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Old 06-29-2012, 12:22 AM   #1
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Soft Tops & Snow?

Ill be picking up a 2012 JK soft top on saturday and it hadnt crossed my mind about soft top and snow since honestly i dont even want to be thinking of the miserable stuff.

I wont have a garage to park in and in NJ we have been known for a few freak blizzards. and atleast once a year we'll get 10-14"

How does the soft top hold up? i imagine NOT GOOD? do i just have to get in the habit when its snowing out to go out every hour or so to brush off the top?

i would like to get a hard top for winter driving but i just dont have anywhere to put it

Options? thanks!

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Old 06-29-2012, 12:26 AM   #2
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I don't even give snow a though, I lived in the snow belt off lake erie and never had an issue with snow. If it looked like a massive load I'd clear it off but usually only once a day. Other than that it was business as usual

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Old 06-29-2012, 12:33 AM   #3
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really? thats awesome! i was also thinking that if it is a problem setting up a portable heater, fold down the seats and set it in there and stabilize it somehow (just incase) and set it at around 50 degrees, that way the snow just melts when it hits it.

Ahh i cant wait
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When its cold outside be mindful of your plastic windows, especially if your using an ice scraper. You are probably better off not using one or else you can crack the plastic. You can always hop inside the jeep and hit the roof from the inside to get rid of the snow as well...
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:43 AM   #5
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It's been my experience to let no more than 5 or 6 inches build up without clearing it off. Never scrap the windows, just allow the blast furnance of a heater melt everything off them.

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Old 06-29-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
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Who hit the street lamp/sign post. Hilarious.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:56 AM   #7
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I'm going to reinstall my HT for winter. Primarily so that I don't get the zippers all salted up. Also, I think it would be easier to clear the rear window of ice with the HT.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:01 PM   #8
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Who hit the street lamp/sign post. Hilarious.
It was pushed over from all the weight of the snow plowed against it. As the weeks went by and the snow melted, it slowly lowered to the ground, all the while staying lit at night. Eventually the utility company came out and turned it off and set a cone next to it. It stayed like that until it was replaced in July.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:09 PM   #9
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yea, dont scrape your top or windows and you'll be fine. this is also a no no: i have a friend who was driving and it was snowing and it got built up on his back window. he had a golf ball in the jeep, threw it at the back window to "knock" off the snow...through the window it went HA!
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:19 PM   #10
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Yea soft tops are no trouble in the winter. I ran one on my 98 for 7 years through some really harsh MN winters.

The only issue I ever had was once when it was about -36F I went to a drive thru ATM and when I unzipped my window and went to fold it out... it simply cracked like a stiff piece of plastic. So if it is REALLY cold out... do not try to use the windows!
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:01 PM   #11
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If you do not want to worry about ice and frost on the windows, get a trail cover. I did this with my old YJ and it worked great. If I forgot to use the cover and the windows were all frosted up, I either just let the heater do its job or got a pitcher of warm water to clear them off.

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