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jeepluver1956 03-06-2007 06:35 PM

TJ Top & Roof Rack
 
I just posted a thread for 'buying a tj advice". I forgot about Tops - is is best to get both tops? I think I like the Soft Tops - but are there different ones - bikini, etc..? I see the 07s have the Freedom Top - I guess 3 pieces. My biggest concern is my kayak. I'm been researching racks for the roof. Could I have any kind of a roof rack for a soft top? Thanks for your help.

Triple88a 03-06-2007 06:59 PM

I would try to find a jeep with a hardtop first. Softtops are a lot cheaper than the hardtops and a hardtop on its own is quite high priced. I found my 00 tj with hard top for 13500 (sticker price) there was a similar tj with few miles more than mine same engine and everything but just with soft top and it was only 13000 so preatty much the only difference was the hard top for 500..

As the roof rack goes if it connects to the back bumper or to the body other than the top it will work. Many are back to the bumper and forward to the winshield just like roof lights would connect

amerijeep 03-06-2007 07:06 PM

I may be biased, but I know that I would never be happy with the hard top. triple88a does give good advice though.

Anyway, that freedom top seems to be pretty awesome. I wish I had one for my YJ.

Triple88a 03-06-2007 07:17 PM

Amerijeep does any 1 actually make a half hard top for TJs that you know of? ....Half top-Just the front seats are top then there is a window behind the front seats and then its flat back.

Just like this but it being hard top :)http://www.oman4x4.com/albums/diamon...p2HalfDoor.jpg A moon roof also might be great :)

rich1014 03-06-2007 07:19 PM

I have an 05 tj. Run the hard top in the winter and a bikini in the summer. Sometimes I put the soft top on, but not often. My bikini is that sunrider with the tonneau for the back area (rear seat down) and a zip up back window behind the drivers seat (I'm only 5'8" and it's almost too close for even my seat adjustment). I wish I had one of those new hardtops with the removable piece and one of the soft tops with the fold back option - but can't rationalize it when my other tops are perfectly good.

amerijeep 03-06-2007 07:51 PM

I don't believe there is a half hardtop for TJs. I have never seen one.

I did a quick Google and came up with nothin'.

lost 03-06-2007 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Triple88a (Post 60626)
Amerijeep does any 1 actually make a half hard top for TJs that you know of? ....Half top-Just the front seats are top then there is a window behind the front seats and then its flat back.

Just like this but it being hard top :)http://www.oman4x4.com/albums/diamon...p2HalfDoor.jpg A moon roof also might be great :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by amerijeep (Post 60641)
I don't believe there is a half hardtop for TJs. I have never seen one.

I did a quick Google and came up with nothin'.

http://www.gr8tops.com/
http://www.gr8tops.com/images/stories/ljside2.jpg

amerijeep 03-06-2007 08:09 PM

Cool. Answers that.

Triple88a 03-06-2007 08:45 PM

Thanks lost :) It's in my favorites now.. :) gues where the spare will go :)

AzTJ 03-06-2007 09:07 PM

I plan on doing a Half Hard Top next year XD

rich1014 03-07-2007 09:12 PM

Half hardtop for tj's: Bestop two-piece hardtop. 4 Wheel parts catalog. With upper doors about $2300. That lets me out. . .

Triple88a 04-09-2007 07:43 PM

its a bit more expensive than the regular hard top that carmax was quoting me on when i was looking for a car.. they gave me a quote of 1999.95.

FuzzyDolly 04-11-2007 03:18 PM

IMO there is absolutely no reason to own a hard top. The soft top is great year round. This comes from someone whose temperatures range from +95 down to -30 and can get several feet of snow in a single day.

Triple88a 04-11-2007 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FuzzyDolly (Post 70390)
IMO there is absolutely no reason to own a hard top. The soft top is great year round. This comes from someone whose temperatures range from +95 down to -30 and can get several feet of snow in a single day.

I'll tell you my reasons for owning a hard top in a random order
1. In my area where i live a soft top will be cut for fun
2. A soft top will be cut just because yours is better than the beater next house-jelousy
3. A soft top will be cut to get into a vehicle and steal something
4. It's quite quieter and confortable ride so now you can hear your music instead of the flappings of the soft top.
5. No chance of it ripping or falling off while you are driving therefore increasing safety dramatically.

any one else has some other reasons feel free to add them to the list.

mrbigjeep 04-11-2007 09:54 PM

and you have the rear window defroster/wiper with a hardtop.

stevin33 04-12-2007 06:55 AM

don't forget the dome light

Odhinn 04-12-2007 07:01 AM

When I first picked up my TJ I was looking to get a hardtop for it. After running the softtop and bikini top for a while I decided there is no way I will run a Hard top. It is extremely handy to be able to pull over and drop the top at any given time. Best is running no doors and a bikini top. Just my opinion of coarse.:D

blownfanswitch 04-12-2007 07:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevin33 (Post 70592)
don't forget the dome light

I have a dome light on my soundbar. :)

mud707 04-12-2007 07:49 AM

I have the original soft top on my o1 sport and it doesn't flap at all. The one thing I didn't like is the old zipper windows in the front on my half doors. I got besttop sliders and through the old half door windows away.

mrbigjeep 04-12-2007 11:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mud707 (Post 70597)
I have the original soft top on my o1 sport and it doesn't flap at all. The one thing I didn't like is the old zipper windows in the front on my half doors. I got besttop sliders and through the old half door windows away.

my soft top flaps like crazy.

Clay125 02-05-2010 05:31 PM

How can I mount a rack on my hard top? I dont what all that big frame or drill holes in the top of course.... Any info on this?????

ajf1994 09-12-2010 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FuzzyDolly (Post 70390)
IMO there is absolutely no reason to own a hard top. The soft top is great year round. This comes from someone whose temperatures range from +95 down to -30 and can get several feet of snow in a single day.

Ha... I live on the other side of transit, in Clarence. (mailing address is Williamsville though.) It gets down to -20, but I think it's got over 100 before. And you aren't kidding about the snow either. '04 TJ w/ soft top. Soft top all the way!

GoldTJ 09-12-2010 10:53 PM

I have several tops,and prefer the soft top in proper weather,but the hardtop is the way to go in winter!

NeitherFanboy 09-12-2010 10:59 PM

I hate my softop. The only way I like driving my jeep is either hardtop on (quiet) or no top at all. That flapping and rifle crack from my softop drives me nuts.


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