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01-14-2012 09:30 PM
Rubicon2 I didn't even look at the date on this thread before I voted. Old thread for sure.
01-14-2012 09:24 PM
Owen_TJ
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Originally Posted by Pontiackid87 View Post
I can tell you exactly why you have so much internist.. what you have is a bestop 2 piece hardtop.. i had one on my old jeep and absolutely loved it.. sold it with my last jeep and regretted it.. in buying my new one.. the top is carpeted for insulation and sound proofing.. when that top was new it was close to a $5000 top.. I would hold onto it.. your asking a real low asking price for it.. Save up $200-$300 and prowl craigslist.. you can get a softop out here in very good shape for $200-$300 all day. I got a pretty much brand new sunrider for $200.. Hold onto that top.. there hard to find and also not made anymore.
Little late....

i sold it in august for 1300...picked up a trektop nx and absolutely love it. Zero regrets.
01-14-2012 09:11 PM
Pontiackid87 I can tell you exactly why you have so much internist.. what you have is a bestop 2 piece hardtop.. i had one on my old jeep and absolutely loved it.. sold it with my last jeep and regretted it.. in buying my new one.. the top is carpeted for insulation and sound proofing.. when that top was new it was close to a $5000 top.. I would hold onto it.. your asking a real low asking price for it.. Save up $200-$300 and prowl craigslist.. you can get a softop out here in very good shape for $200-$300 all day. I got a pretty much brand new sunrider for $200.. Hold onto that top.. there hard to find and also not made anymore.
01-14-2012 08:56 PM
Tom125 I have both, Winters in Ohio suck! The soft top I have is almost as quiet as the hardtop, But I run the hard top in the winter to keep the soft top out of the weather and salt for 4 to 6 months. I have a storage barn and built a shelf that hangs down for hard top storage. I made it wide enough for both of our hardtops!
06-06-2011 04:54 PM
Thedude00 I like hard tops but when i got my TJ it had a hard top I kept it for around a year and then sold it . It was cool in the winter but in the summer It was not able to take it off by my self, Plus it was a pain in the a$# to store it. I sold it for 1000 bucks and then got a rampage top and got a lift with the rest of the cash. I live in NY and last winter was the first winter with out the hard top and I really didnt mind not having it
06-06-2011 04:34 PM
lovemachine I sold my hardtop last summer, and never regretted it.

Of course, I didn't use the money for my Jeep. I bought this!

06-06-2011 03:05 PM
sevenservices I'd keep it... mine is so much nicer in the winter than the soft top was. Quieter to...
06-06-2011 02:58 PM
Neil F. Looks like a Bestop (Note Bestop is not making them any more and Keystone bought the molds). There have been several other manufactuers of 2 piece tops incliding Steelhorse, Bulldawg and Rallytops.
06-06-2011 01:30 PM
98jeepparra can u please tell me what kind of hard top is that!!!!!!!!!!!!
06-06-2011 12:43 PM
Owen_TJ Yeah, I'm keepin it now...ill get a soft top as well down the road here when I get my new place so I have more room to store the hardtop when off.

As for the wheels, they are 15x8 Mickey Thompson Limited Edition Signature Series...I've also got a set of satin gorilla lugs but haven't put them on yet.
06-06-2011 01:38 AM
BlackMetal 2004TJ yea hold on to the hard top till at least the winter time just in case. just curious what kind of wheels do you have ?
06-06-2011 01:16 AM
RandyScatch just save up some cash for the soft top, i just got the supertop nx and i love it your gonna pay alot more to get it back if you change your mind just sayin
06-05-2011 03:47 AM
Owen_TJ I still dont see how you have a vaild argument...

a 2.5L engine has less power than a 4.0 so powering the same amount of accessories would take more power away from the 2.5L motor...when freeing the power used for the mechanical fan, it would then give more power, as an overall percentage, back to the motor of the 2.5 vs the 4.0...so you would see a larger noticable gain for the 2.5, which i have, vs a 4.0.

Also, there is an obvious power gain when the motor doesnt have to work something such as a mechanical fan...it wont be just a butt dyno...

I can see an argument for a drop in kn filter or something of that nature, but when the part in question is actually taking power away from the motor to run, and is now given back to the motor, there is an obvious power gain...
06-04-2011 11:26 PM
Mortalis5509
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Originally Posted by Owen_TJ View Post
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/elec...ion-53783.html

I think an electric fan will benefit a 2.5L more than it would a 4.0 and in the link above, are actual results posted by one of the members on his 2.5L

As for the staying cool, i'm sure the electric fan would be just as adequate in cooling the motor as the stock mechanical fan...and from every thread i've read, it does.

The power gain is what i'm mainly looking for. I dont care about mpg, i was just mentioning that as a bonus and with freeing up the power used for the fan on the 2.5, there will be a noticeable gain which would be worth the 350.

As for the regear, that i'm also going to be doing. I'm going to regear to 4.56 down the road here...just gotta do a few other things first (non jeep related)
I think the only power you will gain will be frmo your butt dyno. If you want more power than a 6 or 8 will do.
06-03-2011 11:50 PM
Reno_wrangler Man this is more than ironic..my RED 06 and I have the hardtop being offered 1200 for it also and not sure what to do..as for quieter...I have been in sailcloth tops quieter than the hards...also security wise..If they want in..they will get in...an alarm is 100.00 and well worth it. Still I can't decide if I should sell or not....To go wheeling here in NV you need to be covered or death by dust happens so a bikini top is out.
06-03-2011 11:43 PM
Owen_TJ http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/elec...ion-53783.html

I think an electric fan will benefit a 2.5L more than it would a 4.0 and in the link above, are actual results posted by one of the members on his 2.5L

As for the staying cool, i'm sure the electric fan would be just as adequate in cooling the motor as the stock mechanical fan...and from every thread i've read, it does.

The power gain is what i'm mainly looking for. I dont care about mpg, i was just mentioning that as a bonus and with freeing up the power used for the fan on the 2.5, there will be a noticeable gain which would be worth the 350.

As for the regear, that i'm also going to be doing. I'm going to regear to 4.56 down the road here...just gotta do a few other things first (non jeep related)
06-03-2011 10:47 PM
Mortalis5509
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Originally Posted by Owen_TJ View Post
I agree the stock fan is more than adequate in cooling the motor...

the reason for me getting the electric fan would be to free up engine space, free up engine power since the stock fan is mechanical, and slightly increase my mpg (not a concern, just a bonus).
I don't think that a justifyed return at all. I don't think you will gain MPG. That's like saying if I add a KN FIPK i will get better MPG. I rather my engine stay cool and take that money and save up for a regear which would improve your fuel economey.
06-03-2011 09:42 PM
Owen_TJ I'm in Denver lol...
06-03-2011 09:39 PM
dstacy
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Originally Posted by Scoob View Post
I wouldn't sell it. hard tops are GREAT in the winter. No worry of scraping ice off the windows.
I run a hard top from first snow to first week in the 70's. The rest of the time I run a safari. I am going to go with the rampage and sell my soft top and safari top. But no way would I go without a hard top.
Pretty funny its all about where you are located. The same reasons why you say, "no way would I go without a hard top" are the same reasons that helped me make up my mind and say no way would I own one. In Texas I drive top down most, not all, of the winter since the days are wonderfully warm and sunny. Trying to take a hard top on and off and storing it a bunch of times is way too much work. Down here a soft top, or safari, lets you just drop it and enjoy.
06-03-2011 06:02 PM
Owen_TJ I agree the stock fan is more than adequate in cooling the motor...

the reason for me getting the electric fan would be to free up engine space, free up engine power since the stock fan is mechanical, and slightly increase my mpg (not a concern, just a bonus).
06-03-2011 04:45 PM
Mortalis5509 There was a thread on JF about fans and it's burried somewhere. The reponces were the stock fan is more than adequate and you would be wasting your money. Actually that fan would not do as well as your stock fan. Jeep isn't going to manufator something without it keep cool. As long as your jeep stays at 210 spend your money on better things. If it doesn't then there is a problem other than your fan.
06-03-2011 07:59 AM
Atthehop There is nothing more relaxing then no top and hard tops are such a pain to take off I ordered my TJ w/o one and never regreted it.
06-03-2011 12:00 AM
Wrangler06 i loveeeeee targe tops..ill trade you my regular hard top? hahaha
06-02-2011 11:44 PM
Owen_TJ
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Originally Posted by TjTheo View Post
id paint it with some krylon fusion though, sell it for 1800 in the wintertime if you still want to sell it.
Already painted! Did it over the weekend...did it with 3 cans of krylon fusion: satin black. Looks brand new. I also epoxied the corners in case i miss the "hook" and drop the top (which i've done already) and it just hits the epoxy and not the top.

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Originally Posted by Scoob View Post
I wouldn't sell it. hard tops are GREAT in the winter. No worry of scraping ice off the windows.
I run a hard top from first snow to first week in the 70's. The rest of the time I run a safari. I am going to go with the rampage and sell my soft top and safari top. But no way would I go without a hard top.
Sounds good to me...i think i'll just go that route then!

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Originally Posted by 6inarowmakesitgo View Post
i dont usually drive my wrangler in the winter but i have before. to scrape the rear windows all i did was wipe it with my hand. ice doesn't stick on it like it does glass. i still wouldn't sell the hard top though. save up for a safari top for the summer if you want.
Thanks, man...i think thats the route i'll go. I'll just keep it and then get a bikini top or safari top
06-02-2011 10:12 PM
6InARowMakesItGo i dont usually drive my wrangler in the winter but i have before. to scrape the rear windows all i did was wipe it with my hand. ice doesn't stick on it like it does glass. i still wouldn't sell the hard top though. save up for a safari top for the summer if you want.
06-02-2011 09:57 PM
Scoob I wouldn't sell it. hard tops are GREAT in the winter. No worry of scraping ice off the windows.
I run a hard top from first snow to first week in the 70's. The rest of the time I run a safari. I am going to go with the rampage and sell my soft top and safari top. But no way would I go without a hard top.
06-02-2011 09:46 PM
TjTheo id paint it with some krylon fusion though, sell it for 1800 in the wintertime if you still want to sell it.
06-02-2011 09:39 PM
WhiteSandsJeep I would hold on to the hard top and just get a bikini top for summer. You will regret selling it.
06-02-2011 09:06 PM
Owen_TJ Well...as of now i'm still on the fence.

I have repainted it and it looks brand new now but still cant help but wonder if i'd like having the Trektop NX more...

wish i had the room to store the hardtop and the money to buy the soft top lol
05-29-2011 12:17 AM
Derek14LC where would i go to get a hard top like that ive never seen that around here before. thanks guys
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