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post #1 of 38 Old 03-07-2017, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hard Top or Soft Top? Half Doors or Full?

So I want to get a Wrangler to replace the feeling I used to get when riding my motorcycle. That would mean no doors or top at all when possible. I live near Chicago so doors and windows are preferred for winter. As my user name clearly states, I am completely out of my depth here. I have a bunch of other questions but I thought I would start there. I'm just looking at a basic Wrangler package.

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post #2 of 38 Old 03-07-2017, 10:01 AM
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jeep will never equal motorcycle, but doorless and topless will be the closest. That said, for chicago winter you'll want doors and a hard top. If you get doors and a hard top, you can always take off both for the summer. If it's your only transportation, you may want to consider a soft top and soft doors for the summer (so they're easy to drop). It's kind of hard to determine what you may actually like/do, but...
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Meet in the middle and get hard doors and a soft top. Half doors are okay when they are off but when it's cold they blow and you don't wanna mess with plastic when it's real cold outside my back window just snapped
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Thanks for the replies. Is there a down and dirty soft top and half door kit I can use when I travel? I would only need it for rain.
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post #5 of 38 Old 03-07-2017, 11:23 AM
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Order half doors (hard) and add retrofit sliders to the uppers to not deal with zipping.

Ymmv, I'm in Socal now...but bought my first Jeep after selling my Harley when I lived in NJ for the same reason you did.

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So you're suggesting a soft top with hard half doors and retrofit the windows to the sliders?

I guess then in summer put the zip windows back in and only use those on rain days? My goal is mostly to have the top down or off in summer. Soft windows for every season but winter?

That might work.
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Apex, how does the back window snap or crack. What the heck causes that?
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Options are good. I have a hardtop, hard doors, soft top and full soft doors, and I use them all in all combinations. In the summer, my favorite is half soft doors and full canopy without windows.

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Apex, how does the back window snap or crack. What the heck causes that?
Cold plastic is stiff and brittle. It doesn't like to bend or roll.

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post #10 of 38 Old 03-07-2017, 09:14 PM
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I have always hated a full softop. Noisy, pita to take down and put up...all the zippers... For me it is a hardtop that I made a hoist for, and a bikini for when I remove my hardtop. I would actually rather have a safari instead of the bikini, but I'm dealing with it for now.
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Are you buying a new Jeep and ordering to suit? If that's the case I'd get full doors and a hardtop. You can remove them and put a safari top on in the summer and still have a capable winter ride. I have a hard top, soft top and safari, full and half doors as well. Stick around long enough and you'll start hoarding parts too for just the right combination.

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I have always hated a full softop. Noisy, pita to take down and put up...all the zippers... For me it is a hardtop that I made a hoist for, and a bikini for when I remove my hardtop. I would actually rather have a safari instead of the bikini, but I'm dealing with it for now.
Have you tried a new late model JK soft top? Very quiet

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So you're suggesting a soft top with hard half doors and retrofit the windows to the sliders?

I guess then in summer put the zip windows back in and only use those on rain days? My goal is mostly to have the top down or off in summer. Soft windows for every season but winter?

That might work.
You have to mod your zip windows with retrofit inserts...so you'll need to buy another set ($400) if you want a second sey.

It takes 10 seconds to go from half doors with uppers...to half doors without. You can also use the sunrider feature of softtop to reduce need to drop entire softtop on the few nice days in the winter.
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It's funny you mention "motorcycle feeling". When we first got our wrangler, I totally removed the soft top and full doors, and door surrounds.

Seemed loads of fun until we get on the highway going 60. Seeing that asphalt road surface flying by just inches away, gave me and my wife the hebe-jebees, as we've never been motorcycle people. We both made the same comment, and couldn't hold on tight enough. Also anything on the inside had to be nailed down to keep it from flying out.

We've since got half doors and a safari top which we like better. Living here in Texas, it's stays this way year round.

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I appreciate all the responses. I can say the additional information you have all provided has given me a lot to think about. A LOT!
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