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Old 09-16-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Hard versus soft top in Portland area

I am wondering whether to get my next Jeep in hard or soft top. I'm headed back to the Portland shortly from New Mexico. I really like the soft top but not sure if I'd get much use of it much of the year. I've never owned a hard top, but don't know if I want to fuss with it. In the southwest, I'd know Id want a soft top, but not sure up in Oregon. Do you guys that have soft tops up in the northwest not get to use it much and recommend a hard top? Thanks!

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Old 09-16-2011, 06:26 PM   #2
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I have both, I have the soft on now and plan to put the hard on when it starts to rain all the time again.

I made a home made hoist in my garage to lift and store the top.

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Old 09-16-2011, 08:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I didn't think about getting both. What months of the year do you generally have the soft top on?
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for your reply. I didn't think about getting both. What months of the year do you generally have the soft top on?
Oregonwolf and my self run soft tops all year around on both our rigs. But everyone is different.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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I have a secure place at night for my Jeep so I run a soft top and pull my sides off when the weather is not raining. If security is even going to be a problem then get a hard top. There are advantages to both.
I don't own a hard top with my current Jeep.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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I also have both, just about time for the hard top to go back on. Usually October-March for hard top. If I had to choose one it would be the hard top but that's just my preference.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:26 AM   #7
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I only have the soft top and usually leave the top down from mid-June to early October.
Several caveats though - it's not my daily driver, and security is not a concern.
I live in the foothills in the Cascades and we get way more rain than the Willamette Valley - 150 inches this rain year..............
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:56 AM   #8
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I also have both, just about time for the hard top to go back on. Usually October-March for hard top. If I had to choose one it would be the hard top but that's just my preference.
Its my first year here, but i plan on putting my hard top back on pretty soon. October seems about right.

With the rain I like having the hard top on for the rear wiper... The soft top window gets kinda hard to see through.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:40 AM   #9
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Since the majority like hard tops, Having myself owned hard tops in the past, there's a few things you should be aware that has not been mentioned, A hard top is like carrying an extra passenger around and does make your Jeep a little more top heavy.. enough to worry about? nope, just something to be aware of on the trail. Also, when on the trail look out for trail damage as I've seen more hard tops damaged there then I care to see. One note, Hard Tops are nice for a lot of other reasons as stated in earlier posts.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:37 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies! I can't wait to get out of the desert southwest and come back home. Sounds like I will get the soft top......I was just concerned it wouldn't get put down too much but that doesn't seem to be the case.
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Oh yeah you will get lots of up and down time :-)
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:24 PM   #12
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I just put my hardtop back on today after being topless all summer. I could definitely feel the difference in handling with that extra weight and higher CG.
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My JKU came with hard top which I immediately hung in my garage and put a Best Top TrekTop on and run topless as much as possible. We do spend most of the winter in the SW.
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I have the soft top only and works great for me. My TJ is a DD. I have had the sides and rear pannels off since July 1. I leave the top up. I will likey be putting them back on next weekend unless the dry weather holds on longer.

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I have a hard top for security reasons.
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I have a hard top for security reasons.
I leave nothing of value in my jeep and have an alarm. It is sensitive enough that when I have my tube doors on just bumping them will set the alarm off so if someone leans in it goes off.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:47 PM   #18
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I'm going to have to get a good alarm. Next summer I want to take the top off and run with tube doors.
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Let Let me know when you are ready. I have a good sound/alarm guy
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I've got remote start and keyless entry already. I think a good loud alarm would be appropriate.
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I don't do electrical LOL I'm terrified of it for some reason and won't even mess with it in my cars and trucks LOL So we had a local guy do my stereo and alarm. He was recommended by our off road shop

You should see me trying to hook up my compressor LOL I ask dave every time if its red then black LOL I know it is but I always double check. LOL Ok i'm sure I look ok doing it but insided i'm freaking out lol

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