do the hard tops make as much noise as the soft top.
The hard top is much quieter. You don't have the roar of wind running over the rippling top, plus road noise is much more reduced. That being said, I have had my soft top on since January. Not that it is up much though. Just there if it looks like a heavy downpour is headed my way
98 Sport Red 5spd
RC 2.5 lift/Daystar 1in BL/BrownDog 1 in MM/4.88 Yukon gears/Ford 8.8 rear/Spartan lockers/RC stabilizer/JKS quicker discos/FabFour Hardcore Bumper/SB XRC8 winch
Cragar 365 series V5's/33x12.50 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs/Grant Tire carrier bumper
If I had a choice, I'd switch mine to soft top and deal with the noise & mileage. It's worth it to have the freedom of top-down at any time. Hardtop is too heavy to remove whenever, and I have no where to put it.
I'm not gonna go over that......
yes the noise is like 40 percent quiter.. I feel more secure in the winter with my hard top.. come spring its off again.. although where I live winter is very mild.. but I like it more civilized sometimes.. I get tons of wind riding my motorcycle, and just want some tanquility at times.. O and the jeep is my DD.
i did run my hardtop until about 4 months ago.. i just didnt have time to take it off.. i like the looks of my hardtop compared to the softtop.. its a lot quieter and the jeep seems like it drives better with it on..
i hate running the hardtop in the summer, i mainly only run it in the winter.. but its GREAT having both
99 sahara :: 2'' coils (front), jks acos f&r, jks front trackbar, jks bl/mml, RE monotube shocks, hp30/d44, 33'' procomp mts, 15x8 eagle alloy 187s, hella optilux fogs, raingler nets, & more random junk::
I've been watching the mpg posts.
I have a 98 4.0 Sahara 5-speed man with rag top, straight factory--no mods.
Just filled up today; last tank 20.7 mpg (all highway). I have gotten as good as high 21's. Ticks me off if I get below 20. Even with a/c mostly stays above 20 if I don't get stoopid.
240 before the dummy light came on.. this is my best yet.. though I did put a techron cleaner in the gas tank.. I usually get 215 with the soft top and about 220 with the hardtop.... costco had the techron cleaner for 6 bottles for 11 bucks.. walmart sells them 5something a bottle.. Heck I even popped half a bottle in my motorcycle..
me to, 2000 sahara w/bfg 33x12.50 AT and i get about 270 when the light comes on and if i push it i have pulled over 300 miles out of a tank (19gal)
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