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Old 09-23-2013, 07:35 AM
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Just wondering how soft tops hold up in the winter? Does it crack easily from the cold?
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I suppose the windows could crack if I got cold enough. Haven't had that issue personally.

Ran my soft top through 2 winters with no issues.

Edit: I should have said the windows could become brittle in cold and could possibly crack if force was applied to them. Didn't mean to infer they'd crack just from getting cold.

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Soft tops are durable enough to endure the cold, though it is better to have a rear defroster and wiper at the back during winter driving so hard top is the better choice.
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Been running soft tops and soft doors for years, some with real crappy winters...never had any cracking or problems. Although you should resist temptation to smack the windows to remove ice/snow when it builds up: that might result in a crack or puncture...
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I used to live in Indiana (where it got cold) .... The clear plastic windows can get brittle when cold- so don't roll 'em up or scrape on them too hard. Otherwise, they hold up good and keep the wind out, but don't add much for insulation!
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Never scrape the soft top windows or brush snow/ice off of them. They scratch very easily.
Do get a poly tarp to put over the top and bungee it down when the weather gets snotty, snowy or icy. I learned that trick from my PO who left an 8x10 tarp and bungees in the Jeep for that very purpose, bless his heart. :-D
If frost or icing is on the soft top windows, let your heater defrost from the inside.

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