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cchartrand 08-18-2013 09:11 AM

Thinking of going soft top only.
 
Let me give you some backround . I live up here in New England, and the PO of my TJ decided to CUT the soft top off! You read that right.....CUT. Must have been in a really big hurry to get the hard top on..... Or not that bright? A little from column A, a little from column B. My question to you guys and girls who live in cold/snowy areas is this..... Am I going to regret selling my hard top? I figure I can sell the hard top, the factory soft top hardware,( including door surrounds), back and side soft windows,( tinted and in great condition), and grab up a Trek top NX, American Outlaw side mirrors, AND put a little money in my pocket. I could have the doors off, be open air within a week! Should I do it? It gets awful cold and snowy up here in Jan/Feb. thanks for your help and opinions!

jguyett 08-18-2013 09:21 AM

I have a soft top only and i'm in NH so pretty close to you. But this will be my first winter with the jeep, however i have quite a few buddies who only have a soft top and i've asked them this before because i was nervous and they've all pretty much told me its a little cold but if you blast the heat and let it run for a little while then its all good. I've always done that anyway so i'm not worried about it

cchartrand 08-18-2013 09:26 AM

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Originally Posted by jguyett (Post 4092180)
I have a soft top only and i'm in NH so pretty close to you. But this will be my first winter with the jeep, however i have quite a few buddies who only have a soft top and i've asked them this before because i was nervous and they've all pretty much told me its a little cold but if you blast the heat and let it run for a little while then its all good. I've always done that anyway so i'm not worried about it

Thanks man! NH??? Yeah, it gets ALOT colder up there! Not to mention the snow. I'm down on the RI/ MA border.

Atthehop 08-18-2013 09:28 AM

I have only run a soft top since buying my 04 new. never had a problem and hated removing and storing my hard top when I had a YJ. Just be diligent in removing snow in the winter before driving.

cchartrand 08-18-2013 09:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Atthehop (Post 4092204)
I have only run a soft top since buying my 04 new. never had a problem and hated removing and storing my hard top when I had a YJ. Just be diligent in removing snow in the winter before driving.

Nice! An 04'! Same as mine. I agree with you.... What a hassle the hard top seems to be. Taking it off, putting it on, storage. Plus, at their core, Jeeps are meant to be soft tops.

Atthehop 08-18-2013 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by cchartrand (Post 4092226)
Nice! An 04'! Same as mine. I agree with you.... What a hassle the hard top seems to be. Taking it off, putting it on, storage. Plus, at their core, Jeeps are meant to be soft tops.

And 1/2 doors make it the ultimate. Full doors with the top down look funky, IMO.

j-easy 08-18-2013 09:46 AM

Pretty sure the sun is jealous of the heat in a Jeep.

sparky 08-18-2013 09:46 AM

CC, before you sell everything, you need the door surrounds for the Trek Top.

cchartrand 08-18-2013 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Atthehop (Post 4092235)

And 1/2 doors make it the ultimate. Full doors with the top down look funky, IMO.

I agree. I'm stuck w/ only full doors for now. That's why I want the Outlaw mirrors. I want to drop the doors and head off down the road, but my state requires drivers side mirror. Those things seem pretty slick.

cchartrand 08-18-2013 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by sparky (Post 4092252)
CC, before you sell everything, you need the door surrounds for the Trek Top.

I'm pretty sure the NX comes w/ surrounds?

Philmycrackin 08-18-2013 10:07 AM

I sold my hard top just a PITA to remove. I live in Chicago it gets a bit chilly here from time to time. blast the heat and the radio. hearing loss is overrated anyway

Gath3r 08-18-2013 10:58 AM

Masshole here.

I only have a soft top. No worries.

cchartrand 08-18-2013 10:58 AM

I'm not too worried about the cold, I'm more worried about 6-8" of heavy wet snow on my soft top.

cchartrand 08-18-2013 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Gath3r (Post 4092424)
Masshole here.

I only have a soft top. No worries.

Ha! I was a Masshole for most of my life! How bad is the top w/ snow? You know, that real wet heavy s***? Did it stretch your canvas out?

rasputinswrangler 08-18-2013 11:07 AM

Im in PA and I have an 02, soft top and half doors and have no problem with the cold.

t3456 08-18-2013 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by cchartrand (Post 4092426)
I'm not too worried about the cold, I'm more worried about 6-8" of heavy wet snow on my soft top.

The heavy wet snow isn't as bad as long as you clean it off. Its the ice and freezing rain you have to worry about. Sure its louder and colder but that's not a big deal. I live in north east ohio. I put the hard top on in the winter. Its a pain but I also drive around with kids.

cchartrand 08-18-2013 12:26 PM

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Thanks for all the input! I think I'm pulling the trigger on that Trek top NX. Now I just have to convince my wife that we'll get the 500+ dollars back and then some once I sell the hard top and soft top accessories. Anyone in southern New England looking for a sweet hard top???

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SecretAgentMan 08-18-2013 04:30 PM

2004 Sport here in NJ. Sold the hard top when it was brand new. The winters in NJ aren't as bad as up there, but I don't have an issue in the winter. The Jeep is garaged, so snow won't build up on it for the most part. Also, the OEM top is a little heavier than aftermarket ones, so take that in consideration of my comments!

lindel 08-18-2013 04:37 PM

When I bought my 99, all it had was a soft top. I haven't ever needed anything else here in Chicagoland. I bought a frameless (Softopper) last year and never looked back. I still have the frame in the garage, in case I ever decide to go back to a stock top, but the frameless is working just fine.

sparky 08-19-2013 09:11 AM

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Originally Posted by cchartrand (Post 4092281)
I'm pretty sure the NX comes w/ surrounds?

OK. I don't know, it might. I thought they used factory hardware.
I could be wrong. I'm married, I've been wrong before.

TJDave 08-19-2013 09:26 AM

The only reason to consider keeping the hard top is if your Jeep is parked outside, uncovered during the snowy season.

A TJ's heater is more than enough to keep you warm. I would keep the factory door surrounds just in case. Most tops use them.....in case you don't like the NX, or decide on something else later on down the road.

I also have an 04, and my hardtop has not been on it for over 3 years. But, it's not in my way and on a hoist in my garage. So, for now I'm hanging on to it.....well, my garage ceiling is.:redface:

freeskier 08-19-2013 09:32 AM

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With a frameless top snow build up isn't an issue.

All the NX series tops come with new factory style door surrounds.

Jace446 08-19-2013 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by cchartrand (Post 4092268)

I agree. I'm stuck w/ only full doors for now. That's why I want the Outlaw mirrors. I want to drop the doors and head off down the road, but my state requires drivers side mirror. Those things seem pretty slick.

I'm here in RI too and had my soft top on for the last half of winter this year and it wasn't bad at all. But my last jeep was a yj, so maybe I was just used to the cold. Also I never bothered checking the mirror laws until you said that but I've been driving with my doors off for 2 years now without a problem lol

TrailbossNJ 08-19-2013 08:15 PM

Been running soft top and soft doors for many, many years here in Jersey. Don't kid yourself: we get some brutal cold weather! Lot of snow sometimes too...wouldn't trade back to a hardtop to save my life!

crunky 08-19-2013 08:45 PM

New England here... Right on the marsh in the armpit of Cape Cod.

I'd love to go to a soft top, but I'd have to take a few trees down in my yard before I felt comfy doing so. I get so many missiles and widow makers. I seem to be in the belt of these micro burst things that are popping up from time to time and snapping trees up 20 feet up.
I've got one spot in my yard that is safe and not within tree distance and the Denali gets parked there :surrender:

My jeep only came with a hard top and hard doors. So I need to either find all the surrounds and hardware or buy one of the famous bow-less tops.

rwhitmore74 08-19-2013 09:19 PM

I'm In Michigan and only have a soft top. Never had a problem with it winter.


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