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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #16
PERK
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your not to far from me, can make you a swingin deal on a black hard top. pm me if interested.

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Unread 08-21-2013, 05:37 PM   #17
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I had both but weather in MO is alot different than CA, and you probably wouldn't need a hardtop. I see people driving around in the summer with the hardtop on and wonder why even have a Jeep?
The good thing about hardtops are they are a little more protection and warmth in the winter, again probably not needed in your area. If you get snow, you can scrape the windows on a hardtop and wouldn't want to do that on a softtop. You can secure your vehicle better with a hardtop and hard doors than just a softtop.
The bad is they are bulky and heavy. I can lift mine on and off on my own, but its not a real smart thing to do. They take up alot of room in a garage unless you can store them outside which I can't do in my neighborhood. You can always build a storage dolly and store it vertically which is nice.
When I sold mine, I thought that I would never buy another hardtop but I found one really cheap. Its nice to have the choice between either a softtop or hardtop so it just comes down to do you really need one for your climate, can you find one for a good price, and can you store it out of the way when its off.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #18
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I am fan of the hardtop for winter time (40 degree lows and 50 to low 60's highs) and bikini for six months (this year May 1 until Nov 1 probably).
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Unread 08-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #19
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I didn't think about a bikini top but that's another option. Easy on and off and takes up no room. I was surprised at how warm doors and a bikini top can keep you.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 07:41 PM   #20
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Another thing to think about with your bikini top and doors is a cab curtain. I have one for summer so I can run the ac and still have the back windows off the softopper but it would be just as good in the winter. Blocks all the wind that blows in from between and around the seats and keeps everything from blowing out of the jeep. They are very nice and super cheap
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Unread 08-21-2013, 07:46 PM   #21
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See it in front of my bike?

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Unread 08-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #22
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OK, I've had a CJ7, A TJ, and just got a JK. What's this hard top you speak of?
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Unread 09-01-2013, 06:39 PM   #23
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Went with a hard top that I got a great deal on thanks to jeep forum member perk
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Unread 09-01-2013, 07:19 PM   #24
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Thanks Brad for taking that off my hands...while cleaning out the tub, I found the dome light cover..PM me and I'll mail it to you...looks great!....PERK
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Unread 02-04-2014, 05:17 PM   #25
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For me my tj will keep hard top on all the time and just take the doors off in summer, but when I get my cj going it will be just weekends and stuff it will have just a soft top.
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