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Old 09-02-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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snow on the soft top

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).

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Old 09-02-2014, 07:25 PM   #2
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Bad idea especially if you have the hardtop

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Old 09-02-2014, 08:09 PM   #3
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Yeah I lived in mountains in Utah . I run my tops rough. I brush off snow and am careful washing. When I need to replace a top I do it at the last possible moment.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:14 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:24 PM   #5
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Hard top for winters in Chicago. That is a no brainer. Should have defroster and wiper.

Especially if this winter is remotely like last year's winter.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:35 PM   #6
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I run a soft top year-round here in WI, but it's not the stock top. Those Chicago peeps are just, well, sissies.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:36 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:50 PM   #8
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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
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:53 PM   #9
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I would think you Canadians would be used to the cold and just run topless all year long. :whistle:
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:54 PM   #10
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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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Old 09-02-2014, 09:09 PM   #11
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I would think you Canadians would be used to the cold and just run topless all year long. :whistle:
Have you ever seen a topless Canadian?

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Old 09-02-2014, 09:30 PM   #12
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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.
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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
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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.
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A lot of us Midwesterns run soft tops year round. I never had a bad day with a soft top cj 5 and up.
It is a life style. Tops are robust. Replace when needed.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:03 PM   #17
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it will be a pain with the soft top if you need to put something in back and have to unzip an iced up zipper [ i have jk x unlimited ]
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Worked great for me, actually I am pissed off that I lost that JK to an accident and the one I have now came with a soft top delete. Next year I purchase a soft top and fuggetaboutit
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Just remember to be careful with the windows when they are really cold. Supposedly they damage easily when they are iced.
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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.

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