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!
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.
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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'07 JK-X 6 spd 2dr soft top (my first Jeep, purchased May '10)
'08 Yamaha WR250R (for when the goin' gets tight - 60 mpg)
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.
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.
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.
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
I might be a little but I LOVE my Jeep.