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Old 03-18-2016, 10:29 PM
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Question AZ Do I Buy a Hard Top? AC Temps over 110

I have a 2005 Wrangler with a soft top. I think my soft top is newer, but I am not sure since I bought it from the dealer.
It is easily over 110 degrees for 4 months in the summer. Should I buy a hard top? Worth the $2000 investment?

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Used hardtop should be ~$700-$1000, unless it's an LJ top in which case I generally see them for $1200-$1500. I love my hardtop but it's about personal preferences etc. if I lived somewhere like that I'd probably just build a couple security boxes and go without a top all year. I live in a place that rains, a lot. I have a hardtop and full doors. I wouldn't want it any other way here, though I plan to still take the top off in the summers sometimes. They are a lot of weight up high if you wheel, which can be a big deal depending on how/where you wheel.

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I am in Phoenix and have a 10 JK with soft top. I usually have the top and doors on for winter. I shucked the doors and top and throw on a Spiderweb Shade most of the rest of the year. When monsoon season acts up, I often use a bikini and may throw the doors back on for baboons. You may have guessed I don't have much use for my a/c!
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It's hot regardless so it really doesn't matter.
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When it's 110, I doubt a hard top will keep it much cooler. Cold water is you're friend.
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I have a bowless top for mine. It has been off for a month now.
I have no intention of reinstalling it until it gets cold again, unless they predict a couple days of rain. For monsoon, since the rain typically doesn't stay around long, I will just install my cab cover while parked.
I wouldn't even THINK of having a hard top.
Does it get hot in the Summer? Of course. Is it still fun? YEAH!
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I have a 2005 Wrangler with a soft top. I think my soft top is newer, but I am not sure since I bought it from the dealer.
It is easily over 110 degrees for 4 months in the summer. Should I buy a hard top? Worth the $2000 investment?
Remove doors, window, top. Add some type of shade on top like bikini top. Your welcome.
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Your AC will work just fine with the soft top. Save your money for something else.
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Above 115 it becomes like a convection oven with top and doors off. As long as you have doors and either a soft or hard top with AC you will be ok, if it only gets to 110 then the top and doors are purely optional, but sunglasses are a must.
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A hard top is a vast improvement in both heating and cooling. Anyone saying different either does not live where it can be over 100 degrees or is extremely heat tolerant (baked potato?).

I have a Spiderweb mesh top inside my hard top. It stays on all the time. I place two of those windshield aluminum foil covers up on top between the mesh top and the hard top to further insulate my head. I am as cool as a cucumber when it is 100 plus.

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Down here in Florida, we get 100* days in the summer

YES a hard top and a good charge on your AC will keep you cool,

I'd look for a white top and have an interior shop put a liner in it for insulation.
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Wear a broad rim hat and put on plenty of sunscreen ... skin cancer is a bitch.
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A hard top is a vast improvement in both heating and cooling. Anyone saying different either does not live where it can be over 100 degrees or is extremely heat tolerant (baked potato?).

I have a Spiderweb mesh top inside my hard top. It stays on all the time. I place two of those windshield aluminum foil covers up on top between the mesh top and the hard top to further insulate my head. I am as cool as a cucumber when it is 100 plus.

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I agree 100% A hard top is worth its wait in gold in the hotter months here in Arizona!
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Personally I think it's a bigger challenge to try and keep the motor from running hot than it is to keep the inside cool regardless of witch top is on. Why Chrysler felt the need to keep these at 210 is Beyond me.
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I have a hard top on my 98 Tj and here in the central valley of CA, summers are above 100. Maybe not AZ heat, but hot. I love my hard top with AC in the summer. Wouldnt change a thing.
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I'd look for a white top and have an interior shop put a liner in it for insulation.
This makes a lot of sense, but is there such thing as a white top?
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This makes a lot of sense, but is there such thing as a white top?
White Sahara TJ's came with a white top, or at least it was an option. My LJ top is white under the liner that somebody put on prior to me buying it. It's flaking off. Of course, white paint is available for sale too.
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Personally I think it's a bigger challenge to try and keep the motor from running hot than it is to keep the inside cool regardless of witch top is on. Why Chrysler felt the need to keep these at 210 is Beyond me.
I run a 3 row radiator down in Florida, I couldn't over heat the engine, if I put a fire under it.
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This makes a lot of sense, but is there such thing as a white top?
There is/was a spice color, I guess you could paint one any color you like as long as you don't pick black. In 100+ temps you could fry an egg on a black top.
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I am in AZ and only have a soft top. It's fine in the heat.
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In car car when you roll the windows down they call it 2 x 60 air conditioning,

I guess in a Jeep if you take the top and doors off, it's 3 x 60 air conditioning.
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I have a 99 TJ that I bought in 2000 and it has a hardtop and full doors. I'm in central Texas and it gets hot here too. I have always been very comfortable with the AC on...even on the hottest days. My Sahara came with a soft top too and I can tell you that it makes a huge difference in comfort, as it gets a lot hotter and louder with it on. I've found that it only takes a few minutes to take the hardtop and doors off and get my bimini on if I want to go on trails or the beach. 16 years with my TJ....still enjoy the versatility and personality.

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