

But the coldest it gets here in the winter is usually 10 degrees, and the jeep heater can handle that! We don't get snow too often, either.
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I've hard the hard top on for two days after i bought the jeep new this may and have been using the soft top since its been great for the warm months. I did notice the road noise is more but who cares, the ease of dropping the soft top on hot sunny days is well worth the noise on colder rainy days. Living in Saskatchewan Canada i know in month or so I'll be installing the hard top for the winter (-40F). It may be a bit cold with the soft top.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:13 PM   #5
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I had a hard top on my old Jeep when I lived in Michigan and was glad I had it, but here in Florida I just have a soft top and don't see any reason I would want a hard top.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:16 PM   #6
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i only have a soft top. old viking fastback.
hard tops are nice for noise dampering.Here in Southern California it doesnt get cold enough for me to have a hard top.
and i dont mind the road noise.
soft top or safari top thats my vote.
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I have a hard top. It has been taking up precious real estate on my garage for 3 years now. Put the soft top on shortly after purchasing my Jeep and never looked back. With the soft top you never have to worry about the weather. It is always with you and easy to reconfigure when Ma Nature plays dirty.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:40 PM   #8
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I've only had my current jeep for a few months now. Bought this one with both tops. Last couple of jeeps only had hard tops and it meant not having the jeep out if the weather turned. With the new jeep, the hard top came off and soft top was used only a couple of times before I took that off completely too! I didn't like the soft top in the down position! That being said, I purchased a set of quick release screws for the soft top and it comes off completely in a few seconds. I put it back on when the weather is iffy and I think I might need it. I like no top better than any top and in the summer it's quick enough to throw the soft top back on if I think I might need it.
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I have a hard top. It has been taking up precious real estate on my garage for 3 years now. Put the soft top on shortly after purchasing my Jeep and never looked back. With the soft top you never have to worry about the weather. It is always with you and easy to reconfigure when Ma Nature plays dirty.
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I've only had my current jeep for a few months now. Bought this one with both tops. Last couple of jeeps only had hard tops and it meant not having the jeep out if the weather turned. With the new jeep, the hard top came off and soft top was used only a couple of times before I took that off completely too! I didn't like the soft top in the down position! That being said, I purchased a set of quick release screws for the soft top and it comes off completely in a few seconds. I put it back on when the weather is iffy and I think I might need it. I like no top better than any top and in the summer it's quick enough to throw the soft top back on if I think I might need it.

^^^ This and this Especially if you have no where to store a hard top... By all means, sell the hard and use the $ to buy a softie... You'll like it much better... I agree with the looks dept on a JK, but function over form is usually preferred... Especially by Jeepers. Jeep heaters are awesome, and cold isn't really an issue in a Jeep.
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:29 PM   #10
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Unless you can't afford both...I highly recommend the soft when needed in the summer and the hard top for the fall/winter. Of course, if it's one or the other, then go with the soft top!
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I've only had our soft top Wrangler for a couple of weeks, but so far I am really enjoying driving around with the top flipped and the front windows down and the windows in the back removed. Never experienced this kind of opened air driving before.. it really is great! - I find that I actually like being able to "hear" what's happening all around me. Pretty neat pulling up to a stop sign and not only being able to see what's coming, but also being able to hear if vehicles are approaching.

That being said.. living in Eastern Pennsylvania, I think it would also be nice to have a Hard Top for the colder months.. One really nice feature of the Hard Top that I don't think I've seen anyone mention before, is how much easier they allow you to have full and easy access into the back end of the Jeep (because of their flip up window). Full and easy access to the back compartment is something that you just don't have on a closed up soft top (and closed it would probably be through most of the Winter months).
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Rear access is a valid point... But not worth the several hundred $ it costs to achieve it, IMO.... Especially if you don't have storage for a hard top...

Hiker, pull those doors off, if you like topless, you'll love doorless.... I had my Jeep for over a year before I pulled the doors. I thought my half doors were close enough I was wrong!!!! Doorless is the bomb! Do it now before it gets too cold.... Grease the pins before you put them back, because as soon as it hits 60 in the spring,you will be wanting those suckers off.... Trust me, I'm a Jeeper...
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I think it really depends on where you live.

I have both, run the hard top in the winter and the soft top in the summer. That said, I have a place to store the hard top.

I live in the Seattle area and we get tons of rain in the winter months. And really, the soft top would be fine for that but it tends to have a bit more leaks than the hard top. So I switch as the seasons dictate.
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One really nice feature of the Hard Top that I don't think I've seen anyone mention before, is how much easier they allow you to have full and easy access into the back end of the Jeep (because of their flip up window). Full and easy access to the back compartment is something that you just don't have on a closed up soft top (and closed it would probably be through most of the Winter months).
I have no problem getting access to the back with my softtop. There are two zippers, I zip them both to the top of the window, pull the corner flaps, pull the whole bottom bar and throw it up on the top of the roof.
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I have no problem getting access to the back with my softtop. There are two zippers, I zip them both to the top of the window, pull the corner flaps, pull the whole bottom bar and throw it up on the top of the roof.
What you're saying is very true.. but, that's not nearly as easily done as just lifting the hard top's flip up rear window (plus it can't be too much fun doing all that unzipping, flipping and rezipping on an ice cold Winter day).
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What you're saying is very true.. but, that's not nearly as easily done as just lifting the hard top's flip up rear window (plus it can't be too much fun doing all that unzipping, flipping and rezipping on an ice cold Winter day).
I live in Florida
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So how bad is the soft top when it comes to dealing with snow? I live in San Francisco, where it never snows, but hope a jeep would spend a couple of cold weekends in Tahoe. Is the soft top good enough for one snowy week a year?
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Sure, just brush it off when it gets 6" deep or so..... It'll be fine, convertibles have had to deal with snow for decades.....
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I have only the hard top, and I doubt I'll even get a soft top at all. The freedom panels and ponchos work plenty well enough to suit me for rain. My first jeep was a CJ5, and it never had a top at all (or doors). I just put on a poncho and rolled with it second jeep was the DJ, with a hard top that doesn't come off, and it's crazy hot in the summer, so coming from those two to having a freedom top is the best of both for me I can do no top at all and just toss the front panels and doors on for rain and I'm set
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Full and easy access to the back compartment is something that you just don't have on a closed up soft top (and closed it would probably be through most of the Winter months).
There's a very simple fix for that. Get a soft top boot. You will get your storage area back, keep your top protect, and have a much cleaner look all at the same time!
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Ordered a boot the first day i had the top down. Didn't like the look of the top down without it and found that it blew around in the wind on the hi-way. Not looking forward to winter with the hardtop.
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So how bad is the soft top when it comes to dealing with snow? I live in San Francisco, where it never snows, but hope a jeep would spend a couple of cold weekends in Tahoe. Is the soft top good enough for one snowy week a year?
We had 3 major blizzards last winter. This one dumped 30". The soft top was fine. I cleaned it off every 4" to 6" to be safe. Yeah it meant getting up every couple hours, but it also meant driving around!

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I opted for the hard top on JK because the soft top smells in New Mexico sun (on TJ at least). It's not unpleasant smell (different from a new shower curtain for example), but it's unbelievably strong. Knocks the wind out of passengers right.
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Uh, it might not be the top.
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Now see I'm the opposite; I think the soft top looks better
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