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Old 03-13-2019, 11:00 PM
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Question for all the Top switchers!

I bought a soft top and will be using it for the first time soon. When do you guys usually switch from hard tops to soft tops??

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Old 03-14-2019, 12:08 AM   #2
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As soon as the weather turns into late spring I remove the hard top and install my Bikini top. If I am going out and there is the chance of rain I put on my soft top. Having different tops is like having different door options.

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Once the weather starts steadily getting into the 70's it's time to switch.
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With 100ºF + weather, I keep the hard top on most of the year. Usually take it off for some topless fun in the spring and fall, but usually just for the weekend and such.
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Typically, If I buy a soft top jeep, I swap to hard top within a couple months and never swap back....

Personally I wouldn't swap back and forth seasonally...
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Whenever I buy a Jeep with a hard top, I sell the top for cash for more useful mods. No real reason for one.
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well there's a couple of helpful comments.

Thanks Fellas!!
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I usually swap the soft top on mine in mid to late spring. Swap the hard top back on around the end of October.
I like having both tops because it makes it feel like a different Jeep every time I swap tops.
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Late april I'll switch hard tops to soft tops and full doors to half doors on both jeeps. Then back again late october
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Thanks for all the responses everyone!
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One of the coolest things about a jeep is that while various people have much different preferences, these vehicles are super versatile and comform to their owner....
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One of the coolest things about a jeep is that while various people have much different preferences, these vehicles are super versatile and comform to their owner....
Agreed … Jeeps are LEGOs for adults!
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Curious? What are the advantages of a hard top? My AC is too cold even on 100 degree days, my heat burns my feet when it's below zero. A sailcloth top is as quiet as a hard top. They are a PITA to remove alone. They also don't deter thieves. I'm confused, only having a few Jeeps and hard tops.
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Needs to be warm enough so the top flexes easily and has some stretch. A sunny 70 day is about right.
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Seven months, soft top and doors.
Five months, no top, no doors.

It's garaged so I treat it like a motorcycle.
If the weatherman screws up I get wet.
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Curious? What are the advantages of a hard top? My AC is too cold even on 100 degree days, my heat burns my feet when it's below zero. A sailcloth top is as quiet as a hard top. They are a PITA to remove alone. They also don't deter thieves. I'm confused, only having a few Jeeps and hard tops.
Honestly, the look and it had some comforts like rear wiper and defroster, plus warmer in the winter, quieter
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Curious? What are the advantages of a hard top? My AC is too cold even on 100 degree days, my heat burns my feet when it's below zero. A sailcloth top is as quiet as a hard top. They are a PITA to remove alone. They also don't deter thieves. I'm confused, only having a few Jeeps and hard tops.
Advantages are it's quieter than any softtop. People have measured this with decibel meters so it is fact.
Not sure how you think a solid fiberglass shell isn't more secure than a zipped up piece of cloth and plastic. So I'll just say it. More secure than softtop.

Like was said above wiper and defroster. And one other thing with the rear window. The flip up vs. zip up rear window is massive in my book and other than it being more secure this is my favorite feature of the hardtop.
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Needs to be warm enough so the top flexes easily and has some stretch. A sunny 70 day is about right.
Great advice. The sun and heat are your friends when putting the soft top on. You won't loose your Christianity wrestling with the thing.

I like being able to change my top out. IMHO, the hardtop is much quieter and warmer. Soft top is very loud but love the flip top in the summer and running the A/C in the Alabama heat and humidity. Safari style is my favorite way to ride.

Have a solid plan for your hard top! Mine fits on this dolly and slides into the garage. I can remove the hard top by myself, just slides back onto the frame.
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Needs to be warm enough so the top flexes easily and has some stretch. A sunny 70 day is about right.
If you can't wait on the weather, a hair dryer will help with that last 18 inches or so that look to be impossible.
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Advantages are it's quieter than any softtop. People have measured this with decibel meters so it is fact.
Not sure how you think a solid fiberglass shell isn't more secure than a zipped up piece of cloth and plastic. So I'll just say it. More secure than softtop.
YOU ARE WRONG! Check the decibel readings again with a sailcloth top. SECURE? I can pop off your hard top or tap a window to get in within 2 minutes. "Solid fiberglass" is an oxymoron. The emphasis is on the "moron". I'm guessing you have that covered.
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Swapping soft top to hard top for winter will at a minimum extend the life of the soft top, by not putting it through cold weather and winter grime, especially the rear window. Not to mention that with the hard top you can run the rear glass wiper. It’s easy to spot old jeeps that Run soft top only all year long, the plastic windows look like crap.
To say that a hard top is just as easy to break into than a soft top, then i guess you can say that for any vehicle, especially if suggesting to tap a glass window to break in.
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YOU ARE WRONG! Check the decibel readings again with a sailcloth top. SECURE? I can pop off your hard top or tap a window to get in within 2 minutes. "Solid fiberglass" is an oxymoron. The emphasis is on the "moron". I'm guessing you have that covered.


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YOU ARE WRONG! Check the decibel readings again with a sailcloth top. SECURE? I can pop off your hard top or tap a window to get in within 2 minutes. "Solid fiberglass" is an oxymoron. The emphasis is on the "moron". I'm guessing you have that covered.
I have both oem sailcloth and a hardtop and the hardtop is a LOT quieter at higher speeds....

Yes more secure too.... soft top can be entered absolutely silently by even the dumbest of crackhead.... glass breaking is loud and exposes said crackhead to a greater risk of bullet holes or handcuffs so he may very well pass it up for less secure prey........

That said, this thread is about when to swap, not which is or is not quieter or more secure....
We've all said our peace.... how about now we let the thread get back on topic....

Last word here doesn't prove anything so no need to keep saying the same thing over and over....
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On another note if you are looking for a way to store your hardtop there are instructions out there to build you own dolly out of wood instead of spending big bucks on a steel one.

I have them, if anyone needs them send me a message.
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As soon as its warm enough and I can find someone to help me take off the clunky hard top. I am a 5'2'' 120 lb lady and there is no way I can ever get that on or off without some kind of help ha.
soft top stays mostly folded back and no doors all summer. Unless it rains, then I'll take the shelter....
hard top back on when snow is in the forecast (I live in Tahoe)
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As soon as its warm enough and I can find someone to help me take off the clunky hard top. I am a 5'2'' 120 lb lady and there is no way I can ever get that on or off without some kind of help ha.
soft top stays mostly folded back and no doors all summer. Unless it rains, then I'll take the shelter....
hard top back on when snow is in the forecast (I live in Tahoe)
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Ever consider a hoist? Could make life easier.... heck I'm 6'4" 250 and my lift the hardtop myself days are long behind me with my hoist...
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I live in Colorado and didn't want to deal with a soft top in the winter since the Jeep is my daily driver. I assumed that scraping ice and snow off the plastic windows would just destroy them over time.
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Ever consider a hoist? Could make life easier.... heck I'm 6'4" 250 and my lift the hardtop myself days are long behind me with my hoist...
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