This morning is the first I've driven the Jeep since the hardtop was installed and wow! I think I might even be able to talk on the cellphone while driving if I have to. I live in Michigan and it was unseasonably warm this morning, but I actually had to turn the heater down. That's a first for me!!
I bought this top from a person who had it along the road for sale and got lucky that it would fit. The doors do shut hard but that's ok. I washed it last night and no leaks- there are two very minor cracks by the driver's door but nothing serious at all. Anyway, am very happy with the hardtop and I was one who always thought topless was best but if I had to have a top then soft was the sharper way to go- am seriously changing my way of thinking...
If you loosen the hard top mounting bolts, you can usually slide the top back a small amount. That may keep your doors from dragging and being hard to shut. I know when I put mine on, the window frames on the doors drag unless I pull the hard top back a bit.
Thats cool. I was in the market to replace my old used up softop and ended up buying (on here actually) a bikin top with the back window and cover for the back seats. If you don't mind me asking..how much for the hard top? I am keeping an eye out for a good deal but dang! they are not cheap.
i have a 2000 w/ a soft top and honestly i have to turn my heater down everytime even when its like 28* out my soft top doesnt leak at all and is nice and tight and not noisy at all i wonder if its a newer soft top???
2000 wrangler se - black - 5 spd
I love my hardtop! When it's hot the AC keeps us cool. When it's cold it keeps us warm.
When I really want it off, or back on, the hoist in the garage does it in a few minutes.
I wouldn't have it any other way. I have a soft top for it - I've never put it on.
When I want to enjoy a topless ride, I'll get my wife to take off hers.
If I want to enjoy the fresh air of a Sunday afternoon convertible ride, I've got several other topless vehicles to drive.
It's no wonder the country is falling apart - stupidity abounds!
only thing i dont like about putting my hardtop on is the difficulty and frustration it gives me to put it on or take it off... i only put it on during the winter and take it off for all summer but i dont have a softtop... only bikini top
I had a Mercedes SL500 previous to the jeep and the only way I liked it was either no-top or hardtop on. I hate having the soft top up on my jeep, would either like it off altogether or put a hardtop on it. Screw driving down the freeway with a tent affixed to the tub!! LOL
I have both, run the hard top in the winter mostly because I was afraid the soft top was not going to survive many more of these New England Winters. It has two negligible splits started. The hard top is definitely quieter, and I got it off Craig's for a scant $450 (for a TJ!). Come spring, though, it's soft top until it warms up, then it's topless -- noise be damned.
I have 3 tops,but really prefer the hardtop,but it is a PITA to take on and off-run my full soft top in warmer times,try to run bikini/windjammer/trailduster,but it floods everytime I put it on!At any rate,the hardtop is going back on soon,and will stay on until next April!