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**DONOTDELETE** 08-27-2002 11:41 AM

Hello and lots of questions
Hello everyone!
I've been looking around reading some of the old posts about Jeeps. I have been picking up quite a bit of information. I haven't bought a Jeep yet. I am still unsure if I want new or used. I'm leaning towards new, so let me ask a few questions...

Hard top, full doors and soft top, or the dual top option?
I've had a FJ-40 in the past and the hard top was a bugger to get off. The new Jeep hard top looks easy and lighter too. Has anyone bought the dual tops and how did having both work out?


WILL 08-27-2002 11:46 AM

Re: Hello and lots of questions
Just curious, where in central AR are you?

**DONOTDELETE** 08-27-2002 02:18 PM

Re: Hello and lots of questions
West of Conway about a mile shy of Houston. How 'bout you?

FatBoyRob 08-28-2002 01:55 PM

Re: Hello and lots of questions
You are in Arkansas, I don't know what your weather is like, up here in Canada, I'd think you would be silly not to get a hard top and run in the winter (just my opinion). So think about that if you are looking at new.

To answer your question I got the dual top option on my 98 TJ. The hardtop is not that hard to switch, it's not heavy just awkward, you can always make some sort of lift if you have a garage. If I had to do all over again, I would still get the dual top. If you just get the soft top, you have to pay extra for full hard doors, if you just get the hard top you get the doors, but if you decide to get a softtop later you have to buy extra hardware, at least on a TJ. For $850 CDN I got the dual top option, made sense to me.


**DONOTDELETE** 08-28-2002 03:52 PM

Re: Hello and lots of questions
Thanks FatBoyRob,
That was exactly what I was looking for. I was afraid that if I ordered both tops, one of them would just add to the junk pile in the garage.

Jeeper99xj 08-28-2002 08:57 PM

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My Tj originally came with a hard top and then when summer came i ordered a bikini, duster, windjammer setup along with seat covers and bedlining the interior. I thought i would be set. I don't like that set up one bit, the bikini set up lets a lot of water in (getting wet on the way to school isn't fun) and doesn't seal well enough to run past october (gets too cold). And the hard top takes 2 people to take off, isn't that quiet, you need a place to keep it and when i was wheeling in the winter with it on i hated it, one time i was real close to rolling with the hard top on and if i rolled i would have been screwed and probably killed my hard top vs. if i had a soft top i wouldn't have had the 150-200lbs pulling my jeep towards it side and if i rolled worse to worse i would have had some bent top bows and a hole that needed duct tape to patch. I'm out side chicago so it gets cold but not that cold. I picked up a used super top for dirt cheep and now am trying to sell my hard top. I'm not too worried abuot it in the winter, i can always throw another jacket on. I think a soft top fits my needs better than a hard top but also i'm young dumb and stupid, i think sx's arnt that bad of a street tire and run with out doors in january when it's a nice day.


WILL 08-28-2002 10:10 PM

Re: Hello and lots of questions
I'm in Rogers now. I grew up from first grade to a couple years out of high school in Conway and my parents and one brother still live there. I've ridden my bicycle out through Houston a few times.

**DONOTDELETE** 08-29-2002 03:25 PM

Re: Hello and lots of questions
Next time you pedal out our way stop in at the Flying G Quarter Horses place and say hello. I see bikers riding by nearly every day. It seems like more of them are switching to Harleys now though.

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