Do I need a hardtop in Houston? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > WF Local > WF Local Forums for Your Region and State > Texas Jeep Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 07-29-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Cypress
Posts: 1
Do I need a hardtop in Houston?

I just purchased a 2013 JK Unlimited and it came with a hardtop. I am struggling with trading it for a soft top or keeping it, building a hoist and storage and buying a hardtop.

Will I even need the hardtop here in Houston or should I just go with a soft top? Please advise, especially is you live in southeast Texas.

Bamahood is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-29-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
Moderator

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Sinister6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 4,902
I run only a soft top year round in CO...works fine. I'd keep the HT for now, watch CL, WF classifieds, ebay etc find a soft top and decide for yourself.

__________________
The Wolf is not concerned with the opinion of sheep.

MY BUILD: :
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f322/si...ad-235526.html
Sinister6 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-30-2013, 12:18 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
Rowlettjeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Dallas tx
Posts: 259
Soft top is 10 times easier to deal with plus more freedom!
Rowlettjeeper is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-10-2013, 04:00 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
dano0726's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: NW Houston
Posts: 60
I'm trying to trade my soft top for a hard top (2011 JK 2dr)
dano0726 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-10-2013, 05:43 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
cosmokramer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Oahu
Posts: 192
Just moved from Houston, had a '12 jku Sahara with a hardtop. I personally sold the hardtop after about a month and got a trektop nx. I had a condo with a tiny garage so storage was not possible. I lived in the Heights area, but it was still houston so you do have to worry about getting your car broken into. No one messed with jt luckily. I just never kept anything valuable in it, and if someone really wanted in, they could break any window in the hardtop anyways.

I think the trektop soft top was way easier to quickly fold back than to remove the freedom panels, place them into their canvas bag, and then store them. In the month I had the hardtop I took the freedom panels off twice.

After I got the soft top, I rode in sun rider position on 50% of the non rainy days, and periodically took the back windows off etc.

It does rain in Houston, quite a bit. I never had a problem with the soft top leaking from natural rain, but I did get some leakage when going through an automatic car wash from the sideways shooting jets. I fixed that with some foam insulation tape along the frame up front.

Oh, even if you stick with the hardtop and go with the freedom panels off or use a soft top, I recommend spyder web shade to keep the Houston sun from beating you down. It's just enough shade to cool you down and not get burned, but still feels very open. And also keeps bird poop off you too.
cosmokramer is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Tags
hardtop vs soft top

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:20 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC