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Old 01-31-2011, 12:08 AM   #1
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Soft Top in Colder areas?

Hey, I live in Kansas and am wanting a Wrangler so bad it's to the point I check the dealer near me everyday to see if the one I want is still there. But I want a soft top for many reasons. But is it a problem in colder areas that get snow and hail? I can't park it in a garage . How much do I have to worry about snow and hail? I'll have full coverage on it but yea, please help!!

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Old 01-31-2011, 07:05 AM   #2
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Just carry $0 ded, on comp. and don't worry about it... Lots of us in the snow belt have soft tops. Jeeps are tough

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Old 01-31-2011, 07:27 AM   #3
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Yes, soft tops can handle adverse weather conditions.

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Old 01-31-2011, 10:15 AM   #4
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You can't scrape your plastic windows, or bang on them when they're frozen. Not a problem at all if you run the full doors in the winter, but a pain if you have soft uppers.

Otherwise, you're fine. I think a soft top might actually be BETTER in hail. At least until it gets baseball sized.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:33 AM   #5
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You will have no problems with heat or overall durability with a soft top. It almost doesn't matter how cold it is.

As Geoff indicated, it's the plastic windows that present the biggest challenges. In addition to the fact that you can't scrape them, having a plastic rear window creates at least one specific issue I've found.

When you want to load stuff in your trunk, all of the items must fit under your swing out tailgate. If they don't, you need to unzip/flip up your soft top rear window, which necessarily bends the plastic on the window. This isn't a problem in warm weather, but if it's really cold, the plastic could crack.

In general, this is rarely an issue simply because most items--groceries, clothes, etc.--can slide under when you open the tailgate. However, I did have a few nervous moments during the Christmas season trying to load larger presents, and have continued to have them throughout the winter trying to cram in my kids' stroller. For what it's worth, even if a soft top window cracks, they can be replaced without having to buy a new top.

Otherwise, I love my soft top. A hard top would have to be heavily (and unrealistically) discounted before I'd even consider it.

Edit: Also, please note that when I say "really cold," I mean "really cold." This is a non-issue for anything above freezing and probably really even a little lower than that. It's when you start hitting the low 20s and down into the single digits that you've really got to go easy on the windows, including the rear. For folks in Canada and Alaska where they could have months and months straight of those temperatures, I'd think these issues could get frustrating. In NC, it's really only a few days a year where I'm concerned.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:35 PM   #6
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I live in N. Va and this is my 1st winter with my Jeep. I have a soft top and had 8" of snow on it last week. No problems whatsoever...

Freezing rain is coming this week, but I would just crank the heat and let it warm up before I try to clear the rear window. Heat is really abundant in the JK, it can be like a blast furnace rather quickly...
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:50 PM   #7
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In NoVa as well with a soft top on my TJ and my heater will nearly burn you out of the jeep. I've actually had to roll down the window a few times.
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:52 PM   #8
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Had a foot or so of snow last week and no problems at all, I leave it outside almost year round. The heaters are so good you will never feel cold. Just take care of the top and it will keep you covered just fine.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:41 PM   #9
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I picked my soft top wrangler unlimited up a week ago and it was -22 and it heated up inside fine. Get the soft top.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:28 PM   #10
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Soft top, heater on, no problem!
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:40 PM   #11
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As others have said, the soft top is fine, even in the coldest weather, but...

Be VERY careful with the plastic windows when below freezing. Not only should you not scrape them, but you shouldn't even touch them.

A few years ago on a cold (10 or so degrees) day, my son was brushing snow off the plastic windows with his gloved hand, and the plastic window cracked.

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Old 01-31-2011, 08:15 PM   #12
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I see folks running soft tops up here in the AK winters all the time. They always seem to be wearing more gear than anyone else though. I saw a dude putting around in a CJ the other day with a soft top. It was -45f. Crazy. Good thing the heater is strong.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:16 AM   #13
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Thanks everybody! I want a Wrangler so bad and I have been having a hard time deciding on which of the two I want to shoot for. The on I want is an 09 with like 30,000 miles I know scary for an 09 but you guys say if you take care of it, it will take care of you. The other is the same just less miles and a hard top with all the fancy stuff in it I only see as something else to break. The only turn down is the mileage on the one I want cause it's nice and clean clear history and what not. So well see how the Jeep gods play this one.
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I have just over 38k on my '09 with no issues.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:37 AM   #15
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And see that's whats telling me yes is all you guys are like rocking the JK's but everyone is like NO! But I'm like it's not a car its a "JEEP" its way better but hey I think it should be fine!
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I have owned (guessing) 25 jeeps in my time. All of the hard tops go for sale. TJ's and newer the soft tops seal up MUCH better than before and hold heat as well as AC much better. I will take a soft top over a hard top be it in the snow, or sunshine. It is cold in Kansas but it is cold with a hard top too. You can't change the weather but I can tell you buy a soft top and thank me later. Hard tops are for old people that haul their rigs behind RV's. They suck to take off, they are huge to store somewhere the fiberglass will crack. The JK seals up better than any jeep I have owned. If I had a 4 door JK I might opt for the hard top as they sell one from the factory that isn't just a 1 pc top so you could take it off as a 1 man show but other than that.... Soft top all the way. When you wheel you will not bust the glass out of it and if you mess up the plastic you can zip in a new pc to replace it.
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You can't scrape your plastic windows, or bang on them when they're frozen. Not a problem at all if you run the full doors in the winter, but a pain if you have soft uppers.

Otherwise, you're fine. I think a soft top might actually be BETTER in hail. At least until it gets baseball sized.
Geoff - another GREAT reason to petition Jeep to make soft uppers with sliders as the standard half door package from the factory!
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hey ColdSRT... I'm getting reassigned to Fort Wainwright and I will be there in May. For that area will my trektop be fine?? I know we are kind of beating a dead horse, but I wonder if in the -20 to -40 weather will it still hold up. I would just say screw it and get a hard top too but the old lady has put a stop to all Jeep related purchases until we get the baby's stuff... GO FIGURE!

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I live in N. Va and this is my 1st winter with my Jeep. I have a soft top and had 8" of snow on it last week. No problems whatsoever...

Freezing rain is coming this week, but I would just crank the heat and let it warm up before I try to clear the rear window. Heat is really abundant in the JK, it can be like a blast furnace rather quickly...
Indeed..as well as the AC which feels great in the heat here at the beaches in OC.
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hey ColdSRT... I'm getting reassigned to Fort Wainwright and I will be there in May. For that area will my trektop be fine?? I know we are kind of beating a dead horse, but I wonder if in the -20 to -40 weather will it still hold up. I would just say screw it and get a hard top too but the old lady has put a stop to all Jeep related purchases until we get the baby's stuff... GO FIGURE!

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I see some people with them but I have not had first hand experience. I know I would want a hardtop in the deep cold but as long as you don't mess with it when it is cold you should be fine.

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