In winter here in New England (and just talking about pavement), I'm pretty much always in 2H. On the rare occasion have I needed 4H. I thought I'd be using my Sahara in 4H Auto, but I've ended up just keeping it in 2H. I've never needed 4H in rain.
I rarely back in. The exceptions would be small cramped parking lots, concerts/events, and the mall around the holidays.
People who back in usually annoy me, only because most of them suck at it. Conversely, those who back in on the first try with no correction put a smile on my face.
Typically I either go with sunrider or top down, but sometimes safari. For me, there's no reason to have the windows out in sunrider mode, just put it all the way down.
And taking the top off isn't worth the effort (should just go with a hard top then).
It felt like mine was glued in too, it was just wedged in tighter than tight. It definitely took a lot longer than a few minutes to remove. I used my Dremel to grind away each end of one side of the slot until i could get a jewelers screwdriver in there to pry the chip out. The chip went...