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I come in as an SUV owner, about to become a Wrangler owner. Be gentle.

I've narrowed down my choice of wrangler, but I keep getting stuck at the hard top/soft top issue. The dealer tells me to get a hardtop and then buy an after market soft top- but there is some hardware required.

So here is my question: How hard is it to add the aftermarket "hardware"? I don't do DIY stuff well- and normally have to call someone to fix it. So, I'm a little nervous. But there do seem to be quite a few after market soft top kits out there.

Help!
 

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Welcome to WF..

I'll move this to the JK section.

Oh...and if you are only going to get one from the dealer....get the hard top. It is a LOT easier to add a soft top later.

Most people go with either a Trektop NX soft top, or buy a "new take-off" factory soft top.
 

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i say get it with hard top and buy a bestop (brand) i prefer the trektop NX(model). it will come with all the hardware in the box that you need
 

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Welcome to WF.. I'll move this to the JK section. Oh...and if you are only going to get one from the dealer....get the hard top. It is a LOT easier to add a soft top later. Most people go with either a Trektop NX soft top, or buy a "new take-off" factory soft top.
The trektop NX comes with all the needed hardware to install and it also looks awesome!

I got the hard top from the factory. Better for winter.
 

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Why not order the dual top option? It's a bit more expensive,,but you get both from the factory and they are both covered by warranty, wheras the a soft top picked up later wouldn't be.
 

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I got the hard top, love it! Don't really like the soft top look, but going to get a jkini instead. If you like both and can afford it I would get that option though.
 

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Get both from factory. The factory "premium" soft top is easy to fold/unfold, and the hard top is nice in winter (depending on your location).
 

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The freedom top settled it for me. I loved the soft top on my 98 Wrangler but security always worried me. As soon as I saw the freedom panels on the hard top, I was sold. I could get reasonable security for stuff in the Jeep (you can't simply unzip a panel) and got "topless" relatively easily. I still would love to get a frameless softop like the NX but I'm happy for now.
 

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Not sure whats the point of buying a convertible jeep and buying a hard top to go with it. These cars are meant to enjoy!
 

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Not too enjoyable in the middle of a nasty winter. I would never own one without a hardtop for the winters here. I have a bikini and tonno for the summer but I am going to also get a soft top I think. The hard top and doors takes me and the wife 10 minutes to take off or put back on.
 

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Dual top option will give you the best of both tops. The only top I add to this combo is a bikini top. Right now I am enjoying the premium soft top. Three tops, easy to change, what a great life!
 
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