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Old 11-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hard top advice - should I get one

Been 10 years since I owned a Wrangler and finally decided to get another. Ordered a Rubicon X with soft top only. Any advice if I should get the dual top package one way or another? I never used my hard top on my 2002 (it was more of a pain considering I had to store the thing) but worried the years since may have changed my behavior.

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In CT you get a decent amount of snow and you can't use the soft top from late October-march. I live in MA and spend most of my winters in NH. I got a soft top only originally. In the winter it isn't too fun. It's louder than a hard top and if its cold you can't open your rear window because it can crack if its too cold(I cracked one). I ended up buying a HT after just 1 winter and its great as I ski all the time.

I'd recommend getting just the hard top. That way it'll be wired for the hard top and then you can pick up a soft top for cheap. There is/was a premium soft top for sale in the MA classifieds for $500

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Hey bud. Welcome to the forum. I just sold my hardtop a couple mouths ago. Always had both for the winter. Not so much because the soft top won't work .... It will. But I want my softop to last as long as possible.
My jeep is not my DD no more. I picked up a cover and sold the hard top.

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Old 11-17-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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I think it would depend on if you have a garage or not. I plan on ordering only a soft top because I have a garage, so I won't worry about heavy snow sitting on it, or it getting so cold that the windows crack. I also don't have the room to store a hard top so it's an easy decision for me.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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I live right up from you in RI IMO you should get a hard top. The freedom tops are great!!! I got my 2012 JKU Sahara later in the summer and didn't have the full top off, but I like the "freedom" of being able to take the front two panels off and putting them in the rear cargo area. Takes 2 minutes to take them off and put them back on if it starts to rain or gets cold. My soft top is in the boiler room. It will probably stay there until I trade this JKU in for a new one....MANY years from now as my wife reminds me!!!!
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:37 PM   #6
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Kinda wish i woulda got a hard top for the winter. Like everyone said the soft top is fine, the hard top is just a little more comfortable. And jk jeeper wth are you doing opening your rear window if its that cold outside?! Haha
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:29 AM   #7
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I ordered mine with the hardtop only...the plan will be to pick up a Bestop NX for summer. Although, I have even questioned getting that....I may just put on a Safari top and a duster with a trail cover for long stops.

Dual-top would be a good choice too.

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Old 11-18-2013, 02:24 PM   #8
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All of my previous jeeps were all hardtops, but my 2014 Rubi X is soft top. The hardtops are a little quieter and more secure, but more time consuming to go topless. I still have a hardtop hoist in my garage. My deciding factor on the soft top was living in SC and being able to just lower the sunrider and enjoy it more in the hot rainy months and not waiting for weeks of hot sunny weather to remove the hard top. The wife and I decided we could enjoy the jeep more with the soft top
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:32 PM   #9
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You can easily sell the hard top and you'll also get the premium soft top with the dual top option. If you can afford the 2K, it would be worth it to find out imo. You'd probably break even if you sold the hard top in brand new condition considering you also have the premium soft.

Oh, and you're JK will be wired for a hard top.
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And jk jeeper wth are you doing opening your rear window if its that cold outside?! Haha
Going skiing lol! I can't just sit around in my house. It wasn't even that cold out. It may have been just above 0. Like 5*
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Oh, and you're JK will be wired for a hard top.
At the end of the day this won't add value to your jk. It'll only make the buyer wonder where the top went
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:05 PM   #12
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Welcome to WF!

Kinda depends on how you will use the Jeep. I would probably get one if I lived in CT....but everyone is different.

Will it be garaged at night?
Do you have room for a hoist?
Will it be your "only" daily driver?
Where do you park at work (are you retired, self-employed, ect)?
Will you need to get stuff in and out of the back often?

All that stuff comes into play.

If you have to room for a hoist, and the funds.....get dual tops. Or at least order the hard top and grab and aftermarket/take-off soft top.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:25 PM   #13
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Winters can suck up here, IMO you need both for a DD.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:57 PM   #14
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Hard tops are good in the areas with extreme weather. Nice in the real cold, real hot, and real rainy areas for sure.
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The hard tops are nice when taking the trash or groceries, you just raise the rear window and have access
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #16
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Thanks for the advice all. Great forum. Nice to be back into a car community that cares. Missed my Jeep every day since I sold it 10 years ago. Can't wait to get the new one.

Went with the dual top for many of the reasons mentioned. And I have the space in the garage to hoist it. 50 bucks I hoist it in the spring and it never winds up back on the Jeep but well see.

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It really depends on your lifestyle. I live at 8300 ft and am fine with just the soft top, but i dont ski or open the back window a lot. It is hard to see out of when it is cold but as long as you can back up with just the mirrors youll be fine. I had a job driving a box truck for a couple years so backing the jeep up without looking out the back window is easy for me. The soft top does get noisy at high speeds, so if you drive on the freeway alot you probably want a hard top. I dont find it to get cold at all, the jeep has better heat then any of my previous vehicles. I love my soft top and have nowhere to store a hard top if i wanted to take it off. during the summer i always ride with the sunrider flipped back and the rear side windows out. If it starts to rain with no notice like it likes to do in my area, you can put the sunrider up while stopped at a light without getting out of your seat.
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I am a big fan of my HT. I have a spiderweb shade under it and I keep my freedom panels off much more than they are on. They only time they are on is if it is raining and I think this option looks much better than the ST with it folded back. It is more of a pain to go totally topless but I rarely do anymore. I keep stuff in the back that I would rather not walk off so I usually keep it on. I rigged up a lift in the garage with some ratchet straps and can get it off in <15 min by myself.
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My jeep came with both tops I sold the soft top. My jeep has no top on it all summer and yes I have been caught in the rain and got wet.
The hard top has a rear window defogger and glass I can scrap with my scraper. And with the hardtop it gets warm inside. Here in northern Michigan we have many morning below 0 soft top no thanks
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And with the hardtop it gets warm inside. Here in northern Michigan we have many morning below 0 soft top no thanks
This one ill disagree with.

Although I need my hardtop for my winters, I did have a soft top for 1 winter before I got both. I ran it in -25F (and close to that a few other times) at night with the heater on the lowest fan setting. I was wearing a T shirt too and was warm. It's not the top that makes it warm it's the heater. The jk heater can make anything warm. The difference is, once I turned the heat or engine off, it got cold in seconds. The hard top takes over a minute.
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This one ill disagree with.

Although I need my hardtop for my winters, I did have a soft top for 1 winter before I got both. I ran it in -25F (and close to that a few other times) at night with the heater on the lowest fan setting. I was wearing a T shirt too and was warm. It's not the top that makes it warm it's the heater. The jk heater can make anything warm. The difference is, once I turned the heat or engine off, it got cold in seconds. The hard top takes over a minute.
You got me with this I never used the soft top so I really don't know how warm or not it would get. I can how ever scrap the windows
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I have half doors with a soft top. At the 4 year mark now. JKU heat is the ticket. Windows thaw in about 5 minutes. When the snow comes down hard I will take a broom and knock it off the top. The wear and tear shows at about the 3 year mark. Needed a new top. The shortened life in year round use would be the only drawback. Soft tops are easy to find reasonably priced. Cannot do that for a JK/JKU hard top.


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