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Old 01-28-2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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Question Hard Top or Soft Top???

Just about to buy a new Unlimited. My only hang up is the hard top vs. the soft top. I live on LI. How much colder will it be inside the cab with a soft top compared to a hard top, especially with the heat on? I really want half doors but they are not an option with the hard top.

So just wondering if I get the soft top will I freeze my butt off even with the heat on.

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Heat is good soft or hard top. Soft top requires paying attention to how much snow is up top. I have both tops, hard in winter and soft in summer. I love them both.

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the answer is both.

Biggest regret I have is I only got the hardtop currently in search of a softtop
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Plenty of people live in colder places than Long Island and run soft tops year round.

A hardtop will hold heat better, it will have glass windows you can scrape off, it will be quieter, and it will be more secure when you lock the doors.

But a convertible Jeep is really what it's all about, isn't it? Dropping the top when you go off upstate to look at the leaves?

Keep in mind that you can get plenty of aftermarket soft tops and Bikini's and whatnot (I know this great company that sells them!), but it's harder right now to get an aftermarket hard top for a new JK, and they are expensive.

How's that for answering both directions at once? I guess my main point is that if you think you want a hardtop, get it when you buy the Jeep. You can always add a soft top or Bikini top later. And Bikini's aren't too expensive.

Have fun with your new Jeep. Take some pictures!!
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:55 AM   #5
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^^^ What Geoff said. It is less expensive to switch to a soft top, that being said, I thought I'd need/want a hardtop when winter was fast approaching, but now that I've lived through this much winter with my soft top, I wouldn't dream of buying a hard top. To each his own, but it's way easier to drop/put up a soft top when the weather is right, and I am skinny and cold natured and haven't whined once about being too cold in my TJ.... Of course there isn't nearly so much area to heat in a TJ as there was in my Suburban...
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How about the Dual-Top option? You'll have both tops available when you need 'em, and you won't have to go looking around later for the other top on Craigslist or EBAY!

In your neck of the woods, both tops would be recommended, and you can Finance the cost with your Jeep Loan, instead of having the additional out-of-pocket expense looking for the OTHER Top you didn't buy.

Also, I have read on some of the Forums, that the Half-Doors DO work with the Hard Tops. So, if you're set on having Half-Doors, talk with your Dealer and see what they can do for you. FYI, Half-Doors for the JK's are HARD TO FIND, and a set for a JKL will run you in the neighborhood of $5K, if you're lucky enough to find them. GET 'EM NOW!

Lastly, if you can't find a Jeep that meets your criteria, you might want to consider Ordering your Jeep through your Jeep Dealer. May take about 6-8 Weeks for Delivery, but you'll get WHAT YOU WANT, and HOW YOU WANT IT! You can have the Color you like, Dual-Tops, and the Half Doors, just like you'd want!

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I'm in the middle of Missouri. It's 12 degrees outside right now and has been between 30 degrees and 10 below zero for the past month. Running a 2010 JK with a soft top and the steel doors. I have to keep turning the heat down in it. There is plenty of heat. For me, a Jeep just isn't really a Jeep with a hard top on it.
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A little different perspective

I can be in the Ca, SF bay area sunny-warm, it rains/Hardtop-freedom tops off/on

I can be in the Nevada desert 110 deg-HOT-A/C

Drive over to the Sierras-freeway 70 mph, go off-road, FREEDOM TOPS off/on

Nevada desert before june--hardtop-off

Freeway travel, with hardtop-quiet/comfy/safety/no internal theft problems

I personally wouldn't have a soft top !!

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Old 01-28-2010, 12:48 PM   #9
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I work in the the hood. Soft top was not an option.
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Thanks everyone for the input.

Blackbeard, I'm being told by multiple dealers that I cannot buy both hard top and soft top and pay extra for the half doors. According to them, I either have to buy the hard top without half doors or soft top with half doors. I think I'd like to have both tops and get half doors as an option but so far no one can tell me that I can do that.


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How about the Dual-Top option? You'll have both tops available when you need 'em, and you won't have to go looking around later for the other top on Craigslist or EBAY!

In your neck of the woods, both tops would be recommended, and you can Finance the cost with your Jeep Loan, instead of having the additional out-of-pocket expense looking for the OTHER Top you didn't buy.

Also, I have read on some of the Forums, that the Half-Doors DO work with the Hard Tops. So, if you're set on having Half-Doors, talk with your Dealer and see what they can do for you. FYI, Half-Doors for the JK's are HARD TO FIND, and a set for a JKL will run you in the neighborhood of $5K, if you're lucky enough to find them. GET 'EM NOW!

Lastly, if you can't find a Jeep that meets your criteria, you might want to consider Ordering your Jeep through your Jeep Dealer. May take about 6-8 Weeks for Delivery, but you'll get WHAT YOU WANT, and HOW YOU WANT IT! You can have the Color you like, Dual-Tops, and the Half Doors, just like you'd want!

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Old 01-28-2010, 01:01 PM   #11
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I agree with David, i have a soft top and the heat in jeeps
kick butt. I have never felt cold with my soft top at all. To me, a jeep is all about a soft top.

Now i can't wait for the weather to get warm so i can't put the top down !
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if you want half doors I don't see the point of the hardtop

I can understand why they won't let you order it that way either.

You could order dual top with full doors and buy half doors but they are pricey
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There's a less expensive version of half doors out there - you can get Bestop Element Doors and the metal enclosures. Blackbeard did that on his, and wrote about it here on WF.


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There's a less expensive version of half doors out there - you can get Bestop Element Doors and the metal enclosures. Blackbeard did that on his, and wrote about it here on WF.



And this is exactly what I plan to do this summer. Existing soft top and these half doors. Should work out perfect.
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Both hard and soft tops each offer their own distinct advantages and disadvantages which have been well articulated in the previous posts, it thus becomes a somewhat subjective choice. I find the JK heater more than adequate and live in a farming community where we don't lock our doors making security a non factor. Best of luck with your choice and purchase.
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Hey Wooly,
Great Jeep ! Nice color. Same color i have. Yep , same year i have 2010 JK sport and yes the same options .
You have great taste !!
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I bought my 09 Unlimited with the dual tops option - I've had my soft top on since I bought it, and havent even used the hard top so I sold it just the other day. I live in the Boston area too - with all the snow we've been getting this year, I havent had any problems at all. I'm very warm inside with the soft top on. It IS all about having a convertible - and the soft top to me is way more fun. I'd get the half doors too because I'm having a bear of a time trying to find some for mine... Good luck.
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I personally wouldn't have a soft top !!

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New Freedom Hard Top

Hey, if you do decide to go with the soft top and want to spend less for a hard top, I may be of help. I just purchased a 2010 2dr Sahara 2 weeks ago and looking to sell the 3 piece freedom Hardtop (have a custom one on its way). I know they are worth approx $2,400 if purchased, I am only asking $1,400 - the vehicle has less than 60 miles on it. Let me know.
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Hey SilverFun ........ Great minds think alike! Hope you enjoy the ride just as much.
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Hey, if you do decide to go with the soft top and want to spend less for a hard top, I may be of help....
PLEASE check into shipping before you agree to sell that. Hardtops require a HUGE box and lots of internal support packaging. They are freight, not UPS. It could cost more to ship than what you're asking.

I'm not trying to stop you from selling - just wanted to point that out to buyer and seller!
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I have a hardtop on a Sahara (2dr) and a soft top on the unlimited. The newer soft tops have really improved and there really isn't much difference in the noise level, heat or cold. The thing that I considered most when getting the unlimited was where to store the roof when it was off. Decided on the soft top and have never been disappointed. Always a little concerned with security but they would find a way in anyway. Best of luck!
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I live in rural MA and I do see some soft tops around but mostly hard tops during the winter. I've been storing my hard top on two- two by fours in the back yard over the spring/summer/fall and just dust it off before putting it on. I like the hard top in the winter. My jeep didn't come with the soft top but bought it and included it in the paperwork at the closing. I wanted it as a "package" not after the purchase. Each top has it's benefits. I have seen posts that support one or the other or both. That should tell you that it is all about YOUR preferences. I have both, use both and love them both.
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I have been over this about 50 times when thinking about getting into a Wrangler.

Hard tops look nice,, looks like a old Landcruiser. But only having the two pop offs, isnt really a convertible. But a hardtop will hold its value better.

Soft tops,,, the way a Wrangler is suppose to be. Easy up , easy down. But it has a huge break in factor. Guess that one special locking center arm rest works nice.

And having both,,, well you have to have an area to store the hardtop.

How much is a factory softtop? Hardtops are expensive as shiet.

I also like the idea of that mesh fabric that you can put on, so the sun dosnt beat you to death with the top off. Can that stay on all the time?

So its nice looks, security. Other is a true convert,, Jeeps look so nice topless.

I will prob go Soft top. As I like the idea of having a easy on, easy off.

If I had a hardtop,, I dont see myself taking that on and off all the time, then storing it.

Its a harder to make my mind up about this than,, auto/stick,,, or Rubi/Sport.

There is little to nowhere to off raod in my area,,, which sucks. If there were at least one or two,,,, I go for a Rubi.

Thats all

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