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post #1 of 19 Old 10-22-2011, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Soft top & winter--? for northerners

Ok, I moved from GA to upstate-NY this summer with my '08 JK soft-top.

I grew up in Chicago so winter per-se doesn't worry me, BUT

How do I clear the plastic windows on my soft-top? I can't exactly use an ice scraper to get ice/snow off of them?

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post #2 of 19 Old 10-22-2011, 09:53 AM
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put a glove on your hand and give a good tap the ice will crack and fall off. i hate to say it but soft top windows will get scratched, not much we can do especially in the winter. if you wanted to everytime you could get some hot water and pour it on, but if its cold enough out it will just freeze again. lol
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Question here is do you REALLY ever look out those windows anyway?
For what its worth, i put my hard top back on :sarcasm:


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I was curious about this too.
I got my 11' JK in March.
What happens if it snows like 10 inches on the top? Will the bows bend?
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First: Im not a NORTHERNER.. im from virginia.

but work forces me to live in ohio for now. and it gets cold as balls here.

to answer your question - i dont touch the soft windows - theyre fragile when its really cold here. the good thing is - they de-ice quickly as the cabin warms. they also dont collect much ice. just do ur windshield and front windows and roll on.

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i never had a problem of bending when i had my TJ and im in Buffalo. not sure about the JK i have a hardtop for winter

What i did for the last 2 years i had the TJ was i found a heavy duty tarp that fit over the upper half of the jeep and just used bungee cords to keep it down. then just pull the tarp off and you have snow/ice free windows.
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Thanks guys, hopefully this is just one winter before I go back south....looks like I'll just leave them alone and let them melt on their own.
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USed to live in NJ, had about 14" on the top after one storm... clean it off with a broom and move on. never stretched or damaged the top or windows

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I ran the soft top through several winters before i got rid of it for a trektop, but I never had any issues. Only advice is that as the snow packs up on top, try to knock it off some so it doesnt stretch out. I've had as much as a foot of snow on the roof and even after that I didn't notice it stretch out that bad. I did notice it from inside though, it was kinda bowed down.

I was also pleasantly surprised with how warm it stays in the jeep with the soft top on. Way better than the older jeeps, like night and day.

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used a snowscraper once...definitely a bad idea. turn on the heat and just wait if you want to keep em scratch free. Definitely use a broom or something to get the snow off the top because it can stretch it out if it gets too heavy

I did the soft top my first winter with the jeep. Now that I have the hardtop I dont have to worry, it was definitely worth it
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Same as everyone else is saying, don't worry or touch the windows but dooooo brush off your top and not rely on wind to knock it off while driving, in fact some states will now fine you for not making an effort of clearing off your vehicle (driving hazard for others on the road as the snow flies off) but also clearing it off will prevent ice damns which will definitely weigh down and stretch the top.


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Now that I live in NJ I put the hard top on for winter.

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Jersey bein one of the states that issues summonses

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Summonses for what?

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Summonses for what?
for not properly clearing the snow off your roof.

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for not properly clearing the snow off your roof.
As it should be! Last winter saw a women with her car covered and just a small hole in her front window to see through.

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As a New Yorker (Rochester area), DON'T touch the windows! NY won't say anything about them being covered over with ice as long as you still have your outside mirrors.
I dusted as much of the top off before driving as I could, not because of any law, but because it is courteous to other drivers. But yes, there have been a few times I've just hopped in and let the wind clean it off (occasionally punching the soft-top from within to knock free the heavy stuff).
I've had a foot-and-a-half of heavy snow up there and the stays won't bend.

I will say, however, that the zippers quickly corroded from the road salt. The rear window especially, the zipper on the left side got so bad I could no longer remove the rear window. I just unzipped both sides upward and rolled the window up if I wanted to put the top down.
Never could find a decent product to protect the zippers.
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Never could find a decent product to protect the zippers.
The Army uses something very similar to Chapstick, in a Chapstick tube to lube zippers on the old canvas doors we used to use on the Humvees.

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I was wondering how it held up to the salt. We have half doors to with the soft uppers. Guess we will have to just wait for them to thaw out.
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