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Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

I've been waiting on my JKU order (ordered earlier Feb). My dealer called me today and said he discovered the reason for the delay (it was supposed to be here 10 days ago). Apparently, there is a hold on my JKU and others because they "may" have been damaged by hail while at the rail yard.

The dealer is thinking there may be a longer delay so he looked around for another Jeep in my color with the options I ordered. He was able to find one that had all the options I wanted with exception of the Dual Top Group (the one he found was Freedom Top only).

I've installed a power hoist lift in my garage for the hard top over the weekend. My question for the group? Would you recommend waiting for one with the Dual Top Group? Or do you think putting the hard top off and on will be just as easy since I have a power hoist?

I guess the simple question is ... Is putting on the soft top about the same in time as it would be for me to do the hard top now that I have a power hoist installed? Any advice from the community will be greatly appreciated as this will be my 1st JKU.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:55 PM
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

I'm not exactly sure what you are asking. The dual top option gives you both tops, but they are not kept on together, except for delivery. You'd still need to take the hard top off and then install the soft top.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

I am aware that the tops are not on together.

When I ordered the Jeep I was planning on having the hard top on during the winter and in the summer mostly topless -- but use the soft top during rainy days.

But now that I have the garage hoist for the hard top, my question is if it is just as easy to put the hard top on during rainy days in the summer as it would be to put on the soft top?
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

Gotcha. It would be just as​ fast unless you would keep the soft top just folded down and booted like a convertible. Probably faster, actually, if you are going truly topless and taking off the surrounds.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

If we're just talking about folding the soft top down then that is quite a bit faster than removing the hardtop. It also comes with the added bonus that if you're out and about and you get a spot of rain you can fold it up and even if you don't have the windows you have a bit of cover.

I don't see why the dealership shouldn't be able to get you a soft top to go with the hard top only wrangler for the added price of the dual top group, but may'be that's more complicated that I think.

Additionally, there are quite a few aftermarket soft top options. I personally ordered mine with the hard top only because I knew I wanted a Trekop NX.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

You'll be surprised how fast a summer storm can catch you unawares. I had a 70 Blazer that was open to the windshield when the hard top was off. There was no soft top. I couldn't count how many times I froze my nuts off before I could get home to the barn and install the hard top. A cold wet rain is cold even in the summer time and even in the Deep South when you're driving and the wind is in your hair and you're wet as a drowned rat. I would have loved a soft top to just pull over on the side of the road and flip the soft top up. The heater and defroster don't seem to help much either without a roof and the wind and rain are pouring like piss out of a boot.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

Getting caught in the rain in a topless Jeep is just slightly better than getting caught out on a motorcycle. If you live in a rural area there are no bridges to pull under and no gas station awnings. Rain at any speed stings like sleet. Plan on driving home as miserable as you can possibly be, change clothes, install top and drive back to doing what you were doing. Weather men are as useless as tits on a boar hog, don't count on the so called forecast.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

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Apparently, there is a hold on my JKU and others because they "may" have been damaged by hail while at the rail yard.
Can anyone tell you if yours was actually damaged? If it wasn't damaged, it should continue on its journey soon.

I would press your dealer to getting an answer before committing yourself to other choices.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

Buy a soft top (like a Bestop Supertop) aftermarket to go with your freedom top. I'm sure it'll cost a lot less than the dual top group from the factory, and they are great quality too.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

I'm surprised the dealer doesn't have a factory soft top or 2 lying around from a take off that he could give you.

I know my dealer does as I have seen them just lying on the floor in the building we hold our 4x4 club meetings in.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

I realize time is going to be limited and our selecting limited also. This is all we can manage to do within the limited amount of time.. but this would mean we might have to purchase a hard top instead of finding a jeep with a soft top. Not having the room to store the hard top in order to install a soft top.. we would have to make the switch at the dealership either at the time of purchase or later on when a premium soft top is available. So we're hoping for a soft top, but may end up with either a lesser soft top or hard top which would have to be switched there abouts.

So is it true or false some dealership will buy back these types of items?.
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Re: Dual Top Suggestion - Jeep damaged in-transit

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I realize time is going to be limited and our selecting limited also. This is all we can manage to do within the limited amount of time.. but this would mean we might have to purchase a hard top instead of finding a jeep with a soft top. Not having the room to store the hard top in order to install a soft top.. we would have to make the switch at the dealership either at the time of purchase or later on when a premium soft top is available. So we're hoping for a soft top, but may end up with either a lesser soft top or hard top which would have to be switched there abouts.

So is it true or false some dealership will buy back these types of items?.
I highly doubt they buy them back, usually what happens is a customer does some sort of upgrade and the dealer does the install and the parts stay with the dealer. With my dealer, I got to think they are valuable when they think of them of someone wants one, other than that, they are really just thrown in a pile in a relatively unused building (the old showroom)
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