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02-17-2012 06:58 PM
Prelud3 I wish I would have gotten both. I went with just the soft top base model, thinking I'd find a cheap hard top later (my buddy owns a junk yard, thought I'd get one off one that rolled in there). It would stay in the garage all summer, that's for sure, but I wish I had the hard top during the winter. Just for noise control, holds in heat better, easier to clean etc. I'm still hoping to find a hard top some time. Sooo if anyone has one for the 2011 unlimited, let me know
02-17-2012 06:20 PM
tribangle
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Originally Posted by daggo66

She got the correct answer from me, only one top on at a time. She got the wrong information from the sales person.
Now I totally understand! Daggo66 to the rescuer once again... thanks
02-17-2012 06:18 AM
Sgt.slaughter
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Originally Posted by tribangle

Oh that dealer set it up for you nicely. Seriously, if a person doesn't know the answer why do they feel compelled to make up some BS?

I would hope that if there is a problem this spring you can take it up with the knowledgable sales person!
I will be bringing my jeep to another dealer. That was just one of many things the dealer said or did.
02-16-2012 09:44 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by tribangle View Post
Wait, what? I'm confused at what correct answer she got from the sales person... to leave both tops on at the same time?
She got the correct answer from me, only one top on at a time. She got the wrong information from the sales person.
02-16-2012 09:40 PM
spanishpipedream One other point about getting the hardtop and then an aftermarket soft top, they come in different colors. I have a cherry red rubicon 2dr on order with the dual top option. I recently saw a picture of the same rig with a tan soft top on the Bestop site and it looks fantastic! Now I'm wondering how much I can get for a stock brand new soft top. I bet it would look great with the black forest green too. Something else to think about.
02-16-2012 07:22 PM
tribangle Wait, what? I'm confused at what correct answer she got from the sales person... to leave both tops on at the same time?
02-16-2012 07:13 AM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by tribangle View Post
Oh that dealer set it up for you nicely. Seriously, if a person doesn't know the answer why do they feel compelled to make up some BS?

I would hope that if there is a problem this spring you can take it up with the knowledgable sales person!
She got the correct answer, she was being sarcastic in regard to the sales person.
02-15-2012 09:53 PM
tribangle
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Originally Posted by Sgt.slaughter

Do not know of which you speak. The dealer set everything up for me. But at least I know now! That's why I love it here!
Oh that dealer set it up for you nicely. Seriously, if a person doesn't know the answer why do they feel compelled to make up some BS?

I would hope that if there is a problem this spring you can take it up with the knowledgable sales person!
02-15-2012 12:41 PM
real4x4 Buy with hard top and get an aftermarket soft top. (I have the Trektop NX as well)

The hard top has more features like real glass and rear windshield wiper and defrost. I think it is better to get that from the start.
02-15-2012 12:33 PM
Sgt.slaughter
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Originally Posted by daggo66
The big orange warning stickers that were on the soft top when you bought it might have been the first hint, just saying.
Do not know of which you speak. The dealer set everything up for me. But at least I know now! That's why I love it here!
02-15-2012 10:29 AM
daggo66 The big orange warning stickers that were on the soft top when you bought it might have been the first hint, just saying.
02-15-2012 10:27 AM
Sgt.slaughter
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Originally Posted by daggo66

You need to completely remove the soft top when the hard top is installed. It's clearly stated in your owner's manual that it can cause damage to the top. Dual top just means you get one of each, not that both are on at the same time. You are also robbing yourself of valuable storage space as you've realized.
Ow- n-ers man-ual. what's that? Just kidding. I stupidly listened to my salesman who I've been learning as I go along knows NOTHING about wranglers! Darn it! I hope it doesn't do anything to it and I get through it back there with 2 more months.
02-15-2012 10:00 AM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by Sgt.slaughter View Post
I agree with this. I got the dual top and glad I did! I also live in NY and switch them out. The hard top is not hard to take off and very lite. I'm a female and unscrewed everything and was able to lift it off on my back. Because its a 4 door its a little big so I had my hubby help me carry it away. I leave the softop on the jeep in the winter I just store the windows. I have it rolled up on its original mount. The only thing I don't like about this is groceries are hard to get in and out. GO WITH DUAL PACKAGE!
You need to completely remove the soft top when the hard top is installed. It's clearly stated in your owner's manual that it can cause damage to the top. Dual top just means you get one of each, not that both are on at the same time. You are also robbing yourself of valuable storage space as you've realized.
02-15-2012 09:55 AM
Sgt.slaughter
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Originally Posted by Guadzilla
$800 bucks over the length of a car loan is nothing, especially considering the price of a hard top after the fact. Get the dual top option. I'm in NY so I definitely prefer the hard top in the winter. I guess it's personal preference but you may regret not having the hard top at some point. Even without a hoist the hard top comes on and off easily with two people. 15 minutes and a few bolts to switch them out.
I agree with this. I got the dual top and glad I did! I also live in NY and switch them out. The hard top is not hard to take off and very lite. I'm a female and unscrewed everything and was able to lift it off on my back. Because its a 4 door its a little big so I had my hubby help me carry it away. I leave the softop on the jeep in the winter I just store the windows. I have it rolled up on its original mount. The only thing I don't like about this is groceries are hard to get in and out. GO WITH DUAL PACKAGE!
02-15-2012 09:46 AM
bflank I am in Atlanta also & got the dual top option. We went through the last 18 months or better with the soft top on, so the hard top is not essential here. BUT if you are going to spend a lot of time on the road, the hard top is a lot quieter and provides at least some additional security.

It all comes down to what you like and when you want to pay for it. If you think you will want both tops, I'd just go ahead with the dual top option.
02-14-2012 07:50 AM
tampaukfan Go with the softtop.. winters in Atlanta are not that bad so a hard top wont get much use.
To me the besides offroading, the fun of owning a Jeep is taking the top off.
If I wanted a just a hardtop Id have bought a truck.
02-14-2012 06:48 AM
Tdog02 Might really help to get both if you sell later. Otherwise the soft top is the bomb!

Considerations: do you have covered parking? Does it get over 90 much where you are? Are you or the significant other worried about perfect hair? (ha ha ha)
02-14-2012 05:59 AM
Arcticshaun I got both. It came with hard to then found a new in box and wrapper soft top on Craigslist for 400. So now I have both. The dealer wanted 1800 for complete soft top.
02-14-2012 05:00 AM
Guadzilla $800 bucks over the length of a car loan is nothing, especially considering the price of a hard top after the fact. Get the dual top option. I'm in NY so I definitely prefer the hard top in the winter. I guess it's personal preference but you may regret not having the hard top at some point. Even without a hoist the hard top comes on and off easily with two people. 15 minutes and a few bolts to switch them out.
02-14-2012 04:44 AM
Vin If you have space to store it during the off season, the smart thing would be, get the hard top. This way, you have everything wired, the computer programed, and the larger expense taken care of. You can always find an unwanted OE soft top on craiglist or Ebay, or you can go with an after market top like Bestop or Off Road Heroes.

My first Winter, I didn't use the hard top. This winter I threw it on for the heck of it. Come this spring, I'm gonig to find it a permanent home and use it if I need more security or if I punch a hole in the soft top, otherwise I'll be running the soft top.
02-14-2012 12:23 AM
Dr Gonzo I went with the hard top because I absolutely trashed the soft top windows on my TJ. In about a year. What does the JK have for plastic window storage?

I also got the hard top for the added security, as well as the additional weather protection from northern Michigan winters.... but I'm already pricing out toneau/windjammer combinations for the summer months. I just figured I wouldn't even have the back seat in unless I had plans to take more than one person wheeling, in which case the weather is probably nice anyway.
02-13-2012 11:42 PM
cavsvet74
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Originally Posted by terminator012 View Post
Get them both. We take the soft top off every winter and when it warms up we put the soft top back on. I really couldn't see not getting both, you will be glad you did. All you need to do is figure out where you are going to store the one you don't have on. Our hard top hangs in the barn all summer. The soft top is pretty easy to store even with all the hardware for it taken off Jeep.
Yep.

Well, except I don't have a barn.
02-13-2012 10:57 PM
Phishe
Get the dual

I didn't get the dual, and I regret it. It was high on my list of wanted features, but when I saw Bosco on the showroom floor, I had to pull the trigger.

Anyway, I've been watching craigslist in the Indy area on a daily basis since November and I've had no luck finding an OEM soft top for a 2dr JK. Haven't seen a single one for sale.
02-13-2012 10:55 PM
tribangle
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Originally Posted by terminator012
Get them both. We take the soft top off every winter and when it warms up we put the soft top back on. I really couldn't see not getting both, you will be glad you did. All you need to do is figure out where you are going to store the one you don't have on. Our hard top hangs in the barn all summer. The soft top is pretty easy to store even with all the hardware for it taken off Jeep.
Exact same scenario here... anxiously awaiting the warmer weather here in Detroit.

Dual top all the way... Besides your salesman said it right, "you only use one or the other!" I don't think you can use both at the same time
02-13-2012 10:52 PM
sunnykk I had the same dilemma. I went with the dual top option as I live in Utah. The plan is to keep the hard top for winter and soft top for summer.

If you want to buy the second top later, go with the hard top and buy the soft top later. Its cheaper this way than the other way around. Also there are a lot of choices for soft tops. Trek top is pretty sleek as it angles down in the back and does not need a frame like the OEM soft top.

Secondly like someone else mentioned. Its easy to buy a soft top on your local ads as compared to a hard top.

Good luck
02-13-2012 09:58 PM
JKatfish I was trying to decide which top to get or the dual top option. I went for the hardtop as there are many aftermarket soft tops. Plan to go with the trektop nx, or go topless most of the year. The trektop uses the roll cage for support so I dont have to mess with all the brackets. And I think the nx fastback looks better. Doesn't rain much in summer here, so that makes it easy to go topless, bikini or mesh. Maybe just removing the T tops will suffice.
02-13-2012 09:42 PM
rics1997 Live in TN right above you. Got dual tops (Soft top is Trektop NX) and haven't even thought about putting the hard top back on. Soft top is plenty good enough for winter.
02-13-2012 09:40 PM
jp2611
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Originally Posted by starcreek View Post
I grew up in Northern Indiana (West Lafayette). If you don't need it there in that God forsaken weather, man I don't either.
am about 2hrs North and East of west Lafayette---
02-13-2012 09:32 PM
terminator012 Get them both. We take the soft top off every winter and when it warms up we put the soft top back on. I really couldn't see not getting both, you will be glad you did. All you need to do is figure out where you are going to store the one you don't have on. Our hard top hangs in the barn all summer. The soft top is pretty easy to store even with all the hardware for it taken off Jeep.
02-13-2012 09:25 PM
4fit The one thing I kick myself for with my Jeep purchase is not getting the dual top. I personally like the look of the JKU better with the hardtop, but I would sure love to run a soft top during the summer. Plan to look for one, or maybe get a Trektop NX, this spring.
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