Define needed. I have both top and the hardtop is much better to deal with in the winter. It is easier to clean and see out of in the snow and salt plus saves on wear and abuse on the soft top half the year. Other people get hard tops for the added security
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.