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Old 06-13-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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Rag Top or Hard Top

Not getting the hard top on a new purchase looks like a savings since I read members state they prefer the rag top's versatility? It's not common to see JKUs on the dealer lot without the hard top, are they less popular?

What if I want a hard top later down the road?

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Old 06-13-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
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I got the dul top option and after having both on now my next jeep will come soft top only....i havent experinced a winter with the soft top yet but remote start should solve that problem i think

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Dual Top

2011 JKU Rubi w Dual Top..only had about 2 months this last winter with it, but with the amount of snow we get in the northeast, I think I'll get good use out of it.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:30 PM   #4
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Been through the last two record breaking Winters in Northern Jersey with just a soft top. Didn't have any real issues with the snow or cold.
I do want a hard top but also keep asking myself where will I store it in the warmer months. If I can, I want the Jeep open, even got a cab cover to minimize the closing of the soft top.
Probably more than the weather, would be the security. I don't ever lock my ragtops. Replacing a top or window is likely more expensive than what I have in the car when someone cuts it open. So with a soft top I avoid certain areas and am very aware of what I have in the car.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:33 PM   #5
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:12 PM   #6
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I really liked my hardtop but they are so unbalanced and heavy to remove that they become a pain in the @%$ in the summer. If I had just one choice it would be soft top but if you can get the dual top I would. The JK's heaters are nuclear power plant and you don't have to worry about heat in the winter time
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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Tj heater is the same and will cook ya out in a hurry. Who ever bought mine new in 98 got it with both tops. However when I got it 3 years ago, only the hard top was there and I beleave I am the second owner as there was only 96,000 miles on it when I bought it. So am really curious what happend to the soft top or if maybe they just kept it.
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:28 PM   #8
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Have the dual tops and happy I do. Hard top in Sept-Mar, then soft top. If you think you might want both get just the hard top the watch craigslist for a soft top. See the quite often for 3-400 new. Easier to find than a hard top.
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I got my Jeep with the hard top and I thought that I got a great deal because I got it for the same price as one with a soft top. Everyone told me that it was better that I have the hard top because they are very expensive to buy aftermarket. I felt that way for a little while until I found myself taking off and putting the top back on numerous times a month.

A few months ago, I sold my hard top and bought a soft top and have never looked back. I just took the top off too much for a hard top to be practical, plus barely having room to store it in the garage was another factor.

If you don't mind the noisier ride with a little less insulation, then I would definitely opt for the soft top. But if you want your Jeep to be a little more secure and have a quieter ride, then the hard top might be for you.
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Yeah new hard top is 2200+ where's a soft top is 600+ for a nice one anyway. Hoping to get a soft top soon.
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My other two cents....
Sometime I see a hard top on Craiglist or other posting usually for $1500, best I have seen was $1200. This does not include the wiring kit usually that powers the defroster and rear wiper, that is approx $250 from Mopar.
Used but good soft tops show up from $350 to $900, and sometimes new in the box in the $600 and up range. They are $1300 new from Mopar.
I think I would go dual top and either keep both, or sell the hard top for $1500 but at least you would be wired for it.
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My vote is hard top. Have a hoist I built in the garage that takes <15 minutes to take top off/on.(and store on ceiling that I can still park under) More security, less noise, and lots of versatility with freedom top. It was 100 deg out today and only the freedom tops on front with doors off, kept sun off front seats and was pleasant drive. Cheaper/easier to switch to soft top in future with more styles available aftermarket. I test drove soft top before my hardtop in 110 weather, seemed the hardtop a/c cooled quicker and stayed cooler. Just my opinion...
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Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I am moving to Arizona and while I know I'll have to top off a lot, I think the added security is something I discounted, especially for road trips.
The pain of putting on and taking it off and storage was, in my mind, a huge negative.
I know rag tops are noisy, but this will be a 3rd vehicle and "practical" was abandoned at the onset of this search.
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Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I am moving to Arizona and while I know I'll have to top off a lot, I think the added security is something I discounted, especially for road trips.
The pain of putting on and taking it off and storage was, in my mind, a huge negative.
I know rag tops are noisy, but this will be a 3rd vehicle and "practical" was abandoned at the onset of this search.
Sounds cool. What part of AZ are you moving to?

The soft top actually isn't that loud, your just going to hear more outside.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:14 AM   #15
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Headed back to Tucson after leaving in 2005.
Last time we were there, for 7 yrs but, we spent the whole time tied to the porch with 3 kids under the age of 7. This time our youngest is 7 and I want a Jeep to take them out and have some fun.

In the midst of all my relocation preparations I am contacting Dealers in Tucson and Phoenix trying to find the best deal. Only trouble is the more I read the boards the more I am tempted to wait for a 2012.
If I find that dealers won't budge on left over 2011s I will certainly wait for the 2012 and pull the USAA card and be done with it.

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