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Old 11-08-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Hardtop vs Softtop

and go. Please explain why you like one more than the other. Thanks, Oh by the way I have a soft top buts its getting really old

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:28 PM   #2
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i only have a soft top. i love it in the summer. but i would like to pick up a hardtop for the winter months.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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I wanted a hard top for the look, but realized I don't need to drop the 700-1200 here for something my softop does, California winters aren't bad by comparison of other states.
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yah i bet. michigan winters suck. but i do love snow.
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I have the bet of both worlds. Hard top for winter and the bikini/jammer/duster combo for the summer.

Being from the Midwest and now living in the south, the weather changes enough between seasons and day to day that it makes sense. Hard top goes on November through March then it's topless as much as possible
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:34 PM   #6
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I have the bet of both worlds. Hard top for winter and the bikini/jammer/duster combo for the summer.

Being from the Midwest and now living in the south, the weather changes enough between seasons and day to day that it makes sense. Hard top goes on November through March then it's topless as much as possible
I'm topless-doorless May-October here in central California, but the way this years been i can extend to about late November, it was 85 yesterday and no rain until tomorrow supposedly.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:37 PM   #7
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Both! Hardtop for winter and soft for summer. But if I had to choose between them I'd probably stick with the hardtop..
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:39 PM   #8
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I have both and even though I live in Hawaii, I prefer the hardtop for security reasons.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:40 PM   #9
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My first TJ was a '97 TJ SE with a soft top. My other car was a 1978 Alfa Spider convertable. I lived in Virginia and then California, and it just did not get cold enough to put the top up, I happily drove everywhere topless, sometimes I wore a jacket and hat and gloves and ran the heater. This went on for 18 years total.

Then I was diagnosed with tinnitis from the wind noise and buffeting. The nerve damage was cumulative over a number of years and it is irreversible. The doc said I had to give up the convertibles or my hearing. I also gave up hunting because of the constant ringing noise, I wasn't any good anymore.

You are an adult, so make up your own mind about this. But I would not have a kid in an open topped vehicle without ear plugs. You could ruin their hearing forever.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #10
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I live in B.C. so we get a ton of rain so you need the top up most of the time, if im going to go topless I'll just remove it for a couple days like I did this summer. Also security reasons are a +1 for hardtop
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #11
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Soft top only here, heater works good, soft top doesn't leak, we're golden.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:51 PM   #12
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I've got both soft top from about April to late October


And hard top for the rest of the year Depends when my wife starts complaining she's cold with the soft top
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:04 PM   #13
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no soft top for me.

my TJ is in the garage and I can pick and choose when I drive it so there's only two ways to go: topless (May thru September) or hard top for rest of the year.

but if I didn't have this situation I'd have a soft top for sure because it is the one with the most versatility.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:24 PM   #14
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I didn't mind my soft top for the 6 years i had it, except for; the plastic windows, the zippers that broke after a year or so, the flapping on the highway, and the lack of security.... lol. Not having a hard top during those years made it easy to get over it because you can't miss what you've never had, but holy cow the difference is uncanny. I love my hard top and have only had it for about a month. I live in AZ though so i know when the weather starts to get better, I'll go ahead and take it off and trade it with a bikini top and cargo netting! I will never advise anyone to or personally get a soft top!
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:51 PM   #15
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I live in the Black Hills of South Datoka, and my TJ is a softtop. I've had it for 9 years now, and our weather runs from -30F to 110F. Never had any problems with it. However, I would like to pick up a used hardtop for it sometime to use in the winters.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:25 PM   #16
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Soft top only here, heater works good, soft top doesn't leak, we're golden.
Couldn't have said it better
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:39 PM   #17
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Considering my heater can leave blisters on my toes, I'm not too worried about getting cold. I keep the soft top in the garage when it gets below 40, just so I don't crack a window or anything. The hardtop does quiet it down a little too.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:46 PM   #18
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I'm also a member of the dual top club.

Not much difference when it comes to security, though, because I never lock my doors. (That way, I don't have to deal with frozen locks...)
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:55 PM   #19
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One jeep has a soft top and with the doors off and back window rolled up, its nice in the summer. My newer TJ jeep has a hard top but I have AC so its comfortable in the midwest summer. Hard top is quiet and heavy, soft top is light an noisy. On older jeeps (CJ-5) replacement soft tops do not even come close to fitting. If they do happen to fit they look like a beach towel thrown over a shrub.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:58 PM   #20
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Soft top. The jeep can be closed and warm to get kids to school and then take the door tops and windows off for the rest of the day. I also live in California where the temps only drop into the teens a few days a year. No leaks and I am it. In earned about security.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:23 PM   #21
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Soft top only here, heater works good, soft top doesn't leak, we're golden.
X2. Even in Seattle rain, no leaks!
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:46 AM   #22
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My jeep came with a ratty softtop so the guy I bought it from had a hardtop off a 98 and put it on instead. I have a hoist in my garage so the hardtop is easy to get off and on but if it comes off it stays off. I have a spiderweb shade that goes on when the top is off and a raingear cover for when it rains.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:23 AM   #23
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I have had both and now only have a soft top. We get lots of rain in Portland and a little snow too. As long as it is a good top that does not leak, we're cool. Hard top is nice if you have the space... And money.
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California winters aren't bad by comparison of other states.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:10 AM   #25
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My last two Jeeps were soft tops... '87 YJ and a '97 TJ. I wheeled pretty hard, and thought the weight of a hard top campared to soft was detrimental in off camber situations. Also... it's just plain fun to go topless weather permitting, and you would be amazed how little rain hits you most of time when you're going 60 with the top down anyway.

I gave my TJ to my daughter recently and on 1 Nov got my '13 HARD TOP JKUR. I admit I'm getting old, and I got tired of replacing tops. I had 1/2 doors on my TJ so I went through plenty of door skins (side curtains) over the years. I'm about 1/2 deaf now and I attribute much of my hearing loss to all those years of soft top/no top Jeeping.

One advantage of the soft top for me was it was noisy enough that I never bothered upgrading the stock TJ am/fm/cassette. Never worried about anybody wanting to steal my stereo!

TJ soft tops fit great with few if any leaks. The sailcloth tops make a big difference in my opinion when it comes to noise reduction. The YJ heater was nothing like the TJs and I had a liner I'd use in winter on the YJ... not needed on the TJ.

My new hard top Wrangler is as quiet as any car I've owned, and I actually can hear the radio. Amazing! I'll just hold my breath now when in those off camber situations. I only replaced one soft top from tree damage over the years, and hope I don't do this hard top serious damage as the cost to repair will certainly be higher.
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I only have a soft top, and a cargo top for summer I love in utah, so winter's an get pretty epic and honestly I stay warm, my only complaint with a soft top is those windows get so dirty and scratched so fast.. and its dangerous cause most of the time I can't see lol, but I also love the soft top and half doors because when I'm wheelin I don't even worry about tree branch scratches like I used to when I had my Tacoma very nice.
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I have both and even though I live in Hawaii, I prefer the hardtop for security reasons.
X2. Yup. I can still remove the hard top for fun during summer, but I carry a lot of guns, so a hard top is a must when I park her for extended periods of time. To be honest I remove the the the top for only about a day while I wheel. When I get home, the hard top goes back on.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:19 PM   #28
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My vote goes to hardtop. Better security and not as loud. I'm too paranoid about loser people messing with the inside of my jeep so it doesn't stay off for long. However, I do plan on getting a soft top eventually just to switch it up a bit.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:38 PM   #29
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we have some of both...I hate having to screw with zippers
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I traded my hardtop for a new soft top with rails. At times I wish I would have kept it seeing that I take the soft top off the entire summer.

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