|07-21-2013 03:47 PM|
|JeepinDad||I've got a TJ so I have nothing to add about your freedom tops and what not. I do, however, know my better half appreciates the pack of hairbands I wrapped around the shifter so she doesn't have to worry about her hair getting in her face.|
|07-21-2013 03:41 PM|
|MrMurph||My wife drives our Unlimited as a DD, She is 5-7" and can handle the soft top by herself. She also loves the sunrider option, it really opens up the top almost as well as having the top all the way back. After looking at the hard tops, she wouldn't even consider getting one, she likes the top back or off as much as possible.|
|07-21-2013 03:15 PM|
My wife is 5'2 and weighs 110 and she cannot get enough leverage or strength to be able to put the entire top back up
She's now pregnant again and it's even harder for her now with the damn belly in the way
|07-21-2013 02:29 PM|
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|07-10-2013 01:43 PM|
I'm 5'7" and have a soft top. I find it easiest to put the top down by getting in the jeep and standing on the front seats to push it to sunrider, then I climb in the back seat to push it all the way down. Only takes a few seconds. It rains here a lot (Savannah), so I mostly run it with the back side and rear windows off and leave the top up.
I'd say definitely have her try it out at the dealership.
|07-10-2013 10:50 AM|
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|07-10-2013 08:41 AM|
|michiganadam||Ive nver met a woman who had enough critical thinking ability to do it, sorry.|
|07-10-2013 07:39 AM|
|4DoorCrush||My wife takes the freedom panels off. She is 5'2 and a halfish|
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|07-09-2013 09:36 PM|
|JeepDawg97||I'm 5'4 and I take my freedom tops off whenever I get the chance. Awkward yes a little but I have it down pat now. I keep a blanket in the back of my jeep n I put the first panel on the carpet then put the blanket down n put the other on top of that. I can have them installed in 5 min and uninstalled in 5. I'm a petite frame too. But I'm strong enough to maneuver the freedom panels well enough. I have a JKU by the way. Hubby just bought a 2 door soft top so I haven't had a chance to try taking that top off yet. I would say dual tops. The hard top is great when traveling since it makes loading stuff super easy having the flip up window. We also have two large dogs and its easier to load them in with the hard top than a soft top would be. I think both options are great.|
|07-09-2013 08:51 PM|
I am taller than your wife and don't have a problem getting the freedom panels out or in with a rack on top but they are awkward, slightly heavy and clumsy. I am not really worried about them too much and just throw them in the back of the jeep. The soft top is easy to put down by yourself, and I have to go through more steps than most because of the light bar from my rack. I can't just flip it back, but can do it all rather quickly. Getting it back on works best if I am standing on the back of the jeep but it is still a bit tough. My vote is get the hard top then buy a cheap soft top off Craig's list. I am happy to have both and learned really quickly the best way it worked for me. She will figure out a way that works well after a couple tries.
|07-09-2013 07:28 PM|
I opted for the hard top, and soon will get a soft top. Just keep in mind that a soft top is a lot cheaper to buy after the fact than a hard top.
I know people rock the soft top all winter, but I love the hard top for the colder months. Just seems to be quieter and warmer.
|07-09-2013 05:01 PM|
Pug, et al, talk to me about the lift assist. How easy is it?
|07-09-2013 02:50 PM|
|angry pug||thinkxingu - not sure where in NH you're located but I live on the Seacoast and recently purchased a 13 JK w/ a soft top. All my friends who own Jeeps in NH said that a soft top is more than adequate for New England winters... in fact, the sales guy who sold me my JK advised against the hardtop, saying that the softtop is more than capable.|
|07-09-2013 02:35 PM|
|KittyPrawn||I probably don't reach the same cold temps you do, but I didn't have issues in the winter. Well, for groceries, I don't even generally have to touch the rear window to slide things in. Unless you're using brown paper bags that are overflowing, you should be okay there. Otherwise, you can just zip up the sides and flip it over the roof while you load things in and out. Might be better than rolling when cold.|
|07-09-2013 12:10 PM|
Anyone know if the premium top rear window is more flexible in winter?
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|07-09-2013 09:55 AM|
Interesting idea- they are not. And I assume the swap would bring my price lower or close to same for premium.
But there's still the issue of the rear window/insulation in New England weather.
|07-09-2013 09:55 AM|
|NJeepChic||I am 5' 5" and have no problem with my soft top. I open the tailgate and stand in the back of my Jeep to lower and raise my top.|
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|07-09-2013 09:14 AM|
|thinkxingu||It looks like most of the remaining Rock Lobsters around here are hard tops, so it might not matter too much- though it's good to know others' experiences, so if a soft came along I might snatch it up.|
|07-08-2013 11:16 PM|
agree the rear hard top is PITA....
on the other hand, the exquisite description above by Nano makes unnecessary steps. I've actually removed both my Freedom panels while stopped at a red light AND stowed them in the rear without leaving the driver seat.
Yes, it was a trick that I studied long & hard to figure out & unless someone is reallyReallyREALLY interested I won't bore you all.
Probably if I were 5'2" that little trick would have been a lot harder to do.
I appreciate the lure and advantages of the easy-flipped soft top. I have one that has never been mounted. Maybe someday.
|07-08-2013 10:37 PM|
Heck, I'm 6'3" and a guy and I can tell you it's a no brainer that the soft top is easier. However I bought it aftermarket. I live in Ohio so I wanted the hardtop, then I hopped on CraigsList and found a brand new factory top for $500. This soft top is GREAT. Sunrider is twice as open as the freedom panels. And the sunrider is so much more convenient than storing those panels.
You're like me, you have actual weather haha. Constantly looking at the radar and hoping it doesn't rain. You can either lug the freedom panels along, or just toss back the sunrider and forget it. Taking the rear of the hard top is a major PITA!! And it will be compounded by the fact that your wife is so short (if you don't have help). Get both, but start with the hard top if you don't have the luxury of a dual top group
|07-08-2013 09:21 PM|
My girlfriend is 5'4" so she is a little taller and has a small frame. She can't do my freedom panels. If she climbs in the jeep it is very easy for her to work the soft top. I may vote for the soft top if you want it to be easier for her
BUT since you're in New Hampshire I'd definitely get a hard top on the jeep and buy a used soft top. You can usually get them for $500 or so and the hard top is extremely nice in the winter with snow and for skiing
|07-08-2013 05:18 PM|
My wife is small but is quick with the freedom panels... And that's while keeping a spyderwebshade on. It takes her probably 90 seconds for removal and maybe 180 seconds for reinstall.
That time doesn't include storage time because we just throw them in the garage. If you require actually putting them in the storage bag and then into the trunk then double that time, or even triple. The storage bag is a b*tch!
You just have to get used to the process.
|07-08-2013 05:10 PM|
|2resa||I'd go with the hard top from the start and then troll the forums or craigslist for a used soft top. I think you'll find a better deal on a used soft top compared to someone selling their hard top. I'm 5'4 and I can get the panels off by myself in the rare occasion I have the hard top on. Soft top is much easier to get up and down but I have to stand in the back seat.|
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