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Old 05-12-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Hardtops

Hey there,

I just bought a 2007 Sahara and it only came with a soft top. I live in NE and it can get below zero in the winter and above 100 in the summer. Do you think it's worth investing in a hard top? I park in a garage and I will be moving to either Georgia or Colorado in the next year. I like the look of the Bestop Trek top nx, are there any hardtops out there that look like that? Thanks for any advice.

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Old 05-13-2011, 06:45 AM   #2
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WILD BOAR PRODUCTS: Fastback Hard Tops for your Jeep Wrangler

I'm not sure the price on those (didn't see it on their site)...but I believe they are pretty $$. In general, I'm not sure I would get a hard top if I didn't have one. My $.02 would be to try it one winter and see if the softee keeps you warm enough. The heaters on the JKs work really really good so I imagine it will be fine.

Obviosly the downside of the hard top is it is a pain to get off and store.

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Old 05-13-2011, 07:27 AM   #3
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I live in connecticut and I've had a soft top for 4 winters now and its fine. you might just have to let it run a minute longer to warm up. Once its warm it stays warm until you shut the engine off.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:11 AM   #4
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The most important thing to do as a Jeep owner in the snow belt is to not let snow pile up on your soft top. I clear mine off every 4". Maybe overkill, but the top WILL collapse with enough snow on it. That is the best reason to run a hard top in the winter.
Now I just need the money, lol.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the good advice. I'm leaning towards saving my money and sucking it up.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:30 PM   #6
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i live in colorado. last year it didn't get above 20F in December and we only used the soft top. even with 18 inches of snow in two days we had no problems. If you can keep the heater from melting your shoes you should be good.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:35 PM   #7
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get a hard top you wont regret it, run mine in the winter..couldnt imagine the soft top in the winter..have a couple friends who's windows have cracked bad in the winter from ice stickin to it
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:56 PM   #8
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Add remote start..... Best thing for winter weather
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:59 PM   #9
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Can you make a remote start work on a manual? Like if it's in nuetral when you start?

Is that a stupid question? Lol
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:06 AM   #10
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Can you make a remote start work on a manual? Like if it's in nuetral when you start? Is that a stupid question? Lol
Yes, yes, and no.
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get a hard top you wont regret it, run mine in the winter..couldnt imagine the soft top in the winter..have a couple friends who's windows have cracked bad in the winter from ice stickin to it
I don't think windows crack from the ice sticking to them. I think they crack from someone trying to remove ice from them. I may be wrong tho'.....
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:25 AM   #12
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As a new Wrangler owner with a soft top I thank all of you who posted. All of the comments are great,I will remember your advice this winter. Thanks!
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:53 AM   #13
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Yeah, budiiii get a hardtop. Your winter woes are gone. All it takes is money!
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:55 AM   #14
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I had my TJ in Syracuse, NY for years and never had a problem with keeping her warm. I would agree with the other though, keep snow form piling up on it. Outside of that I wouldn't spend the money on a hard top. Get a lift or winch or something more fun.
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If you move to Georgia, I can guarantee that you will NOT need (or want) a hard top. Mine has been hanging from the garage ceiling for 5 years straight.
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I don't think windows crack from the ice sticking to them. I think they crack from someone trying to remove ice from them. I may be wrong tho'.....
you got me well it still starts with the ice sticking to them haha
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Not sure about yours but the heater in mine could roast a turkey and it stays plenty warm. I grew up in Nebraska and don't think you'll need a hard top.
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Not sure about yours but the heater in mine could roast a turkey and it stays plenty warm. I grew up in Nebraska and don't think you'll need a hard top.
Exactly. I drove through the PA mountains @ 2am with no windows in May. Heater put out enough air to keep my feet and shins warm! Its a blast furnace.

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