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Old 12-25-2010, 02:24 AM   #1
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Hard or Soft top....

i have a 95' and i am lookin to sell the hard top for the soft top... pro's and con's? im the type that likes to consistently have the top off. i wanted somthing i can do my self... i have to keep calling buddys to come help me remove the freggin top...

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Soft tops rock, It drowns out the bickering of my girlfriend when I'm doing mach 7 (roughly 58 mph)

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I bought my Jeep with the hard top. Purchased the sunrider soft top 3 months later and the hard top has been suspended from the garage ceiling ever since. Here in Ga you have no need for the hard top unless you just like the look of it. I love being able to drop the top anywhere, anytime and not worrying about the sudden changes in weather we face sooooo frequently here. Yesterday I came out from work and it was nice enough to throw the sunrider open and enjoy the ride. Go for the softie.
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i got rid of my hard top and doors and got a soft top and half doors. i really hated that boxed in feeling not to mention all the creeking noises. tops down and bikinis forever.
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:49 AM   #5
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Jeeps have soft tops.
Mini Vans have hard tops.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:31 PM   #6
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'94 had a hard top from the factory-my'04 has a soft top from the factory-however have purchased more than one "option" for bikini/windjammer/duster cover /half top (need safari top) odds are slim the full soft top will go back on. Good Luck!
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I roll with the hard top. I live in the snow belt in Ohio though.
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:20 PM   #8
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Thank you all. does anybody know a good company that sells the soft top with the half doors? because i have full doors as well. and my jeep is black. should i get a soft top the same color?
and how much should i sell my hard top for... i heard they are valued at a lot of money.
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If you live in L'ville, then you probably know that there is a 4wp in Norcross. Talk to them about the best combo. I would go with the bestop top and if you like to go doorless, you might consider the bestop element rail doors. These doors have available enclosures and upper doors for all year driving and super easy conversion.
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:27 PM   #10
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I have been very happy with ALL my Bestop products. MY GUESS is you will have enough when you sell the hard top to get everything you need to install soft top-assuming you are going to sell your full doors and /or purchase or already have half doors?

Plainly speaking I would think your top is worth between 600-1000 and that will almost cover most soft tops and surounds/upper soft doors.
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yeah, they 4wd store in norcross. you think they might over charge me? or is "besttop" products the same every where? and yep. i have full doors with it. and as you know its been cold up here the past few weeks. i want somthing that can hold my heat in well but also i can convert east
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4wd will match any price. Just shop on line for the best price or check your catalogs. I bought my element doors through them (my jeep is pictured on their online site for the doors). They were higher than Quadratec in the catalog, but they matched the price and I didn't have to pay shipping by having them sent to the store and picking them up.
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What are element doors? i want the windows that slide back and fourth..
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What are element doors? i want the windows that slide back and fourth..

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Old 12-25-2010, 07:25 PM   #16
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Those are awesome man. and they work with any besttop softtop?
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soft top for me, and I rock it all winter long through the many storms we get. Nothing beats the good weather times with no doors and no top and being able to take it all off by yourself in 1 min or less. lol
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the only issue is... i got to sell the hard top... then order the softie.... and my jeepie is my every day driver... what do i do in the mean time?
**hey, are the soft tops hard to set up?
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I have both and i set my soft top up in about 1-2 hours in the spring and winter the hard top goes back on in ten min.
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the only issue is... i got to sell the hard top... then order the softie.... and my jeepie is my every day driver... what do i do in the mean time?
**hey, are the soft tops hard to set up?

dress really warm
I have softy top on mine all year round and love it
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the only issue is... i got to sell the hard top... then order the softie.... and my jeepie is my every day driver... what do i do in the mean time?
**hey, are the soft tops hard to set up?
Soft tops are very easy to set up. I drove my jeep for a couple months in the Texas winter before I got any type of top on mine.
But be sure to dress very warm!!
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I have used both this year on my 94. Prefer the hardtop for winter use and not even bothering with the soft top anymore. No doors and Bikini top for April till Oct..
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I have had both on my YJ. They both have pros and cons. If you're like me, the top is either ON or OFF. I prefer the soft top. It's just as warm and easier to store. It goes on in November and comes off (hardware and all) in May. Then I just use a bikini top in-between.

I got an awesome deal on a hard top and doors last year in VA, so I tried them out for a while. We got a ton of snow, so I was glad I bought them. I'm not sure if the soft top hardware would have held up under the weight of the snow. When I moved to FL, I sold all that stuff.

Anyways, get a Bestop and grab some good cleaners and conditioners to take care of it with. You'll be glad you did.
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Im running a soft top on my 94 YJ pros good in summer easy off cons winter its a bit colder but nothing you cant handle. Also running half doors on it also.
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Awesome guys. is the soft top a B* to take on a off?
i heard they suck just as much as hard tops to take off?
like you have to undo nuts and screws and the whole nine.
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no top at all is the way to go!!!
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Awesome guys. is the soft top a B* to take on a off?
i heard they suck just as much as hard tops to take off?
like you have to undo nuts and screws and the whole nine.
Whoever told you that they were as hard to take off as a hard top has obviously never done both. Removal of the soft top is a matter or removing 4 bolts and lifting it off. Removal of the hard top requires removing 6 bolts or clamps and finding a friend to help you lift it or buying a hoist. I never take my soft top completely off. You never know when one of out "pop-up" showers will pop up. You just lower it when you want to go topless and raise it when you don't. You don't have that option with a hard top. You can't take it off and take it with you.
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How much does a hard top weigh?
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Hard top winter, bikini and no doors summer. I have a ratchet lift for my hardtop - takes me less than 10 minutes to remove it myself and cost me $10. I got the mirror relocation brackets for the factory mirrors so they stay on the Jeep and not on the doors anyway.
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How much does a hard top weigh?
More than I can lift, but that isn't saying much. It is more the bulk and shape of it than the weight.

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