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Old 04-13-2011, 01:47 AM   #1
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Cold Weather Soft Top Care

While all you good folk in the Northern hemisphere are eagerly anticipating dropping your tops, down here in the Land of Oz it's getting colder as we head towards winter.

This is my first winter with my vert and I am keen to get advice on looking after the roof & mechanism during the cooler months. Even in winter here, there is the occasional day when you can drop the top, rug up & enjoy a drive in the winter sunshine.

I have just cleaned & treated my roof, so that part's done, but I was wondering if I should drop the top (say) once a week or so to keep the moving parts & hydraulics in the mechanism healthy?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 04-13-2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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I use a broom with rubber bristles like this one to keep the snow off.

http://www.xsorb.com/long-handled-broom.absorb

That's pretty much it. Interested to hear what others do too.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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i put my hardtop on for a few months just to get it out of my garage! now it's at my warehouse.
i need to treat my softtop.
i will put it up if necessary: going into store, possible rain, strong chance of bird caca
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:46 AM   #4
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I have just cleaned & treated my roof, so that part's done, but I was wondering if I should drop the top (say) once a week or so to keep the moving parts & hydraulics in the mechanism healthy?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Steve
My vert has the hardtop on for four months a year and about six months the roof stays down, as she only goes out in the nice weather.

The top is treated and clean and there seem to be no ill effects to the mechanism or hydraulics from not being used for long periods of time.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:26 AM   #5
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also put the hardtop on through winter but I would not be too concerned about an aussie winter i'm sure your soft top will be fine
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:13 PM   #6
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:52 PM   #7
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I don't have a hard top as Melbourne winters are pretty mild compared to North America/Europe & my car lives in the garage most of the time. I'll probably just put the top down & up once a fortnight or so just to keep the hydraulics healthy. Thanks to all who responded
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