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post #1 of 34 Old 01-08-2012, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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who runs soft tops in winter?

I live in snow country, you guys with soft tops, what is your opinion of running your JK with the softy in the snow time?
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I think you'll get by running a soft top in the winter.

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Our JKU is soft top year round and I didn't have any problems...it was actually a lot easier to clear the snow off of the top (it's a requirement that you remove the snow from the roof of your vehicle). Just turn on the defrost, let it run for a bit, then push up on the top from the inside and the snow falls off!

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I leave mine on year round... I am a little concerned about snow load though, after all we have gotten.... like.... three inches over the past 10 years.

Plus - you can damn near light a cigarette with the heater in these things.
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Thanks guys, I am a complete nubie to jeeps so please bear with me on my inane questions.

I plan to do lots of reading on this board but sometimes I just get excited and have to ask.

thanks for the replies.

how is the comfort level when it's cold and snowy?

are your heaters worth a damn with a soft top?
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Thanks guys, I am a complete nubie to jeeps so please bear with me on my inane questions.

I plan to do lots of reading on this board but sometimes I just get excited and have to ask.

thanks for the replies.

how is the comfort level when it's cold and snowy?

are your heaters worth a damn with a soft top?

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I live in northern CT, and run a softop year round. We had 7 feet of snow fall in about a month last winter, never had an issue. If I knew the snow was going to be really wet and heavy I'd make an effort to go knock it off the top at least once during the storm. The heater does the job just fine.

We haven't gotten shit for snow this year besides a freak storm right before halloween that dumped a foot of snow. I'm getting anxious for snow, lol.

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Thanks guys, I am a complete nubie to jeeps so please bear with me on my inane questions.

I plan to do lots of reading on this board but sometimes I just get excited and have to ask.

thanks for the replies.

how is the comfort level when it's cold and snowy?

are your heaters worth a damn with a soft top?
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Mine is off in the winter.

We don't get much snow in Tampa.

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I live in Northern Utah and I run a soft top year round. Its all good!
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This will be my first winter with the jeep ad soft top and I will not be getting a hard top, soft top all the way

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Just don't use a snow brush or ice scraper on your soft windows.

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Just don't use a snow brush or ice scraper on your soft windows.
good tip.

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Lived in Missouri with my TJ and spent a winter in Boston with it. In 0 temp weather, once its warmed up, you can not leave the heater on full blast long without melting. The JK heater is at least as good and maybe even better.

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If its's really cold, don't roll up you back window... it will break. Not sure if you can get the cold that we can.

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The heaters in these things are nuts. On a 28 degree morning I've hopped in the jeep and cranked up the heater only to be sweating 5 minutes later.

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One thing I did Before I got my trek top NX(comes with struts to hold up the weaker parts of the top) I cut 3/4 PVC pipe so it fit snugly Enoph to make a slight bow between the roll bars. This kept the weight of the snow from stretching out on soft top.


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Northern Wyoming here; soft top all the time; no problems. Our previous jeep was a TJ with a soft top; had it for ten years with no problems. We do cheat sometimes and put the jeep in a garage.
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I sold my hard top long ago. Is it winter now? Its almost 80 degrees outside here now i think.

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Just don't try to bang the snow off the windows... They'll crack.

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Soft top only. No problems
As other folks have said, careful with the windows. I go to the quarter carwash occasionally and spray the road grime off, while they are wet a soft cloth and lots of water.

If you do get a scratch I have found that 3M Hand Glaze buffs them out pretty well.
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