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Northern Jeeps -- Soft Top or Hard Top?

I have been running a dual top set-up now for the past year...My wife just bought a TJ that is lifted with a soft top (could use a new one) only...I have never really been a hard top person but she made me get one last year...It was nice to have for the winter but I think I could have made out okay with just a soft top too...

Here is the question, should I sell my hard top (4 Door) and buy a trek top for my JK and buy a trek top for her TJ?...I could use my pressent soft top for the winter and then the trek top for the spring/summer/fall...I am looking at from the point of no money out of my pocket to get her a new top...I am figuring I could get $1500-$1800 for my hard top...I would need $1300 for both trek tops and I should be able to get a little extra $$$ to put back into my JK...

What should I do?...Thanks for your opinions!!!


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I did my first year in Boston with a soft top, it wasn't bad at all temp wise, the heat in the JK could cook a friggen hot dog, I don't even think I ever ran it on high, unless the doors were off...
I love the looks of the Trek Tops, I would say go for it
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If you can, keep the hardtop. The rear defroster is really nice in bad weather, and it won't get as roughed-up as a softtop will by going through freezing/thawing cycles.

Also, check Craigslist- I'm certain you'll find a top or 3 on there for the TJ for not much $- Mark W.

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I drove with a soft top only on my TJ for 5 years up here in Northwestern Ontario, just let it warm up for 10 mins before driving, the heaters kick ass in those things and the winters here average -30 Celcius

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I can't speak on the cold (haven't seen snow in like 12 years)

i heard a lot of problems with the trektop - get an OEM soft top
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^ I'd have to agree about the Trektop. They're cool for lighter duty, but a Replace-A-Top or factory take-off top is considerably thicker, and are build to be winter-ready. The Trek-tops are considered a summer top.
Again, check on Craigslist and save yourself $$$- Mark W.

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I have the Trektop.

It's ok for the milder weather. I don't think I could trust it through a New England winter. The door frames are not as rigid as I'd like them to be for holding any kind of snow/ice weight. (No bows, just velcro).
I have to adjust the front door frames occasionally to keep the rain out.

Great for what it is... a quick 'n easy light top. If you run an OEM top in winter and use the Trektop for summer you should be fine.

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Well, I was considering running the trek top on my JK for the spring/summer/fall months and then my OEM soft top for the winter...We don't really get much snow anymore here, maybe 1 or 2 storms that maybe over 3" or 4"...I had a '99 TJ with a soft top that I ran for 2 years without problems...I guess I should see if I can see a trek top on a JK before I actually go buy one...If there are issues with the trek tops then I don't want to mess with them...Yes they look cool but if there are more cons then pros then I think we will just look for another top for her and I will hold on the hard top...Thanks.


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I have a Bestop on my TJ and it stays warm enough for Colorado winters.
the only PITA is the back window being dirty with slush.

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Being in PA tank I'm not sure you get as slammed with the cold winds as we do. I like the trek top also but the hardtop is staying on mine. I would consider the purchase of a takeoff for the TJ if you get one and I'm not sure you'll get the coin on the hardtop as you thought but I'm sure a little over 1K is about right. 1300 ish...
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I have a Bestop on my TJ and it stays warm enough for Colorado winters.
the only PITA is the back window being dirty with slush.
This is why I like the hardtop for winter in Minnesota. The soft top would be adequate for warmth even on the coldest winter days, however, the hard top with wiper and defrost is much better for dealing with the snow, slush, and road salt.

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Well, when we get a JK (may be sooner than I thought ) It will have a hard top for winter. Will probably be the only top for it too.

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