Need quick answers. Placing new order. Hard-top or soft-top?

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This my first post to this site. Long time Jeep owner, but first time with this new a model. I am in the last stage of prepping my order for a 2019 Wrangler 2-door Rubicon. I've got one day to decide this. The only option I have not decided on is soft-top or hard-top. I watched a number of on-line videos on both and it only made the decision harder. My current Jeep has a soft-top, but with all the changes to hard-tops, I have to look at that angle also. Here's how I will be using my Jeep. I live in Michigan, near the Canadian borders. 5 months of winter and tons of road salt, so this Jeep will not see winter at all. Just like my last Jeep, it will be stored during that time. Once on the road, it will not be a daily driver. It will only be driven with the top off on nice days, just pleasure riding. Matter of fact, the top will not be on at all during the 6-7 months I will use it. Based on that, I would say get the hard-top and remove it completely for that 6-7 months. But, with the soft-top, it would be nice to have the ability to put it up in case of a stray unexpected rain shower. I know all this seems trivial, but there is quite a price difference in the two tops I am looking at. I did see one video where the comments about the soft-top and how far it goes back when down was disappointing. Can anyone chime in on the positives and negatives they have found with their choices. Thanks. And by the way, I've got a 2004 Rubicon with 24,500 original miles. About as nice a Jeep that you can find. Silver with tons of extras. Same story the entire time I've owned the 04. Not a daily driver. Never saw a snow flake or road salt and only for pleasure cruising. 100% garage kept with custom cover and in fantastic condition.





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Dual-top is an obvious choice.
 

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Can't do dual top on a 2 door. I'd go with the soft top. you will need more storage area for the hard top. You can leave the soft top on and have it in case of rain or too much sun. The safari option is cool too. But either way, it's your choice and your money.
 

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Soft top. Even if it sees winter, soft top. My 2 door JK had a hardtop and I ordered a Bestop soft top for it. Best decision I ever made.
 

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I have a soft top and really like it but...there is one issue that would make me think twice about another one with a soft top. In a strong sidewind, 40 mph or so, the top will separate from the door frame and the Velcro on the rear window. This opens a hole that is maybe 4" tall and 12" long. That is a big hole in the winter time with snow blowing in.....or in the summer when it's raining sideways.

Something to think about....
 

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If you were going to drive it in the winter, I would totally say hardtop. But since you only drive in nice weather, get the softtop. I think the softtop is one of the best new design elements of the JL.
 

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I'd go hard top and add the Bestop Sunrider ... that offers the best of both worlds (IMHO). Sunrider works on both 4-door and 2-door JLs.
 

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Get the standard soft top, and remove the whole thing. What’s the point of either top if you’re just never going to put it on?
 

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You live in Michigan.

I’d say dual top.

Any place that has sh!tty weather (cold) you need the hardtop. And in the summer rock the soft top.
2-door models don't get the dual top option.

Plus he said he won't drive it in winter
 

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