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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-01-2002, 01:30 PM
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Hardtop on when wheeling?

I'm just curious - do many people run a hardtop when you're wheeling? Maybe I'm just spoiled with the Colorado/Utah weather, but I never take more than the bikini. Although I'm thinking I'll get a softop for the longer journeys.

I took the hardtop/doors off my CJ the day I bought it and they have been sitting since. I think that wheeling with it would diminish the "open-air" experience. For those of you who do run it what are your thoughts?

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Re: Hardtop on when wheeling?

I've never wheeled with the top and doors off.. I wish I could.. can't trust the weather around here... Last sunday went wheeling it was t-shirt weather.. next day snowing.. This summer the top is coming off though...

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Re: Hardtop on when wheeling?

Winter time I run a hardtop and hard doors, summer is no doors, no top. In the winter for some trails I will run w/o the top to keep from smashing it, and sometimes in the summer I will run a bikini if raining.

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Re: Hardtop on when wheeling?

I run my hardtop during the winter, not cause I am cold but my jeep sits a lot more during the winter and I want to keep the rain and snow out of the jeep. If I had a soft top I would never put the hard top on.

I agree with taking the hard top off for wheeling. Perfect example, I went to Paragon a few months ago and couldn't decide to use the top or not. I ended up put the windjammer and stuff on. Thank god cause i bumped a tree within minutes. The last trail on my way up the rocks I leaned my jeep on the cage. I would have cried if I had my top on.

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Re: Hardtop on when wheeling?

I usually take mine off the first of May and put it back on after Labor Day. I run a bikini all summer - but I would like a softtop - just waiting until I get a set of Wrangler half doors. I am going to put my top back on this August when I go to the Dakota Chalange up by Rapid City for additional safty.

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I did my last run with my hard top on. I just had to be careful. It was noticably more top heavy.

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Re: Hardtop on when wheeling?

I like to take the doors and hard top off for many reasons, it's the great jeep experience, it lightens the jeep, and it's less to get destroyed iff I roll.

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Re: Hardtop on when wheeling?

Tippy why wait for half doors? What kind of doors do you guys run with a softop? I never run doors of any type, but would like to get some. I would like something that folds away small so I could just use them in bad wind/rain. What's the advantage of running half doors?

Thanks for your insight.

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Re: Hardtop on when wheeling?

when i had a few cj's, i used to pride myself in the fact that i had a hard top.. in fact i left it on wheeling one time and i twisted the frame and body up so much that the hard top windows popped out. this was just from ordinary wheeling too..

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Re: Hardtop on when wheeling?

I want the half doors for cruising around town in - keep rocks and junk from comming up and hitting my leg. I always have this fear of being sideswiped and having my leg trapped between the grill of a pickup and the side of my Jeep. Besides that, they look cool. But I don't want to sink $600 into a soft top with full canvas doors to only have to later buy a set of soft half door tops for another $100. I'm saving my money until I have $1000 and buy them both at the same time.

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