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Old 05-10-2017, 10:22 AM
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Soft vs Hard Top and moisture

Assume whichever top, soft or hard (i.e. Freedom) the Wrangler owner owns is subject to frequent (once a month) removal.

Which stands better to resist moisture coming into the car in such a frequent removal scenario?

Is the hard top disadvantaged in this regard because it is not fabric that can conform to the curves of the Jeep's sport bars/windshield, pillars, doors and therefore subject to tight seals in order to be rain/snow tight?

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Assume whichever top, soft or hard (i.e. Freedom) the Wrangler owner owns is subject to frequent (once a month) removal.

Which stands better to resist moisture coming into the car in such a frequent removal scenario?

Is the hard top disadvantaged in this regard because it is not fabric that can conform to the curves of the Jeep's sport bars/windshield, pillars, doors and therefore subject to tight seals in order to be rain/snow tight?
Lots of threads on this. I'm preferential to the hard top, though some have nothing but problems with theirs.

The hard top's disadvantage is only if the body or windshield frame is tweaked. The fact that the seals always hit the same spot with the same pressure when you turn down the mounting screws the same torque works to its advantage. If it seals once, it'll seal again, assuming your seals don't dry-rot.

The soft top has more wiggle room to conform, but also more wiggle room to back off just enough to let precipitation in.

I prefer my hard top, as there's always a way to seal it better if it starts leaking - replace seal foam strips, have windshield frame re-squared to body, etc... With a soft top, once it's stretched out and starts leaking, you're more likely to need a replacement skin for the top, and that doesn't come cheap.

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