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Old 08-02-2009, 10:13 AM
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Soft Top V. Hard Top

Hey guys I'm trying to decide on what top i wanna take home on the 95 YJ I"m buying today. I like the security of the hard top but the soft top looks so much easier to deal with.

Can you guys help me decide please? Thanks!

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I would try to get them to give both or get the hard top. The hard top is quieter on the hwy from what I have been told but is a pain to take off.

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when i was younger i lived by: "real men have soft tops and don't use them". i used my jeep as a daily driver in the winter in the midwest with no top. i thought i would never ever have a use for a hardtop. soft top goes on and off if you're by yourself.

now that i'm a little older (still under 30) i kinda like hard tops also. although pretty much impossible to remove yourself without buying hoists, so you need a helper. but its quieter, nicer in the winter, and no zippers failing and sticking, no rips, no maintenance.
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sorry to be the newb but what kind of maintanence will i need on the soft top?

PS i acutally just came back from the dealership n put a deposit down on a 95 YJ!!
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on my '89, I had bought it with a soft top and half doors. With the soft top up on the fwy.. it's wind noise and the flapping of the canvas... with a bimini top, that flaps but it always seemed more quiet to me than the full soft top... but it would flap me on the top of the head once in a while. lol. I picked up a used hard top for $300 and some full steel doors for $150. I liked running with the hard top for the most part. Though it would creek if you were offroad and flexing anywhere.

As for taking the hard top off alone.. I did mine by myself with no hoist or anything... took some 2x4's as guides on the way down. Don't think I could put it back on by myself though.. or if I did, I don't recall. I did put the full fiberglass top on my gmc jimmy by myself once... thought I was gonna blow all the veins in my head though.. DOH!

Did I answer anything or just ramble?

If the soft top is new with all the framework, I'd take the jeep with that.

If you get the hard top and they're throwing in full steel doors with rollup windows, I'd take that.

Hard top and half doors? blah. take the soft top.

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I bought mine with the hard top and it felt like an SUV, I bought the soft top and the hard top has been taking up space in my garage ever since. Of course I live in the south and don't have to put up with brutal cold or snow very often. Look around on craig's list or check local listings and see if you can't find a hard top at a reasonable price. I would go with the soft top from the dealer because you know it will be new (no rips, tears or leaks). I would rather find a used hardtop then take the chance of buying a used soft top.
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My heep heats up super fast in the winter with my soft top and I get very little if any flapping of the soft top on the highway at 70+. I want to get a hard top sooner or later just so I can have one but the soft top is really nice.
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i want a hardtop with sunroof and removeable rear windows. or maybe a pop out kits for rear windows, anyone make them?
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if you put foam rubber pipe insulation on the soft top frame a whole bunch of the flapping noise goes away.
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all good things to consider. thanks alot guys.

btw i wound up buying the 95 YJ today with the soft top n half doors, but ill lookout for a hard top for the winter.

whats the best way to go about cleaning the top?? , or would soap and water work as usual?
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add a little elbow grease and you're in like flynn
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maintenance on the soft top is lubing zippers mainly, keep the windows clean cuz they will scratch when dirty. i just used wd40 on my zippers, but there's a thread somewhere with all kinds of great ideas. wd40 doesn't last very long, but you need to use something from time to time.

and a few guys posting about soft tops i think were tj owners maybe, there's a big difference in tops.
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no way, them's fightin words to a yj guy.
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And here is another TJ owner with his 2 cents worth. Now that I have sold my hardtop, I was on the highway with soft top up and all the windows zipped in. And believe it or not, it is very quiet almost as quiet as my hardtop.
I have no space to keep my hardtop so selling it was not an option, the way I see it. Whether it is a car or a jeep, there are plenty of convertibles on the road during the winter months, and they get by just fine.
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tj soft tops again, are a huge improvement over yj's. but like i said, it can be done, when it comes to jeeps and tops, i've done it all on or off.
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tj soft tops again, are a huge improvement over yj's. but like i said, it can be done, when it comes to jeeps and tops, i've done it all on or off.
Yea, my bad that I didn't notice it was a YJ thread.

Forgot those silly square eyes have bad soft tops. =P
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Yea, my bad that I didn't notice it was a YJ thread.

Forgot those silly square eyes have bad soft tops. =P
among other things, we like to call it character
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can't expect too much from the tj guys.
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i have the hard top. i love it. it is a pain to get off and on. pain to store. but last winter when we saw record low temps of under -10 for days on end it was rather nice to have the hard top. even though it was still frozen! but thats what you get for stripping the interor down to nothing. congrats on the new jeep.
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i also cracked my rear window in half once trying to put something in the back in freezing temps. the plastic window literally cracked in half.
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if you put foam rubber pipe insulation on the soft top frame a whole bunch of the flapping noise goes away.
The only flapping I've ever had is the base drum effect just behind the windshied and the soft doors. If you use all the snaps on the frames there isn't anything to flap. I also replaced the rear spreaders with adjustable arms that help keep the rear hoops tight.

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