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Old 03-13-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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Coldest Temp. for installing Soft Top?

I would like to take my hard top off and put the soft top on over my spring break, most days will be upper 40's with one day in the 50's.

Too tough to stretch out a soft top in that weather?

What is optimal?

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Old 03-13-2008, 08:45 PM   #2
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check the owners manual. I think it said 60, cant remember. I've put mine down at 40 and it didn't go up very easy.

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if you leave the soft top in your house, in the heat you'd be finejust take it out in sections to keep parts as warm as possible, i've put mine up and down in 30's, its just harder, and your fingers might be sore when you're done.
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The colder the weather the harder it is to put the top up. 60 sounds about right, but it can be done in 40-50, but is hard to get plastic ledges above the doors stretched. I run a soft top all year long. But I have also found that it can be 40-50 degrees out and if it is sunny out the top stretches nicely in the sun.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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very true, much easier in sun
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:26 PM   #6
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do you install the ST the first time? then it could be to cold.
in 2007 i installed my used ST on a very cold day at only 4 F. and i didnīt have any problem. the ST parts were stored in the attic where itīs 60-70 F all the time.
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:15 PM   #7
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I just swaped my hard top for soft top since its starting to warm up. It was upper 40s, lower 50s. Harder than when its 100 out at 2:00pm with the sun beating no it, but it was do-able. Nothing tore or anything, except my neck muscles trying to get the hard top off by myself...

I usually don't mess with the soft top in sub 45 weather though. Tore a soft top droping it when it was 31F one time in my old Jeep.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:42 PM   #8
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I have a hard enough time installing mine when its below 60 and not sunny.
It can be colder if its sunny out.

The sun is your friend when installing the soft top.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:57 PM   #9
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A method of installing the top that will help in cold weather is to attach the front of the top to the windshield frame first with the clips, but don't snap the clamps into position so they're tight... leave the front of the top loosely clipped to the windshield frame. Then pull the top's rear corners down and slip them into the tub rail, THEN pull the top into position with the front clamps, snapping them shut.
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A method of installing the top that will help in cold weather is to attach the front of the top to the windshield frame first with the clips, but don't snap the clamps into position so they're tight... leave the front of the top loosely clipped to the windshield frame. Then pull the top's rear corners down and slip them into the tub rail, THEN pull the top into position with the front clamps, snapping them shut.
Yup, I use my arm and elbow to pull the back brace down a bit to get the tabs under the slot in the body one side at a time. I just had the top down today here in PA, it was high 50's, enough that all I needed jacket wise was a my mickey mouse baseball jacket. I put it back up before the sun got too low though, I hate fighting it.
Supposed to be warm tomorrow too so it may get dropped again.
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Should be too hard to install the top itself in 50 degree weather with the sun out, but if you have soft uppers DONT install them outside. Bring the uppers inside and heat the new fabric up with a hair dryer cause its a major pain in the ass to get the new uppers on the frame and they need to be stretched out quite a bit.

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