|12-24-2011 10:01 PM|
|12-24-2011 09:34 PM|
|12-24-2011 09:31 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 09:27 PM|
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 08:47 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 07:39 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 07:18 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 06:57 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 08:38 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 08:25 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 08:10 AM|
Then you've gotta short garage-
If you can park your jeep in the garage, then by backingin----you can store the hardtop on the ceiling/RACOR
|12-18-2011 04:38 AM|
|12-17-2011 06:50 PM|
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?
|12-17-2011 08:08 AM|
Evidentally you haven't read about the RACOR HD Hoist and several others --simple/balanced/one man op-
|12-17-2011 05:05 AM|
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 09:56 PM|
|12-16-2011 09:56 PM|
|ShaunWV||Ughhh, these kind of threads never end up well.|
|12-16-2011 09:32 PM|
Don't forget to wave
|12-16-2011 09:31 PM|
|12-16-2011 06:42 PM|
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 05:55 PM|
|12-16-2011 05:08 PM|
|12-16-2011 04:47 PM|
Half the cost of OEM
|12-16-2011 04:38 PM|
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 04:20 PM|
|12-16-2011 03:59 PM|
|i82much||What about just getting the hard top from the factory and getting an aftermarket soft top?|
|12-16-2011 03:54 PM|
|12-16-2011 03:53 PM|
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 03:29 PM|
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 03:24 PM|
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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