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Old 02-18-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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JKU Dual Top or Just Hard Top?

How many of you have the Dual Top feature on your JKU? Trying to decide before I order my JKU if I should get the Dual Top or not. Wondering if it's worth the extra money and if it helps in the resale down the road.

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Old 02-18-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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dual for me.wort it for sure

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Old 02-18-2012, 04:03 PM   #3
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Dual top for sure. I run soft top all summer and hard top in winter. The soft top is cooler in the summer.
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How many of you have the Dual Top feature on your JKU? Trying to decide before I order my JKU if I should get the Dual Top or not. Wondering if it's worth the extra money and if it helps in the resale down the road.
There are always four door soft tops for sale cheap on Craigslist around me. Never any two door soft tops for sale. Wish I had the option to pick up a cheap soft top after factory order!
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:23 PM   #5
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Dual tops. I think most that do use both. We do.


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Old 02-18-2012, 04:56 PM   #6
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How many of you have the Dual Top feature on your JKU? Trying to decide before I order my JKU if I should get the Dual Top or not. Wondering if it's worth the extra money and if it helps in the resale down the road.
Assuming they are left in usable condition, of course they will increase the resale value down the road.

We chose the freedom hard top only on our Sahara, though. I hate the way the soft tops look - and it's not like I live in California - so I figured if I was desperate enough to buy one later, I could always find one aftermarket. Not gonna happen though.

We will most certainly drive with the doors and the hard top off in the summer, though!
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #7
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The one thing I regret is not getting the dual top.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:29 PM   #8
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Where do you live? What are you using the Jeep for?

I have a '12 JKU with the dual top. I like it for the winter in the NE, so do my wife and kids as I have tendency to ride around without windows in the soft top. If you have the space to store, I would suggest the dual top at purchase. This gets you cheap financing and have them under warranty.

Only 21 days till the hard top comes off and the soft top goes back on!
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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Dual top here. I wouldn't have bought one without the hard top. Hard tops are expensive aftermarket, and I wasn't sure if I could get one used at a reasonable price. I was flexible on not having one of these: stereo/nav, soft top or leather, but I was buying off the lot. I figured one of those would be fine to get aftermarket. My last jeep was a TJ w/ a hardtop and aftermarket soft top. The soft top didn't hold up well, but it was on the cheaper end (wasn't a best top).
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:34 PM   #10
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Dual tops.

Aside form finding a steal on ebay or craigslis, it is the cheapest way to get both tops
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:43 PM   #11
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It will help resale value. But you probably won't ever want to sell your jeep... lol

it depends on where you live, if it gets cold, you need the hard top, and if it gets warm, you need the soft top. IF I lived in California i wouldn't need either lol, topless all the time

In the end its up to you tho, its your money.

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Old 02-18-2012, 08:23 PM   #12
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Not sure where you live but it is a great feature. I keep the soft top on from spring to fall then put on the hard top for winter. I actually insulated the inside of the hard top since it gets cold here in the winter.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:18 PM   #13
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I went with factory dual because of so many tops leaks. I don't worry about dealer warranty issues.

I really like having both tops
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:32 PM   #14
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I gotta hardtop--

Don't need a soft top-

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Old 02-19-2012, 04:30 PM   #15
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I gotta hardtop--

Don't need a soft top-

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I got a soft top...

Don't need a hard top.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #16
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Heh Heh, one of us could have a problem NOW-and-THEN-


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I got a soft top...

Don't need a hard top.
I never have a problem NOW-and-THEN ! !!

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Old 02-19-2012, 05:58 PM   #17
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Will the soft top from a 07 JKU fit a 12 JKU Rubicon?

I have a 07 Sahara and an upgrading to the 12 Rubicon. I'm assuming the soft top will fit. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:04 PM   #18
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BTW... I'd get both. Nothing better in the summer/early fall. (in the northeast...)
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:19 PM   #19
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I got a soft top...

Don't need a hard top.
^ That.

Maybe dual tops with a hoist. I had a hard top on an old CJ & it was kind of a PITA.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #20
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Dual top...surfed craigsllist for soft top when I was shopping and it was cheaper to buy dual top at sale. Yes, could've surf craigslist but didn't want to bother. No regrets.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:40 PM   #21
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started with soft top, added the hard top after

I have an 08 JKU and I started with only the soft top. I live in Chicago and cleaning the snow and ice off the windows of the soft top if you can't scrape them is almost impossible.

I ended up getting a used hard top off craigslist. I paid $800 for the hard top and then about $450 or so to get the heater controls upgraded to control the rear wiper and rear defrost. I guess I saved a little money instead of buying the dual top option, but I think I got lucky with the top I found, but I had to drive about 200 miles to get it.

Having the hard top during the winter is great in this area. It holds the heat better in the winter and it seems quieter to drive. The only thing is that you need somewhere to store it during the summer. I store mine in my garage on a dolly I built out of 2x4s and some caster wheels. Works great.

I'm in the market for a new 2012, and I'm definitely getting the dual tops, just so I don't have the hit and miss of craig's list.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:54 AM   #22
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I placed a JKU order on Saturday, and this was my last issue. One dealer told me that no one ends up using both tops, so decide what top you would use the most. I knew I wanted soft for summer, but thought I'd want the hard for the winter. Most people on here who have both tops and responded to a thread I posted recently indicated that they like having both.

The dealer I bought from said that, in his opinion, it is better/cheaper to get both if you are on the fence. With regard to the hard top, he told me that he would buy it back from me if I decided not to use it. I ended up going for both, even though it added a fair amount to the purchase price.

Good luck to you.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:55 AM   #23
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One other thing, I plan to have my JKU for awhile, and I thought having both tops might extend the life of my soft top some.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:30 AM   #24
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I got both and was extremely happy. We had the hard top on and the rear glass exploded in our faces this saturday. Thinking the cylinders must of froze or just a weird defect but we got home and took the hard top off, and thru the soft top on. The dealer is saying it will be warranty so far but just happy to still be able to use the jeep while we wait. Having 2 tops was a bonus
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Will the soft top from a 07 JKU fit a 12 JKU Rubicon?

I have a 07 Sahara and an upgrading to the 12 Rubicon. I'm assuming the soft top will fit. Any thoughts?
It'll fit as long as you have all the hardware that comes with the top.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:14 AM   #26
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I got both. Hard for winter and soft for summer.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:32 AM   #27
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I just got the hardtop. Figure I can get the Trektop NX if I want one for the summer or just go topless here in socal. Any disadvantages for getting the Trektop vs the OEM soft top, other than having a place to keep it in the vehicle? I've watched people putting up an OEM top with the brackets, etc...and seems the Trektop would be easier since it goes over the rollbars and it' less expensive than OEM. Don't you have to take the soft top off to put up the hardtop anyways? Sorry, I'm a novice with Jeep softops.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:40 AM   #28
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I roll with the hardtop year round. One compromise with my wife was when she or my daughter were in the vehicle, the doors and top would be on. I agreed, but can't wait for summer to get here. The top and doors come off and my wife's car becomes the family vehicle again.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:30 AM   #29
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I ordered the dual top group...and that hardtop has been hanging in my garage since week 2. I am still debating a need or requirement for keeping the hardtop at all in my case.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:42 AM   #30
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The Dual Top option is an extra $1,000 over just the hard top.

Can you find a soft top or some kind of soft top option for under $1,000?

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