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Old 08-06-2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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Soft Top and Hard Top Storage Bags Question

I am taking the plunge and buying a 07 Rubicon (my son got in an accident and bent the frame on my 2000 TJ - fortunately he wasn't hurt). The 07 has the dual top option, and the dealer said they had the soft top in a back office. Is the top similar to the TJ in that it should have the brackets that mount on the roll bar, door surrounds, the bar that fits across the back to anchor the rear window, and the top/windows and frame. Anything else to look for?

The 07 also has the hard top and I've read a reference to storage bags. Were they an option or do all hard tops have storage bags for the two overhead panels?

Thanks - as a long time TJ owner it was a tough decision to go with a JK, but I' couldn't find a comparable TJ to mine and I'm getting a great deal on the 07.

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I am taking the plunge and buying a 07 Rubicon (my son got in an accident and bent the frame on my 2000 TJ - fortunately he wasn't hurt).
He would've been if he was my son! Just kidding. Glad he's OK.

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The 07 has the dual top option, and the dealer said they had the soft top in a back office. Is the top similar to the TJ in that it should have the brackets that mount on the roll bar, door surrounds, the bar that fits across the back to anchor the rear window, and the top/windows and frame. Anything else to look for?
I think you have this totally under control. There's not that much of a change between the two tops.

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The 07 also has the hard top and I've read a reference to storage bags. Were they an option or do all hard tops have storage bags for the two overhead panels?
I am a simple caveman Jeeper and am not familiar with these fancy panels and their storage bags. My hardtop hangs from a rope in the garage. But I'm sure there are other fancy-schmancy JK owners around here.

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Thanks - as a long time TJ owner it was a tough decision to go with a JK, but I' couldn't find a comparable TJ to mine and I'm getting a great deal on the 07.
Sounds like a nice replacement rig!

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Old 08-07-2009, 06:09 PM   #3
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4 door soft top is a pain

I've had 2 door TJs and the soft top is a breeze to take down/put up, thought 4 door JK would be the same - NOT. Huge PITA either way, like wrasslin' a grizzly bear! And noisty when up! Again, worse than 2 door TJs or the 2 door JK X I just bought. Also had the hard top, and after 1 summer with the soft top, I put the hard top back on and never looked back. Taking the Freedom Top panels off gave just about the same effect. There is a storage bag available from MOPAR that holds the panels perfectly, I would get that, tell the dealer to hang onto the soft top and give you a discount! Much happier now with a manual 2 door soft top than an auto 4 door dual-top.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:25 PM   #4
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I have them both. I like them both. Yes, the 4 dr soft top is a bit of a grizzly to put up and take down but the effect of riding around with it down is worth the effort in my opinion. I have the mopar bags for both the windows on the soft top and the panels on the hard top. I figured it was worth the price to try and delay the inevitable deterioration of the items by wear and tear. Eventually, it probably will not matter but while they were new, I at least made the attempt.

I don't do anything special for storage of the hard top. It is just sitting on two by fours in the back yard. Did the same last year. Just wipe it down and put it back on.

This is a very opinionated topic. You will hear both good and bad about both tops. I say put them both on in the appropriate season and develop your own opinion based on your likes and dislikes and applications/situations. Start with an open mind and who knows where it will lead.
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:56 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. For the TJ, since I live in Wisconsin, I had the hard top/full doors for Nov-Mar and the soft top and bestop two-piece cloth doors for April-Oct. I'm planning to do the same with the JK.
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I can't speak to the all-inclusive part... all I know is that my freedom top "package" came with the storage bag. That said, I've found that it's real easy to get both pieces into the bag, and then you need about seven people around to zip up the bag. I've ended up just using the blanket I have in the back for my dog... one piece down, blanket, other piece. She ain't fitting back there with those pieces anyway.

I agree with liv2ryd in the sense that having the front two pieces of the hard top off is good enough. If I'm driving, what do I care about the back seat? ha ha. Once I get a shed and a winch, I'll start playing around with the two tops. For now, I'm fine with the hard-top and a blanket.

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