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Old 04-21-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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Red face Soft top? Hard top? Dual top?

On a new 2009 Sahara Unlimited, which should I choose? The hard top seems a bit cumbersome to take off and put back on. I'm in Southern CA, so I don't really need it for cold weather.

What top options are available after market? I've seen soft tops, but are there also hard tops available aftermarket that I might be able to add later, and possible for less $$$$$

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Old 04-22-2009, 07:11 AM   #2
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I would always recommend the hard top, preferably dual tops if you can swing it into the purchase price. The resale will be much higher IMHO with the hardtop or duals. The hard top is cumbersome and you need plenty of room (or a nice garage ceiling area) to store it safely. I don't need it for cold weather either, but I wouldn't ever just have a soft top unless I went back to my CJ days and simply didn't want to fool with anything....

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Old 04-22-2009, 08:48 AM   #3
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^ Andy made my point Get the hardtop only if you have good garage space in which to store it when not in use! It will take up a huge chunk of your living room, and makes a poor coffee table
I haven't seen any aftermarket hard tops, but they'll be $$. OEM tops are very expensive if you decide to buy them aftermarket. If you can, get dual tops- it's MUCH cheaper that way. Check out Bestop for their selection of tops- they make Jeep's OEM tops, by the way- Mark W.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:54 AM   #4
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rag top the only way to go for meneo
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You live in so cal....no need for a hard top..no need for a top period, it only rains 3 times a year there! Save the cash for aftermarket parts
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Depends also on where you keep the vehicle, mine stays generally in front of the building, on the street, within the city, I'm still concerned about how safe it would be with the soft top on, I'll just try and in case they brake it or cut it I'll just get back the hardtop on (I have the dual top). Plus- the hard top front pannels are really easy to remove and re-install (even for a not so strong woman like me - I do that in about 2 minutes) and it's as fun as a convertible. I do have though the problem of the storage of the hardtop (I checkd- it can't make a coffe table 'cause it won't fit the elevator to take it upstairs...) :P
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Hah- well, you tried ^ There's always the option of a pulley system and lifting it upstairs that way...
The soft tops do earn the stigma mishel mentioned of being cut-able. If crime/vandalism is a concern, you could run the hardtop when in the city, but for country driving, as where I am, the softtop is the only way to go Mark W.
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:48 PM   #8
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In a warm climate you don't NEED a hardtop, but how often would you actually put a soft top down. If you usually will want the top up and will run the AC, you probably should go with a hardtop.. I don't see where the new Wranglers come with a hardtop option, only soft top or dual top.
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^oh, yes, that too. Last week was so hot here I had to run the AC and the same came to my mind - in summer I will actually need the hardtop... And this was just about 26* (celsius) - in summer we get like 45... Hey, a white linen soft top will help, though...
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^^ Hig4s, some just come with the hardtop- it's a factory option. The build sheet often just doesn't have it, but the vehicle comes with it. Makes ordering one a headache, let me tell you Mark W.
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Mark,
Speaking of build sheets, is there anyway to tell me what date my JK was built? I asked the factory via Jeep.com and I got the build order, but they couldn't tell me the date of build. Just thought it would be neat to know.
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I had a Cherokee Country for 15 years, and finally traded her in for a car for my husband. Now I need a new Jeep for me! I really want a Wrangler, just because it's so much smaller and easier to get around downtown Seattle. Here is my question: will I freeze in the winter with a soft top?
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I had a Cherokee Country for 15 years, and finally traded her in for a car for my husband. Now I need a new Jeep for me! I really want a Wrangler, just because it's so much smaller and easier to get around downtown Seattle. Here is my question: will I freeze in the winter with a soft top?

Not in Seattle!!! We got down to the teens several times this winter here in North Florida, and I work nights coming home around midnight when it was pretty cold, and never had any issues being too cold.. the heater works fine and the new soft tops are much better than the ones back in the 80s and 90s.
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The soft top is fine for winter here in upstate NY, so Seattle will NOT be a problem No worries, Tracy J, and congrats on the new rig, and welcome to the site

Also, if you want a BIT of extra insulation, the Bestop Headliner is only about ~$100, and does a nice job of insulating the top for noise and heat. I had one with mine, and it makes life a bit easier in terms of conversation inside the vehicle (one can even whisper and be heard with it in, and the windows up- kinda nice!) Mark W.

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