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Old 03-15-2008, 10:27 PM   #31
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soft top is better by far, they are pretty quite, i can be going 70 down the highway and the only thing i have to compete with for noise is my muffler not the wind, as for being cold, i live in new england and its been -10 and windy and its been fine, once i turn the heater on it takes 5-7 minutes to warm up then im good then just turn it on the defrost and feet setting to keep it warm in the cab, but not have the hot air blasting right at you, also it warms up really easily in the sun since its black, it can be 30 out but in my jeep its like 45 b/c its black and absorbs the heat and transfers it inside well
then it takes all of three minutes to take down and five to put back up, it costs less to replace, it is more manly, and more jeeply, one main reason to buy a jeep is to be able to go topless, also there is no storage issue when u take it off, it can be stuffed anywhere in any position, not just right side up with nothing on top of it etc.

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Old 03-15-2008, 10:40 PM   #32
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hardtop isn't good for trail runs... softtop isn't good for trail runs either unless you remember to lower it first or if its an expendanle $40 safari or bikini top...




from today because I was too tired this morning to lower the soft top and install my safai top. glue and some more cut up levis will fix this right?

couldve been worse... couldve been my hardtop

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soft top is better by far, they are pretty quite, i can be going 70 down the highway and the only thing i have to compete with for noise is my muffler not the wind, as for being cold, i live in new england and its been -10 and windy and its been fine, once i turn the heater on it takes 5-7 minutes to warm up then im good then just turn it on the defrost and feet setting to keep it warm in the cab, but not have the hot air blasting right at you, also it warms up really easily in the sun since its black, it can be 30 out but in my jeep its like 45 b/c its black and absorbs the heat and transfers it inside well
then it takes all of three minutes to take down and five to put back up, it costs less to replace, it is more manly, and more jeeply, one main reason to buy a jeep is to be able to go topless, also there is no storage issue when u take it off, it can be stuffed anywhere in any position, not just right side up with nothing on top of it etc.
I'm currently in Boston, and I don't think I will have issues here. I am just going back home for school, and thinking ahead for what alaska will offer (thumbsdown) I guess I can always wear a jacket

And I agree fully with being able to drop the top. It's that carefree, beach go-er look I love about jeeps.
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I live in alaska, but I am currently in boston. I just bought a jeep, I have to go pick it up here soon. I was wondering what you thought about the soft top in winter? I am going to go back to AK for a year for school than gone again. It gets chilly in washington, so I thought you would know.

the HT doesn't seem that it would make a whole lot of difference though. Blast the heater for a while right
I have a hard top on my TJ. My husband has a soft top on his YJ. In the winter, my jeep warms up faster and holds the warmth longer because it's sealed better.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:14 PM   #35
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I Have Both

I run a soft top with aftermarket sliders on half doors during the warmer months and full doors with a hard top in the colder months. Mine came with the half doors & a soft top... If you can afford both, then you ought to go for it... You will not be sorry...
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I run a soft top with aftermarket sliders on half doors during the warmer months and full doors with a hard top in the colder months. Mine came with the half doors & a soft top... If you can afford both, then you ought to go for it... You will not be sorry...
I just don't know how cold it will actually be. I mean I don't mind a cooler vehicle, actually I prefer it over cranking the heater. My friends and the ol' ex-girlfriend always thought I was crazy. I'll probably just keep my eyes open for full doors and HT when i get back to alaska. I can always drive my Sierra, just have to figure out why I have a really bad coolant leak (left it with the family while I was down here, needless to say they drove it for a while and now either a couple hoses cracked, bad head gasket, intake manifold or something, from what I heard it just poors out when started near the intake manifold. Hopefully something easy to fix )
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you can always bust out your back window on your hardtop.. and it was like 500 for my to fix just the glass..

i have both... and i love it.. hardtop in the winter, softtop in the summer..

my jeep still feels like it freezes quickly after turning off the heat in the winter either with the soft or hard top.. but like people said the ht is less noisy.. and also if you have a ht hoist.. its a breeze to take on and off.. as far as the softtop.. its the best if weather around your area changes constantly.. nothing like taking off the ht and doors and then get to the other side of town and it rain..

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Old 03-17-2008, 05:35 PM   #38
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You DO NOT want to use the plastic windows in extreme cold. They will split like there is no tomorrow. http://www.links4jeeps.com/forum/ind...51639#msg51639

If you are going to be in extrememly cold weather a lot of the time I'd say go hard top, but for the rest of us like myself soft tops are fine.
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Old 03-28-2008, 06:02 PM   #39
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The reality is the choice between h.t. and s.t. comes down to preference. I like my h.t. I want a soft top and will eventually buy one for use in the summer months, as it is nice to be able to go topless, and still be able to put the top back up if it rains. As far as living in the snow I would definitely go with the h.t. as it will hold up better than the s.t. Also the h.t. does not require periodic replacement. The windows in a s.t. will yellow among other things. As far as ease of removal of the h.t. my wife and I can easily take off the h.t.
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Old 03-29-2008, 02:50 AM   #40
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Hard tops look cooler imo.

I wish I had a soft top though because it rained hard a few months ago for a few days and I left my hard top at my dad's house. If I had a soft top, I could've done it myself.

BTW, how much would a complete soft top cost me including hardware? I have zero hardware.

Any place you recommend I can order one? My local 4X4 warehouse charges way too much.
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Old 03-29-2008, 05:02 AM   #41
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IF you buy a hard top, avoid the "Freedom Top" at all costs!! Leaks like a bugger!!

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Old 03-29-2008, 07:56 AM   #42
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IF you buy a hard top, avoid the "Freedom Top" at all costs!! Leaks like a bugger!!

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yeah, if you want a hardtop buy mine its from my 04 and has been garaged for the last two + years. all black and tinted. mint condition except for my "I <3 bulldogs sticker" on the rear window. Defrost and wiper blade etc.

$800 obo

local in phoenix only. no shipping

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Old 03-29-2008, 03:32 PM   #43
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I am in Missouri it gets pretty cold in the winter, I still LOVE my soft top though. I wouldn't want a HT. One thing I would like to have are Full steel doors, the half doors tend to leak because rain, snow, & sleet soaks through the half doors. The ST is not that noisy though even @ 70 mph.
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I got the HT on my 2 door, I drove a 4 door ST, it was really windy that day and it was quite noisey. Plus living in Michigan with the cold weather, if I lived in a warm state I probably would have gotten the ST.
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not sure if this has been mentioned already, but supposedly u-haul wont rent you a trailer to tow unless you have a car with a hard top. so thats another "plus"...kind of a really specific one there, but you know. heh
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i would say all depends on where you live and what your needs are....only you can determine which is best for you!
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I like my hardtop, I don't care what you guys say, I don't think a softtop is near as quiet as my hardtop at highway speeds, plus, even tough it may not be, I think it feels more secure, and I like it for inclement weather.
Cons, yes it is a pita to take off or on.
And, IMO hardtops look better.
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it's all about the looks, like anything else in this world.... that being said, the classic hardtop looks badass.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:42 PM   #49
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I have three tops; hardtop, soft top, and bikini top. And I prefer my sunrider top in the summer and my hardtop in the fall/winter months. Though I honestly don't mind my bikini top in the midlde of summer when it's nothing but 90+ degree weather lol. Ok, back to your question.

Pros of hardtop:
Harder to break into
Yep, that's about it

Cons:
Can still get fairly cold in the winter due to lack of insulation, like others have said above


Soft top:
Easier to load groceries
Having the option to unzip one or all three windows
Can flip the top up if I want a half convertible of sorts

Cons:
Easier to break into
Zippers can break if your not careful
Can scratch easily
Can tear easily

But no, I don't favor one over the other
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if i were you i'd get hardtop, soft tops are easier to come by in alaska. i'm in fairbanks and i have hard top comin up
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It depends where you live...I got my Jeep with both soft & hard tops, plus a safari top. And since the weather is very nice here, i just leave it topless, and i don't think i will put my hard top this winter because it is not so cold. I'm thinking of selling the hard top to buy other accessories
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Running a soft top with 1/2 doors all year is fine even here in NJ. I used the HT money to buy a nice Sony 46" LCD TV. Now I have the best of both worlds, inside and outside.
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I have my hard top on now and plan on putting the soft top up in the spring. I also plan on putting some insulation on the inside of my hard top. I saw somewhere you can put carpet on the inside and it will keep the sound down and heat in.
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I have my hard top on now and plan on putting the soft top up in the spring. I also plan on putting some insulation on the inside of my hard top. I saw somewhere you can put carpet on the inside and it will keep the sound down and heat in.
i was gonna try and line mine with fleece
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I sure wish some of you who hate hardtops lived closer and were willing to part with them cheaply! Acuse me of having a vajayjay, don't care, I want a hardtop ... I hate zipping in those windows. Being in Cal, I would love to leave the soft top up with no windows during the warm weather and then leave the hardtop on during the rainy season (such as it is). I've been told I will get better at it, but I still find zipping that back window in to be a pain!
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Ive never ran a hardtop so i cant say much on that, but i did recently buy one of the viking soft tops and i love it. not only is it easy to put up and take down, but it doesnt need all of the hardware of most soft tops and it also doubles as a safari top when you take the windows off. another plus to having it are the much larger windows all around.
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I have my hard top on now and plan on putting the soft top up in the spring. I also plan on putting some insulation on the inside of my hard top. I saw somewhere you can put carpet on the inside and it will keep the sound down and heat in.
stu-offroad.com has a write up on lining the roof of a hardtop with carpet. Very detailed.
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Just put the hardtop on so haven't driven it yet, but I will tell you that sucker was heavy and you cannot place it with just 2 or 3 people without doing some serious damage to the body or yours! We installed an electric winch in the rafters of my shed and it was a piece of cake to put on and with the remote control I could do it by myself very easily. (Marked the garage floor with white paint so know exactly where to park I still haven't done anything with the back glass because my tailgate is bent, so not sure if I will be able to close the back glass and then the tailgate- on my list of things to do this weekend. I've had a soft top since I bought this jeep in 06 and agree with most on here. I think the soft top looks sharp and is easy on easy off. Hope to find out this weekend if I like the hard top or not. I do condition my soft top with that stuff from quadratec in the spring and fall- believe it or not, the top is original (1998) but I do not drive it in the winter much if at all. I had a 2001 Jeep and put a new sailcloth top- SWEET! Much less noisy and flappy but pricey- sold it with that jeep darnit. OK, 'nuff babbling- might post some pics of the winch from the not-such-a-man-cave.
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not sure if this has been mentioned already, but supposedly u-haul wont rent you a trailer to tow unless you have a car with a hard top. so thats another "plus"...kind of a really specific one there, but you know. heh
In Cali, U-Haul will not rent to a Wrangler with a soft top, but will rent to one with a hard top. I was told that a customer slammed the brakes one day with a soft top on and his load came through the soft top. Of course he sued.

I run a hard top 100% of the time. My dog's haven't learned not to scratch at the windows

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