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Old 10-05-2011, 07:27 PM   #1
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JK Unlimited hard top vs. soft top

Hi folks,
I'm a former TJ owner, looking into moving back into a used Jeep. I've been a Land Rover owner for over 12 years, and l love the truck, but I drove an Unlimited on vaca, and the fam and I loved it. If my TJ would have driven as well, I never would have sold it.

I've been doing some checking on options that I want, and I'm split on whether or not to get a hardtop. If I want both, economically, it makes sense to get a hardtop with the purchase, then buy a softie aftermarket. However, I'm questioning whether or not I really need a hard top. One of my assumptions was noise, however, the hard top is just a big empty shell. With hard dooes and winndows, it would seem that maybe there's not much of a difference.

I'd love to hear some opinion on this.


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Old 10-05-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:37 PM   #3

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Not much of a difference IMO.

Always had both tops, OEM hard and aftermarket soft. Bought a factory soft top for my Jk and was surprised on how quiet it is compared to any of the aftermarket tops I've had.

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Old 10-05-2011, 08:53 PM   #4
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Hardtop is more secure.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:56 PM   #5
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I have both. Love the hardtop and love the softtop. It's so easy to change might as well buy both.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:02 PM   #6

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I like the hardtop on both my Jeep and my Land Rover..

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