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Appman180 06-28-2014 09:38 PM

Soft top or hard top?
 
Hey guys. I'm looking for opinions from people from south Louisiana or from a place where the climate is similar. Which top did you choose?
Leaning towards dual top option because I can't decide which to go with. I know everyone's situation is different, I'm just looking for opinions on what top you chose and why.

Thanks!


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fsu6288 06-28-2014 09:43 PM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
First thing is how often do plan on running topless/down? I'm in jax,fl so there is always the possibility of an afternoon shower. I have had both tops and prefer soft top. I like to be able to go top up/down with minimal time and fuss. Hardtop will give you cooler interior and quieter ride, if that's more important.


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Appman180 06-28-2014 09:54 PM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
I'm sure the majority of time the top will be up. But would like to drop it at will. Are the freedom panels able to be removed quickly?


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SoCalRubicon 06-28-2014 09:57 PM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
Dual top option!

Best of both worlds.

Appman180 06-28-2014 10:15 PM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
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Originally Posted by SoCalRubicon (Post 1044035)
Dual top option!

Best of both worlds.


That's what I'm leaning towards. Didn't know if I could choose one and save some cash


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tink5775 06-30-2014 07:46 AM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Appman180 (Post 1044034)
I'm sure the majority of time the top will be up. But would like to drop it at will. Are the freedom panels able to be removed quickly?


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The F panels come out (go in) very quickly, but then the SunRider opens & closes pretty quickly to. Hardest part with soft top is keeping the plastic windows from getting scratched up when they are out.

I've got both, but then I'm in NH. Hard for winter and soft for summer. Hoist in garage to quickly & easily get the hard off.

Also got a SpiderWeb Shade - great up here, essential down there.

You can't go wrong getting dual, if you find you use the soft top more you can always sell your hard top.

Tink

KnifeWrench 07-01-2014 05:49 AM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
Additionally, if you've got a garage you can throw together a hard top lift fairly quickly which makes the transition a snap. If you have to park your jeep somewhere sketchy, I would suggest at least owning a hard top (I've had one of mine cut into... with the doors unlocked).

sf5211 02-28-2017 07:58 PM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
Question for you jeep veterans. I ordered a Sahara with duel tops. (1st Jeep). It hasn't arrived yet. I was going to install my soft top on April 1st here in NY but some of the blogs have stated it's not wise if its still chilly out because of contraction. Is this true and should I just wait for an 80 degree day?

Relyt 03-01-2017 10:14 PM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
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Originally Posted by sf5211 (Post 2020374642)
Question for you jeep veterans. I ordered a Sahara with duel tops. (1st Jeep). It hasn't arrived yet. I was going to install my soft top on April 1st here in NY but some of the blogs have stated it's not wise if its still chilly out because of contraction. Is this true and should I just wait for an 80 degree day?


Being on the Jeep when cold isn't a problem. The issue is trying to get everything stretched to fit right. With a new top it's going to be even more difficult. If it were me, I'd probably wait until it's pretty warm out, and I'd lay all the stuff out in the sun for a while before trying it.


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Jared1956 03-02-2017 11:21 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Relyt (Post 2020376618)
Being on the Jeep when cold isn't a problem. The issue is trying to get everything stretched to fit right. With a new top it's going to be even more difficult. If it were me, I'd probably wait until it's pretty warm out, and I'd lay all the stuff out in the sun for a while before trying it.


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Absolutely correct. Below about 65 degrees the fabric shrinks and stiffens up. This makes it much more likely you will bend a top bow or rip the stitching in the top trying to force it on in cold weather.

Ambient temperature is really not enough even, like RELYT said, lying the top in the sun for a few hours is ideal. It will make the job much much easier.

Jared1956 03-02-2017 11:26 AM

Re: Soft top or hard top?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Appman180 (Post 1044030)
Hey guys. I'm looking for opinions from people from south Louisiana or from a place where the climate is similar. Which top did you choose?
Leaning towards dual top option because I can't decide which to go with. I know everyone's situation is different, I'm just looking for opinions on what top you chose and why.

Thanks!


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There are two types of Jeep people. People that the point of the Jeep is that it is a convertible and every day they can run with the top off, they do. Your enthusiast who view it more like a motorcycle than a automobile.

Then other type is the people who buy one because it looks cool, but they order power windows, locks, leather, and want to keep the inside perfectly clean. Your daily drivers.

Bottom line really is, if it is your only driver and you often leave valuables in your current vehicle, laptops, firearms, shopping bags, jackets, etc., then you need a hardtop and the security that goes along with it. And really at this point I'd just buy a 4Runner or equivalent vehicle instead of a Wrangler.

If you want a warm weather fun vehicle and you are going to spend most days of the week with the top down, then soft top is the only way to go.

schandna01 03-03-2017 07:25 PM

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I live in central Mississippi and have a soft top. I debated for a long time between the 2, and I'm so glad I got the soft top. Takes like no time to take the top down, and I've never had any problems as far as climate with the soft top. It really is perfect. I don't keep much valuable stuff in there, but I've never run into any problems or anything like that. I do have power windows and all that fun stuff, and this is my daily driver, but there is no reason to go hard top. It's big and bulky when you take it off, whereas a soft top, you can do it by yourself in like 3 minutes maybe.


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