I have to say I love the hard top too. The freedom panels are great. Popped them out twice last week when the temps got up to 64 degrees. With my $60 home made rig I can get the full hard top off by myself in a little more than 15 minutes.
The only problem is that if I want to take a longer trip camping and I want to have a top on for the highway and then want to take the top off when I get there, dealing with a hard top is much more of an issue.
I am hoping to buy some sort of a bikini option next summer.
I only have the hard top on right now because I don't really feel like dealing with the salt chemicals that will get sprayed on the soft top once winter really arrives and they start salting the roads. I prefer the soft top. As far as noise....i'd say it cuts it by 20-30%.
This is my first jeep so my opinion is a little biased, but the noise on my JKU with the hard top on is pretty comparable to most other cars I've driven. My aunt's TJ with the soft top is MUCH louder.
I like the fact that I can take the freedom tops off and stuff them in the back, but the storage bag is a bit of a pain. Getting the tops off and into the bag is actually very easy, but storing the bag behind the seat is a problem. It won't lay flat with the infinity subwoofer, and when you strap it to the back of the seat you lose all vision out the rear window. Personally I'm willing to sacrifice the versatility of the soft top for the security and noise level of the hard top.
I don't even put mine in the bag, I lay the first one with the black side up, put a towel over it and put the second one black side down onto the towel. Rolling the back windows down with the panels off takes a LOT of wind noise out.
Love my hard top though, Bought a soft top on craigslist, used it a couple of days and put it back on craigslist and sold it.
I bought a rampage bag since I bought the jk used. I could still return it if I wanted, but the way I see it it's a place to store them if I leave them off for extended periods of time, plus I don't have to worry about messing them up if I want more than just the tops in the back of the jeep. I can put them in the bag and toss whatever else I want back there since the bag is so well padded. It was a bit pricey, (bought it through Amazon), but it looks like it will hold up.
I had a soft top on my last JK so I went Hardtop on this one. I hated the way the windows scratched and the bar that blocks the rear cargo area. The hard top is quieter and I never worry about it in the cold, when snow piles up on it or if the windows will get scratched.
I also notice, I rarely take the freedom panels out. I have only taken the whole top off maybe 3 times in a year. With the soft top it was always down, or all windows out, etc.
If I really had a place to store my hard top, having done both, I think I would be soft top except in heavy snow weather. Or definitely soft top all year if I didnt let my wife use our 1 car garage.
Anyone installed this exact kit? Quadratech says it has only been in their system since late last month. Local dealer says it is an old part number. I have not heard back from Mopar yet.
It is listed in the newer Performance Catalog that is pretty new. Uses FOX Racing Shox 2.0 Performance...
Every other section has this stickied so I thought I would start one. Forgive me if its in there already but I could not find it.
Anyway here's what I did.
After removing the different cover for a routine fluid change I decided to paint the cover, it needed a little touching up so I thought I...
I'm considering these hood latches. I've searched the forum, but didn't find any reference to them. Anyone have any thoughts on these?
I like the looks of the JL latches, but the thought of drilling/elongating the mounting holes still makes me cringe. So, these latches seem like a good...
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