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Old 09-06-2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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hard top vs soft top- winter in south

we were going to put the soft top on now that my daughter will be 16 next week but she said we'll need to change it back wehn it gets colder- we live in B'ham where it does goes below freezing in Jan/Feb- what do most of you in the North do in the winter??

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Old 09-06-2008, 10:51 PM   #2
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You don't need no stinkin top in Birmingham. You're jeepers!!! For goodness sake, suck it up.

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Old 09-06-2008, 11:16 PM   #3
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we were going to put the soft top on now that my daughter will be 16 next week but she said we'll need to change it back wehn it gets colder- we live in B'ham where it does goes below freezing in Jan/Feb- what do most of you in the North do in the winter??
the soft top is plenty good, even in Chicagos usually frozen weather
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:19 AM   #4
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I will be running my soft top all winter here in Minnesota. It has a heater doesn't it?
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:32 PM   #5
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ok- thanks- I am so new to the jeep thing- that's why I come here to ask- i am sure you think I am an idiot.
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:14 PM   #6
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I am just out side of Atlanta, I have a 07 X w/ soft top and last winter was no problem. She but if she gets cold at 50 degrees than tell her to keep a jacket in the jeep. My wife keeps a blanket in the jeep even in the summer. I run the a/c on high!
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:43 PM   #7
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thanks for the help- we'll get it on soon so she can enjoy it topless!!
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I run my soft top year round here in Maine.
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Old 09-09-2008, 04:03 PM   #9
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In Ct. I go topless the whole summer. I have a hardtop for the winter. I sometimes put on a bikini top when I take my grand-daughter with me. I have never used the air conditioning..no matter how hot it gets. We carry a blanket and or dress warm when it gets a bit nippy at night or early in the morning. We also use the heat to take away the chill. I have no need for a soft top. I rarely drive it when it is raining in the summertime unless I have the bikini top on and am driving a short distance. My wife is from Maine and I would definitely have a hard top there.
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Old 09-11-2008, 03:46 PM   #10
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I live in Indiana and put the hard top on in the winter mainly for more support for the top in case there is a heavy snow.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:14 PM   #11
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I haven't taken the hard top off all summer...what a loser I am. But... I have a question. Do I have to take it off if I am going 4 wheeling? I wanted to take it out on some ruffer roads but don't want to damage anything. Any tips for a first timer 4 wheeling?
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I haven't taken the hard top off all summer...what a loser I am. But... I have a question. Do I have to take it off if I am going 4 wheeling? I wanted to take it out on some ruffer roads but don't want to damage anything. Any tips for a first timer 4 wheeling?
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depends on the trail. If you don't plan on trails with heavy woods and tree branches that can smack the fiberglass top and if you don't run rocky trails where you can sometimes lean against a rock then your okay.

I usually don't wheel with a top at all though. Last time I did, I tore my softtop all apart and had to buy a new one.
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If you have a hard top in the winter..... USE IT! X2 for my friend StaleyJeep in Elkhart; you will want the support should you get snow!

Besides, the ride in a hard top is much quieter than in a soft top. I live in Oregon and just had to put my soft top on after a long time topless. I will run the soft top until November or so, then the Hard Top will be installed for trips to the Mountains.

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