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Old 03-13-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
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Pros and Cons: Hard Top vs Soft top

Give me the pros and cons for having a hard top vs a soft top.

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Old 03-13-2008, 08:25 AM   #2
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Hard tops are marginally quieter than soft tops. Not enough to make a difference.

They are not more secure. If a thief want's your junk they will get it no matter what kind of top you have.

They are not warmer in the winter. It's a fiberglass shell with no insulation or liner.

If you want to go topless you have to have help.

The glass is more expensive to replace than the plastic windows.

...if you can't tell, I'm not a huge fan of hardtops. IMO the only drawback to a soft top is they typically only last 3 to 5 years depending on how well you care for it. Other than that they provide just as much protection from the elements which is all either top is good for. They are more flexible as you can run it with the windows out or completely folded back like a convertable. You can also take it off or put it on by yourself.

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:22 AM   #5
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the biggest plus I see with my hard top is ease of access from the rear, to me its easier to open the back glass than unzipping and rolling up the plastic window. That being said I have 3 tops, Hard, soft and safari. The Safari is by far my favorite but not always practical.
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I feel that my hard top is safer, even if some one breaks a window they know it will make a sound in the quiet night while cutting a plastic/nylon window wont do a thing, you wont even need to cut it if you know wranglers as they unzip from the outside.

I like my HT however i cant ride topless as i dont have a garage and cant store it anywhere...


rear window defroster and a wiper is also a + to my HT.

If i have the choise i'd get the 2 piece top so you can take off the top above ur head and still keep the back on. Its also easier to carry as you have less mass on one part
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:33 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input. I think I am going to get a hard top and save my soft top for the summer when I like to go topless at a moments notice.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:41 AM   #8
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Since I'm in Florida where the weather it is nice most of the year the soft top it's my choice.
The ability to remove the top and put it back so easy it is perfect for Florida weather where the rain it is so unpredictable.
If you like to go topless most of the time , I will say soft it will be the choice.
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:26 AM   #9
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where i live in upstate ny the hard top is great in the winter along with full doors and its nice to use when wheeling on cold days so i dont have to worry about tearing anything. i want to get a safari top for summer becaus the hard top is miserable. you need 2 people to safley remove it generaly not conveniant.
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Depends on your setup, if you have your own place where you can store a hard top for summer then I would go with the hard top and a safari or other shorty top. Both my TJ's, my sons and my daughters TJ's are all soft tops, we don't even lock them, lock it and they will just slash a window. If you have full doors the hard top is more secure otherwise it's just a matter of slashing an soft upper door. If you are going to buy one get the sailcloth, it's much quieter than the factory. Best Top puts out nice stuff, Two of the tops are over 5 years old now and look as good as they did new but I also wash and treat them twice a year.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:56 PM   #11
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my soft top is noisy as heck. thats the only thing i don't like but its not too bad.
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:17 PM   #12
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I love the soft top. Goes down in a few minutes, and goes up just as quick. No probs in the winter. Only thing I don't like about the soft top is when you get mud on it, its a pain to clean it. Still have mud stains on it.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:40 PM   #13
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It's sweltering in the summer months here in the south, & with the hard top I get to turn the a/c down............!
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the HT is better in the cold winter. the inside warms up faster with it. at speeds +70 mph you can still understand what the passenger says.
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I looked for a jeep with a hardtop.. it costed more but now I feel that I dont really need one.. However I would not sel it.. because it gives me a sense of security in case I ever go anywhere far in the winter.. here in CA the weather is decent year round.. we have a few showers in the winter, but nothing like when I was stationed in georgia, and growing up in florida..

It is nice to use when I go snowboarding in the winter.

As for the soft top; I had it on for a month now.. and I have not taken it down yet.. I have a sunrider that I take off when the weather is nice.. It takes too much effort to take the whole top down IMO, due to the sides and rear window.. I dont want to bend or damage them.. and when I et to my dstinaton I dont like leaving my top down when going inside the mall etc..

the noise is bearable for me.. I have the new sailcloth.. IMO I like having both.. Call me greedy but I paid good money for both tops.
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Yes, the sailcloth material is much quieter than the stock tops and non sailcloth.
Sailcloth for the next one though.
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ya'll forgot one thing... the windows are easier to see out of while driving as well as easier access to the rear when you have the trunk accessed.
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the HT is better in the cold winter. the inside warms up faster with it. at speeds +70 mph you can still understand what the passenger says.
I don't know about your top but my jeep (soft top) warms up so fast I don't have time to go back in and get my coffee. I usually end up cutting off the heater because I'm boiling.

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I don't know about your top but my jeep (soft top) warms up so fast I don't have time to go back in and get my coffee. I usually end up cutting off the heater because I'm boiling.

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X2! The soft top is more than enough. No point in getting the Hard Top IMO
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X2! The soft top is more than enough. No point in getting the Hard Top IMO
well you wouldnt be saying that if you lived in a neighborhood with tons of illegals now would you? Here you have to take every security measure possible. A friend of mine has his soft top mustang broken in one night, the cops cough him.. the guy did not have ID nor he speak any english. They arrested him and told my buddy since the guy was illegal he will have to work it out with his insurance company.


I went to school just a year ago and in a class room of 20 kids, 7-8 of those would be illegal... i knew that because they were my friends. But even if they were my friends they were still breaking the law.
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Watch your language

I have a HT, ST, and a bikini top. You can't go wrong with any 'cause your still driving a Jeep
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I forgot one more thing ,I live in Tampa ,and many people might know Tampa it's the capital city of lightning strikes ,so believe me soft top it does not feel so secure in a electric storms!! and loud as hell each times a lightning strikes close to me, any way fiber glass will not make a big difference if a lightning strikes a jeep.
I love to see passengers face when a lightning strikes close to the jeep
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well you wouldnt be saying that if you lived in a neighborhood with tons of illegals now would you? Here you have to take every security measure possible. A friend of mine has his soft top mustang broken in one night, the cops cough him.. the guy did not have ID nor he speak any english. They arrested him and told my buddy since the guy was illegal he will have to work it out with his insurance company.


I went to school just a year ago and in a class room of 20 kids, 7-8 of those would be illegal... i knew that because they were my friends. But even if they were my friends they were still breaking the law.
LOL have you ever been to El paso

If that class was in ElPaso you and one other guy would have been the only 2 legals

But I also agree with you. He lives in a place where the Average Mean temp is 64 degrees. At that point a safari top would be enough year round.
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If I lived in a place that had extremely bad winters I may possibly consider a Hard Top during the winter months due to increased weight on the top from the snow.

Other than that I stand behind my initial post on the subject.
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Doesn't matter where do you live if it's full of illegal aliens, white trash, or even in a very good neighborhood, if you are a target any thief will find the way to get in to your car no matter what kind!!!
Of course chances vary from areas.
I only have a my regisrtration card and a swis army knife in my glove box and a paper towel at the middle console thats it.
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I refuse to wheel with a Hard Top on. Thats like playing in a rock tumbler if you roll over. To much glass flying around the cab.

My top is 7years old and it has one minor scuff from a tree on the drivers side corner. If I had of been in a hard top it would of cracked for sure.

I live in Washington State. We go from sun one minute to rain the next. Top goes up, top goes down. Just depends on where you are and how fast you are driving.
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I refuse to wheel with a Hard Top on. Thats like playing in a rock tumbler if you roll over. To much glass flying around the cab.

My top is 7years old and it has one minor scuff from a tree on the drivers side corner. If I had of been in a hard top it would of cracked for sure.

I live in Washington State. We go from sun one minute to rain the next. Top goes up, top goes down. Just depends on where you are and how fast you are driving.
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
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It really just comes down to what you like. It has been around 10-30 degrees the last 3-4 months here and my soft top is fine but I doubt I would be able to take it down without heating it up first. I wouldn't want to take it down anyway if it is that cold outside.


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