Dual Top group — what is your experience??

jimim

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Can you hang the soft top open from a hoist that uses straps? I have to take mine off in a few weeks. I was going to store it in my basement folded. I never thought of hanging it from the hoist open. I didn’t know if the fabric would prevent this.
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Thinking about getting the dual top group when I order my 4xe. The other option I’m considering is just the hard top—I’m definitely getting the hard top—but should I get the Mopar premium soft top as well?

Questions that I’m wondering about:
- How to store the soft top? (Will use a hoist for the hard top)
- How do I get both tops home from the dealer? (Will probably use a dealer hundreds of miles away)
- How long does it take to install/remove the soft top? I heard it is taking people like 4 hours. Tell me your experiences swapping out the hard and soft tops.

I live in Northern Utah, an arid place where it doesn’t rain much in the summer, and winters are very cold. I was reading the “soft top or hard top” thread. But my questions aren’t about the differences between the tops. My questions are focused on the experience of having BOTH—what are the things to know about swapping them, storing them, etc. And is it worth it to have both ?

Thanks.
Love the dual top option, no regrets. Great fun & it's almost like getting a new Jeep every 6 months. It'll take time the first time you install & remove but you'll get faster. Invest in an electric ratchet if you don't already own one. Also, we splurged & bought the Top Lift Pro (use it a LOT and we store hardtop over winter on it) - expensive but very happy with it. Here's a real-time video of a guy removing his soft-top (notice how he struggles aligning the hoist) in under 20 min, not including clean-up.
 

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Here in CT (cold winters, warm summers) we got our 2018 JL with the dual top and it's been great. We just ordered a 2021 JL and again got the dual top. Now, storing 2 hard tops in the summer is going to be my biggest problem...
 

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I bought with just the hardtop. Then in the early spring I bought a Bestop twill soft top when the rebates came out. This allowed me to not have to travel home with the big box in the back. The initial installed on that was a few hours taking my time. I just swapped the hardtop back on last week and total time for the entire swap was about 1 hour. I use shrink wrap to protect the soft top over the winter. I did his exact same thing with my JK.
 

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Dual top is awesome. I haven’t timed it but working at a reasonable pace I can swap tops in about 45mph. I hang my soft top folded up on hooks on my garage wall. The rails for the roof go in the rafters. The trickiest part is getting the hardtop on/off; the soft top part is super easy especially if you keep the cover that came with it so you can put it on/off as one bundle.

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I made my own electric hoist for about $200 so I can swap both tops by myself. I store my soft top on the platform in the winter.

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Do you have a thread about how you made the electric hoist? I'd love to see that.
 

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JL dual-top newbies,

Raise your right hand and repeat after me:

I…(state your name)…do solemnly swear or affirm that I will ensure both soft top folding mechanisms are placed in the “locked” position prior to removing the soft top from my Jeep.

🤚💥😢… 🩹…. 🍺 …. 😃
 

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I live in the PNW, and have both tops. I store my soft top like S2k Chris, inexpensive hooks and wrapped in the vinyl cover that came with it. Windows are tucked in the Mopar window bag.

I installed a Harken Hoister for the hard top, pretty easy install and super easy to lift off and store.
Very pleased overall.

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