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Old 08-23-2013, 09:49 AM   #1
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Hard or Soft Top

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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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If you live in Texas and can only get hard or soft, go with the soft. You'll love going topless.

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Old 08-23-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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I recommend buying one with a hard top and then getting a soft top and all of the hardware for it off of craigslist. I have done that for 2 rigs right now,

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i recommend buying one with a hard top and then getting a soft top and all of the hardware for it off of craigslist. I have done that for 2 rigs right now,

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Hardtop only first time. Dual top second time. This one Premium soft top only and no regrets. North of Detroit in the 'burbs so this one sees full winter too.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:31 AM   #7
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Why would a hard top ever be more secure? No car is secure whatsoever. Any car can be broken into in 2 seconds if you know what youre doing. You can bust out a glass window easier than you can open the door.

Soft tops have plenty of disadvantages. If you dont want to go topless get a hard top. If you want to, get a soft top and the disadvantages wont matter much to you. I rarely put my top up in the summer and i live in MICHIGAN and run a soft top all year. I even run soft doors in the summer.

Soft top leaks a little. not much. The hard top might even leak. Ive had regular cars with non removable hard tops leak more than my soft top does, honestly. (Door seals)..... lets not talk abot soft doors though.....but those arent a factory option anyway....

Some people do like to cut soft tops. Some people know how to unzip the windows. Some people bust out glass windows too. I dont leave anything valuable visible in any convertible.

And the soft top windows scratch and wont last as long as the top itself does...and if you go way out of your way to make them last, youve had less fun along the way.

and soft tops are never intended to last the life of the vehicle. Its doubtful it will last more than 5 years. But i do see people with ripped up 10 year old tops every day on other cars. And replacing the top is a diy job.....try it on a sebring lol...

So i expect my windows to last 2.5 years and top to last 5.

Oh and soft tops always look dirty. You clean it and itll be nasty again first time you go mudding. I use a soft brush and car soap when i feel like it and use a convertible top cleaner and protectant when i feel like doing the work. It looks good.


Dont flex the windows much if its less than 40 or so out.

The soft top isnt very loud on the highway at all. I see people claim they cant hear the radio over it or that they cant talk to their passengers while driving. This is bull. Or theyre deaf.

By the way going topless causes hearing loss. but who cares.

Ive driven my jeep when it was ten below. Heater can easily roast me. But once you shut it off you lose the heat quick.



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Hardtop only first time. Dual top second time. This one Premium soft top only and no regrets. North of Detroit in the 'burbs so this one sees full winter too.
The fact that the dealerships leave soft top jeeps outside with 3 feet of snow on the roofs and brush it off and let you go for a test drive was enough evidence to me that id be fine. Infact i bought my jeep because its amazing on unplowed roads.
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I got mine with a hard top and then bought a soft top off of CL. After switching to the soft top this summer, I am starting to think if I just had a premium soft top instead of a regular one, I could get by just fine with no hard top.
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I got mine with a hard top and then bought a soft top off of CL. After switching to the soft top this summer, I am starting to think if I just had a premium soft top instead of a regular one, I could get by just fine with no hard top.
Whats that mean and why?
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I live in Florida, I got my JKU in the middle of the summer here, just a few months ago, and I love my soft top, I am getting a spider shade for it, and I keep a blue tarp in the back for sudden florida rainfalls! but it truly only takes seconds to go from sunrider to closed, and only slgihtly longer to go from full down.

I keep nothing of value in my jeep, ever, so i am not concerned, though i would be put out if some jerk cut my top.
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Whats that mean and why?
Soft top is just so much easier to deal with vs. the hard top. I didn't buy a jeep not to have the open air when i want. I also have to deal with storing the hard top in my garage when it is not in use. I think the premium top would just be more durable over time and looks nicer inside and out vs. the standard soft top.
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Premium st is NICE. Quieter than the standard top and seals up around the rear window better. General fit is much improved.
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just picked a new 2013 with hardtop. on my 2007 would just take it off and use the freedom panels as my bikini top when needed.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:00 AM   #14
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I love reading these posts. So many reasons for why someone went the way they did. Thought I don't honestly think they have ever changed a persons mind on which kinda of top they wanted. Could be horribly mistaken.
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I originally was going to only go with the hard top, however after seeing what my brother has to go through with the hard top when he wants to go topless it just doesn't make any sense to go hard top if you want the open air feel. Isn't that the big reason for going with a wrangler in the first place, the overall versatility? When he wants to take the freedom panels off, it is a pain, plus if he tosses em in the back, they rattle and slide around and you have no room to put anything else. And if you leave them at home, well then you don't have em with you if you get caught in any kind of inclement weather. The soft top just fits the bill better, and that is why I chose to go soft top even being an "I only want a hard top due to security" type of guy.

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Get both...

Better yet, order the hardtop only....then pick up either a Trektop NX, or a new take-off factory top.
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I live in Las Vegas and only have the premium soft top. I don't have the garage space to store a hard top and I knew I would be topless most of the time. A spider web shade provides enough sun relief even when it is 105F in August. I can put the top on or take it off by myself and carry it with me where ever I go, can't do either of those things with a hard top.
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Easier and cheaper to acquire a soft top down the road.
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Easier and cheaper to acquire a soft top down the road.
Cheaper to just have one top.
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I went with soft top only. I did not want to store the hard top.
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Howdy LouLou,
What part of Texas are you in? It's entirely a personal choice. But the soft top is sweet.
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Cheaper to just have one top.
Cheaper not to put bigger tires on your Jeep too
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Since you asked, you must be considering a hard top, but also are considering a soft top. Get both! I like having options. A hard top isn't hard to store and can be stored outside (it's outside when it's on the Jeep). Then you can use the soft top for summer, and hard top during the off season or whenever. Kinda like long sleeves/short sleeves. You can roll long sleeves up, but you can't roll short sleeves down...

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Cheaper not to put bigger tires on your Jeep too
touché WAS intended as sarcasm however. If you want two tops order it that way IMO. I should have on the 2010 we got instead of paying for it with cash after the fact.
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Something to keep in mind. U-Haul won't let you rent a trailer with a soft top.

I love having both tops. But to be honest...and I've said this before....it is much easier to fully enjoy a Wrangler is you have a dry and secure place to park it at night...especially if you have room for a hoist and to store the doors.
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Something to keep in mind. U-Haul won't let you rent a trailer with a soft top.

I love having both tops. But to be honest...and I've said this before....it is much easier to fully enjoy a Wrangler is you have a dry and secure place to park it at night...especially if you have room for a hoist and to store the doors.

Good note. Personally, I would not go with a soft top only if I didn't have a garage. I know it is going to be safe there.
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If I had to do it over again, I would go soft top only. I too was worried about winter weather but from what I have read on here, the soft top can take it. I did the dual top - have a color match hard top (was on the lot, actually wanted the black) and a premium soft top.
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Good note. Personally, I would not go with a soft top only if I didn't have a garage. I know it is going to be safe there.
That's funny, I'm on the other side of the fence - I wouldn't go hardtop only if I didn't have a garage. I don't leave anything of value in the Jeep, so the security thing is irrelevant for me. Not having the ability to go topless and a place to store the hardtop would bother me greatly, though. I like being able to hoist the hardtop up in the garage and enjoy the sun on me.

Having said that, I did pick up a premium soft-top off Craigslist for $700 (less than half of what the dealer wanted), so I have and use both. Honestly, the premium soft-top would probably be my only must have from a top perspective. It is nearly as quiet as the hardtop on the highway and provides just a little less protection from the radiant heat than my hardtop with hothead liners. And I'm in Dallas, so the 110 degree days do make the hardtop nice in the dead of summer, but the premium soft-top would do the trick if I had to choose only one.
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I have bought (5) Wranglers in the past 3 years and most recently bought a Freedom 3 piece top on the latest JK. Very easy to pull off section and get fresh air. Also, stays much cleaner than soft top. Lastly, entry from rear door is much easier. Will never get another soft top.
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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?


Any thoughts greatly appreciated!
nonsense! I lived in NOLA and had dual tops. The hard top was great for hunting season.

I say go dual tops

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