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Old 01-31-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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A Bit of Regret

Today I get the hard top that I paid for when I purchased my 14 JKU. I don't have a garage or car port so I am, in essence, eliminating the topless option. Having a daughter living in Philly, I need the security of the hard top but, I just know I'm going to miss the topless option.

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When you really think about it, the "security" of a hard top is false security. I wouldn't own a Wrangler without a soft top.

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Old 01-31-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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I have had both, I prefer the hardtop
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At least you can easily take the freedom panels off. The hard tops not too bad. I just wish they would have painted the inside another color then white...
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Today I get the hard top that I paid for when I purchased my 14 JKU. I don't have a garage or car port so I am, in essence, eliminating the topless option. Having a daughter living in Philly, I need the security of the hard top but, I just know I'm going to miss the topless option.
Do you have somewhere you could leave it in your back yard and cover with tarp? I mean, I would't make a habit of it but for a day or two every now and then...

Or you could work out a deal with a local storage building service. When I went to the beach this past year I didn't have my soft top yet. I called several local storage services and worked out a deal for $8 to let me store my top and doors in a vacant room for the week. Even if they charged you $10-20, you could pick a couple of weeks here and there when the weather looks promising and store the top. Or if it were me, I would buy a cheap soft top for the summer and store the hard top until October.
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Don't have any regret on the hard top as to me it is far better than a soft top with the ability to remove the freedom panels and get the open feeling of wind in your face. I have the dual option and a garage with a hoist but I love my hard top more.
With the soft top it is a real pain to load and unload from the back, zippers get hung, windows get scratched.
The freedom panel bag straps to your back seats with the panels upright so hardly takes up any space.
Get a Spiderwebshade for when you have the panels out.
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I live in an apartment so I hear you. I am also a woman who lives alone on the 2nd floor. I am contemplating asking a few WF jeep buddies to help me get doors and top off and put them in a storage facility and pickup a soft top. Or outright sell the top-havent decided. If only my sisters garage wasnt so full of crap she lives close and I would ask her to let me install a roof hoist.
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I live in an apartment so I hear you. I am also a woman who lives alone on the 2nd floor. I am contemplating asking a few WF jeep buddies to help me get doors and top off and put them in a storage facility and pickup a soft top. Or outright sell the top-havent decided. If only my sisters garage wasnt so full of crap she lives close and I would ask her to let me install a roof hoist.
Offer to clean out the garage and haul away the crap in exchange for storage rights!
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Offer to clean out the garage and haul away the crap in exchange for storage rights!
Word! Now realize my sister is a crap collector. Her favorite hobby is shopping. We cleaned her garage once. That just meant she bought new crap to replace the old crap. Patio heaters, lawn furniture, a spa (for real!) and all kinds of stuff. Insight to her personality: she has a whole ROOM full of designer shoes and handbags probably worth more than the house itself lol. The only difference with the crap in the garage is it is well bigger stuff lol. This is probably why she drives a Patriot-she cant fit anything bigger in her garage.
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i have had both, i prefer the hardtop
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Do you have somewhere you could leave it in your back yard and cover with tarp? I mean, I would't make a habit of it but for a day or two every now and then... Or you could work out a deal with a local storage building service. When I went to the beach this past year I didn't have my soft top yet. I called several local storage services and worked out a deal for $8 to let me store my top and doors in a vacant room for the week. Even if they charged you $10-20, you could pick a couple of weeks here and there when the weather looks promising and store the top. Or if it were me, I would buy a cheap soft top for the summer and store the hard top until October.
I was actually thinking of building a hoist in my driveway.
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Six of one, half dozen of the other. I have both and I like them both. They have their own strenghts and weaknesses.

But I always say, a garage (with room for a hoist and a place to store doors) is nearly a must for a Wrangler. It just makes everything so much easier to enjoy. I park outside because our garage is full of stuff. But when it was cleaned out this summer, it was so nice being able to keep the Jeep naked and pull it in the garage. It would also make rocking a soft top year round a lot easier.
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Six of one, half dozen of the other. I have both and I like them both. They have their own strenghts and weaknesses.

But I always say, a garage (with room for a hoist and a place to store doors) is nearly a must for a Wrangler. It just makes everything so much easier to enjoy. I park outside because our garage is full of stuff. But when it was cleaned out this summer, it was so nice being able to keep the Jeep naked and pull it in the garage. It would also make rocking a soft top year round a lot easier.
X2. I can't imagine not having a garage to store the stuff. It would definitely make things much harder.
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Offer to clean out the garage and haul away the crap in exchange for storage rights!
X2. If you can use your sister's garage, that's best case scenario.

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I was actually thinking of building a hoist in my driveway.
Not bad idea if you can figure out a way to keep it safe from thieves.
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Six of one, half dozen of the other. I have both and I like them both. They have their own strenghts and weaknesses.

But I always say, a garage (with room for a hoist and a place to store doors) is nearly a must for a Wrangler. It just makes everything so much easier to enjoy. I park outside because our garage is full of stuff. But when it was cleaned out this summer, it was so nice being able to keep the Jeep naked and pull it in the garage. It would also make rocking a soft top year round a lot easier.
^^^^^ This

I also have and love both for different reasons. Soft top is nice for the convenience of going topless and the Sunrider option. Just windows out if you like or what ever, but The soft plastic windows are not winter friendly, never mind trying to get in the back with frozen zippers.

The hard top is slightly quieter, warmer, easier access to the rear with the liftgate, Slightly more secure.

I have a garage that is not full of crap. I installed a Harken Hoist and it is just so easy it is almost magical ;-) I have my soft top out of the way up on the Hoist right now.

I find the jeep looks better with the soft top, but At least I have a Nice set of winter boots on the jeep to offset the hard top "plainness"

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X3 on what Panthermark said.

Can you rent a storage area?

Place an ad in Craigslist looking for storage....might find something reasonable.

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X3 on what Panthermark said.

Can you rent a storage area?

Place an ad in Craigslist looking for storage....might find something reasonable.

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That's what I was saying earlier. It would be worth $30-$40 a month (If I was in this situation) to have a place to store the top from June-August at least.
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We like our hard top for the added security and reduced wind noise. My wife originally ordered a soft top. While we were waiting the 6-8 weeks for it to arrive a hard top arrived at the same dealer in the same color with nearly the exact same options we'd ordered. She changed her mind and now our hard top Rosie is part of the family.

She has since told me she's glad with her decision. I installed a Harken hoist in the garage but it'll only get used maybe 3-4 days out of the year. It's her DD Jeep, whether she chooses to drive in dry comfort or soaking wet rain, blasting cold AC in the summer or sweltering heat and humidity.
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We like our hard top for the added security and reduced wind noise. My wife originally ordered a soft top. While we were waiting the 6-8 weeks for it to arrive a hard top arrived at the same dealer in the same color with nearly the exact same options we'd ordered. She changed her mind and now our hard top Rosie is part of the family.

She has since told me she's glad with her decision. I installed a Harken hoist in the garage but it'll only get used maybe 3-4 days out of the year. It's her DD Jeep, whether she chooses to drive in dry comfort or soaking wet rain, blasting cold AC in the summer or sweltering heat and humidity.
Since you have a garage with a hoist (and I'm assuming you park in it), why not get a soft top as well? Is is strictly for security reasons?

I'll run my soft top for about 6 months....(from basically May 1st to October 31st). Being in St Louis, you could probably run yours for even longer).

The premium top is really nice and "fairly" quiet. And humidty is never an issue when you are moving.

Then again, if it is her DD....I'm guessing the biggest reason for not going topless more often is probably related to hair and make-up if she us driving to work. My wife wasn't a huge fan at first....but she eventually purchased us a pair of Jeep "bucket" hats to keep in the vehicle.
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Since you have a garage with a hoist (and I'm assuming you park in it), why not get a soft top as well? Is is strictly for security reasons?

I'll run my soft top for about 6 months....(from basically May 1st to October 31st). Being in St Louis, you could probably run yours for even longer).

The premium top is really nice and "fairly" quiet. And humidty is never an issue when you are moving.

Then again, if it is her DD....I'm guessing the biggest reason for not going topless more often is probably related to hair and make-up if she us driving to work. My wife wasn't a huge fan at first....but she eventually purchased us a pair of Jeep "bucket" hats to keep in the vehicle.
I can understand some people not wanting to go doorless but I don't understand owning a Jeep and not taking the top off. Might as well get an FJ. It has to be for the above stated reason. Like you, last year I ran topless (most of the time doorless) from April-November. But to each their own. I'm not bashing anyone for this, I just don't understand.
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...This is probably why she drives a Patriot-she cant fit anything bigger in her garage.
I got my wife a '13 Patriot for Christmas. She loves it since it has all the bells & whistles - heated leather seats, power everything & 25 mpg. She says I can't modify it at all though.

Too late. I already tinted the windows & installed Uconnect last week. Not a bad little 4WD for half the cost of My Wrangler. A lift and bigger tires are, however, out of the question. It meets her needs & can actually get up my driveway when it's iced over.

The cons:

The 2.4 just does not sound right & the "power Band" if you can call it that is at a strange RPM range.

We had it a week & the shifter mechanism broke. The key would not come out of the ignition & it was stuck in Park in the middle of the driveway. Apparantly it's a common thing. (Glad I had the Wrangler & could blaze a trail through the trees to get around it).

Plastic anything in a mechanical system sucks. I had to have it towed back to the dealer but that was obviously a warantee item. Kind of irritating but she still likes it.
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I was actually thinking of building a hoist in my driveway.
I'd be interested to see what you come up with. I'll be doing the same later this year. My allocation of garage space is at capacity so a traditional hoist is out of the question unless I part with some of my gear.

I have both tops plus an assortment of other overhead coverings and I like them all.
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enjerhoo, at least your wife got the 4wd Patriot. My sisters is grocery getter 2wd. I guess I cant rag too bad tho-at least it is in the Jeep family.
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Do you have a friend that could store it? If not, check out storage places that store boats and RV's for the winter you should be able to get a good deal for the summer.
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I like the hard top, and just pop off the panels to see the sky!
It's quieter, and you have the best of both worlds!
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I like the hard top, and just pop off the panels to see the sky!
It's quieter, and you have the best of both worlds!
I don't know if you have a 2 door or a 4 door.
But on the 4 door....if you want to see the sky,
Sunrider mode on the soft top >>>>>> Freedom panels on the hard top for several reasons.

1. It is much easier and quicker to go sunrider mode (and back) than to remove (or install) the panels.

2. Sunrider mode requires no additional space for the panels.

3. Sunrider mode (on the 4 door) extends beyond the roll bar. When done properly, most of the backseat is also uncovered.

I love my hard top. I paid a lot of money for a painted version...and then paid more money for Hotheads to make it as nice, warm, secure, and quiet as possible. But come warm weather, the soft top rules.
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I live in northern Ohio....the minute I take the hard top off, clouds start forming. So the hard top works great with me. But give me a good stretch of nice weather and no top...
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Soft top in warm weather
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Yes, I missed the fact that his is a 4 door.
Mine is a 2 door, and most of the time I just have the panels removed, and sometimes the doors so I can enjoy the outside environment to it's fullest.
I live in Arizona, so the weather is conducive most of the time, to just set back and enjoy that open air feeling!

Prior to this I owned a TJ with a soft top. And yes it was nice with the side widows removed and the rear rolled up. The negative was the noise factor, when the top and windows were in place. Up to about 45 mph, not much of a problem, but after 45 it almost sounded like a subwoofer, with that deep rumble. In time, I really think that it would be detrimental to a persons hearing!
So when I purchased my new 2013, I decided on the hard top, and I have never looked back.
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Since you have a garage with a hoist (and I'm assuming you park in it), why not get a soft top as well?
When I bought my hard top Jeep, my intent was to get an aftermarket soft top. But then I could never come up with a reason to, and I'm not sure why anyone else does either. When my hard top comes off, it's off, and my intent is to have no top on. If I expect bad weather, with my hoist I can get the hard top back on almost as fast as it takes to get a soft top back up, and I'll usually run that way for a few days until the weather clears. Towards the end of summer when I get sick of the sun in my face, I put the freedom panels on but leave the back off. The kids prefer this option for the back seat as they still get the sun but much less wind.

The one thing that surprised me about owning a jeep is that the fun comes not from having the top off, but from getting the doors off. I cry the day I have to put the doors back on.

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