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Loo 03-13-2008 08:44 PM

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?

orange05tj 03-13-2008 08:45 PM

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.

jpdocdave 03-13-2008 08:54 PM

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.

tazmann910 03-13-2008 08:57 PM

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.

jpdocdave 03-13-2008 09:19 PM

very true, much easier in sun

nicolas-eric 03-13-2008 09:26 PM

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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.

JCS05Rubi 03-13-2008 10:15 PM

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... :D

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.

ejmct 03-14-2008 03:42 PM

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.

Jerry Bransford 03-14-2008 03:57 PM

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. :)

richp 03-14-2008 05:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 206642)
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.

Jonny15 03-14-2008 05:31 PM

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.

TheGrantula 01-11-2017 03:37 AM

Hey guys so in case anyone is still wondering the best way to install a soft top when it's cold. It's currently around 20 degrees where I live and we just got 6 inches of snow yesterday. I just sold my hardtop and bought the new bwsttop trektop nx. And as some of you know they suggest installing it in 72 degree weather after laying it in the sun for a few hours. Obviously my timing and conditions didn't leave me very many options. So I pulled my jeep in the garage and layed out my soft top pieces in my house (I keep it at 70 degrees) I then put a space heater that I had for my basement in he back seat and put it in full blast (90 degrees) and started putt the soft top on slowly. I've read even in the summer it will take these tops about a week to fully stretch where you can zip everything. Mine was ready to zip and stretched out enough in about 3 hours. I had seen where some suggested to turn on there heat in the jeep but this is a little bit of an alternative. It's cheap and worked even better and got hotter than your heat in the jeep would get.

sparky 01-11-2017 08:53 AM

Warming the top in the house is good. Working in the garage can help.

But, sitting a space heater on a fabric seat is not a good alternative.

trickydoc 01-11-2017 08:55 AM

my buddy installed a best top in the dead of winter. He pulled his jeep in the garage, fitted the top loosely, placed a ceramic heater inside his jeep. went back about 2 hours later and finished up his top. he had both his hound dogs in the garage keeping them out of the cold, and they both found a way in the jeep and curled up and went to sleep. he said the Elvis was in the front seat and Junior was in the back sleeping away warm and toasty. lol I like his hound dogs, they both love to ride in jeeps.

TheGrantula 01-11-2017 11:10 PM

I had the heater set up to not touch anything but sit up jsut like it would have if it was on the ground.

Jamesval035 01-13-2017 03:33 PM

Lol, funny I did something of this sort about 2 weeks ago in NC during the blizzaed we were supposed to get.... put the Jeep in the garage, had a ceramic heater in the backseat touching nothing, and a propane tank with a heater attached in the passenger seat, again not touching anything (I know I know probably not the safest, but when your determined to put a top on to drive your favorite vehicle, sacrifices will be made.) Easiest time with a soft top ever. Everything zipped right up and my new pavement ends sprint top looks good.

AZ01TJ 01-13-2017 04:11 PM

I still have the top & doors completely off, haven't had a need to put them back on this winter.

T.Wagner 01-13-2017 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by AZ01TJ (Post 28630074)
I still have the top & doors completely off, haven't had a need to put them back on this winter.

Perks of living in the Southwest :)


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