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Old 06-05-2007, 06:23 PM   #1
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IM weighing the pros and cons of the soft top and hard top. Please feel free to add to or correct what I post. I can't decide what top to go with and I really dont wont to buy both tops.

Soft top Pros: easier to remove, dont have to leave it at home.
Cons: Not as durable as hard top, cant through carwashes, makes for more noise inside cab while driving

Hard top Pros: more durable then soft top, makes for less noise, warmer in winter time
Hard top cons: Have to leave it in the garage if you want to cruise around with no top.

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Why couldn't you take the soft top thru a carwash?

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Old 06-05-2007, 06:33 PM   #3
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I assumed you couldnt I read somewhere that high power car washes trash softtops. Im asking you I guess I never owned a Jeep. Which tops do you prefer and why?
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Honestly I've never had a problem when I used to run a soft top on my TJ taking it thru an automatic car wash every once in awhile.

Also having seen both top options on JK's. I would prefer to just have the soft top. I'm not too big on the whole "Freedom Top" idea for the 3 piece hardtop. Personally I also think the JK hard top is flimsier than the TJ's hardtop is. Just my opinion.
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I have a soft top and love it

Its just so much easier when you want to throw the top back on a sunny day and if it clouds up and looks like rain all ya gotta do is pull over and put it back. With the hard top you have to hurry back home before ya get wet.


I havnt been through an automatic car wash in my jeep but I have been through one in a geo tracker and it didnt mess it up. I have been through a regular car wash today with a manual presure washer and had no problems (other than the wash out that I sunk my jk in)
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I have the soft top and I have been through the car wash without any issues. The noise issue can be greatly reduced if you use full doors.
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Buy the Freedom top, which, in REALITY is the DUAL TOP option, then you have both. The front 2 pcs of the freedom top take roughly 1 min to take off. But either way, you will have both tops to do with as you wish. Oh, And 1BLKJP, he wanted to know from JK OWNERS. You TJ guys always have to jump in and voice your TJ opinions, which by the way are ALMOST always incorrect info for the JK's......


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Buy the Freedom top, which, in REALITY is the DUAL TOP option, then you have both. The front 2 pcs of the freedom top take roughly 1 min to take off. But either way, you will have both tops to do with as you wish. Oh, And 1BLKJP, he wanted to know from JK OWNERS. You TJ guys always have to jump in and voice your TJ opinions, which by the way are ALMOST always incorrect info for the JK's......
Listen here tough guy. Considering your "Freedom Top" has been off the JK like 3 times and I've been the one to help with it 2 of those times I'd say I have some experience with them.
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So when you buy a JK with the Fredom top it comes with both the hard top and soft top too?
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Buy the Freedom top, which, in REALITY is the DUAL TOP option, then you have both. The front 2 pcs of the freedom top take roughly 1 min to take off. But either way, you will have both tops to do with as you wish. Oh, And 1BLKJP, he wanted to know from JK OWNERS. You TJ guys always have to jump in and voice your TJ opinions, which by the way are ALMOST always incorrect info for the JK's......


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the soft top on the jks aren't that bad as far as noise goes. as far as the car wash, i have had mine through a few times. I get a small drip when i go through the super car wash... i mean this thing with take brake dust off front wheels... It also depends on how much you will have the top off. another subject is security, the hard top is a lot more secure than the soft top. I personally wouldn't mind a hard top but as much as i take off the roof, i would have to store the hard top somewhere and i dont have the space personally
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:02 AM   #11
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I have the hard top and have been very happy with it. With the help of a lift and girlfriend I can get the full top off quickly. I'm could probably do it by myself, but it would require effort. The front panels are great for quick removal and installation. I originally ordered the dual top option, but after reading more about the soft top I realized that I am too lazy for it and would just end up messing it up and not using it.
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So when you buy a JK with the Fredom top it comes with both the hard top and soft top too?

Yes. Its called the "Dual Top Option" It comes with the hard top installed and the soft top also installed in the back. It has a bright orange sticker that tells you that you have to "Remove 1 top" and should not keep both installed at the same time. Wow, what would we do without bright orange stickers?????


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Old 06-07-2007, 08:28 AM   #13
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i think the soft top is a good choice.

the only reason i don't like my soft top is because its sooo dang noisy...but the JK's should be pretty quiet.

as long as u don't live in a bad area or keep valuable stuff that can be seen inside your vehicle u should be fine.
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The JKs are a completely different animal from the TJs I don't think they share a single part with the TJs... Noise isn't a real big issue. If noise is an concern... well maybe your looking at the wrong vehicle
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if you have a sahara doesnt it come with the dual top option already ? or it costs like 100.00 ??

im in the process of getting a JK now myself so ... im thinkn imma get both !! if im goin on a long trip in the summer ill bring the soft top with me, and in winter time ill have the hard ....
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My only worry with a soft top is security. I would not carry any thing of value, and leave it in a parking lot.
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The JKs are a completely different animal from the TJs I don't think they share a single part with the TJs... Noise isn't a real big issue. If noise is an concern... well maybe your looking at the wrong vehicle



FINALLY!!!!! I own and work on both TJ's And JK's But yet for some reason, I still have customers that dont realize that. 80% of the Jeep world thinks they are "Just a little bigger and have a crappy engine" Yup. Crappy engine. My 3.8 with the 5.13 gears and auto trans with 37's is pullin down 15.4 ACTUAL (in town) No freeway driving. And I am gonna race 1BLKJP and have Hackle Video tape it just to show how "slow" they are....:evil2:

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How easy or difficult is it to remove and install the hard top on the JK's?
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I can tell ya that compared to mt softop CJ...this JK is unbelievably quiet for a softtop......80 on the highway is normal voice talking in the CJ it was handsignals and screaming ......actually 80 on the freeway wasnt possible........the screamin would have been during the huge rollover crash

things have changed alot.......I went thru a highpressure wash today just ta see what leaked ......around the zipper pulls on the half doors was it.......I took a towel I expected to get really wet.......I was impressed........g
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Don't own a JK but just thought I would say that when we were looking at jeeps, we thought the hard top would be the best way to go but the one we were looking at had a soft top. Well, after having it for a while I will say that I'm glad we didn't get a hard top. We've had really great weather this year in Texas and I thank my lucky stars every time we want to put the top down.

I think it all depends on what you want. If you live in a place where there are harsh winters etc, then a hard top might be for you. If you want a convertible then maybe a soft top is for you. Either way, you can get both if you have the dough. Install the hard top before winter hits and take it off in the spring. Just my suggestion. Good luck!
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Question

Alot depends on location. I live
way North so the hard top makes
more sense. A college friend had
his soft top proken into several times
and his insurance co was not happy
and suggested a hard top.
If $$$ is no problem get both.
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I was wondering more about how easy or difficult is it to remove the hard top on the JK when doing it by yourself....Although the softop info is appreciated, im still waying my options...ordering a JK with a softtop does wonders in keeping your payment down...
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Its a 2 man job unless ya have a top removal winch deal....g
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How easy or difficult is it to remove and install the hard top on the JK's?
with two guys I was able to get the top off easily. I had to buy a winch though to get the top off with the help of my girlfriend.
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;Are you guys serious? You need help from another person to take off the hard top? Or a winch??........You have to be f'in with me?
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I forgot also to ask: Can you order a privacy softop that is tinted from factory? I dont see it as an option for the X trim....
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I was wondering more about how easy or difficult is it to remove the hard top on the JK when doing it by yourself....Although the softop info is appreciated, im still waying my options...ordering a JK with a softtop does wonders in keeping your payment down...
Its take about 20mins putting it on or off. I rigged up some tried downs and some steel channeling from homeDepot and hung it in the garage. The top is pretty light so you can pick up one side at a time and drop it into place. The only hard part for me is parking under the top straight but you can manhandle it if your close.
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I love my hardtop. It is easy to get off and on. I am designing some quick releases (like on a racing bicycle) that will replace the bolts that hold it in. Very light and sturdy (although I wouldn't walk on top of it). Holds my kayak rack without problem and is overall pretty quiet. On the other end of the arguement, my wife loves the ability to get her top on and off (I'm talking about the Jeep) off her TJ with ease.
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I forgot also to ask: Can you order a privacy softop that is tinted from factory? I dont see it as an option for the X trim....
not sure about that but I know you can get them easily through after market dealers.

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