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Old 09-27-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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Hardtop question

I love my softtop. I love the freedom of choosing when to out the top down and quickly put it up if the weather changes. I do however live in Wisconsin and we have brutal winters. This is my first Jeep and will be my first winter with the Jeep. I'm hoping to survive this winter with just the softtop. I've been watching for a used hardtop and not having any luck. I want to know if a 2012 2dr jk hardtop will fit a 2008 2dr jk. I'm hoping that some owners will decide they don't need both tops and find one for a great price.

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Old 09-27-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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Afaik, it any JK top should fit, there are differences, but none that render them unusable (I think). Jeep heaters work great tho' and you will probably find that you will manage just fine with your soft top for the winter. Many before you have

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Old 09-27-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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Wow...I could not imagine trying to go through a Chicago winter with just a soft top on a daily driver (not sure if this is a daily driver). But I guess it also depends on if you park in a garage at night, and where you park during the day. Actually, it would be easier to go through winter IN Chicago instead of the far west burbs. The "heat bubble" keeps it a bit warmer in the city during winter. It just seems like the winter weather would be really, really hard on the fabric and rubber seals...but that is just me guessing because I have never owned anything Wrangler related.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
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I had an 89 that I drove for 3 years as a DD only a soft top......in Central Illinois......

I am currently driving a 95 as DD with only a soft top..... in NW Illinois.....

There is NO reason not to......with the 89 we had two small children.....10 & 5 who sat in the back with a blanket wherever we went......not an issue.....heater kept up fine...
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I lived in the western burbs of Chicago when I had my first Wrangler. It was a soft top only and a daily driver. I did keep it in the garage at night but it would sit outside all day while at work. I never saw the need for a hard top nor did I have any issues. These things have great heaters that will heat up the small cab space quickly and melt off all the snow and ice in no time at all.

Now, many years older, I cannot imagine not having a hard top during this brutal Texas summer we just had. Wide open A/C with the hard top on was a must this year.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:26 PM   #6
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It is clearly possible to get by with a soft top....and only as necessary as you want it to be.

Here are some tips:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/wint...ps-110246.html
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Wow...I could not imagine trying to go through a Chicago winter with just a soft top on a daily driver (not sure if this is a daily driver). But I guess it also depends on if you park in a garage at night, and where you park during the day. Actually, it would be easier to go through winter IN Chicago instead of the far west burbs. The "heat bubble" keeps it a bit warmer in the city during winter. It just seems like the winter weather would be really, really hard on the fabric and rubber seals...but that is just me guessing because I have never owned anything Wrangler related.
Well then you should get one and find out... We wouldn't lead a fellow Jeeper astray, I promise.

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Old 09-28-2011, 01:51 PM   #8
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I know the heaters are great as I drove to work in 40 degree weather with my top down. It was chilly but the heater kept me pretty warm.

If anyone hears for sure that a 12 hardtop will fit the older jks let me know.
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I love my softtop. I love the freedom of choosing when to out the top down and quickly put it up if the weather changes. I do however live in Wisconsin and we have brutal winters. This is my first Jeep and will be my first winter with the Jeep. I'm hoping to survive this winter with just the softtop. I've been watching for a used hardtop and not having any luck. I want to know if a 2012 2dr jk hardtop will fit a 2008 2dr jk. I'm hoping that some owners will decide they don't need both tops and find one for a great price.
I live in nortern IL, you will be warm as toast! JKU has a great heater.

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