Jeeps are popular vehicles for a number of reasons. They’re great commuter vehicles for your everyday driving, but you can also use them to go off-roading, camping, or simply take long road trips. No matter what you’re using your Jeep Wrangler for, you want to install a cover that protects its interior as well as the items you store inside. Both hardtops and soft tops are available, but many people believe you should install a soft top for Jeep Wrangler.
Advantages when Converting To a Soft Top
There is a range of reasons to consider converting your Jeep’s top to a soft one. Hardtops are available in different colors, but they all have the same basic style. When you switch to a soft top, you not only get to choose a color that suits your tastes but a style as well. Soft tops are available as full tops, half tops, and bikini tops and work whether you have full doors or no doors at all on your vehicle.
Soft tops are also more convenient. Hardtops are very heavy, typically weighing in at about 140 pounds each, and require at least two people to take them off as well as to put them back on. When you switch to a soft top, you can usually easily remove it and put it back on yourself. Additionally, hardtops require a lot of space to store, while soft tops simply fold up.
Finally, soft tops are more affordable, which means you’ll have more money to spend on your Jeep JK OEM parts or other items you want for your off-roading experiences. Additionally, a hardtop is much more expensive to replace if it breaks, plus it’s more likely to accidentally hurt someone or shatter a window. Soft tops aren’t very likely to cause injury or damage, and they’re less expensive to replace if they receive damage.
How To Preserve Your Jeep’s Soft Top
Adding a protectant made specifically for soft tops is one of the best things you can do to preserve it. Soft tops are not canvas but PVC made with plasticizers to make them more flexible. Due to their makeup, they are made using water-repellant chemicals, but eventually, those chemicals wear away and leaks can occur. Invest in a soft top protectant and apply it regularly to protect it for longer and keep leaks at bay. Protectants not only protect from rain but from the sun’s rays, excessive heat, and mildew.
You also need to clean your soft top regularly. While you can use a mild dish detergent and warm water, experts recommend using specific products to prolong its life. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use only trusted brands for the best results. In addition to a cleaner, consider using polishers and oils to make your Jeep truly stand out. You can prolong your soft top’s life even longer by parking in a garage whenever possible, especially if you won’t be using it for a while. This will keep trees, birds, winter salts, and other hazards from causing premature wear and tear and the early need for Jeep Wrangler soft top replacement.
Whether you decide to go with a soft top or a hard one, always purchase from a reputable Jeep dealership or manufacturer of Jeep parts. Contacting your local Jeep professionals can help you make the right decisions for your vehicle.