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Old 01-19-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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When's the earliest you put your soft top on? That is, for people who live in states that get nasty winters.

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Old 01-19-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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Mine stays on all year.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:02 PM   #4
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When's the earliest you put your soft top on? That is, for people who live in states that get nasty winters.
I live in arkansas, we have some of the nastiest winters in the nation. My soft top has been on since summer and Ive had no issues with the cold, the heater works so good you will never notice.
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I don't have a hard top and my wrangler is just fine I am up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The only drawback is you have to brush off the roof every 4 inches so it doesn't stretch
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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Mine stays on all year.
Won't that wear it out faster?
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:07 PM   #7
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I haven't seen any sag or other issues.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:35 PM   #8
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Won't that wear it out faster?
It's meant to stay on year round. I expect it to last 5 or 6 years at which time I will gladly buy a new one.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:15 AM   #9
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It's meant to stay on year round. I expect it to last 5 or 6 years at which time I will gladly buy a new one.
Hmm. I see. Has anyone noticed a mpg increase with it on? Off?
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:26 AM   #10
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Do not concern yourself with MPG if you own a Jeep. You will sleep better at night.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:44 AM   #11
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Mine stays on all year long... and I've had 2' of snow up there before, its just harder to clean off. No idea on how long it lasts. I've had the jeep for 4 years and the top was old when I got it...
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If you take proper care of them, they should last a good long time.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:16 AM   #13
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The top on my '01 is original. Still in very good shape, sure it has some bruises, from being used, but no actual damage.... Why does everyone worry about Jeep soft tops, but no one ever thinks twice about a Mustang, or anything else with a drop top being a problem? The Wranglers are the 3rd and 4th convertibles we've owned. Heck the Camaro leaked more than the Wranglers do, and they aren't really made to get wet.....
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Do not concern yourself with MPG if you own a Jeep. You will sleep better at night.
LOL! I laugh anytime anyone asks me about mileage on my Jeep, as if MPG's are even a concern to me. The only time I think about mileage is when I'm calculating if I'll have enough gasoline to get off the trail and back to a gas station.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:42 PM   #15
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Do not concern yourself with MPG if you own a Jeep. You will sleep better at night.
Oh yeah, good point.
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Do not concern yourself with MPG if you own a Jeep. You will sleep better at night.
Just wondering since I'll be taking her to the west coast from the Midwest this year with the soft top on. Yes I know they get crappy mileage but thought the weight loss might help.
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Usually sometime in late April.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:26 PM   #18
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:31 PM   #19
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pittsburgh here and we generally get a good bit of snow, i keep mine on all year and park outside, as stated before just keep a heavy build up of snow off the roof and you'll be fine.
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Usually sometime in late April.
You keep your soft top rolled in the back or take it out?
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:10 PM   #21
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You keep your soft top rolled in the back or take it out?
You're not supposed to keep both of them installed. One or the other. If you leave the soft top in the back you risk damaging it. You OM states it should be removed and that it is only there for transportation purposes. Not only that you are severely limiting your cargo space.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:16 PM   #22
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Leave my soft top on all year and am perfectly content.

Only one concern to mention: I didn't realize how much I would want to lift the rear window to get more access to my trunk,e.g., loading up Xmas presents. When your rear window is plastic and the temperature is very cold, this risks cracking it. However, so far in NC I haven't had any problems.
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I'm in Colorado and my 09 is a soft top. Never had any issues.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:32 PM   #24
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Leave my soft top on all year and am perfectly content.

Only one concern to mention: I didn't realize how much I would want to lift the rear window to get more access to my trunk,e.g., loading up Xmas presents. When your rear window is plastic and the temperature is very cold, this risks cracking it. However, so far in NC I haven't had any problems.
I agree with that, be careful. Mopar zipper lube helps as well.
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I've just went through a couple weeks of high temps below freezing, snow and high winds. I have had no issues with my soft top. Has anyone used a soft top storage boot? It's suppose to protect your top when folded down.

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I've just went through a couple weeks of high temps below freezing, snow and high winds. I have had no issues with my soft top. Has anyone used a soft top storage boot? It's suppose to protect your top when folded down.

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I have a Mopar boot. Came with the Jeep. It works well, looks good and keeps windows handy in case of inclement weather. That said, I've actually only installed it once in the last year and a half. It takes a while to install and remove, and frankly, isn't worth the trouble to me. If you fold the top neatly, it looks fine, and I don't really worry about needing the windows if the top is down.... I have come to accept that on occasion, I WILL get wet... Life of a Jeeper...
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I have the Mopar soft top boot and I use it every time I put the top down. I like the way it looks.
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I am thinking about loosing the hard top around, say, late March, and keeping it off until late November, then the hard top goes back on

that should be about right
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I have the Mopar soft top boot and I use it every time I put the top down. I like the way it looks.
I guess its a matter of preference, I have looked at it, do you find it to be a pain in the ass to install like the guy above you said?
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I guess its a matter of preference, I have looked at it, do you find it to be a pain in the ass to install like the guy above you said?
That guy above is a girl. She mentioned windows. I do not put the windows in the boot. They go in the storage roll as always. I have the boot from Smittybilt and love it. It is easy to put on and serves two major functions. I keeps the soft top clean and free from dust especially the inside which is sometimes exposed when folded and most importantly you regain a huge amount of storage in the cargo area.

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