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Unread 10-15-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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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

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Unread 10-15-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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Buy a good coat

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Unread 10-15-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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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.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:25 AM   #4
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I have heard that about the zippers and keeping them lubricated and it'll make a lot of difference.
I appreciate the info.

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Unread 10-16-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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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.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 09:31 AM   #6
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When temp is below freezing, avoid trying to zip the windows down. I've actually cracked plastic windows in the cold.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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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.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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Where are you at? My heater works fine in oklahoma. We get down in the teens and twentys here sometimes.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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With a CJ7 I found in winter a hard top is a requirement. Haha.

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Unread 10-16-2013, 05:16 PM   #10
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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.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 09:51 PM   #11
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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.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 08:34 PM   #12
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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.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #13
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Just curious as to what part of the country you live in. I'm in SW Ontario and we can get some cold weather.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 10:56 AM   #14
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I use this stuff as a liner http://www.lowes.com/pd_13358-56291-...3D1&facetInfo=
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.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 11:35 AM   #15
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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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