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masterofyard 09-20-2009 02:53 PM

Soft top or Hard top
I live in NY and I bought my 99 TJ last November. It only came with hard top. For the spring I purchased a soft top. Now that fall is approaching and winter is around the corner, was curious to know what your oppinions would be to keep the soft top on for the winter and sell the hard top, or switch to the hard top for the winter and go back to the soft top for the spring and summer.

jwm1986 09-20-2009 03:40 PM

I put my hard top on in the cold months only because I would never take the top off and it is a little nicer... But a lot of people run the soft top all year!

jeep41 09-20-2009 04:21 PM

I run a soft top year round

jgano23 09-20-2009 04:24 PM

i live in nj and run a year round soft top on my cj and my tj. if it were me, i'd sell the hard top and use the $$$ for some mods. that is pretty much what i did when i got my cj.

KBR97 09-20-2009 04:45 PM

Im on long island too, all I have is a soft top. It does just fine. May need to keep the the heat a little higher, but it stays toasty.

Bigstonz 09-20-2009 06:15 PM

I live in western NY. I wouldn't give up the hard top in winter......besides my wife would never let it happen.

jpoutlaw 09-20-2009 08:23 PM

I had the same issues facing me. I went a head and put my hard top back on for winter. My deciding factor was I didn't want to mess with the zippers come winter and a trip to the store or something. Plus as much snow as we get, I love my rear defroster to keep the snow/ice down when traveling on the highway.

bedlam1371 09-21-2009 08:22 AM

Like others have stated, depending on the severity of your winters, the hard top would be nice to have on. I have some friends that don't even use their hard top in the winter and it just sits, which is a waste of good money that could be used for mods, like stated above. If you have it, use it, if you don't use it, sell it.

vettefever5 09-21-2009 03:51 PM

when i bought mine last september it had the hard top installed and came with a soft top. the hard top was nice in the winter with the rear defroster and the wiper. i know a lot of people run a soft top in the winter, but i'd rather have the hard top and the glass window going up and down if i need to get in the back than have to deal with a frozen/stuck zipper.

so, in a month or so i'll be swapping my soft top back for the hard top.

masterofyard 09-22-2009 12:56 AM

thanks for the replys, i think ill leave the soft top on for now and see how it goes. If i dont use the hard top, then ill sell it in the spring.

popa 09-22-2009 01:45 AM

I put, also, my hardtop during the winter. The winters are cold here, with a lot of rain and snow, and the rear plastic window doesn't like too much to be rolled during cold weather (it becomes brittle - actually, a friend of mine managed to break it, when trying to open).

MCDavis 09-22-2009 07:09 AM

I'm in NC and the first thing I bought for my LJ was a hard top. I like it in the winter, and the rear lift glass is much more convenient than the soft top rear window.

I'll run it from late Oct/early Nov until about early March.

AKWrangler 09-22-2009 10:18 AM

I live in Alaska, I would probably use a hard top if I had one,but the soft top works fine in the winter, it does get a little cold when it gets down to negative thirty going sixty miles per, but other than that it stays pretty warm.

joemd60 09-22-2009 11:40 AM

I will find out what the soft top will be like this winter, I had to sell my hardtop for multiple reasons. And believe it or not, my soft top is just as quiet on the highway as the hardtop was. As for heat, I am not overly impressed with the heaters in the Jeeps.
Even with my hardtop last year, it was not as warm as I liked at times.

jwells36 09-22-2009 11:47 AM

i live in central texas, no need for a hard top here, if its cold i just dont drive the jeep that day.


woods453 09-22-2009 01:29 PM

Hard top is only necessary if you want to avoid crime.

firemanfrmny 09-22-2009 06:21 PM

I am also on Long island, I put my hardtop on in the winter only to cut down the noise on the parkways

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