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post #31 of 41 Old 01-23-2007, 06:40 PM
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When I first got a jeep in 04 I had an x-jeep owner tell me i better get a hardtop for winter because the soft top would stretch in one season.

Maybe he had one of the old tops but both the sailcloth tops i've had (on two Jeeps) since then have not stretched one bit and have held up to 8" (the most that's fallen since then) of snow like it was nothing.

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post #32 of 41 Old 02-02-2008, 04:15 PM
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I just wait till it stops snowing then go out in am and brush it off. Last year we had a big storm with blowing winds the snow covered the windshield, and blew inside through small openings where the top meets the door surrounds. I waited till it stopped snowing, went outside and brushed it off. No problems. I don't think you'll have any problems. I don't worry about it myself
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Haha nice! I, personally, have had a foot of snow - the heavy, wet snow that sits like slush - on my ragtop and it's done nothing but pull the canvas tight, which isn't bad at all since it's only going to hold it on tighter. Once you get to a decent speed, something like 30, just give the ragtop a pound from the inside. It'll knock off just about anything.

If you're afraid of stretching your ragtop, then the problem is in your Courage Regulator, I think the valves are gummed shut. I recommend some heavy-duty offroading, that will help get the gunk off the valves. If you still don't have enough courage getting through the lines, I recommend going out and getting a few Windshield Cracks, Rust Spots, and a nice assortment of Dings and Scratches. Larger sizes are better. Those should get the C.R. back in working order - if not, the whole thing is pretty much shot and I recommend replacing the Jeep's owner. Much less messy than replacing the C.R. itself, which would require a scalpel.

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post #33 of 41 Old 02-02-2008, 05:31 PM
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Your soft top will be fine. My old TJ sat outside all the time in the snow. If there was something to worry about you would read all kinds of people complaining about how there top collapsed from the snow..Do a search and see how many you come up with. The thing I miss about my soft top is that you can clean it off from inside the jeep, just thump the top and snow falls off, thump the windows ice and snow comes right off I did this for 5yrs in my old TJ, now I have a hardtop so i gotta scrape.

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post #34 of 41 Old 02-02-2008, 06:37 PM
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LJinDelaware, you live in Delaware. You will never get enough snow to worry about it.

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post #35 of 41 Old 11-20-2010, 10:18 AM
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hmmmm lets solve this issue with a fast n easy answer! buy urself a piece of thin ply wood or even that fake *** wood paneling from the home depot that was famous in the 70s and put it on top of your jeep. you and a friend can easily remove this with the snow on it and or best of all you are now able to brush it off with out tearing holes in your top with a shovel broom or anything else ud prob use. your welcome!!!!
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I live in the snow belt of Central NY and have had 2' of snow on my YJs soft top and had no problems.
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post #37 of 41 Old 11-21-2010, 02:02 PM
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It would be a cold day in hell that we ever get snow here in Pasadena, CA. But I sure would love to see some pictures of all you jeepers that live in snow country. How about a snow photo folks. Happy jeeping.

I like the paneling, formica idea

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The bump to the right center of the picture is my yj in a 60 inch snowstorm in March of 2003. The top did not stretch at all and I only replaced it last year. My TJ hardtop was not so lucky because it was off and sitting by the side of the garage. It cracked between the passenger door and the window.

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post #39 of 41 Old 11-21-2010, 08:06 PM
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Lets look at this logically, what are the effects of cold weather to materials?

-Cold + Moisture = ice (snow) (stiffining)

-Cold + semi solid state objects such as plastics = Hardening (Soft top windows)

The softops made of sail cloth (cotton/ canvas right?), if frozen it could cause damage when moved/ manipulated as it would be stiff(cracking); Ie, heavy winds, highway driving, or if your looking for that topless jeep drive in the winter.

-Heat, heating the interior will cause the inside of the softop to thaw, and loosen, while the cold outside of it remains rigid. And this may cause cracks... same concept of rapid cooling or heating of cold / hot piece's of glass. (Take a glass cup out of the dishwasher and pour ice cold water into it, see what happens)

snow falling on it is more or less a slow accumulation and the snow itself shouldent cause much harm, its the cold that would do the most damage, especially in extreme cold temperatures

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This was last year in freaking Virginia Beach, VA:

Didn't damage the top one bit.

Now that I'm in Ohio, I foresee much more snow this year

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post #41 of 41 Old 11-21-2010, 08:25 PM
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It would be a cold day in hell that we ever get snow here in Pasadena, CA. But I sure would love to see some pictures of all you jeepers that live in snow country. How about a snow photo folks. Happy jeeping.

I like the paneling, formica idea
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