What do you recommend on a top(for a state that has winter - Michigan)? I think I want the Freedom Top - I don't want to order both tops. I drove a 2008 with a Freedom Top - the dealership didn't have a soft top on the lot - is the soft top really noisy/cold in the winter? I drive alot of expressway. With the Freedom Top - I know its 3 pieces. I like the idea of having the top down/off. Do most of you have a soft top or Freedom top???
I don't have a JK. I do live in Northern IN-less than an hour from MI. If you don't have a garage. and your new Jeep is NOT going to be your daily driver-I would suggest a hard top.
I have had no issues heat wise with my Jeep, which I purchased in '04-with a soft top. I have seen-10* F and saw -3* several times this past winter. I also added heated seats this last winter-not 'cause they were needed but just nice to have.
I feel that if your Jeep is getting the snow cleared from it on a daily basis, that a soft-top would be fine most anywhere in the country---I have lived in CO winters as well. Last winter my Jeep Saw 36" of snow while I was on Vaca, when it was parked in South Bend. It had no ill effects.
The hard top is QUIETER but for me it is not an either/ or - type of thing. I will always have a soft top, but may add a hard top. Not the other way around.
There are plenty of threads about the hard top vs soft top. I have the hard top and personally have no desire for the soft top. Never had a leak, just need to be careful getting the freedom tops set. It is easier/cheaper to get hard top and switch to soft top in the future because the tubing and wiring is already there for the rear wiper. You can also get different styles of soft tops aftermarket. If you have a garage I recommend a hoist to take the hard top off and hang it on the ceiling when not in use, if you don't have a garage it is difficult finding a place to store the hard top. Hard top is a bit more quiet and more secure when it's on and you don't need to worry about scratching the plastic windows like the soft top.
i have the freedom top and it leaks plenty. but, when it is put on correctly, the foam and seals are in good shape, it is fine.
jeepluver1956, you don't want to pay for both tops but you want the benefits of both. It doesn't work that way. there isn't much you can do to get around it. both have their pros and cons. The only way to get a "complete" solution is to buy both.
but, it is far easier to add a soft top later than a hard top.
The hard top is nice. it's quiet, nice on trips over an hour, and well insulated in winter. You will be glad you have it come winter in Michigan. The soft top is noisy and poorly insulated and can also leak (to be clear, Jeeps get wet inside in various ways)
my recommendation would be to get a hard top now. The ~$2k or so then gets rolled into your vehicle financing making it easier to absorb on your wallet. Build yourself a hoist so it is easy on/easy off, and then add a Supertop NX or Trektop NX down the road. If you find yourself not using the hard top after a couple winters, you'll have no problem getting around $1k for it if you keep it in nice shape.
The soft top on my 2010 is a lot quieter than I ever thought it would be, even at highway speeds. I got the dual top option on it, no leaks on either top so far.
I decided I wanted both tops for my Jeep. Can't beat the rear window defroster in the Winter. Can't beat topless in the Summer. The soft top is way easier to drop and put up compared to removing the hard top. My hard top comes off in Spring, goes on in Fall. I'm in the Chicago suburbs btw.
I've had my 2008 Sahara back to the dealer 3 times due to leaks in my freedom top and I've only had it off once. Still leaks and the warrenty is up. I'm now looking into a 2012 soft top, either a 2-door or 4-door.