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Old 06-30-2016, 10:56 AM   #15
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Hardtop here. All the comfort and security reasons as provided previously...
Hard top only for us.
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Soft top only and we travel from NY to Fl to winter. Fire up where did you get the window and lock kit. Really want to do the Windows.
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The two kits, power windows and door locks, came from here:

Jeep Power Window Kits

They were outstanding to deal with and, handled trouble shooting calls with great care for customer service. I think, if I recall, we've got a grand total of about, $389.00 for both kits. The power door lock kit is actually pretty much a security system. I didn't want all the bells and whistles of security alarm system but, it came that way and, I only wired it as a "Partial" security system. That is, within about 5-10 seconds after the engine starts, the doors automatically lock.

And, in less than one second after the engine shuts down, the doors automatically un-lock. The power windows are so incredibly fast, it's unbelievable. The actual install of them is also incredibly simple. The door panel comes off, the window crank regulator which, is a cable system, not a gear with a rack and pinion like windows have been for decades. Then, the power system slips with motor, slips right in and bolts right up.

Then, you wire it per instructions and, you're done.
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Another time we started sliding sideways down a shale slope. We were able to recover from both situations without damage or injury. However I think my heart stopped at about the same time I stained my shorts.
I had a side slipping down a hill experience while working for the USFS in Montana. In my case it was a very steep grassy hillside and luckily without a single rock. I would say I went downhill at least 30 ft sideways. I was driving a Dodge Power Wagon pickup, at that time, legendary in Montana for their 4 x 4 performance. I spun the wheels uphill and the darn thing climbed right back up the very steeply banked hillside I had just slipped down. When I got out of the truck to give thanks my clothes were soaked with sweat. I mean I was completely drenched. If I would have hit the smallest rock the truck would have rolled.

With enough coffee or beer I could go on for hours with 4 x 4 stories.
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Thank you Scott for the info.
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We got the hard top without the option for the soft top. One thing we just added to the hard top was the jeep insulation package. Made a big difference in heat and road noise. Looks nice too.


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One of the main reasons for a hard top is, it's considerable easier to access the rear of the jeep with it. With a soft top, there's a lot more to do, to both gain access and, close it up for driving. If you're the type that needs access to the rear with any frequency at all, you'll definitely appreciate the hard top. As for weight differences, yes, there's a tiny bit. But, not nearly enough to create any differences in mileage.

Yep, I've always liked the appearance of a soft top vs the hard top but, as has been stated, the hard top provides considerably better noise reduction, easy of access to the rear, seals better for dust and much more. I just recently put power windows and power door locks in our '03 Rubicon. Wow, what serious operational difference. I push a button a key fob and, the jeep locks from quite a distance.

And, the power windows are a zip. They're about twice as fast as any other power window vehicle we've had.
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Was that a kit that you got for power windows and locks? If so, where'd you get it and what's it called? I'd be interested in doing that also.
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see post 16 a few up from your post
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see post 16 a few up from your post
Thanks! I'd missed that post.
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I had a CJ-5, CJ-7, Wrangler, and now a Grand Cherokee. Compare the doors on both, hard and soft top, then make your decision.
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My 2000 Wrangler is a hardtop. Living in the soggy NW I leave the hardtop on year round. I also feel any possessions I store in my Wrangler are far more secure under the hardtop.
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We have had both. I recommend a hard top. If you want to be more "out doorsey" you can get body armor half doors that really opens things up. But for traveling as a toad, I will always have the hard top - quiet, cool, warm, dry. jmo mark
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