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Old 09-21-2013, 08:55 AM   #61
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No right or wrong answer. I've owned 4 Jeeps in my lifetime, 3 with soft tops, 1 hardtop. All bought used, so I've not been too picky, buying the Jeep closest to what I wanted at the best price. I didn't think I'd like the hardtop until I bought it, but it was the most Jeep for the money at the time. My currrent 2010 is a soft top, once again it ended up being the best deal, but I would have prefered the hardtop if I could have found a used model I liked with that top. I will probably consider buying one down the road.

While the hardtop costs more initailly at some point the soft top will need replacing. More than once if you keep it long enough, especially the clear plastic windows. The hardtop is there for the life of the vehicle and will be cheaper in the long run.

Seems everybody that buys the soft top also uses some type of Bikini top to ride in the shade. Even with my soft top I prefer to ride with the doors off and clear windows zipped out. I like to ride in the shade when it is 100 degrees out and if I get caught in a rain it still offers some protection.

With the hardtop I took the doors off in April and put them back on in September. The top was often off just as long. I thought of it as a motorcycle with 4 wheels. If it rained I drove another vehicle, If I got caught out in a surpise rainstorm it was no different than the same on a motorcycle. Just carry on. I found it only slightly more difficult and time consuming to remove the hardtop.

During the Fall and Winter I often hunt from my Jeep. Having guns and other expensive gear locked inside the hardtop offers a little more piece of mind than the soft top. Basically the hardtop suits my needs a little better. But it depends on how you plan on using the vehicle

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i ordered a hard top for my 2014 JKU. while many love the soft top, i personally don't. their easy to break into with just a quick cut of a knife. also i've seen some older jeeps and i guess as these jeeps age so does the soft top and it starts to sag and look crappy windows start to discolor.... you get the picture.

While soft top is easier to remove the cons above i listed i think out weigh them.

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Old 09-21-2013, 03:05 PM   #63
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Hi,

I am about to buy a 2 door Wrangler and I am trying to decide between the hard and the soft top. I have a few concerns over the security of the soft top but that being said I live in Texas where I think having a hard top may be a little excessive?


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I live in Texas and I originally wanted a soft top. Even bought an ORH fastback top and sold that within 1 day. I am so glad I kept the hardtop. I added HotHeads headliners and leave my top on most of the summer. Way too hot for me topless in summer. Being low 60's this week and probably no more hot days I took HT off today. HT is way more quiet and more secure for sure. I would never buy a soft top for it at this point. Love my HT setup!!
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How is a hard top more secure? Last i checked theyre pretty much made of glass. Tempered glass and fiberglass reinforced plastic.

Ive used my soft top anywhere between 400 degrees and -17.
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How is a hard top more secure? Last i checked theyre pretty much made of glass. Tempered glass and fiberglass reinforced plastic.

Ive used my soft top anywhere between 400 degrees and -17.
Soft tops unzip, both sides and back so there is no way to secure.

Hard tops can be locked so you can't get in unless you break something.
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i ordered a hard top for my 2014 JKU. while many love the soft top, i personally don't. their easy to break into with just a quick cut of a knife. also i've seen some older jeeps and i guess as these jeeps age so does the soft top and it starts to sag and look crappy windows start to discolor.... you get the picture.

While soft top is easier to remove the cons above i listed i think out weigh them.
Tires look pretty crappy on old jeeps too WHEN YOU DONT REPLACE THEM.

Why would someone expect a soft top to last the life of the vehicle? I have a 2008 and the original top is already in the trash.

Takes an hour to replace a top and they cost less than what some of you pay for one tire....

I can break a window out of your hard top with a knife as well.
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How is a hard top more secure? Last i checked theyre pretty much made of glass. Tempered glass and fiberglass reinforced plastic.

Ive used my soft top anywhere between 400 degrees and -17.

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It is more secure because it is harder to break into. The same way as a bike that has a lock and chain is harder to steal. The more effort it takes to steal something the less tempting the target is. The less tempting it is the fewer people there are that would take the time and risk to do the deed.
I don't see how it's not obvious to you. ^^^
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Soft tops unzip, both sides and back so there is no way to secure.

Hard tops can be locked so you can't get in unless you break something.
I can break into your hard top jeep as fast ad you can unzip my soft top. Thats really not security.....
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I don't see how it's not obvious to you. ^^^
Because im not stupid, thats why.
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Because im not stupid, thats why.
That's debatable. A soft top can be broken into quickly and quietly. You could even do it inconspicuously by acting like it's your own Jeep you're taking the sides/back off of. Once you smash into the glass of a hard top it's pretty obvious what the person's intentions are...
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Ive used my soft top anywhere between 400 degrees and -17.[/QUOTE]


Where the hell you going where its 400 degrees?
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That's debatable. A soft top can be broken into quickly and quietly. You could even do it inconspicuously by acting like it's your own Jeep you're taking the sides/back off of. Once you smash into the glass of a hard top it's pretty obvious what the person's intentions are...
I've known some people who busted their own windows out of their cars because they locked their keys in. One even told me i was stupid for using a slimjim to get in my car, saying i should have busted the window out? Heh............

For that matter, you can use a slim jim to get in a jeep......most people wouldn't even notice, and if you know what you're doing it's about as easy as undoing those soft top panels.

Are you saying i am stupid now?

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Where the hell you going where its 400 degrees?
I exagerated that. But i really have used the soft top in -15 or so weather.
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I can break into your hard top jeep as fast ad you can unzip my soft top. Thats really not security.....


My insurance will cover that break in....they won't a soft top window being unzipped....they'll call that an unsecured vehicle just like if you left something in a truck bed or your vehicle unlocked.
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My insurance will cover that break in....they won't a soft top window being unzipped....they'll call that an unsecured vehicle just like if you left something in a truck bed or your vehicle unlocked.
You need a new insurance company. What the heck do they want you to do?

That said, i have a $2000 deductible on my jeep. I never have anything in my jeep worth that much, therefore.......
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You need a new insurance company. What the heck do they want you to do?

That said, i have a $2000 deductible on my jeep. I never have anything in my jeep worth that much, therefore.......

Take reasonable measures to secure your personal property....I don't disagree with them. A zipper isn't much of a deterrent.


If you keep absolutely nothing in your Jeep a soft top may be fine but if you need to take stuff with you on the road you have to have a way to secure it.
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I just traded in an '11 with the Freedom top...this time went with the Soft only.
If you're blessed with the garage hoist then so be it.

If not then to me it's a struggle to store the top on/off.
FT was cool but still...
...felt I was missing out and I was right.
...much more "closed in" vehicle feeling with the FT.
My CJ is like a wind tunnel compared to these new soft tops that have come a long way!
Hardly a difference in noise levels and I have about a month on the road with the new JK. So these noise complaints I call bs.

Break-ins are not really a worry. Don't store valuables in a Jeep...common sense is now a Superpower.
Somone with a knife to cut better have a ladder as well with my lift

20 years with the CJ never an incident.

Glad I'm back with the soft top looking forward to the winter!
Biggest dif switching the tops is the rear storage and dealing with the window.
Oh well small price to pay for the soft top Jeep experience.

Boils down to different strokes for different folks.
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My insurance will cover that break in....they won't a soft top window being unzipped....they'll call that an unsecured vehicle just like if you left something in a truck bed or your vehicle unlocked.
you must sweat bullets when you have the hardtop off.
Do you own a Jeep...?

What about when you're on the road topless with the HT at home... shopping and such?

That's the same mindset with a softtop.
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I've got a picture in my mind of my groceries flying out the back of a topless Jeep on one of our 55 mph windy days. Think I'll keep my hardtop handy. I'm considering buying one of those Trektop NX's next spring. A soft top without bows has to be a lot less trouble to switch out with the hardtop spring and summer.

Sure won't even leave my dog unattended in the Jeep with a soft top though. They steal dogs around here to resell them. Nice to know she's waiting for me with the hardtop on and the remote start running the a/c for her while I run into the convenience store.
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I've known some people who busted their own windows out of their cars because they locked their keys in. One even told me i was stupid for using a slimjim to get in my car, saying i should have busted the window out? Heh............

For that matter, you can use a slim jim to get in a jeep......most people wouldn't even notice, and if you know what you're doing it's about as easy as undoing those soft top panels.

Are you saying i am stupid now?


I exagerated that. But i really have used the soft top in -15 or so weather.

You exaggerated 400 degrees? Really?
Nobody has questioned your intelligence but I suspect that, like myself, many feel your so full of sh*t your eyes are brown. Just sayin'!


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