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Old 01-10-2014, 06:11 PM   #1
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Top down temp?

Hey just wondering, what is the lowest temp you guys put your top down? For me it's 45 (and maybe a little heat haha)

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Old 01-10-2014, 06:16 PM   #2
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I have found 48 to be brutal on the highway.

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Old 01-10-2014, 07:17 PM   #3
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I did 48ish or so in autumn. Had a hoodie and the heat on while on the highway. I enjoyed all the crazy looks I got, but I doubt I'll be doing it again next year. Maybe that temp during the spring. We'll see.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:44 PM   #4
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I'll do 40 with full blown heat in T-shirt and shorts, highway does get as little chilly though... I wear shorts and T-shirt a lot though
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:11 PM   #6
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55 is my minimum comfortable temp, the lava jacket is genius!
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
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I have one of these.... toasty! ACE Lava Jacket
I totally need one if these
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Depends on the sun....but probably in the 60's.

After years on a motorcycle, I have come to the conclusion that there is no end of the year, "you are a real bad ass" award for riding around exposed in cold weather.

While I've done colder (just to get out), 50 is my limit on my bike. It is easier to ride in a bike in cool weather because I'm wearing boots, thick gloves, a helmet, and a large armored riding coat/jacket....plus what I have on underneath it.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:32 PM   #9
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I bought my Jeep in March and couldn't wait to get the top down... I made a coffee run one morning and the temp readout was 36 (previous day was in the low 60's). Doors on, windows up, heat blasting, it was no problem.

I had my tube doors on one time when it was mid 40's in the morning, that was pretty brutal since you get about 10 times more wind up the sides. Fall nights rule with the top down and heat blasting, definitely my favorite time of year.
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I used to do anything over 40... Now I only drop it at 50 or above if its sunny and I use the heat till almost 70 degrees
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the first week i got my jeep it was -5 Celsius so that's 23 Fahrenheit. I went on the highway I will probably never take to roof off again at those temps. It was freezing.
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80 degrees does it for me.
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After years on a motorcycle, I have come to the conclusion that there is no end of the year, "you are a real bad ass" award for riding around exposed in cold weather.
That was really funny lol.

I drove from Jeeptoberfest in Ocala back down to almost Miami at night. Believe it or not it was actually in the low 40's that weekend and your damn right I was topless. After 5 mins on the highway I put my hoodie on and put the heater on full blast with the left and right vents smacking me dead in the face. Thank god for those heaters.
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55 is my minimum comfortable temp, the lava jacket is genius!
I've found the minimum temp goes up with my age.

I'm 55 yrs old, so 55 degrees works for me too.
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I have one of these.... toasty! ACE Lava Jacket
I got one for Christmas! Have you used it yet? I'm guessing it doesn't work so well that I can go topless in the snow.
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Last year I had the top down & doors off for 7 months. 1st week March 2013 top down. 3rd week March 2013 doors off. Temps 25-35* beginning March & 35-40* by the 3rd week March 2013. Finally had to get the doors on & top pulled up in Oct as the Jeep becomes my driver when it snows here in N-VA.

Waiting for March 2014 & we don't get any more snow & I will start with dropping the top.

Of course I dress apporiately when it is that cool & driving w/no top or doors.

My wife told me I am a woose for wearing a coat.
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^^^ I might try the March-October thing this year. My cover let me down a couple times last year (leaked at seams), so I'd button it up when rain was in the forecast.

I now have a big tarp in addition to the cover, and that seemed to be enough to keep even the heavy rain out. I can't use my Jeep as a daily driver (need van), but it sits outside.
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I had my hard top off last Saturday for a " Polar Bear Ride" with other jeep owners & the morning temperature was around 51*. I had a fleece jacket on & the heater going and I felt comfy. All of the vents were blowing on my wife who had a blanket and a, I'm not happy look on her face. The following day the artic air was arriving in my part of the world and the top was back on.
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Forgot to mention in addition to the 7 mths no top or doors I had 5 showers in the jeep. 3 of which required the removall of seats & carpets to dry them out. 3 days later everything nice & dry...however, since my last show, I am not running carpet up front. Only in the back of the back seat.
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Depends on the sun....but probably in the 60's.

After years on a motorcycle, I have come to the conclusion that there is no end of the year, "you are a real bad ass" award for riding around exposed in cold weather.
Yep we have a thread for that on our motorcycle forums too. Most people on forums for a motorcycle are the kind that don't winterize and ride year round. Dressed appropriately of course.
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Forgot to mention in addition to the 7 mths no top or doors I had 5 showers in the jeep. 3 of which required the removall of seats & carpets to dry them out. 3 days later everything nice & dry...however, since my last show, I am not running carpet up front. Only in the back of the back seat.
took allthe carpet out of my old yj too- i then used Herculiner on the tub/floor careful not to cover any bolt holes it worked great! my brother now has the jeep and the liner is still in good shape its been 9 years
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70 and up
70! Where do you live? I'm in the northeast I can't wait to put the top down
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I got one for Christmas! Have you used it yet? I'm guessing it doesn't work so well that I can go topless in the snow.
You might be surprised! It's easy to hook-up; try it and see what you think. It won't help your feet, legs, hands or face (except he 'exhaust' air helps face and hands a little) , but everything else will be nice and toasty in very cold temps....
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You might be surprised! It's easy to hook-up; try it and see what you think. It won't help your feet, legs, hands or face (except he 'exhaust' air helps face and hands a little) , but everything else will be nice and toasty in very cold temps....
my hands are always the coldest
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You might be surprised! It's easy to hook-up; try it and see what you think. It won't help your feet, legs, hands or face (except he 'exhaust' air helps face and hands a little) , but everything else will be nice and toasty in very cold temps....
Awesome!! I hate wheeling with doors on so I'm hoping between the jacket & the seat heater I'll be nice & toasty.
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50 degrees & up works for me.
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Dang. I must be a sissy mary. I wait till 70 or up. Some real men on this board.
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Jeep is not a DD so the doors and hard top stays off. Doors and tops go on for car washes only and then back off when I finish the cleaning ritual.

Wife asked to put the doors on when it dipped below 40 a few weeks ago.
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Dang. I must be a sissy mary. I wait till 70 or up. Some real men on this board.
Its kind of crazy how where you live will acclimate you. My buddy grew up in PA, then moved to AZ for a few years. He goofed on me for bitching about 90 degree heat, saying it was over 100 where he was at every day. When he came back here in July, he got a huge sucker-punch from the humidity. Apparently 95 with 95% humidity *is* actually way worse than 100 with 0%. He was wheezing like a broken accordion and bitching twice as much as I did, even though he spent the first 35 years of his life here.

I think you get used to where you're at and what is tolerable, not really any toughness about it. I cannot imagine how the guys in the midwest are dealing with the -20 temps.

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