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Old 11-06-2012, 10:39 AM
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Hi,I found my first Jeep. It is a 1990 JK Islander, low miles, but some rust from living along the pacific coast, and using it near the ocean. It is my first and I love it. So far it is stock and may remain so unless i find a real need to lift it.

I am sooooo happy with it even though I bought it from someone that allowed cats to live in it and use it as thier play thing and bedroom and maybe breeding ground for a couple of years. Luckily it was inside, bathroom (Yes I did say bathroom ) It stunk when I bought it even though it was in a garage and protected from the elements.

Now I have replaced the seats with after market upgraded seats and new carpet ( I did botch that one ) After a couple of cleanings of the dash and the rest It smells great.

Now the winter is coming and it came with a Soft find a very nicetop. I do not think it smells bad but after a rain or two it may smell like breeding cats. So I was able to find a great minimally used Hard top complete with wiper and defrost. BUT I have been reading that a number of Jeepers either do not want to take the Hard top off or after it is off they do not want to put it back on. The guy I got my hard top from wasplanning to use a soft top and is able to garage it. I am not able to do that and I want to use it during the winter as well as summer.

My Question is:

1 - Is the hard top really that much of a problem taking off and placing back on. It came with the lift I could attach to the rafters in my garage. Since I can not use my gagrage I will need to do something to have a place to use the lift.

2 - Is the soft top ok to use in the winter mostly rain some snow?? ( in Northern California )

3 - Should I jsut man up and use the Hard top as that will be the best winter proofing, since I went and bought it?

I will not have much help with it and I am retired and disabled a little but bny way of knee injury. So it is heavier than I can really handle so i will want to build a scaffold for the lift.

Is it the pain to place on and take off ( the hard top ) Is the soft a problem also?

the JK Islander Mon.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Soft top is fine in the winter. Keeps me just as warm as the hardtop.

If your Jeep is a 1990, it is a YJ and not a JK by the way. Good luck with it.

'93 YJ, 4.0, AX15, Aussie locked D30/open 8.8, 4.10s, 2.5 OME lift, 31s...
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
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I'm a "new" Jeep owner as well, having only owned my 89YJ for about six months. The first thing I did when I bought it was remove the hard top & doors (it was June). I put the top & doors back on a couple of weeks ago... it's not that difficult to do, it's just big, bulky & a PITA for about five minutes... So, I'm happy with my hard top and IMHO the hassle in taking it off & putting it back on (once a year for each) is worth it.
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