Hey guys! I'm looking for some insight from my forum friends, since summer is coming I would like to get a soft top for my TJ. I currently have a hard top in perfect condition and my funds are low. Do you guys think it is a good idea to sell my hard top in order to purchase a new soft top? Has anyone done this and if so please share your experience! Thank you in advance!
I would keep the hard top, good condition TJ factory hard tops are hard to come by. I have a hard top and got a soft top after. I run the hardtop all winter because I hate highway driving with the soft top up its miserable. The only time I have the top up on the highway is the winter. When it warms up I built a wood hard top cart from chrysler plans to store the hard top and put the soft top on for summer as my emergency top.
I live in the northeast and only run a soft top with half doors all year. Plus I do not have a garage but clear any snow off completely if it snows. My heater works soo well I have to turn it down part way to work. I did add seat heaters for the wife to keep her happy. Bought the tj new in 04 and very happy I didn't spend the money on a hard top. My yj had one and it was a real pain to remove and store.
Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
Now in a 04 TJ 4cyl 5spd CV @120K+
Both as a commuter vehicle in NW, NJ
April 2012.downsized and now a 99er.
It all depends on you, and if you have room to store it. I still have my factory hard top. I only use it about 2 months a year....except this year. It's been hanging in my garage since last spring. I never needed it this year. But, it's not hurting anything, or in the way, so I'm keeping it. Maybe we will have a bad enough winter next year to use it again.
I run my factory soft top most of the year. If I had a choice of only one top, or no place to store a hard top, I would choose to run the soft top year round.
keep your hard top...in the summer i run no doors, full safari top and a CRES net I thought of going for the element doors for those summer showers but its all alot cheaper then going for a full soft top, plus its a pain to go from soft to hard tops and removing and installing all of the hardware....
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I would add that a hardtop will never age but a soft top will need replacing eventually. That may not be a big deal to you but it's something to think about if you plan on keeping your Jeep for a long time. Avoid making a decision in the short term that you might regret in the long run.
I bought my 04 with both the hard top and the soft top. The hard top came off on day 2 and got sold on eBay. I live in NJ and do just fine with the soft top. It's garaged and is not my daily driver. I haven't had any winter issues regarding heat. The factory soft top is pretty heavy, though. It might be an issue with an aftermarket soft top.
If possible, I suggest keeping it for one year just to be sure. Being that you're up north you might very well be missing it next winter. I suggest the trektop NX if you have no hardware for a softop. Comes with everything you need & can be had for just over $500 off amazon. Come next year if you see you're not using it then unload it.
Thank for all the input guys! At this point I will keep my hard top and just start saving for a Trextop. I guess i just got ahead of myslef think i could sell it for $1000 and spend the money on new upgrades
Add me to the list of Northeasterners who run softtop year 'round. It's really not been an issue at all. In fact, I have a buddy who's only got a hardtop and I feel sorry for him, because he ends up keeping it on most of the summer due to storage problems and the fact that it's a pain in the butt to put on and take off.
I had a hard top when I had my YJ....My TJ came with only a Soft top and it has been fine even down to -4° .....and 36" snow storm. My JK came with only a soft top.....all that being said...If I found a really good deal on a hard top for either Jeep I would buy it.....but it would have to be a really, really good deal. I would use a hard top from Thanksgiving to Easter MAYBE!!
But I do have room/ garage so storage is no issue. If I already had one I wouldn't sell it.
Bottom line my soft tops are fine..but wouldn't thumb my nose at a hard top.
you'll never sell it for as much as you may have to pay for one later on if you change your mind. put it out back and cover it up. I just took my hard top off for the first time and bought a soft top for the summer too and i'm keeping my hardtop.