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steamer44 10-15-2013 09:23 PM

Just curious if anyone had any tips about using the soft top in winter. I don't have a hard top and can't afford one. Any tips would be great. Thanks

Holder350 10-15-2013 10:08 PM

Buy a good coat

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rchase559 10-15-2013 10:39 PM

I've used both. A hard top for a few years and a soft top after that. I honestly didn't notice much if any difference in the heating ability going from the hard to the soft top.

The major downside is that you cannot scrape the soft top windows as they get brittle in the cold. Just let the interior warm up and the ice will melt away. Make sure you clean and lubricator the zippers in the spring as they will get some corrosion if there's salt in the roads.

Be sure to clean it off often to prevent excess weight. I usually cleaned mine everyday it snowed, sometimes multiple times a day depending on how much snow we were getting.

steamer44 10-16-2013 07:25 AM

I have heard that about the zippers and keeping them lubricated and it'll make a lot of difference.
I appreciate the info.


thantos858 10-16-2013 08:15 AM

Jeeps have tops? Like said keep the snow off it and lube the zippers. I would lube them before we really move into the cold season.

BESRK 10-16-2013 09:31 AM

When temp is below freezing, avoid trying to zip the windows down. I've actually cracked plastic windows in the cold.

dodger889 10-16-2013 12:17 PM

Park your Jeep under cover. Some have used some pvc pipe to keep the top from sagging from snow and melting snow that changes to ice puddles. You could add a layer of plastic to help with the heating across the top.

FLATFENDER54 10-16-2013 12:21 PM

Where are you at? My heater works fine in oklahoma. We get down in the teens and twentys here sometimes.

Holder350 10-16-2013 12:56 PM

With a CJ7 I found in winter a hard top is a requirement. Haha.

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rchase559 10-16-2013 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by Holder350
With a CJ7 I found in winter a hard top is a requirement. Haha. Sent from my phone where correct grammar is difficult.

This is a good point. I have a TJ and it's fine. I can't speak for the effectiveness of other models.

steamer44 10-16-2013 09:51 PM

I'm in SW Ontario. It gets cold. I'm sure I'll be fine just have to stay on top of it if it snows.

gojeepgo 10-22-2013 08:34 PM

I got rid of my CJ hard top a long time ago and just use a soft top and soft doors year round. To keep the heat up front I installed one of those dividers you would use to make like a half cab with a bikini top in the summer. I cant remember the name of the thing. It basically makes it like a two seater and installs behind the front seats from the roll bar to the floor. Works great. Heat stays up front.
And dont try and open or fold the windows when its cold.

steamer44 10-23-2013 04:57 PM

Just curious as to what part of the country you live in. I'm in SW Ontario and we can get some cold weather.

schitzangiggles 10-26-2013 10:56 AM

I use this stuff as a liner
It makes a huge difference in how cold the jeep gets when you are driving. I would take a some pics, but I don't have any from last year and the cat destroyed it in the shed, using it as a scratching post.
I used the industrial adhesive backed velcro strips to secure it to the soft top where the soft top frame doesn't.
Cut out for the windows.

Itstime 10-26-2013 11:35 AM

I live in ND and I think I am going to put the hardtop on. :/ I was going to leave the soft top on but I like me rear heated Window. It gets like -40 here -60 with windchill.

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