Just bought a 2005 Electric Lime Green TJ and I wondering if I should spend an extra $2000 on a hard top for the winter. I live in MA so it will snow. I'm a student so I am pretty tight for cash and I want to make sure the $2000 is worth it. Thanks for any feed back!
seriously though if your tj soft top is in decent shape you can handle it. its not that bad. its not like you're in a yj with little heat, and broken zippers and ripped top.
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Yeah, stick w/the soft top for now. I had a 2000 with a soft top and hated that flappy noise maker. Just installed a 2006 OEM soft top on the 2000 for the kid and WOW what a difference. Quiet and seems like it would stand up to the conditions you will be driving in.
Soft top should be fine. Just remember a few rules to remember.
1. Do not use a ice scraper on the windows. It will scratch them all up.
2. Do not put the soft top down when its realy cold out. You will have trouble putting it back up when its cold.
3. Not sure how cold it gets there but if it get to -25 degrees F. Do not bang on the windows. It may crack with that cold of temps.
Other then that a soft top should be just fine. If you still want a hard top later then look on craigs list or just shop around. You should be able to find one for around $1000 or less.
My 97 just had a soft top (a ripped up one at that) and my 05 only had a soft top. I used just the soft top in the 05 for a winter and it was acceptable enough. I found a hard top for about $600 online, so I went and picked that up. Couldn't be happier. It is a decent enough difference, especially if you get a lot of snow, but you would never notice the advantages without owning one. Just tough it out until you can afford to get a hard top (if you even want to) next year or w/e. Hard tops for Jeeps always pull a premium this close to winter anyway.
Second Scotiez, I'm in Maine and went through my first winter with it last year, up here it gets pretty damn cold, and I cracked my back plastic window clearing snow off of it and it was only 10 F outside. So just be cautious. This winter I have an '03 HT that will hopefully do the job. But don't waste your $ on a brand new top. Go used. Takes time, but you'll fine a good deal.
KK for the guys and gals who live in the snow areas. before you go to bed at nite toss a towel on the front windshield. Then in the morning you can pull the towel off the windshield will be clear then for the other grab pitchers of luke warm water. Pour them on the windows and then they are clear no need to scrap of try to clean them so you can see out of them.