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Old 08-08-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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soft top or hard top for winter.

Well fellers, it's about to be that time. WINTER:/. my first winter with my yj. Can I get by with just a soft top? I can feel heat coming through the cab floor and firewall. But my heater does work as well. I'm thinking that might be enough with some half doors with soft uppers?

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Not sure where you live but I live in Texas and as soon as fall gets here.... Hard top and hard doors are going on... No doubt about it.

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Not sure where you live but I live in Texas and as soon as fall gets here.... Hard top and hard doors are going on... No doubt about it.
Yeah I guess location would help as well. I'm in texas as well. El Paso so it's a different kind of Texas I'm sure lol. Is it really that cold in there?
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I run a soft top, albeit with full hard doors, year 'round up here in CT. And we've had some storms that dumped deep, heavy wet snow over the last 3-4 years. If your heater works as well as mine, you won't have any trouble with winter. Remember, the hard tops aren't insulated, so it won't make much difference which top you use. ;-)

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Not sure where you live but I live in Texas and as soon as fall gets here.... Hard top and hard doors are going on... No doubt about it.
Texas and a hardtop? Sheesh I woulda thought you guys would be doorless year round, I live near "lake effect michigan" and we had over 300 inches of snow last winter and i didn't run my hardtop. It sat in my back yard with 5 ft of snow on it. Cats loved it though lol
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Texas and a hardtop? Sheesh I woulda thought you guys would be doorless year round, I live near "lake effect michigan" and we had over 300 inches of snow last winter and i didn't run my hardtop. It sat in my back yard with 5 ft of snow on it. Cats loved it though lol
I run topless as much as possible but I'm originally from Fl. So I hate any type of cold, lol.
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I run topless as much as possible but I'm originally from Fl. So I hate any type of cold, lol.
haha you don't know cold brotha, I am a carpenter and I was out working in -30 last winter. But I suppose if your not used to that Eskimo shit 40 can be cold lol
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FYI it makes sense of the "gators" handles now, I was wondering
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:39 PM   #9
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Yeah I guess location would help as well. I'm in texas as well. El Paso so it's a different kind of Texas I'm sure lol. Is it really that cold in there?
Anything below 45 degrees Im cold... So hardtop and harddoors it is.
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Lol I was wondering about this as well and then I remember my first car didn't have heat. So if I could make it November to April without heat in high school (in Ohio) I can make it January to March here in Kentucky with however much heat it puts out hahaha if you're worried about it just pick yourself up a good Carhartt and you will be warm, I promise lol
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Anything below 45 degrees Im cold... So hardtop and harddoors it is.
you southerners make me laugh!! 45 is unimaginable for us in the winter.
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The stuff for my soon to be home-made hardtop hoist arrived via FedEx today, so all things being equal I'll be in the softtop by tomorrow evening.

I live in west central Alabama and we get a month to six weeks of 25* to 35*'s Fahrenheit during the dead of winter. I ride my motorcycle year around so I figure the Wrangler with the softtop won't be a problem.
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When I lived in the Sierras it wasn't keeping the inside warm that was a problem, it was waking up to find 2' of snow on your roof hoping the canvas wouldn't tear and fill up your cab. I never did have a problem, but there were nights where I ran out to clear the snow off, 3' of snow was mot unheard of at 9000 feet.
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Mijeeper, I was up close to Baltimore for some training while I was in the Army from October to march and I literally thought about getting out of the Army just because of the cold. But back to the subject; I think I will go with a Bestop soft top and a Carrhart, lol.

Thanks for the input fellas!
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When I lived in the Sierras it wasn't keeping the inside warm that was a problem, it was waking up to find 2' of snow on your roof hoping the canvas wouldn't tear and fill up your cab. I never did have a problem, but there were nights where I ran out to clear the snow off, 3' of snow was mot unheard of at 9000 feet.
yup you know what I am talkin about, I don't live in high altitude but I live in a place in mi that gets lake effect snow from Lake Michigan and our winters can be insane. I had 4 ft of snow on the ground from nov till March. Granted last winter has been the worst winter I have seen in my 33 years but it's not unheard of to see a lot of snow in my stupid area
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Mijeeper, I was up close to Baltimore for some training while I was in the Army from October to march and I literally thought about getting out of the Army just because of the cold. But back to the subject; I think I will go with a Bestop soft top and a Carrhart, lol. Thanks for the input fellas!
where you live bro I honestly think you will be fine with a soft top n a coat depending on your heater
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I'm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and only run a soft top with soft doors and uppers during winter. My heater works good and I stay toasty during the winter. I take all my hardware, top and doors off come March. I have no need for a hard top and I crack up at all the TJ's and JK's running full tops along Beach Blvd during summer here. Why get a jeep if your not going to take the top and doors off? Oh and we had extended below 20 degree days down here last winter which is very unusual.
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I do believe we are going to have a real winter down south this year... We normally have 100 plus degrees in JUly for weeks and we just had a cool front last week and high was like 85 degrees.... When it snows down here... I stay home..... the yoyo's around here dont know how to drive in the snow... and its bumpercars everywhere.
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I do believe we are going to have a real winter down south this year... We normally have 100 plus degrees in JUly for weeks and we just had a cool front last week and high was like 85 degrees.... When it snows down here... I stay home..... the yoyo's around here dont know how to drive in the snow... and its bumpercars everywhere.
I think it will be a legit winter as well. But not because of them temps, but the amount of fruit and seeds the trees are producing. Natures way of looking after itself I reckon
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I have a soft top only. 2014 jk. and it did fine for the -30c winter. good heat during theses witnter months. but for a older model I am not sure how the heat is for those colder months.
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I live in Michigan, just north of Detroit about 30 minutes, and it gets VERY cold in the winters here. My plan for this year... stick it out with the soft top that came with my YJ (soft uppers too), wear a stocking cap and my Carhartt coat, and crank the heat as much as it'll give. Maaaybe I'll think about getting a used hardtop next spring. This winter though, I'm just gonna man up (and park in the garage).

Edit: I should mention that I had a hardtop (full doors) on my TJ back in the day for the winters. Had a soft top too. The hardtop helped with the snow, as it isn't pliable, but didn't seem to make much of a difference in warmth inside the cab. Just my two cents.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:15 PM   #22
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Yea I am not sure if my soft top can handle the over 300 inches of snow again probly gunna puss out n throw the hard top on this winter. If I had a garage it would be a whole diff story
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I was in 6" of snow this past winter just north of Atlanta with my Jeep for the first time. First time with the Jeep, First time in Snow or anywhere else below 30 degrees. (I'm from FL Too!) My soft top and heater were more than adequate even with tons of airleaks. I have soft uppers too and it would make me sweat.....Don;t underestimate the power of that heater...
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I'm in Michigan also and I ran with a new soft top last winter. Even with the harsh winter we had, I was plenty comfortable. My heater works great and I have a shelter I park in. The garage is for the other two cars. I have a hard top and will probably sell it this fall.
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Hard top & full doors! You can scrape the snow & ice.
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Just finished installing the soft top for the 1st time. Shall I say it was ... educational?

Question: the two broad nylon straps at the back that are attached up near the top near the rear-most frame bow - where do those attach and what exactly is their purpose?



Unless I discover a leak, I plan to keep the hard top on the hoist and the soft top will be on it from now on.
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I assume you mean the straps that hold your back window up when roll the window up, if you roll your back window up wrap those around you will notice snaps to hold the window in place
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Soft top and half doors in the winter for me, only because I don't have a hard top and full doors. I take it up to the mountains quite a bit, snowboarding. Mine had a weak heater blower motor that I upgraded to a bigger one and it made a world of difference to me. I've tossed the idea of insulating the top but haven't yet.
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Luckily for me I live south west AZ, where it doesn't go below 65 degrees. So soft top and coat, is what I go with.
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I assume you mean the straps that hold your back window up when roll the window up, if you roll your back window up wrap those around you will notice snaps to hold the window in place
That may be what these are for but in that case, the snaps are gone. I'll have to improvise.

The ones I'm talking about are about 2" wide and attached inside the rear of the soft top just at where the frame bow bends.

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