YJ in the winter? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 06-13-2015, 06:40 PM
Thread Starter
  #1
Jeeper
 
VTAK8k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Indiana
Posts: 175
YJ in the winter?

I'm sure this has been asked before but my phone won't let me bring up the search bar here.

It won't be a necessity to drive it in the winter but I was just thinking it would be nice to keep my DD in the garage all winter. I would really only use it to drive to work and still have my wife's car to drive in the evening. Would a hard top do better than soft or are they all drafty at this point? I haven't bought one yet so this could play into my decision on which one I chose to buy.

VTAK8k is offline   Quote
Old 06-13-2015, 08:15 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
JTSK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 209
I've never had a hard top, but my soft top is just fine in the winter. Some drafts, but certainly nothing too bad.

__________________
JTSK

No trees were used in the generation of this message, but billions of electrons were greatly inconvenienced.

95 2.5L
JTSK is offline   Quote
Old 06-13-2015, 08:27 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
reno92's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Cardiff By The Sea / Glamis
Posts: 2,004
My jeep was our snowboard transportation. It did great in the winter, even had a foot of snow on the soft top, of course it was very light powder.
__________________
92 Jeep Renegade - 4.0, 5 speed with Borla headers, MSD wiring. Front Currie D44 with cromo and ARB, rear 8.8 with Yukon super 88 kit and ARB, 4.56 gears, 35x12.5 MTR Kevlar, 4.5 RE Extreme, Bilstien 5100, RuffStuff 1 ton over the knuckle steering, 9500 synthetic line winch, 52" LED light bar, GenRight skid plate.
reno92 is offline   Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-13-2015, 11:28 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Biohazard 294's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 230
This last year in Michigan I used it with the soft top, did fine for me. Either way with a yj though, your gonna probably have a draft by the steering column.

One thing to look out for though Is just the salt, if your jeep isn't rusty, mine wasn't too bad before the winter but then after the hood latches started rusting, lug nuts for the spare tire started to rust.

Just something to keep in mind. It's only surface rust, so long as you take care of it quick enough.
Biohazard 294 is offline   Quote
Old 06-14-2015, 10:36 AM
Thread Starter
  #5
Jeeper
 
VTAK8k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Indiana
Posts: 175
Thanks for the input guys. Rust on my daily driver is why I want it parked for the winter if possible. As long as I spray the Jeep off every couple of weeks during the winter, it should keep the rust at bay I hope.

We live on a dead end road that doesn't get plowed right away. Sometimes in deep snow our cars have problems getting out. I figure the Jeep might be able to dig some ruts and clear a path for my wife to get out as well on those days.
VTAK8k is offline   Quote
Old 06-14-2015, 12:17 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
bigearl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Redneckistan, NM
Posts: 1,663
I have a hard top and I don't have any drafts coming from anywhere unless I take the doors or hard top off. I'd look for a hardtop, if you find you don't want it you can always sell it and get a soft top.
bigearl is offline   Quote
Old 06-17-2015, 12:09 AM   #7
cad
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 514
i used mine with the hard top here in western pa only place that i had a problem was in the corners by the window.. got it sealed up and worked great all winter..
cad is offline   Quote
Old 06-17-2015, 08:57 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
Posts: 27
We got our '95 in time to get 4" of Colorado Concrete on it. It has the wrong(88-91) soft top on it and it stayed dry, the snow slid off after a little heater/defrost action and a turn.
The snow and "bad weather" are why we got it in the first place! Now, to see it the hard top and full doors I got for it work.
littlefred811 is offline   Quote
Old 06-17-2015, 09:50 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
Glenn91YJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MA
Posts: 450
Mine is really a 3 season Jeep. I drive it in the winter if the roads are clear just to drive it. It came with a hard top but it was a PITA to take on and off. I bought a Softopper and very happy with it. Any soft top will have some drafts. Mine does fine for as much as I drive it in the winter. Nothing a warm jacket and the heater can't take care of.
__________________
Owning a Renegade means being "Different"!
Glenn91YJ is offline   Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 08:40 AM
Thread Starter
  #10
Jeeper
 
VTAK8k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Indiana
Posts: 175
So I ended up getting a 95 YJ Rio Grande edition. It's in pretty good shape with a fairly new soft top. I notice that it's hard to see out the windows at night, especially when they are wet. I may have to look into some hard doors for the winter. Other than that I think it should do great in the snow, it has great heat/defrost.
VTAK8k is offline   Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 09:05 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
bigearl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Redneckistan, NM
Posts: 1,663
Yeah! Welcome to the RG Club!
bigearl is offline   Quote
Old 06-22-2015, 09:23 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
Dral97's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 787
I used to have a TJ that had both tops. After 2 seasons, I just kept the soft top on because such a pita to put on the hard top. There seem to be two types of YJers basically. Those that run hard top in winter and nothing in summer and those that just run soft top year round.

Dral97 is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, Gladiator, Mopar and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to FCA US LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with FCA US LLC.