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12-24-2011 11:01 PM
NFRs2000NYC
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Originally Posted by rockjock1 View Post
I'm in MN and couldn't agree more-the removable panels were a selling pt for my wife too-who always wants a convertible/pano roof in the garage.
The best part is, they fit inside the Jeep, so you can put them back on when you park or if there is a nasty storm on the way. Honestly, best of both worlds without any major drawbacks.
12-24-2011 10:34 PM
rockjock1
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Originally Posted by NFRs2000NYC
In my opinion, and ONLY my opinion, the freedom top gives you the best of both worlds. I own a soft top sports car (motorized top though) and love it. However, there is nothing like a hardtop for 90% of driving time. The freedom top allows you to pop off two panels, and you have sunshine, or pop them back in and it feels like a normal car. If you live in a sunny state (ie Cali or Florida) then the softtop could be for you, however, for me, living in NY, the freedom top was the clear choice. Oh, and mine doesn't leak either.
I'm in MN and couldn't agree more-the removable panels were a selling pt for my wife too-who always wants a convertible/pano roof in the garage.
12-24-2011 10:31 PM
NFRs2000NYC In my opinion, and ONLY my opinion, the freedom top gives you the best of both worlds. I own a soft top sports car (motorized top though) and love it. However, there is nothing like a hardtop for 90% of driving time. The freedom top allows you to pop off two panels, and you have sunshine, or pop them back in and it feels like a normal car. If you live in a sunny state (ie Cali or Florida) then the softtop could be for you, however, for me, living in NY, the freedom top was the clear choice. Oh, and mine doesn't leak either.
12-24-2011 10:27 PM
GunDude
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Originally Posted by filipinocracker View Post
My softtop is being replaced with a hardtop next week. The softtop is nice if you have a garage. Iíve heard itís a pain if its snows hard and its easy access for criminals. My softop was also very loud when I drove over 60. Didnít bother me, I just turned up Barbara Streisand. Iím not even going into the leaking issue. If I ever get another Wrangler it will be leak tested on the lot before I sign anything.

Good luck! I was leak proof for a few months that i knew of. Then, Bam! Leak mainly on drivers side floor. One inch under my floor mat the other day! I, tried a few things and decided to live with it. i just pulled the all the carpet and pugs and plan to have it linex'd the first of the year. It's is a Jeep! And, with multiple top options, it is bound to leak.
12-24-2011 09:47 PM
Blue Sky Perhaps the 2012's have a better soft top? Guess I'm gonna have to drive each and see what it's like.
12-24-2011 08:39 PM
PA ARCTIC my 05 had soft. like stated, its just screams jeep. 07 had a soft top. first year for the JK. never could stop it from leaking on top of the door handles. (very common leak). and it was noisy. had to put a pool noodle above the sound bar to stop the damn flapping at hi way speeds. i said if i ever did it again, it would be hard top. owned a 12 for a week now. love the hard top.
12-24-2011 08:18 PM
Duffyc04 I was sold on the hard top...in fact, had to have...then I found a rubi at the dealer with everything I wanted but the hard top...after test driving I was amazed with how quiet it was even at 70...been soft toppin it since September and I'm so happy I went with it...it's still quiet, warm, fun to take up and down, and doesn't have any leak issues.
12-24-2011 07:57 PM
Blue Sky I'm going through this same thought process right now. I can see and understand both points of view very well. I guess it really comes down to personal preference, but hard to know what I'll like without having both. Aaarrrgh.
12-18-2011 09:38 AM
GPgirl My soft top got broken into at a Titans game a couple weeks ago. I ordered a hard top the next day. I'm looking to sell the soft top, but I'm not sure how much to ask for it.
12-18-2011 09:25 AM
jkjeeper06 I bought mine with just a soft top originally. I spend most of my winter in upstate NY where it is the snowiest region in the states and northern NH. The soft top is fine but if you park it outside in the winter you have to clear the snow off every 3-4 inches. Needless to say that could be 4-5 times in one storm. Now that I go to college in upstate NY I wanted my jeep to be safer, more secure and I don't want to have to brush the snow off till I want to use it. I went and bought a hard top on Craigslist for $1250 and it is very very quiet but like others said, the convertible feature is a big thing that makes it a jeep and I will be taking the hard top off as soon as it is warm enough to drop the top. That should be April some time
12-18-2011 09:10 AM
JIMBOX Then you've gotta short garage-


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Originally Posted by jeffk42 View Post
I don't know... the garage door opens and slides back far enough that I dont think I can put a hoist directly over where the rear of the Jeep sits. The door would hit it every time it opens. I know about the hoists, I just don't think I can fit one.
The RACOR works in 99% of the garages and has been posted on this forum, my only pics show it, but not with the top stored-



If you can park your jeep in the garage, then by backingin----you can store the hardtop on the ceiling/RACOR

Good luck

JIMBO
12-18-2011 05:38 AM
jeffk42
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Originally Posted by JIMBOX View Post
Evidentally you haven't read about the RACOR HD Hoist and several others --simple/balanced/one man op-




They will keep the hardtop against the ceiling--outta the way-

JIMBO
I don't know... the garage door opens and slides back far enough that I dont think I can put a hoist directly over where the rear of the Jeep sits. The door would hit it every time it opens. I know about the hoists, I just don't think I can fit one.
12-17-2011 07:50 PM
dimasin Thank you so much for your posts! I am so glad you supplied me with so many important points. Honestly, the only problem of the soft top is thief accessibility. I drive with latest radar detector and GPS, it will be a hassle to lock them up every time. I want to drop the top as often as I can, so the only remaining question is: does JKU soft top survive weekly ups and downs? How easy is it and will it promote leaks if I do it often?
Thank you!
12-17-2011 09:08 AM
JIMBOX Evidentally you haven't read about the RACOR HD Hoist and several others --simple/balanced/one man op-


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Originally Posted by jeffk42 View Post
I ordered with the dual top option.

I'm now considering selling my hardtop.

Without a pulley to get the hard top off (the garage door placement is such that a pulley system won't fit in my garage) putting on the hardtop is such a pain in the ass that I usually am very angry by the time it's done. And invariably I end up with a couple more scratches on the top or the tailgate. It's so maddening that I don't ever want to do it.

On the other hand, the soft top does everything I need it to. Sure it's louder -- but not THAT much louder. It stays tight and doesn't get noisy on the highway like some of the older tops do. It's completely dry in the rain (knock on wood). When it gets cold, the soft top retains the heat well enough for the heater to do its job.

The only thing about the hardtop is the fact that I can mount the kayaks to it. Once I sell the hardtop, I'll have to invest in a small trailer for them.

Caveat: I park in a garage, and it doesn't snow much here in FL.
They will keep the hardtop against the ceiling--outta the way-

JIMBO
12-17-2011 06:05 AM
jeffk42 I ordered with the dual top option.

I'm now considering selling my hardtop.

Without a pulley to get the hard top off (the garage door placement is such that a pulley system won't fit in my garage) putting on the hardtop is such a pain in the ass that I usually am very angry by the time it's done. And invariably I end up with a couple more scratches on the top or the tailgate. It's so maddening that I don't ever want to do it.

On the other hand, the soft top does everything I need it to. Sure it's louder -- but not THAT much louder. It stays tight and doesn't get noisy on the highway like some of the older tops do. It's completely dry in the rain (knock on wood). When it gets cold, the soft top retains the heat well enough for the heater to do its job.

The only thing about the hardtop is the fact that I can mount the kayaks to it. Once I sell the hardtop, I'll have to invest in a small trailer for them.

Caveat: I park in a garage, and it doesn't snow much here in FL.
12-16-2011 10:56 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by ryanJKunlimited2012 View Post
I have read a number of your posts. Not sure if it's me, but your style of writing makes you seem like a jerk.

Don't forget to wave
It's not just you.
12-16-2011 10:56 PM
ShaunWV Ughhh, these kind of threads never end up well.
12-16-2011 10:32 PM
ryanJKunlimited2012
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Originally Posted by GSDowner View Post
Get a 2dr Wrangler soft top and you will kill two birds with one stone. You will have a Jeep and you will have what you have been dreaming about.

Or, you could go the 2wd four door soccer mom route....,
I have read a number of your posts. Not sure if it's me, but your style of writing makes you seem like a jerk.

Don't forget to wave
12-16-2011 10:31 PM
ryanJKunlimited2012
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Originally Posted by i82much View Post
What about just getting the hard top from the factory and getting an aftermarket soft top?
x2. I have the dual top and if I had to do it again, I would have gotten the hard top and bought an aftermarket top. THere are a number of options and many of them are made with the same materials used by Jeep.
12-16-2011 07:42 PM
kbwwolf My soft top IS a dual top:

In winter it keeps snow outta my face.

In summer it keeps the wind in my face.

EDIT: I do have a garage, btw.
12-16-2011 06:55 PM
mjf232
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Originally Posted by ESP View Post
Soft top = nothing like it, part of the experience and it's why your getting a Jeep.
Hard top = less noise.
Well said
12-16-2011 06:08 PM
basecamper
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Or by one used/new craigslist
Half the cost of OEM
Yep that too.
12-16-2011 05:47 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by basecamper

This is the route I am taking. Looking at the ORH soft top probably order in the next couple of weeks so I have it by spring.
Or by one used/new craigslist
Half the cost of OEM
12-16-2011 05:38 PM
GSDowner Get a 2dr Wrangler soft top and you will kill two birds with one stone. You will have a Jeep and you will have what you have been dreaming about.

Or, you could go the 2wd four door soccer mom route....,
12-16-2011 05:20 PM
basecamper
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Originally Posted by i82much View Post
What about just getting the hard top from the factory and getting an aftermarket soft top?
This is the route I am taking. Looking at the ORH soft top probably order in the next couple of weeks so I have it by spring.
12-16-2011 04:59 PM
i82much What about just getting the hard top from the factory and getting an aftermarket soft top?
12-16-2011 04:54 PM
tenorman
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Originally Posted by Nvrmor View Post
Do you get snow where you live? If yes, do you have a garage? The soft top isn't really designed for heavy loads, so if you are in regular snow territory i'd say go dual tops. If snow isn't a problem then go for it, the soft top should be in your top 3 reasons for getting a wrangler.
I live in the mid-Atlantic which gets ice and snow in the Winter so I got the dual tops for the reason you mention. Enjoyed the soft top in the Fall, now have the hard top again.
12-16-2011 04:53 PM
suicideking If you can get both, otherwise I'd recommend the hard top. You can always add a variety of stock and aftermarket full or bikini soft tops. You could add a hard top later, but much more expensive, so better to have it built into the financing.

Plus, much easier to get a soft top through the classifieds.

I have the hard top. I have removed the front a few times. Doubt I'll remove the rear much. I'm also paranoid about it being too easy to brake into with the soft top.

Also, if you're into music, will sound better in a hard top.
12-16-2011 04:29 PM
silvrevo Dagooooo will be here soon.

Im kinda wanting a Softi,,,, been over the pluses and miniuses 100 times

then thought of another minus the other day... getting into the trunk,, unlike the Hardtop , poping open,, your going to have to tuck in the softop rails each and everytime,, both opeing and closing,, PITA

But I hope to get both on my next Jeep,,, and sell the Hardtop and make some $$$$$!!!


Then I get a convert,,,, when its not 100 degrees outside,,, and sun isnt beating on me.

But thats what the bikini screen is for , right.
12-16-2011 04:24 PM
cavsvet74 My opinion, get both. Hard top for Winter, soft top for summer.
A hoist of some sort makes hard top removal very easy, even for if you are doing it by yourself. The only drawback is storage space for the hard top. Again, a hoist solves that, provided you have clearance in your garage. Or that you have a garage to begin with.

The hard top comes off/goes on once a year. The soft top goes up and down all Summer long.

Best of both worlds. In my opinion.
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