|10-14-2009 09:47 PM|
|Ray - San Jose||
I run a hard top 100% of the time. My dog's haven't learned not to scratch at the windows
|10-14-2009 09:26 AM|
|kellyjo29||Just put the hardtop on so haven't driven it yet, but I will tell you that sucker was heavy and you cannot place it with just 2 or 3 people without doing some serious damage to the body or yours! We installed an electric winch in the rafters of my shed and it was a piece of cake to put on and with the remote control I could do it by myself very easily. (Marked the garage floor with white paint so know exactly where to park I still haven't done anything with the back glass because my tailgate is bent, so not sure if I will be able to close the back glass and then the tailgate- on my list of things to do this weekend. I've had a soft top since I bought this jeep in 06 and agree with most on here. I think the soft top looks sharp and is easy on easy off. Hope to find out this weekend if I like the hard top or not. I do condition my soft top with that stuff from quadratec in the spring and fall- believe it or not, the top is original (1998) but I do not drive it in the winter much if at all. I had a 2001 Jeep and put a new sailcloth top- SWEET! Much less noisy and flappy but pricey- sold it with that jeep darnit. OK, 'nuff babbling- might post some pics of the winch from the not-such-a-man-cave.|
|10-13-2009 12:26 PM|
|T-BONE N BIXBY|
|10-13-2009 11:54 AM|
|Cons_Table||Ive never ran a hardtop so i cant say much on that, but i did recently buy one of the viking soft tops and i love it. not only is it easy to put up and take down, but it doesnt need all of the hardware of most soft tops and it also doubles as a safari top when you take the windows off. another plus to having it are the much larger windows all around.|
|10-13-2009 11:34 AM|
|NeitherFanboy||I sure wish some of you who hate hardtops lived closer and were willing to part with them cheaply! Acuse me of having a vajayjay, don't care, I want a hardtop ... I hate zipping in those windows. Being in Cal, I would love to leave the soft top up with no windows during the warm weather and then leave the hardtop on during the rainy season (such as it is). I've been told I will get better at it, but I still find zipping that back window in to be a pain!|
|10-13-2009 10:40 AM|
|10-13-2009 07:46 AM|
|CMEvans79||I have my hard top on now and plan on putting the soft top up in the spring. I also plan on putting some insulation on the inside of my hard top. I saw somewhere you can put carpet on the inside and it will keep the sound down and heat in.|
|10-13-2009 06:36 AM|
|Atthehop||Running a soft top with 1/2 doors all year is fine even here in NJ. I used the HT money to buy a nice Sony 46" LCD TV. Now I have the best of both worlds, inside and outside.|
|10-13-2009 02:11 AM|
|JimmyJazz||It depends where you live...I got my Jeep with both soft & hard tops, plus a safari top. And since the weather is very nice here, i just leave it topless, and i don't think i will put my hard top this winter because it is not so cold. I'm thinking of selling the hard top to buy other accessories|
|10-13-2009 12:26 AM|
|boostlesstj||if i were you i'd get hardtop, soft tops are easier to come by in alaska. i'm in fairbanks and i have hard top comin up|
|10-12-2009 10:42 PM|
I have three tops; hardtop, soft top, and bikini top. And I prefer my sunrider top in the summer and my hardtop in the fall/winter months. Though I honestly don't mind my bikini top in the midlde of summer when it's nothing but 90+ degree weather lol. Ok, back to your question.
Pros of hardtop:
Harder to break into
Yep, that's about it
Can still get fairly cold in the winter due to lack of insulation, like others have said above
Easier to load groceries
Having the option to unzip one or all three windows
Can flip the top up if I want a half convertible of sorts
Easier to break into
Zippers can break if your not careful
Can scratch easily
Can tear easily
But no, I don't favor one over the other
|04-09-2008 06:47 PM|
|603TJ||it's all about the looks, like anything else in this world.... that being said, the classic hardtop looks badass.|
|04-09-2008 04:49 PM|
I like my hardtop, I don't care what you guys say, I don't think a softtop is near as quiet as my hardtop at highway speeds, plus, even tough it may not be, I think it feels more secure, and I like it for inclement weather.
Cons, yes it is a pita to take off or on.
And, IMO hardtops look better.
|04-09-2008 09:49 AM|
|botlfed98||i would say all depends on where you live and what your needs are....only you can determine which is best for you!|
|04-08-2008 09:18 PM|
|PbFoot||not sure if this has been mentioned already, but supposedly u-haul wont rent you a trailer to tow unless you have a car with a hard top. so thats another "plus"...kind of a really specific one there, but you know. heh|
|03-29-2008 03:39 PM|
|jeepluver1956||I got the HT on my 2 door, I drove a 4 door ST, it was really windy that day and it was quite noisey. Plus living in Michigan with the cold weather, if I lived in a warm state I probably would have gotten the ST.|
|03-29-2008 03:32 PM|
|JeepChick||I am in Missouri it gets pretty cold in the winter, I still LOVE my soft top though. I wouldn't want a HT. One thing I would like to have are Full steel doors, the half doors tend to leak because rain, snow, & sleet soaks through the half doors. The ST is not that noisy though even @ 70 mph.|
|03-29-2008 07:56 AM|
local in phoenix only. no shipping
|03-29-2008 05:02 AM|
IF you buy a hard top, avoid the "Freedom Top" at all costs!! Leaks like a bugger!!
|03-29-2008 02:50 AM|
Hard tops look cooler imo.
I wish I had a soft top though because it rained hard a few months ago for a few days and I left my hard top at my dad's house. If I had a soft top, I could've done it myself.
BTW, how much would a complete soft top cost me including hardware? I have zero hardware.
Any place you recommend I can order one? My local 4X4 warehouse charges way too much.
|03-28-2008 06:02 PM|
|tmbrdr69||The reality is the choice between h.t. and s.t. comes down to preference. I like my h.t. I want a soft top and will eventually buy one for use in the summer months, as it is nice to be able to go topless, and still be able to put the top back up if it rains. As far as living in the snow I would definitely go with the h.t. as it will hold up better than the s.t. Also the h.t. does not require periodic replacement. The windows in a s.t. will yellow among other things. As far as ease of removal of the h.t. my wife and I can easily take off the h.t.|
|03-17-2008 05:35 PM|
You DO NOT want to use the plastic windows in extreme cold. They will split like there is no tomorrow. http://www.links4jeeps.com/forum/ind...51639#msg51639
If you are going to be in extrememly cold weather a lot of the time I'd say go hard top, but for the rest of us like myself soft tops are fine.
|03-17-2008 03:48 PM|
you can always bust out your back window on your hardtop.. and it was like 500 for my to fix just the glass..
i have both... and i love it.. hardtop in the winter, softtop in the summer..
my jeep still feels like it freezes quickly after turning off the heat in the winter either with the soft or hard top.. but like people said the ht is less noisy.. and also if you have a ht hoist.. its a breeze to take on and off.. as far as the softtop.. its the best if weather around your area changes constantly.. nothing like taking off the ht and doors and then get to the other side of town and it rain..
GET BOTH IF ITS POSSIBLE.. you'll love it
|03-17-2008 03:17 PM|
|03-17-2008 03:14 PM|
I Have Both
I run a soft top with aftermarket sliders on half doors during the warmer months and full doors with a hard top in the colder months. Mine came with the half doors & a soft top... If you can afford both, then you ought to go for it... You will not be sorry...
|03-16-2008 02:42 AM|
|03-16-2008 02:32 AM|
And I agree fully with being able to drop the top. It's that carefree, beach go-er look I love about jeeps.
|03-15-2008 10:40 PM|
hardtop isn't good for trail runs... softtop isn't good for trail runs either unless you remember to lower it first or if its an expendanle $40 safari or bikini top...
from today because I was too tired this morning to lower the soft top and install my safai top. glue and some more cut up levis will fix this right?
couldve been worse... couldve been my hardtop
|03-15-2008 10:27 PM|
soft top is better by far, they are pretty quite, i can be going 70 down the highway and the only thing i have to compete with for noise is my muffler not the wind, as for being cold, i live in new england and its been -10 and windy and its been fine, once i turn the heater on it takes 5-7 minutes to warm up then im good then just turn it on the defrost and feet setting to keep it warm in the cab, but not have the hot air blasting right at you, also it warms up really easily in the sun since its black, it can be 30 out but in my jeep its like 45 b/c its black and absorbs the heat and transfers it inside well
then it takes all of three minutes to take down and five to put back up, it costs less to replace, it is more manly, and more jeeply, one main reason to buy a jeep is to be able to go topless, also there is no storage issue when u take it off, it can be stuffed anywhere in any position, not just right side up with nothing on top of it etc.
|03-15-2008 07:13 PM|
It really just comes down to what you like. It has been around 10-30 degrees the last 3-4 months here and my soft top is fine but I doubt I would be able to take it down without heating it up first. I wouldn't want to take it down anyway if it is that cold outside.
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