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Old 11-16-2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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Soft Top in Snow

I'd like to replace my hard top for an aftermarket soft top, because one, I much prefer the look of the soft tops over the hard tops. And two, I don't have a place to store the hard top once removed. Can soft tops withstand cold winters with 2-3 feet of snow per storm (melts quickly in most cases)? Can they hold up to the weight? Will they leak once the snow starts to melts?

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Edited: Btw, I have a 2010 JKU Rubi...

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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my stock top has not had a problem in any big storms yet, and where im at we get some good snow sometimes. The only problem i have had is when it gets super cold the soft windows get VERY brittle... i accidently punched through the back window when i was loading my snowboard in the back seat, so just be careful about that.

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:37 PM   #3
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If you decide to sell, you'll have guys jumping up and down for a 2010 hardtop. They're in VERY short supply. Timberman is desperate for one.

Soft tops have no problems in Colorado snow. Bestop is based in Broomfield, and we run them year round. (I just put the hard top back on my CJ, but I only have a Bikini top, and that was too minimal).
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:35 AM   #4
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I put my hard top on 2X4s in the back yard in the summer. Give it a wash down in the fall and it is back in use. Didn't look any worse for the wear. I wouldn't give my hard top up in the winter. It has been nice having it.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:22 PM   #5
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I had a TJ with a soft top and it was fine in the winter...windows do get brittle in the cold temps...just watch out. I have a hard top on my 07 Rubi, but I want to get a soft top for the spring and summer, and keep the hard top for winter. But then again in the summer...who really needs a top or doors, LOL!!!
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:38 PM   #6
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What is unique about the 2010 hard top? Different design than 07-09? better?
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:46 PM   #7
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Take Jk'n advice, don't be a fool and keep the hard top they are like GOLD!!!!!
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:04 PM   #8
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I had about 1 inch of snow on my soft time 2 weeks ago and it caved in and blew totally off on my way to work. I was so cold!!! I am getting a new one from Jeep and I hope it will last longer.
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:34 PM   #9
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I'd also recommend keeping your Hard Top for heavy snowfalls. They are becoming few and far between. Your choice though.

Soft Tops will handle the Winters, but if you're expecting 2-3 Feet of buildup while you're at work, parked, etc., I'd get a wide broom, cut off the handle even with the front cupholders, and use it as a Prop or Bow, between the Sound Bar and the Windshield. It doesn't have to be tight, but just snug enough that it won't move under snow buildup. This way, when snow builds in that unsupported area between the windshield and soundbar, it won't overload it, and cave in on your interior. It can make a helluva mess!

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Old 11-20-2009, 06:38 PM   #10
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I had about 1 inch of snow on my soft time 2 weeks ago and it caved in and blew totally off on my way to work. I was so cold!!! I am getting a new one from Jeep and I hope it will last longer.
I feel sorry for you with all this bad luck.. First the shifter knob came loose and busted your windshield (excessive vibration you claimed) and now a caved in and blown off soft top because of 1 inch snowfall ..
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:11 AM   #11
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I had about 1 inch of snow on my soft time 2 weeks ago and it caved in and blew totally off on my way to work. I was so cold!!! I am getting a new one from Jeep and I hope it will last longer.
Really... An inch of snow, and it collapsed?!?! I would certainly hope that the top would be more rugged than that.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:21 AM   #12
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Really... An inch of snow, and it collapsed?!?! I would certainly hope that the top would be more rugged than that.
My Jeep saw quite some snowfall last winter, quite often 4 inches and more.. Just keep the snow off the soft top by using a wide broom..
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:13 PM   #13
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I had about 1 inch of snow on my soft time 2 weeks ago and it caved in and blew totally off on my way to work. I was so cold!!! I am getting a new one from Jeep and I hope it will last longer.
Ok, this makes me rethink the idea of getting rid of the hardtop Maybe I can get a friend to store it while not in use. Brushing off the top isn't practical in my area since most of the heavier snow comes in at night and I'd have to brush it off every two or three hours in many cases to prevent build up. And because I live at about 8,500 feet it's really COLD at night.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:55 AM   #14
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Just replaced my factory soft top with a new Bestop replace-a-top. Held up fine under 10" of wet snow recently BUT the melting snow seeped thru and totally soaked my front seats, dash, etc. This never happened with thee 11 year old factory top. After I finished swearing, I noticed there were large wet areas with droplets all over the underside of the top. Bestop customer support claims this is "normal". Oh really? From now on, I'll brush snow off before it starts to melt. I'll apply some waterproofing too.

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