I am about to buy a 2 door Wrangler and I am stuck between the soft and hard top options. I have a few security concerns about the soft top but I also live in Texas where I think a hard top may be a little excessive.
Went fom a hard top 4 door to a soft top 2 door. The hard top was a PITA to get off if I decided to take it off when I was out and about. Then I had two big peices of crap clanking around in the back. I like the soft top because its just two latches and push the thing back and you're good to go. Only thing I like about the hard top vs. the soft top was getting stuff in the rear of the vehicle was easier. With the soft top you have the top peice that stays in place when you swing the tail gate. Sucks to get bigger stuff in the back because you have to take off the window. Other than that little con, I prefer the soft. As far as security if someone wants to steal your stuff, a peice of cloth/plastic or glass isn't going to stop them.
2013 JK Sport /CG/33" Duractracs/ProComp 7069's/Teraflex 2.5" lift/RK Lowers/ACE Rock Rails/Spiderwebshades/etc
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If it's one or the other get the soft top and get the premium top. I debated about the same thing and I figured if I was going to just get a hard top I would have bought an Explorer with a moon roof. As far as security, as many have said on here, you just need to remember not to leave valuables in the Jeep and be a little more diligent in picking a parking spot.
There's nothing like driving a jeep with the top down.
2013 Sahara Unlimited
If u have a garage, or a place to put the hard top, def get a hard top. Then run with a bikini when tops off. Best of both worlds. If you dont plan on taking the hard top off much, then opt for the soft. Soft is def easy to take off. Hard top is def best at hwy speeds tho.
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I thought I might regret going soft-top only when I took a long trip this summer.
No regrets. I think it's really subjective though. I rode motorcycles year round, worked outdoors for quite a while and have had a few drop tops. So maybe my perspective on quiet/keeping cool or staying warm is vastly different from other folks.
If you get spooked about unattended parking, the hard top would also be a peace-of-mind factor. It never bothered me too much, just drop comprehensive to zero and spread good karma.
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Depends what your using it for. My wife's 2-door is used as transportation back and forth to her work and local trips to the store/friends- soft top works great, Tuffy security enclosure in the back works to lock small things up.
I am buying a 2-door next week and got a hard top because I will be using mine for business travel (highway travel) and it will be parked in hotel/client parking lots where security may be a concern.
Bill - 2012 Rubicon (Hers), 2013 Rubicon 10A (His), 2002 Wrangler Sport (Sons)
2 door premium soft top is great. Quiet cabin, easy to take off. Only issue is loading golf clubs into the back when the window is on...it's annoying, but totally worth it when considering the better looks an easy of getting the top off. Sunrider feature can be used in seconds which is a huge benefit.
I bought my JKR off the lot so it had a hard top...dealer here doesn't carry soft tops often as they don't sell well. I put the hard top in storage and got a Bestop Twill Supertop NX (Same material as the premium top Jeep sells as Bestop makes Jeep's tops).
Living in SoCal the softop is nice and makes sense. Get over the security thing if you want a soft top but if someone wants your stuff they'll get it one way or the other...
Soft top is a bit noisier and the interior is affected more by outside temperature but nothing beats just being able to throw the top down when you want. I felt like I was driving in an Igloo ice chest with the hard top on and the freedom panels are a pain in the ass in the back if you take them off after you leave home as they take up a lot of space in the rear of a 2 door and they get banged up easily.
I have both tops but I say if you want to "live the Jeep life" get a soft top. So much more fun to me than my hard top. It's a great and unique driving experience!
EDIT: Also a great addition to the soft top is a shade for the top. Like a Spiderwebshade or the Trek Armor shade that's out now. I personally have the Jkini for Spiderwebshade and love it. Keeps you from frying but lets the sun light through so you still get the experience.
I have a 2 door with a base soft top and i love it. I usually just flip the sunrider open and take the back windows out instead of taking it all the way down, if it starts raining i can close the sunrider while waiting at a light. It is a bit noisy at highway speeds even with the sunrider closed and windows on, but I'm always blasting music and it dosent bother me. I have no where to store a hard top if I wanted to take it off, and I saw the thread on here about leaking freedom panels before I bought mine. My soft top dosent leak at all even in heavy rain. I wanted a premium soft top but I'm in Colorado, and bought off a lot. It was hard to find even a base soft top, most of them had hard tops.