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Old 07-28-2010, 01:45 PM   #1
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soft top and ac

Hey guys Im in AZ and the temps always a problem. how does the ac perform with a soft top compared to a hard top? Does the cold air seep out faster with a soft top?= on the other hand does the hot air from sitting in the lot all day seep out faster when the ac goes on? thanks

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Old 07-28-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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With the newer Sailcloth soft tops that the factory has been installing since around 2000 or 2001, they are better at insulation than thinner fabrics are. I wheel in the deserts of SOCAL and it regularly gets over 100 where I live and my a/c does fine with the soft top.

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Old 07-28-2010, 02:34 PM   #3
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We just had a couple of 90+ degree weeks here in NJ, not very common, and the AC worked fine. Even with 1/2 doors. And we had high humidity compared to AZ.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:18 PM   #4
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Idk, I'm too embarrassed to drive with the top up in the summer if it isn't raining.... Keeps the heat in very well in the winter tho'
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:56 PM   #5
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If I do have my ac on with my softtop up, it keeps it nice and cool...The best feeling in the world though is topless with the ac blowing on my tootsies!
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:20 PM   #6
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Well I can say the ac does quite fine. I live in a similar climate, I hav full doors and a soft top. My jeep cools me down quite nicely. I have tinted windows and I'm confident this helps.

We had a week of 110+ and I was comfortable after a few mins of A/c
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:53 PM   #7
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Florida here, AC is fine with my soft top. Jeep seems to blow some of the coldest air I've seen in a vehicle
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:01 PM   #8
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Works fine in PA too.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:06 PM   #9
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Even if u don't the full capabilty it will keep u cool...The ac works fine on my '87 with the hard top but even topless I turn it on sometimes when is tooo hot...u're not in a limo, u're in a Jeep
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:25 PM   #10
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^^^^ what they said and I'm in the Mojave desert.
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We also sell a headliner that fits under your top. It's basically just a fitted sheet of insulated fabric. There may be others selling something similar, not sure. But the idea is to insult the top a little more. Supposed to keep heat/cold in, and cut down noise.
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We also sell a headliner that fits under your top. It's basically just a fitted sheet of insulated fabric. There may be others selling something similar, not sure. But the idea is to insult the top a little more. Supposed to keep heat/cold in, and cut down noise.
Is that standard for older soft tops? I'm thinking of getting another top and have been wondering about some of the replacements. My current top is OEM (I think) and it has a liner built into the top. It's sagging now.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:18 PM   #13
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But the idea is to insult the top a little more. Supposed to keep heat/cold in, and cut down noise.
Don't you think the top feels bad enough with out further insults...lol
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Don't you think the top feels bad enough with out further insults...lol

If I have to start reading what I type, it's going to really slow this whole process down.
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Is that standard for older soft tops? I'm thinking of getting another top and have been wondering about some of the replacements. My current top is OEM (I think) and it has a liner built into the top. It's sagging now.
I don't think we ever did those as standards. And ours just came out, so not sure what you've got. But I don't always know what goes on with the factory tops.
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Before moving to SC, I lived in AZ for 22 years, A/C works just fine with a soft top since I'm here to tell the tale.

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