OK, I realize this is stupid, but I'm going to ask anyway: Does anybody have experience using the (stock) soft top in snow conditions? Obviously it can't be good, but how bad is it?
I'm considering leaving my hard top on all winter because, frankly, i'm too lazy to put the hard top back on and its really heavy. And I live in Chicago. And I park outside. (I told you it was stupid).
Softop will hold up fine I live in Toledo, not as bad as Chicago I know but I've gone through 16 winters with soft tops including snowpocolypse last year. They hold up fine. Most people who say they can't are probably more scared of the idea than having actually had experience with the softtop.
softop will hold up fine i live in toledo, not as bad as chicago i know but i've gone through 16 winters with soft tops including snowpocolypse last year. They hold up fine. Most people who say they can't are probably more scared of the idea than having actually had experience with the softtop.
I plan to run my soft top (the premium one) all winter up here in Quebec (I don't think you can get a winter with more snow and/or colder in the US than what we have around here).
The salesman at the dealership said that I did not need a soft top, that many people are running all year long with it and he was indeed doing it himself. He said that I should not buy the dual top option if I plan to use the hardtop only in winter for more "protection". If a salesman tells you that you do not need to buy something, usually you don't need it
All of the jeeps in my sig have only ever had soft tops. All have lasted 5+ years of crazy New Jersey weather. Also they have spent many winters in New York's snow belt sitting in a parking lot all weekend while I was snowmobiling and I never had an issue.
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I am hopeless but not topless. Ran jeeps for 28 years with soft tops as daily drivers year round no problem. Just brush (or shovel) the white stuff off and your good to go Might have been a hard top in there once.
I've ran my soft top the last two winters here in North Western Alberta, Had no issues with doing so even in -40 temperatures
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I run soft tops on both of my jeeps year round. I live in Northern Utah and it gets cold with heavy snow. My only issue is clearing the read window from road spray. Outside of that, nothing....love my soft tops
My old TJ only had the soft top and I ran it for five northern Michigan winters with zero issue. Brush the snow off the top just as you would your hard top and go. It will heat up inside in no time and absolutely NOT damage the top. The advantages of the hard top imo are decreased road noise and added security from theft.
Just remember to be careful with the windows when they are really cold. Supposedly they damage easily when they are iced.
This. Don't even think of wiping the windows with a brush. I did it once and I was as delicate as possible and still ended up scratching up the entire rear window. Other than that the soft top has been fine for me through PA winter.