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Old 09-25-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Hard top AND soft top?

Our Jeep already has a hard top, but my wife thinks she would like to have a soft top, too. Anyone else around here have both? Do you like having both?

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Old 09-25-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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I have both, but mine came with both of them when I bought it. Only have used the hard top for now(just bought my first jeep 2 months ago ). But for summer, plan on running with the soft top and put the hard top on for winter.
I also bought a Racor lift so I can lift either top up and out of the way .

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Old 09-25-2013, 10:42 AM   #3
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I just posted this in another topic:

I have both tops. The hard top is significantly more quiet on the highway and to me it feels like the Jeep's chassis is a lot stiffer when the hard top is on.

I like the soft top for the functionality in the spring to fall months, but I live where it gets cold and snows and even now (I put the hard top on last weekend) I enjoy the hard top when it's in the 40's in the mornings and at night. The freedom panels are nice this time of year, when it does get nice out (I can store them in the back since I have an unlimited) but are definitely not like having the soft top down.

All in all, if you have the storage space (I have a hoist in the garage) and the disposable cash, both tops are great to have.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:46 AM   #4
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Look at the Best top Trek top Nx it's a frameless soft top that opens into a bikini. Great for the summer cause I have a hardtop to
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I bought mine with the soft top but soon afterwards purchased a hardtop.

I like having both since I live in cold snowy climate. I use the soft during the late spring, summer, and early fall. I then use the hard top the rest of the time.
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If you have to the room for a hoist, run both (unless you live someplace really cold, or really sunny).
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:21 PM   #7
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Purchased mine with dual tops. Love the ST in the spring/summer/fall for different options (topless, windowless, sunrider, etc). I really like the HT for the winter. It really is quieter and has a different "feel" when driving. I added the Hot Heads and that added additional quietness. Also love the removeable panels.

Get both if you can store the HT somewhere.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #8
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If I had a garage for a hoist, I would have just gone with the Hard Top and a Bikini Top. As it is, I have a big enough shed for the hard top, so in it goes in the spring, and the soft top goes on, in the late Fall the opposite. Soft top is super convenient compared to my old YJ, but the Hard Top is quite and far superior in standing up to the winter snow.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:15 PM   #9
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I like the hard top, which is much quieter!
For more of the open look/feeling, well the front two top panels are very easy to remove.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:49 PM   #10
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my unlmtd came stock with the freedom hardtop which i have on from november through the beginning of may. i bought a besttop supertop nx from quadratec. its essentially the same as the stock soft top. i do not have a garage capable of installing a hoist at this time, so i grab a buddy and we remove the top for the warmer months and store it. i love the freedom and versatility the soft top gives in the warmer months, however it is a PITA to install for the season. not something you can switch back and forth to the hard top with. there are plenty of soft top options out there, give em a look and maybe you will find one for you!
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I have a TJ and have a hard, soft, and bikini. Never used the bikini on this Jeep, but really love having the other two.
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question on how to remove the soft top

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I just posted this in another topic:

I have both tops. The hard top is significantly more quiet on the highway and to me it feels like the Jeep's chassis is a lot stiffer when the hard top is on.

I like the soft top for the functionality in the spring to fall months, but I live where it gets cold and snows and even now (I put the hard top on last weekend) I enjoy the hard top when it's in the 40's in the mornings and at night. The freedom panels are nice this time of year, when it does get nice out (I can store them in the back since I have an unlimited) but are definitely not like having the soft top down.

All in all, if you have the storage space (I have a hoist in the garage) and the disposable cash, both tops are great to have.
Hi! I just got a 2013 Rubicon with both hard and soft top, I use the hard top most of the time, and the soft top is kind of in the way for storaging, do you know how to remove the soft top part off?
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Hi! I just got a 2013 Rubicon with both hard and soft top, I use the hard top most of the time, and the soft top is kind of in the way for storaging, do you know how to remove the soft top part off?
There is a bracket on each of your roll bars near the back seats. Take a torx screwdriver and remove the two shoulder screws in each bar at the bracket. Remember to screw them back into the support bars as they are about 8 bucks each thru mopar .
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Bought my JKU with both tops in May this year. Soft top all summer, I just put the hard top on for fall and winter.
IMHO both tops are great.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:40 PM   #16
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Is there such a Top that is "combo". My question is, can I get a hard panel to cover the 4 doors and go to an aftermarket soft top to go over back end? Ebay has some that look like they might be legit, but no details are given. thanks guys...
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:14 PM   #17
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If you have the room for storage, both tops is the only way to go. While it does snow every once in a while here in Seattle, frost in the mornings sucks with the softtop. Can't scrap the plastic so visibility is pretty bad when there is frost. Having the hardtop for winter is great, then switch to the softtop once the weather is nice.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:02 PM   #18
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So when people use the wranglers for cross country trips, do you put the hard top on? Not sure I can imagine a soft top and a 24 hour drive...Is the top with the dual tops the premium top and is it quiet?
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I bought my 2012 with just the hard top. I decided last spring that I really wanted a soft top, and was lucky to find one on Craigs List for $100. I had to buy the brackets and bolts from the dealer. I'm really glad I now have both. There's nothing like being completely topless on a beautiful day, and on those cold Michigan winters, I'm cozy with the hard top.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:54 PM   #20
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We have both. Bought it that way on our JKUR in 2010. Love the soft top for early spring into late fall. Most of the time in the summer the top and doors are off anyway. For the winter the hardtop is the way to go. Rear wiper/washer/defroster is a bonus. The quietness and secure feeling is a plus too. Gotta have both.
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Both. Do it! You wont be sorry. I actually have the hard top, soft top, cargo net top, bikini top, mesh bikini top, and I use them all.

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There is a bracket on each of your roll bars near the back seats. Take a torx screwdriver and remove the two shoulder screws in each bar at the bracket. Remember to screw them back into the support bars as they are about 8 bucks each thru mopar .
thank you so much for your reply! man! mopar is the ass! do I have to take the hard top off first to do that? if possible, it will be very helpful if you can attach some pictures.
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thank you so much for your reply! man! mopar is the ass! do I have to take the hard top off first to do that? if possible, it will be very helpful if you can attach some pictures.
Yes you do have to take the hard top off to get the soft top off. I am at work today for 24 hours and dont have access to photos but I will look around and maybe some kind soul will post some here before I can.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:03 AM   #24
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I have both but...

I run mine with the hard top most of the time. I have used the soft top but usually, when we want to go out and get fresh air we just take the top off and sometimes the doors. Since we started doing this, we don't use the soft top at all.
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do I have to take the hard top off first to do that?
Wait one silly little minute... So, you can put your hard top over the soft top?! I've never heard of that... :/ confused...
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Wait one silly little minute... So, you can put your hard top over the soft top?! I've never heard of that... :/ confused...
no silly, dude. its a package called dual top group, the soft top is folded while the hard top is there.
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You cannot put the hardtop over to soft top, it just comes that way for shipping.
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Didn't want to start a new thread, but is a new soft top for a 2 door a decent deal at $350?
It's not the premium and doesn't have tinted windows. I saw someone got one for $100 but that seems like a really good deal?
One on Craigslist in my area that was used for 2 weeks this summer the guy is asking $350.
Pull the trigger?
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Didn't want to start a new thread, but is a new soft top for a 2 door a decent deal at $350? It's not the premium and doesn't have tinted windows. I saw someone got one for $100 but that seems like a really good deal? One on Craigslist in my area that was used for 2 weeks this summer the guy is asking $350. Pull the trigger? Thanks
If you want a soft top, sounds like a pretty goid deal, especially for one almost new.
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I have both hard and soft-factory fresh. It great, warm and quiet in the winter. I easy to clear slow. (Oct to April). Then, I love the many options of soft-top, no-top riding. However, you have more security concerns. Tuffy tailgate enclosure is one of many solutions to concerns. I also have tinted and non tinted window panels for periods of summer Sun.

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