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Unread 06-25-2006, 05:34 PM   #1
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durability of a soft top

I have had my soft top on for a little while now, and whenever I fold it back up (its almost always down) I notice scratches/nicks in the material.

I dont know if the corners of my jeep are scratching it or what.

but this makes me wonder, how durable are these things? Off road use would a good branch tear a hole in it?

That is one thing, but if the edges of my jeep are gonna make holes in it....then I'm a little worried.

Do these things really rip easy?

got any suggestions as how to keep the scratches inflected from my tub to a minimum? I figure that wont happen if I have the time/money to herculine it this summer, that'll keep any sharp edges nice and smooth.

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Unread 06-25-2006, 06:44 PM   #2
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The soft tops are great, and really durable, the one thing you must watch out for is cold temps...Do not try to raise or lower your top when it is less than 55 outside, the manual says 40, but I ripped mine at 45 and it tore like butter, now there is a 3-4 inch tear aboove the passenger side. I am such an idiot.
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Unread 06-25-2006, 07:53 PM   #3
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ouch, sorry to hear that bro.

i'm not gonna have to worry about cold, i'm going abck to las vegas in august. blah, 110 degrees every day.
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Unread 06-26-2006, 10:09 AM   #4
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The soft tops are great, and really durable, the one thing you must watch out for is cold temps...Do not try to raise or lower your top when it is less than 55 outside, the manual says 40, but I ripped mine at 45 and it tore like butter, now there is a 3-4 inch tear aboove the passenger side. I am such an idiot.

Having bought my TJ last September, and this being my first stint of warm weather with it, I can definitly feel a difference in the ease of putting the top up or down depending on temperature. Cold is a big factor here in Buffalo in the fall and winter. I agree that 50-55 degrees is the limit for ease of operation. Although watching peoples faces when you're driving in the snow with the top down is priceless. I've noticed that the plastic pieces on the back corners have been giving me a problem lately. The one on the back passenger side has been VERY difficult to take off and put on. I'm wonder if either something is caught in the rail in that corner that I can't see, or if I've bent the plastic by folding the top wrong.
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hi i have 98 , sold my old oem softtop other day, still good after 8 years.............................
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