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Old 10-21-2009, 10:38 AM   #1
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Wow- hardtop- what a difference!

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...

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Old 10-21-2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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lol. Glad ya like it. Soft top can get annoying in the cold places(IL too). Not being able to get your windows clear gets annoying.

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Old 10-21-2009, 11:12 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:45 PM   #4
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i agree hardtops are the way to go.. even if you dont live in a cold state. the noise from a soft top sucks and it doesnt take any long to take off a hardtop if you have a buddy to help.
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:17 PM   #5
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yeah, i love my hardtop, though ive never had a softtop lol

still no top is the way togo :P
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:03 PM   #6
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I have a hard top (that I barely use), on my 06. When I bought the 06, I was selling my 2000 TJ with a factory soft top.

I loved how quiet the hard top was. So much so, that I sold the factory 06 soft top to the buyer of my 2000 (who turned out to be my 19 YO son).

After we put the new top on his (nee, my) TJ, I couldn't BELIEVE how much quieter it was and how much more it insulated you from the elements.

I found a bought another 06 soft top to use when rainy season arrives and I don't run my Safari top. I don't put the hard top on hardly every anymore.

The point (finally) is: Those new(er) 2003+ sailcloth tops are MUCH better/quieter than the older (2002 and older) ones!!

I am nearly ready to sell my hard top. Too bad I have room for it in the shed and it's out of sight/mind...
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:15 PM   #7
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I've had both and prefer the softey, but glad you like the hard top. Having both is literally the best of both worlds, even if the hard top barely gets used.
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:36 PM   #8
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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.
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I'm not the original poster (obviously), but the cheapest I've seen em used around here is $500 on craigslist...and new ones online...HOLY CRAP.
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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???
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:09 PM   #11
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Yeah, jealous. So hoping I run across an inexpensive black hardtop right when I have cash in my wallet!
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:32 AM   #12
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I talked him down to $600 from 650- I'm thinking now, of course, I could have gotten it for less but I wanted it so whatcha going to do? I'll keep my eyes peeled for another
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Believe it or not, my soft top when all buttoned up with the windows in is pretty quiet inside.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:07 PM   #14
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jeeps should only have soft tops IMO lol!!!
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Wranglers have HARDTOPS????

hardtops.............hmmm

isn't that a Cherokee?
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:21 PM   #16
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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.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:24 PM   #17
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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
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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
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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.
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Believe it or not, my soft top when all buttoned up with the windows in is pretty quiet inside.
+1. I had an older softtop which was kinda loud, but my new SailCloth softtop is sometimes even quieter than the hardtop.
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Sorry to revive a old thread but seek and you shall find...

I just bought a hard top of craigslist. All black with a little fiberglass damage and some repairs done for...$460 for my TJ. My wife and i put it on last night and so far I love it.

Now my wife can drive it to work this winter in the snow and save the winter miles off of the G8.
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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!
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Me to. I like being able to store my high quality Bestop softop indoors during the winter and run my hardtop till next spring. My softop should last longer this way and I actually enjoy the change.
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I sought, but got greedy and decided I wanted a two piece hardtop, thinking most of the time I can at least take off the front half. Not cheap to buy a new one, $3,300

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