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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:18 AM   #1
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Softtop/winter?whats the deal

So i have full doors/hardtop right now. Summer is coming and im thinking about selling my hardtop. That would give me some spare cash to get a few things I need for the 35s I plan on running. But that means next year I woudl be running fulldoors/softtop in the winter. How is that setup guys?

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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:20 AM   #2
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I have seen a lot of people doing it. I think it just might be a bit colder, depending on where you are.
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:24 AM   #3
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Im in NJ...It doesnt get TOO cold. and we only had about 8 inches of snow this year. So that wasnt a big deal. Dont get me wrong, the hardtop is awsome! But the extra cash would be killer to
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:24 AM   #4
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The softtop is fine in the winter. I sold my hardtop in January and I have not missed it. The only downside is that you have to be more careful with soft windows. If you do sell the hardtop you should wait until november. You will get more money since there is more demand - I got burned a little when I sold mine in January.
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:25 AM   #5
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I live in SLC, Utah and I preffer driving my jeep with only bikini top or top-less in the winter. The jeep in not my DD, but if I drive it to work, I would use a snowboarding jacket, gloves and hat, in the morning....with the temp in the 40-50F, I like to drive just with nice light jacket ...for 30$ I bought a heated seat cover (from smarthome) and works very fine. I had a hard top and sold it. I plan to buy a factory soft top for long trip drives/getting to the trail head (getting to moab: quiet and can turn on the AC). Driving topless inthe winter is fun..
In Utah I do not have to worry much about rain and I keep my jeep in the garage at all times...-for you might be difrent...
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:29 AM   #6
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I don't exactly live in an arctic zone being in Northern Ca. but I commute in the mornings in mine and with temps in the 30's my heater blasts the interior of the Jeep. I always have to turn my heat down because it gets real toasty in there. even my wife was turning the heat down the other day. You should be good to go.

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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:31 AM   #7
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eh, I've never had a hardtop and I drive everyday with my softtop. My weather is about the same as yours. Maybe it's because I never had one to miss, but if it were me, I'd sell the hardtop and buy some upgrades in a heartbeat.
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:33 AM   #8
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im from iowa, real cold for quite a whil. it was a little colder but the heater had no probablam taking care of that.
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:36 AM   #9
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Yea, the heater is AWSOME in the TJ. I would much rather sell the hardtop and get halfdoors,super35 kit and be able to run 35s!
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:41 AM   #10
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Yea, the heater is AWSOME in the TJ. I would much rather sell the hardtop and get halfdoors,super35 kit and be able to run 35s!
that's what I'd do
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:53 AM   #11
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I roast in mine in Michigan. Have to turn the damn heater off sometimes even when it's 10 degrees out and blowing like crazy. Only two cons I see to a soft top (noise and can't scrap the windows clear!)
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Unread 03-06-2006, 09:54 AM   #12
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I live in Utah as well (I own a YJ, but same thing), I run a full soft top with Half steel doors year round.

I have never had an issue with being cold once the heater is up and going. The only thing that happens is the Jeep gets colder faster when you turn it off and run into the store or go to the gas station.

As long as the soft top is in good shape the only thing you'll notice is a bit more wind noise.
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Unread 03-06-2006, 10:01 AM   #13
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I live in Ct and only have a softtop and full hard doors, the reason its cold is cause I stuck a tree branch through the rear window theres a small slit up by the zipper that lets some air in, but when driving, I am never cold. One other downfall though is not having the rear defroster and wiper, that would be nice with the snow.
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Unread 03-06-2006, 11:41 AM   #14
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I live in Minnesota and run all winter long with the softop. It cools off fast but heats up pretty darn quick.

Look at it this way when you get a nice day it is easier to take the top off when everyone else still has the hard top on.
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Unread 03-06-2006, 12:36 PM   #15
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I live in Michigan and the soft top is fine. If you ever have to sit in the Jeep for a while without the engine running it will lose heat fast, but other than that I notice no problems.
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