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Old 10-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Soft top in the winter

Gearing up for my first New England winter with my 2013 JKU soft top. I've read the obvious - don't scrap or rattle the soft top windows when frozen/covered in snow. So what should I do to get off ice and snow? Let it melt? Turn on the heater full blast and wait? Are there any tools, brushes, etc. I can use to get the snow and ice off before work?

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Before I had the garage I hung a blanket over the back, then a tarp, bought vehicle cover off CL and finally the garage....

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Old 10-11-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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last winter when the was out in the parking lot I would just put a tarp over the back of the jeep worked great , except for the day we 20 mph winds lost my tarp that day
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:09 AM   #7
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For clearing just snow I use a Sno-Brum
Long enough to clear the entire roof, and I'll slide it over the back and side plastic windows to clear off the snow just not using any force on the broom. Whatever ice remains I'll let it be. It melts faster then you think once you get moving and warm the Jeep up. My work is 4 miles away and in that short time I notice a lot of melt from the plastic windows.
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Thanks for the advice, I've seen this item before but wasn't sure how legit it was. Here's to hoping we get dumped on!
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:17 PM   #9
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I second the long brush. It got me through the winter last year. I did abuse the foam side a bit and need to replace it already.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:08 PM   #10
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Buy a hardtop? Seriously? That isn't going to help out this guy at all. Way to go.

Just move someplace where it doesn't snow.
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We love Jeepers here in Phoenix! You don't ever have to shovel sunshine!

My son (also has a 2014 JKU) lives in Ohio-curious to hear how he fares this winter, his first with the Jeep (before he had an F150). He sorta lives out in the boonies on windy 1-1/2 lane country roads with hills and so on. While he is scraping and plowing and defrosting and heating - I will be top off enjoying the sunshine!
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:14 AM   #12
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Gearing up for my first New England winter with my 2013 JKU soft top. I've read the obvious - don't scrap or rattle the soft top windows when frozen/covered in snow. So what should I do to get off ice and snow? Let it melt? Turn on the heater full blast and wait? Are there any tools, brushes, etc. I can use to get the snow and ice off before work?

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Honestly the soft tops have come a long ways, ran mine,last winter in western Alberta and fared just fine... Everyone has a big fear of winter with a soft top, it's not bad at all. I just have a long handled snow brush and avoid scraping the top... Brush the snow off, the ice will just melt off in a few minutes
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I am from Alberta as well...ran my TJ with soft top only for 8 years...worked fine no trouble with it...New JKUR now with soft top only as well...sure I'll be just fine...I think winter conditions and soft top troubles are highly exaggerated!!
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I agree that troubles are highly exaggerate. I had a soft top on my Willys 35 years ago living in Nebraska and never a worry about ice, snow, cold, etc. Tops are much better now. Just cowboy up and love it!
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If you have an auto transmission, use or have the remote starter installed to warm it up about ten minutes before you leave. The heater will melt a lot of ice and snow before you get in.
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Great info! Thanks
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I was just going to ask this very question about soft tops and the extreme cold. I just bought this JK a week and a half ago and was wondering how this was going to be. The ones who posted from Alberta made my day. You are about the same temps as we get here in North Dakota, In fact I think you get colder even. My top is in great condition but I am thinking about getting the new twill replacement top that bestop has out. Sounds like a great top and a lifetime warranty.
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Back in the mid 90s I drove a '92 Wrangler soft top with half doors in Anchorage.
I just used a regular broom to brush the snow off.
Granted, the snow there was really dry and light most of the time, but it worked ok when it was wet too.

I just brushed off the driver's side door so I could get in, started the Jeep with the heater on full blast, and then went around and cleared the rest of the Jeep.
I loved that I never had to dig it out of the snow, just back it out!

I never had any issues with the windows until I took them out and laid them in the back of the Jeep one sunny day (sun damage).
I had added key rings to all the zippers on the windows so that we could open them with gloves on.
The cold never seemed to bother them too much, they just got stiff.

If I could do it with that old Jeep, a newer one should be even better.
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I was just going to ask this very question about soft tops and the extreme cold. I just bought this JK a week and a half ago and was wondering how this was going to be. The ones who posted from Alberta made my day. You are about the same temps as we get here in North Dakota, In fact I think you get colder even. My top is in great condition but I am thinking about getting the new twill replacement top that bestop has out. Sounds like a great top and a lifetime warranty.
Biggest thing is be gentle with the top in extreme cold, here in north western Alberta -40°c is not a surprise... I've had mine in -30 with zero issues
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:09 AM   #21
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Tarp?

This was the TJ while I was at work overnight during a snow storm. I had the tarp bungied to the rear bumper on each side and then the sides were bungied the front and loader and the railing.

I still collected snow on the hood but the windows stayed clear.

If you get caught outside and it has ice or snow stuck to it I found that taking a large amount (a bucketful or more) of cool/cold water and pouring that over the windows will take care of it pretty quick. Of course if you don't have a way to drain off that water you end up with a icy driveway. But... it only takes a minute to do and the water will get under the ice and snow and it slides off the plastic.
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