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Old 02-14-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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Upgrading from Softop to Hardtop


So here's the deal. This is the last winter I go with a soft top on my 2010 JK Sport.
Alas, I am not taking apart my entire dash to do the wiring for the hardtop package, so to the dealer it goes for the wiring package this autumn....
BUT what I want to do is order a New Hardtop and have it painted to match my RockRed 2010 color. So do I
A) have the wiring package installed at any point between this now and next autumn at the dealer, maintaining the integrity of my warranty
and then
B) order the paintable top to a body shop near me and have it painted this autumn?
or C)
get the whole shebang done at the dealer in autumn.

Plusses, minusses welcome.

Thanks in advance

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Old 02-14-2014, 07:59 PM   #2
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Well one minus is the expense of doing it all at the dealer. What makes the soft top so unbearable to you? Not trying to knock you, just wondering.

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Old 02-14-2014, 08:07 PM   #3
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I suggest you start by getting the hardtop first. More than one owner who though they had to have a hardtop has change their mind. Besides more hardtops seem to go for sale in the late spring early summer so might be able to pick one up before the fall. You can get a fully installed and painted top for the price the top alone from the dealer. There are no moving parts on the except the wiper and that is cheap. The impact on warranty should not be an issue.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:23 AM   #4
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going from a soft top to a hardtop is downgrading...not upgrading.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:32 AM   #5
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This is sort of a "reply to all."
First. I love my softtop. Seriously. I love the sunrider flip open deal, I love my zip down windows and I roll top down on my way home mostly all spring and summer.
I really don't drive anywhere with the radio on, (unless traffic) cause I like to hear when I'm driving, woods or streets, doesn't matter.
Second. Getting the hardtop b/c I am tired of being that much colder and the warm running out of my plastic windows in the winter.
Third, I got some slush matts, but I'm pretty sure the soft top is leaking already, in the winter this is a problem because the whack carpet freezes up never dries out.
Last, I'm going to keep both. Still young and spry enough to lift that top on and off twice a year (only 40).

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Old 02-15-2014, 11:35 AM   #6
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and last...
the rear window sucks in the winter with the ice/snow/blow back and I can't see a thing back there (important in NYC winters, country not so much).
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:37 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice, spinlock. i checked with the dealer, no issue with warranty.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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I just did this, I added a hard top, but did not get it wired, I can live with taking a squeegee to it every day in the winter, something I couldn't do with the soft top windows without scratching the crap out of them. Find a used hard top. It is a huge expense to get one from the dealer, and get it wired whenever you have the time/money to do it. Good luck
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:57 PM   #9
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That is what I did, I found a used hardtop and did the wiring myself,Ibought the kit from the dealer, and had them flash it to work.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:01 PM   #10
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okay.. The truth is that finally I can say my wife is 3 months pregnant which is why I'm considering getting a hard top for the winner it's mostly for the baby coming has anyone on this thread had a baby and driven around in the daily driver with a soft top?
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:02 PM   #11
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For the winter*
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:04 PM   #12
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:36 PM   #13
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Baby duty is much easier with the hardtop... Take away your other concerns the hardtop is worth it for having trunk access... Think about groceries, a stroller, pack and play,bags etc... All having to deal with the crap soft top bar and zip up back window while trying to load the baby up... Now summer might be semi bareable.. Maybe....but winter in freezing temps and salt encrusted windows! F that hard top is the way to rock.... I've had 5 wranglers all DDs and all soft tops until the kiddo.... You will thank me later.... Oh and skip the dealer and save yourself a bunch of money.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:49 PM   #14
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Congratulations! I bought my Jeep with a soft top and picked up a barely used hardtop through an ad on this site.

I had the dealer do the wiring. I use the soft top in the spring and summer and switch to the hard top for fall and winter.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:57 PM   #15
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I totally didn't even think about the salt in the trunk factor in the winter Thanks guys!!!!!
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:12 PM   #16
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so I am obviously not the most prolific poster on WF but I have to say I ended up getting the factory hardtop/standard color installed last weekend, it's the three piece freedom top and I love it. (I don't know how I'll feel when summer comes, but I kept the soft top).
First of all, the radio sounds way better, so much so that I'll actually start listening to it again. 2nd, the trunk factor is outstanding, easy access for the stroller for the baby we have now and second, it definitely classes up my ride. it's my DD so I can't wheel it as much as anymore as I'd like to, maybe only green trail runs at rausch, but thanks for all your suggestions....

my next thread will be a which rack do I get for my JK... hope you're all well.
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:47 AM   #17
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I just picked up a used hard to myself ($675). It was a deal that I just couldn't pass up. Since mine was not optioned for the hard top from the factory, I won't have the use of the rear wiper or the defroster. I may just wire the defroster up to a separately fused switch later though. It looks like the wiper can be removed, I just need to find the plugs to fill in the holes.

I also found out that ordering OEM installation hardware can get pricey in a hurry! Luckily, I found a universal mounting kit for $19.99 on E-Bay. I still have to get the Targa-Top scrwes from a dealer though. They range in price from $14 to $21 - each.

I was going to hold out for the new BesTop TrekTop Pro, but this deal (off of Craigs List) popped up first. I plan to keep my soft top for the three warm and dry seasons, and just run the hard top during the cold and dry season.

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