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Unread 01-21-2007, 08:16 PM   #16
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I've had up to 4 inches on mine. I never clean it off. The first time I was scared, and I think it got stretched a little, but no biggie. I just drove with all of it on top and went over some big snow piles and stuff. Eventually it just fell off. Jeeps are TOUGH

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Unread 01-21-2007, 08:27 PM   #17
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get in, start car, heater on high, 15min later cha ching!!!
Just don't put the air on the windshield. That's a good way to form a gigantic crack down the middle!
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Unread 01-21-2007, 08:40 PM   #18
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Let it collect, you'll be fine. Just dont bang your windows in the morning, they will shatter.
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Unread 01-21-2007, 09:28 PM   #19
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Or maybe throw a tarp over it. Then in the AM peel the tarp off and let it thaw somewhere.
Uhmm, the weight would still be on the soft top if you throw a tarp over it.

My dad'd TJ is starting it's 7th Michigan winter. Always sets outside, only has a soft top. Never cleans it off till it's time to go some where, and I think he just lets the snow bounce off the top while driving down the road. No problems, even when there has been a foot and a half of wet heavy snow on there.

My soft top was never used by the previous owner and has not seen a winter with me yet. I swear it's more stretched and fits looser than my dad's.

So don't worry about the soft top and snow. It'll handle it just fine.





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Just don't put the air on the windshield. That's a good way to form a gigantic crack down the middle!
And how do you defrost your widnsheild then? It's not like the heat instantly comes out at 200ºF, it slowly heats up the windshield. To crack it you would literally need to pour a bucket of very hot water on a freezing cold windshield. I don't know what you have for winter, but in nothern Michigan (where I am from) you go start your car (or truck or Jeep), put the heat all the way up on defrost and let it thaw. Think if the hardtop or car rear windows with the defroster wires in the rear windows. They don't crack.
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Unread 01-22-2007, 03:25 AM   #20
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You'll be fine. I've had snow sitting on my soft top for hours, and no problems yet. Get yourself one of those extendable snow brushes to clean the top. They're about $10 and a great investment. Just remember not to brush the plastic windows.
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Unread 01-22-2007, 06:12 AM   #21
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Treat it like any other car. Only thing I would do differently is clear it if I get near a foot of snow on the top. Then again, I usually do that with all my cars anyway, just easier all around to remove a foot than 18". Not that we get that much snow at one time around here, but plenty up north.

As others have said, I have had 6-10 inches of heavy snow and have never had a problem. Granted I use my hard top for the winter months, there are plenty of times when the soft top sees snow.

Now, one thing here, I do clear me vehicles as much as possible when heading out. I do clear the top as much as I can. I don't know about you, but I have an issue with people who drive with a foot of snow on the roof. Especially if it flies off while on the highway and hits my windshield. Nice, quick white out. I just don't like to be one of those people if I can avoid it.
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Unread 01-22-2007, 04:14 PM   #22
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Get rid of your Jeep, you sir are a wuss, and not deserving of ownership!
Whatever....perhaps your mom has $600 bucks for new soft top for you, but not me.
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Unread 01-22-2007, 04:46 PM   #23
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Just don't put the air on the windshield. That's a good way to form a gigantic crack down the middle!
now how in the world would that happen
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Unread 01-22-2007, 06:43 PM   #24
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now how in the world would that happen
Either you are serious and asking a question, or know about this all too well.
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Unread 01-22-2007, 08:24 PM   #25
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Ihave had 24" of snow on mine with no trouble...just dont mess with the windows in the cold...I ripped my top a little doing that.
same here winter of 04, gota love cinci, was a wet snow to, and still no problem, ice helps btw makes it closer to hard top
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Unread 01-22-2007, 10:33 PM   #26
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My old YJ went through 6 CNY winters amd my friends TJ has been through at least 5 no problems...we get in my home town on average of 132" a year...gotta love the lake effect snow
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Unread 01-23-2007, 05:31 AM   #27
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Your top will be fine. I live in a place where we get a few inches of snow and I do not waste my time brushing of the snow, I would be spending every free moment doing that. I just let mother nature or driving do the removal precess, sometimes the TJ sits for days without being used. As for the cracked windshield or plastic windows I personally have never had it happen, seen it and have only heard about it on this forum. I live in a place which winter last 9 months and honestly it even gets pretty cold at night in the summer too, far colder that most on this site would even complain about in there location in the winter, mid to low 40's. We have actually been in a heat wave for the last few days a high of 8 during the day. That being said I always preheat the Jeep with the defroster on...does my windshiled crack no. If it cracks there is probally already a crack in it.
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Unread 01-23-2007, 05:35 AM   #28
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same here winter of 04, gota love cinci, was a wet snow to, and still no problem, ice helps btw makes it closer to hard top
bastard... an hour and a half from cinci and we just get a dusting

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Unread 01-23-2007, 05:41 AM   #29
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Another thought I had.

Jeep Engineering has quite a few Wrnaglers in thier fleet. Always do. Many of them are sof top and they do not all get driven everyday. Guess what, there is NO INDOOR PARKING STRUCTURE there. They all sit outside in the elements. They get all the snow and it stays. No problems.

And everybody that I know warms up thier cars, jeeps included, with the defroster on high. It is a gradual warm up that slowly heat the glass. I do have a crack in my windshield, but it is not from that. I have heard of this phenomenon though. When the windshield and the interior of the Jeep are cold and the Jeep is already up to running temp. Then the defrost is turned on high and the windshield gets an immediate blast of hot air.
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Unread 01-23-2007, 06:12 AM   #30
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Another thought I had.

Jeep Engineering has quite a few Wrnaglers in thier fleet. Always do. Many of them are sof top and they do not all get driven everyday. Guess what, there is NO INDOOR PARKING STRUCTURE there. They all sit outside in the elements. They get all the snow and it stays. No problems.

And everybody that I know warms up thier cars, jeeps included, with the defroster on high. It is a gradual warm up that slowly heat the glass. I do have a crack in my windshield, but it is not from that. I have heard of this phenomenon though. When the windshield and the interior of the Jeep are cold and the Jeep is already up to running temp. Then the defrost is turned on high and the windshield gets an immediate blast of hot air.
I always run the defrost on high..........never had any cracks appear becasue of it. I think it might be due to the fact that the heat is gradual vs immediate blast like you mentioned.
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