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Breakdown of the Different Aspects of Each Jeep Wrangler Top Option

Ease of Removal & ReplacementCostSecurity          Road NoiseRear Wiper,Washer & DefrosterRequires StorageWhen Removed?
Soft TopEasyNo Cost Standard EquipmentVery LowLoudestNoNo
Premium Soft TopEasyLowVery LowLoudNoNo
Hard TopEasy for Freedom PanelsComplex for Total RemovalLow for Hard topMedium for Dual TopHigh for Painted Dual TopGoodMediumYesYes
Power Sky TopEasyHighGoodMediumYesDo not remove

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Which Jeep Wrangler Top is Best?

  • Convenience and Road Noise When it comes to convenience, the Sky One-Touch Power Top is obviously your best bet. However, the retainers on the soft top make removal relatively easy as well. The Freedom Top takes a bit more effort since you have to remove each panel and store them safely. When it comes to road noise, the Sky One-Touch is going to be the quietest option, followed by the Freedom Hard Top. The Sunrider Soft Top is the loudest option of the three, but if you’ve ever driven a soft-top Jeep Wrangler, you know it’s no biggie.
  • Low Cost If you’re looking for the most cost-efficient option, the Sunrider Soft Top is your best bet, since it’s standard equipment and comes at no additional cost. The freedom top is the mid-tier option, while the Sky One-Touch Power Top is going to cost the most.
  • Winter Options When it comes to winter driving, especially in Alberta, a hard top is your best option. Soft tops don’t retain heat as well as their hardtop counterparts. Additionally, soft tops can be damaged during the winter months. Snow and rainfall can weigh down the tops, while the colder temperatures will shrink a bit and have less flex to them.

Winterizing Your Wrangler Soft Top

Soft tops are great during the summer, but they aren’t as great during the winter. They can be easily damaged when cold and don’t retain heat as well as hard tops. If you are going to run your soft top in the winter don’t raise or lower your top. Don’t brush or scrape your windows. Don’t try putting down your windows, and absolutely do not punch your roof or windows to try to knock snow or ice off.

At temperatures under 41 degrees Fahrenheit, your top shrinks and flexes less, so if you try putting your top down during the winter, you might not be able to put it back up. If you do somehow manage to get your top back up, you will probably destroy it from trying to stretch a stiff fabric.

When your windows are extremely cold they get very stiff. This makes it very easy to break them during the winter, and if you try hitting or scraping them you will likely end up making a nice hole in the window. If you live in an area that gets a large amount of snow, you should try to brush off your roof only, this will reduce the amount of snow pushing down on the top. More snow means more weight, and more weight pushing down on fabric is not a good thing. If you would like to reinforce your soft top, several companies sell reinforcement bows that help support the extra weight of snow and will also reduce noise from the top flapping.

Can you change a soft top jeep to hardtop?

Yes, you will want to remove the soft top before putting the hardtop on. While the hardtop will fit over the retracted soft top , the soft top blocks access to the rear cargo area, severely limiting its usefulness.

Choosing the Right Soft Top for Your Style

Growing up, my dad was a Jeeper, and his favorite place to vacation was dead center in the middle of the local sand dunes. His Jeep was equipped with sand paddles, coil overs, and a safari top. I once asked him why he liked the safari top over the hard top that he always kept in the garage, and he explained that while in the desert he needed a full view of everything around him while keeping the sun out of his eyes. A hard top or even a factory soft top didn’t make any sense to him for desert running.

My mother, on the other hand, preferred windows (we were a multiple Jeep family). Her Jeep ALWAYS had a soft top on, rain or shine. She explained she liked the soft top because she could take it off quickly anytime she wanted, but we all knew she didn’t want to very often because she liked to keep her hair from getting messy.

The story about my mom and dad illustrates a very important point. What is the primary function your soft top is going to serve? An average person (read: NON-JEEPER) would say to protect your stuff, but we know better. If we wanted our stuff protected, we install lock boxes and security trunks. I’ve found there to be a couple primary functions of a soft top: to keep out the elements or to look cool.

Should I get a hardtop or soft top Jeep?

Hardtop Jeeps provide more protection in the event of wrecks and rolls. Soft tops are safe with the addition of roll bars, but hardtops are still less likely to crush or break. They provide more durability. On that note, because of their durability, they don’t have to be replaced as often as soft tops do.

Hard Top:

Best all-around option if you want to use your Jeep year-round and not go through the hassle of changing tops. The main item to consider when thinking, “Should I buy a soft top or a hard top?”, is the all season aspect to the Jeep Wrangler Hard Top.

  

Standard Hard Top Left, Body-Color Hard Top Right

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