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Unread 10-28-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Help with soft top noise

I am a new jeep owner. One week! I am an American in Germany and the winter is coming soon. The jeep has a soft top and I have no way of getting a hard top so far. Can anyone give me advice on how to prepare for driving the soft top in the snow and also how to help with noise reduction. Please. Thanks

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Unread 10-28-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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I have a 2004 wrangler with a hard and soft top. I added the softtop this summer. It works great, but really noisy at 50 or higher MPH.

Hardtop is less noisy, but still not quiet.

For winter just don't let snow sit on it and melt, brush it off. Should be okay.
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Unread 10-29-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
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One thing I've found to help with the flappiness of the top at higher speeds is to turn on the Climate control, NOT on recirculate. It sort of inflates the top a little bit and definitely reduces the flappiness.
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Unread 10-29-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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This may help on both accords:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/chea...ml#post1937460
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Unread 01-23-2014, 07:35 AM   #5
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I definitely could use some help with the noise reduction!
I just got my very first jeep :] a TJ!
Its so noisy on the highway (here in tx I go about 70 everywhere) that people dont wanna ride with me (I took the back seat out anyway, they can suck it)
But I would still like some relieve from the noise.
I like the idea of a prop, I'll have to look into that, any others??
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Unread 01-23-2014, 07:46 AM   #6
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get a top prop
http://www.skidplates.com/TopProp.asp
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Unread 01-23-2014, 07:59 AM   #7
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Windows down, it's going to be noisy and floppy. No way around it. Windows closed it balloons which was previously mentioned. Other than getting a thicker top (sailcloth) there isn't much else to be done about it.
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Unread 01-24-2014, 08:59 AM   #8
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Mine ballooned a little, but other than installing a better stereo, anytime I got above 65 it got loud. It seemed a lot better at 60 or less. A TJ is not the perfect highway cruiser. Not even with a hard top. I had both, and it was always a bit noisey.

I have a New 2014 JKU with the premium soft top, it is much better, but once you hit 70, the top noises increases a fair bit.

I drove mine with the side curtains out or top removed 80% of the time! but then again I live in Scottsdale, and you can do that a big part of the year.
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Unread 01-24-2014, 10:30 AM   #9
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I think for now I'll just del with the noise, I cant see paying $50 for that.. Thanks though!
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Unread 01-24-2014, 10:34 AM   #10
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its well worth the money. trust me
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Unread 01-24-2014, 04:46 PM   #11
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I have a prop that came with my trek top nx. The top just slaps the heck out of it while driving. I don't know if the skid row one would be any better.
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Unread 01-24-2014, 07:16 PM   #12
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We have the skid row one. It tightens the top so it has no play to flap.
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Unread 01-24-2014, 08:40 PM   #13
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What top is it on?
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Unread 01-24-2014, 09:42 PM   #14
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... people dont wanna ride with me (I took the back seat out anyway, they can suck it)...
If they can't enjoy it, they aren't people I want riding with me! Top off is even noisier! :P

As others said: keeping the windows up and running the fan/ac/heat, Thicker "Sailcloth" tops, and top props are your main options.

I am biased, my first jeep was a YJ with a very rough top. My 05 TJ with the sailcloth was like a dream to me.
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Unread 01-24-2014, 11:03 PM   #15
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In the summer I always keep a towel stuffed between the roll/sound bar and the top. Mostly for surprise rainstorms since i run doorless. But it helps cut down on the flapping too.

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