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JK Unlimited Soft Top Question (Winter)

Hi eveyone,
I am new here and also new to the JK world. Being from South Florida I have never taken my Jeeps up north during winter. Now that we have a 2014 JK Unlimited as our primary vehicle I am curious on how you guys from up north deal with the snow and freezing temperatures.

We are planing our yearly trip to North Conway NH during New Years week but this will be the first time with the JK. Anything you guys can recommend or advice to keep the soft top from getting damaged would be appreciated.

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Not really much you need to do.... but what you should not do.
Try not to mess with the windows to much and deff do not put any stress on them (like pushing on them,or folding them) if its below freezing..they will crack preety quick...ask me how I know..

I am not sure if there is anything you can do to keep the top in better shape during the cold...but if you need to adjust any thing try to get it warm first.

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Thanks,

So basically opening the back window is a no no.
What about snow accumulations on the top specially when it snows overnight.

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You can open the back I just would not roll it..
I lift it up and lay it on the top if I need to get into the back.
Snow has never been an issue for my top even with about a foot, but never had much more than that on there.
It even took a few miutes of hail bout the size of a golf ball with no damage to the top...the hood took some dents but the top is preety strong...

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Ah that sounds good thanks,
We have traveled to NH during New Years week for the past 6 years and never saw more than a foot of snow of overnight accumulation. Mostly it was 6" or less.

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I try not to open mine during winter. as far as accumulation, somewhere I have a pick where the drifts from one storm were taller than the JK, have had no problems with snow accumulation stressing the top at all. Mine stays outside all year and in all weather. I have been very surprised at how well the top has held up. last year the low temp hit -50 ish and still no issues.

just noticed I don't have a location listed, I'm in WI so winter is a fact of life here.
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wow!!!
-50 is a bit too much for a Floridian LOL
I could always unload the Jeep using the back doors or via the back gate without unzipping the back window.

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You can open the back I just would not roll it..
I lift it up and lay it on the top if I need to get into the back.
Snow has never been an issue for my top even with about a foot, but never had much more than that on there.
It even took a few miutes of hail bout the size of a golf ball with no damage to the top...the hood took some dents but the top is preety strong...
Mine cracked across the whole back window flipping it up last year. It was the original 07 top so it was well worn.

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wow!!!
-50 is a bit too much for a Floridian LOL
I could always unload the Jeep using the back doors or via the back gate without unzipping the back window.
funny part is I had just moved back here from FL. spent 1 1/2 years in Orlando.

another big one is I don't scrape the ice of the windows during winter. just let it heat up and melt off. avoids a lot of scratches.

here's one pic of my road after the plow went through. LOL

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Nice!!!!
Ok no ice scraper on back windows.
Funny thing I am probably the only Floridian who has an ice scraper in the vehicle LOL. When I bought the Jeep in March I transferred all the stuff from the old vehicle to the Jeep which included the trusty Ice Scraper LOL

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This is from Jan 2012 with our old primary vehicle.


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that pic was supposed to be my motivation to not move back up here. well that didn't work. LOL
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This is from Jan 2012 with our old primary vehicle.

sweet!!

it is fun to go out in the snowy stuff and play.
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Here is a link to a quick video from the same trip above. That year it was a cold year but not much snow. Still had fun LOL

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Yeah, pretty much what everyone else said. Good suggestion too is to let the Jeep sit there and idle to warm up before you go somewhere...this will warm up the top a little to melt some snow and to not be so prone to cracking if you do shake the windows a little.

I'd avoid using the back window....not so bad to get it unzipped, but getting it zippered again in the freezing cold can be a seriously frustrating endeavor.

Another note, if there is a lot of snow, while in 4wd high, press and hold the traction control button for about 10 seconds. This turns the ESC off and the traction control off just like it's in 4lo. FYI

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Thanks,

So basically opening the back window is a no no.
What about snow accumulations on the top specially when it snows overnight.
You should remove snow accumulation no matter WHAT kind of roof you have. It sucks driving behind people who don't.

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also be careful of the slamming doors(or tailgate) when the vinyl is cold. i split my original '07 back window doing that.. there was also a lot of ice on it

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Another note, if there is a lot of snow, while in 4wd high, press and hold the traction control button for about 10 seconds. This turns the ESC off and the traction control off just like it's in 4lo. FYI
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You should remove snow accumulation no matter WHAT kind of roof you have. It sucks driving behind people who don't.
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also be careful of the slamming doors(or tailgate) when the vinyl is cold. i split my original '07 back window doing that.. there was also a lot of ice on it
I will make sure my kids know this as my son specially is the one who tends to slam the door.

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You should remove snow accumulation no matter WHAT kind of roof you have. It sucks driving behind people who don't.
I always assume that goes without saying, until around Feb when I get behind the guy who doesn't do it. LOL

I figured he meant sitting over night in a good snow storm.
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