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Old 11-09-2012, 09:45 PM   #31
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I recently sold the hardtop for a couple of reasons;

1. I wanted to pay my Jeep off and not worry about making those last two payments while cashflow was difficult.

2. It was June, and I was ready to let the top down so that I could enjoy open air Jeeping around town and on the occasional trail.

3. It took 3 ppl to remove the top. After that much trouble, I decided it would be next to impossible to assemble a group of guys to help me in the future. My garage features enclosed storage making a winch or hard top lift difficult to place.

I now run a sailcloth soft top, and am much happier than before. I drive a Honda Pilot most days, but I prefer my Jeep.

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Old 11-09-2012, 11:40 PM   #32
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I have a soft top and half doors. I love it because it's easy to take off and put back on, I keep pretty warm with the heat on in the garbage Michigan winter months. Only reason why I'd do hard top and full doors is for security, looks and a little quieter drive. But the loud drive doesn't bother me as much I've gotten used to the noise

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Old 11-09-2012, 11:44 PM   #33
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i didnt even bother puting my hard top on last winter.it was fine.i put it back on for this winter but i would be happy without it.if i had to pick just one,it would be soft top all the way..its a jeep after all.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:10 AM   #34
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I have both tops plus a bikini top, and I must say now that I have my own garage for it, the soft top doesn't see a lot of action, the hard top is on October-March, then the soft top goes on, but is down 75% of the time till about June, then it comes off and bikini goes on. If I still parked it outside at night I'd get a lot more use from my soft top though.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:14 AM   #35
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Here's my take.

New Jeep owner as of 6 months ago. Mine ad a Hardtop on it. Loved the look, it was quiet enough, provided enough security, and overall was a solid top. As of a few days ago I sold my HT and ordered a softopper...which has not been delivered yet. The only reason I sold the HT was I have no where to put it if I did take it off. So I sold it for $840, softopper $540 o new top and a few bucks to throw at the Jeep. I bought this to because It uses no hardware like the factory top ( which I really like the look when it's up, I don' t when it's down or just the windows out) and when you pull out the windows there is a storage for them. These bowless tops seem to provide a lot of options while being functional.

Hardtop: security, quiet, noise reduction.
Soft top: functionality.......

Which do you prefer?
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:16 AM   #36
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I recently sold the hardtop for a couple of reasons;

1. I wanted to pay my Jeep off and not worry about making those last two payments while cashflow was difficult.

2. It was June, and I was ready to let the top down so that I could enjoy open air Jeeping around town and on the occasional trail.

3. It took 3 ppl to remove the top. After that much trouble, I decided it would be next to impossible to assemble a group of guys to help me in the future. My garage features enclosed storage making a winch or hard top lift difficult to place.

I now run a sailcloth soft top, and am much happier than before. I drive a Honda Pilot most days, but I prefer my Jeep.

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Old 11-10-2012, 07:49 AM   #37
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I have both tops plus a bikini top, and I must say now that I have my own garage for it, the soft top doesn't see a lot of action, the hard top is on October-March, then the soft top goes on, but is down 75% of the time till about June, then it comes off and bikini goes on. If I still parked it outside at night I'd get a lot more use from my soft top though.
thats a great looking jeep you got there!!
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:16 AM   #38
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I have both tops plus a bikini top, and I must say now that I have my own garage for it, the soft top doesn't see a lot of action, the hard top is on October-March, then the soft top goes on, but is down 75% of the time till about June, then it comes off and bikini goes on. If I still parked it outside at night I'd get a lot more use from my soft top though.
With ur fender flares do u flex into them? I broke mine..
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With ur fender flares do u flex into them? I broke mine..
Oh ya, I've broken the rear flares off twice now, with bumpstops. I bought them on impulse after getting pulled over with the stock flares on and hate them. My tax return is gonna buy flat flares and new 35x12.5 instead of the 36x13.5 its got.
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thats a great looking jeep you got there!!
Thanks, it's been a good project for me, lots more work to be done though.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:54 AM   #41
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Oh ya, I've broken the rear flares off twice now, with bumpstops. I bought them on impulse after getting pulled over with the stock flares on and hate them. My tax return is gonna buy flat flares and new 35x12.5 instead of the 36x13.5 its got.
you should send me theose irocs
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:20 PM   #42
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Hard top for security reasons.. I live approximately 6.2 miles from the mexican border. When vehicles get stolen around my area, that's probably the first they do is cross the border since it is so close. If I didn't have to worry about crooks so close to another country, I would go topless every day if I could.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:39 PM   #43
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Both are good and bad. I have soft top on in summer/spring.hard top in winter. Hard top is quiter and more secure but pain in butt to remove and store. Soft top is noisy but folds down quickly. I bought my jeep used and it came with both tops. I don't think I would ever spend the money on a hard top,but since I have it I use it. I use 4 ratchet straps on eye hooks in the ceiling to lift it off the jeep and store in garage.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:02 PM   #44
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5 jeeps all soft tops .
i do like the upgraded sail cloth tops when it is time to replace the factory tops.
the noise reduction with the sail cloth and reduced flapping is worth the extra money.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:24 PM   #45
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I just bought and installed a new bestop sailcloth top on my 2005 this weekend. Last year I put a budget soft top on my 97 which I sold this summer. I can't stress how much difference there was putting those two tops on. The Bestop sailcloth top went on SOOOOOOO much easier. WOW! It is a little quiter too, not a lot, but a little.

As for hardtops... I'd have nowhere to put it when it was off and since mine is not a DD and parks in the garage, the top is off late March through late October. The hardtop would just be in the way. And I don't know first hand, but I'm sure its difficult to handle to take it off and back on without a lot of help.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:49 AM   #46
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There are so many more pros to the hardtop as compared to the soft top.

- Better security.
- Insulation for both AC and heat.
- Lower noise level.
- Audio performance sounds better.
- Doesn't need to be replaced every so many years due to torn zippers, fabric, or scratched to hell window curtains.
- Able to tint windows to your own preference.
- Durability/quality.

Not only all this but the hardtop just looks so much better than a soft top does. The soft top is great if you want to be able to flip it back and fourth to go topless real quick, but other than that it just looks cheap.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:42 AM   #47
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Hardtop!! 3 reasons.

1- I have $2,000 worth of sound system in mine.
2-I keep my Springfield XDS in there (another $600)
3- and it's taken me 2 years to get my jeeps color theme and nobody else has one quite like mine
I get compliments 24/7
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:08 PM   #48
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I rock both, which i think is the best way to do it. The hard top provides a refuge from the freezing weather here in the winter, give my ears and hair a break, and provides extra security. When the summer months come around, forget about it. Im in a jeep, i will enjoy it like a job. Store the hardtop in the storage garage and whipe up the soft top. The soft top looks better, easy to take off, looks better, more suited for summer, looks better, and oh, did i mention that it looks better?
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:28 PM   #49
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If I could only have one I would say soft top with both full and half steel doors. Fortunatly I can have a few tops so its full doors and hardtop in the winter and soft top and Safari top w/half doors the rest of the time. It also keeps me from getting tired of the looks of the Jeep and getting something else .
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:47 PM   #50
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Hardtop Hardtop Hardtop. I thought I liked the soft top untill I put it on and realized what a huge pain it is. First of all the hardtop is alot better because of the rear glass flipping open allows you to put bigger things in your jeep alot easier. Second, the hardtop is so much easier to take on and off, by the end of me taking the soft top off I want to lay down in my bed and go to sleep and my fingers are killing me. Third, the noise. Fourth because of security reasons. Fifth because there are leaks and I cannot go through a carwash with the soft top on. Sixth because hardtops have tints more often then not which looks better. The only reason I can understand why someone would not get a hardtop is because of the redicules price.
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My Jk came with the dual top option. I sold the hard top.

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