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Old 09-08-2006, 06:18 AM   #1
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Hard top vs soft top

I have a hard top on my 90 yj I really don't like the thing it is a pain in the butt to take off and put back on. I would really like the idea of the soft top but I heard they have a tendency to leak. I would like to swap my hard top out for a soft top Can anyone shed some light on this for me

I also have a mayor leak coming from under the dash somewhere I think the rain is coming from the hood vent. I have checked to make sure that drain hose thing is not backed up and it is good to go. I have seen the hood vent scoop/covers in quadratec is that something that might help me with me leaking problem

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Old 09-08-2006, 07:53 AM   #2
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if you got good seals and a good soft top you shouldn't have any problem

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Old 09-08-2006, 07:53 AM   #3
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Unless it has holes in it, soft tops do not leak. You surely can't run through the carwash with it because it isn't a tight seal all around. Just so you know, soft tops tend to be much noisier.

If it's not coming from the cowl vent then the cover won't help. It is made to help pull more air through your vent. Check the seal all around your windshield, and work from there.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:41 AM   #4
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Man, I'm glad to know now that you can't take a soft top through the car wash. I've been wrong for years....
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:28 AM   #5
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I have been through one of the spinning brush style carwashes in a soft top TJ. Just once, to see what would happen. It was an old top with several pieces of duct tape stuck over holes and cuts.

It will hold up, I had no leaks, but its kind of a scary feeling, hearing the things hitting all around you.

As far as a carwash goes, theres nothing better than going to a charity carwash with the top off. Those girls love that.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:24 AM   #6
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I run mine through the car wash ( I play in an occasional mud hole) several times during the summer w/o leaks due to poor seals..... however the seam above the back window has "stretched" and leaked. I smeared a sealer in the seam....no more leaks.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:35 AM   #7
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Leaking in water into the dash eh? Instead of looking at the air intake vent, check out the cowling between the windsheild and the hood.
Mine would pour water in by the bucket loads, dripping from around the parking brake release and above the stereo. Quadratec has them fairly cheap, and its not hard to replace.
But I cleared my leak up for quite a long time by flonding down the windsheild and putting a good smear of silicone sealant in there before putting the windsheild back up.
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:12 PM   #8
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I just bought a Sunrider from Best Top it is awesome. I love being able to roll back the roof in less than 2 min!
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Old 09-22-2006, 04:29 AM   #9
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I have never had a problem with my soft top leaking. But they are a little noisier. It comes off & on in no time all by youself. I go hard top in the winter and soft top in the summer, but I'm in upstate NY. Good luck.
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Top? You don't need no stinking top!!
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:44 PM   #14
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Topless...everyone should go topless. I love my jeep, and consider myself pretty hardcore. I was showed up last winter with a guy who was topless in the middle of winter. I'm not sure what his story was but that was alittle bit more hardcore than what I am. My soft top is drafty, cold, and loud but it sure beats drivin the wifes minivan!!!!
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You oughta see these nuts we have in Colorado. They are hard core. I went out there a couple years ago in February. Aint no way I could go topless like I saw so many people do out there. I guess you have to be used to it. I have never been in cold like that before. brrr
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I used to drive my first cj7 year round with no top. It doesn't get blistering cold here in Florida but the 30's is quite chilly going 70 mph. It's a good thing I still had all of my Carhart coats from when I lived in Tennessee. I've had around 20 jeeps now and I still stand by "You don't need no stinking top".
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Old 09-26-2006, 03:56 PM   #17
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trade ya!!! I like my soft top but I think I would rather have a hard top for Indiana weather
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Old 09-30-2006, 08:33 PM   #18
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im looking for a hardtop for the winter anybody have one for like $150 lol
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Old 10-01-2006, 02:39 PM   #19
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I've had my soft top since brand new and it already survived 2 New York winters without a problem. You just gotta be careful when scraping ice or getting snow out of the plastic windows so you don't scratch them. The top is still looking pretty new and I do go through the brushless carwashes too. No need for a hard top so far.
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Old 10-01-2006, 04:21 PM   #20
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I've had the same soft top on my YJ for 6 years of Colorado winters and summers (gee thanks, AmeriJeep ). No leaks, it's just fine. Keep the top tight and you'll have no problems.
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Old 10-01-2006, 04:24 PM   #21
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I've had the same soft top on my YJ for 6 years of Colorado winters and summers (gee thanks, AmeriJeep ). No leaks, it's just fine. Keep the top tight and you'll have no problems.
Ha ha. All I meant was that yall out there are hardcore.
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Old 10-01-2006, 04:40 PM   #22
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Sokay, I knew you were teasing. Interestingly, I moved here from CA and I was dreading the winters. I noticed almost immediately that the same temp that (in CA) would have had me huddled in a storm coat, was shirtsleeves weather out here. If you're in the sun; and we have very few days in the year when the sun isn't shining, you will be a lot warmer that you might expect. Hence, the people snowboarding in shorts and tanks.

You know how they say "... but it's a DRY heat" ? Well, it's a dry cold here. Keep out of the wind and you can be pretty comfy most days.

So there! heheheh
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Old 10-03-2006, 08:00 PM   #23
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I think your all missing a bigger point. If you have a hardtop, you have to have a place to store it, plus a few buds to help take it off and on. What a pain. The soft top isnt that bad in the winter. I live in Ohio. Ohio-which brings up a bigger issue. The new quarters say ohio birth place of aviation. How about the birth place of jeeps? Toledo, Ohio!!!!

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