Jeep CJ5 Soft Top
How to Take Care of the Jeep CJ5 Soft Top
Driving an open Jeep CJ5 through the sunset with that lucky lady beside you was a dream come true. But before you reached that rustic cottage near the lake, it started to rain. You had to pull out the Jeep CJ5 soft top and mount it atop your vehicle. But there's one problem. After years of use and neglect, the once seemingly almighty soft top of yours looked tired and old. Not only that, the weathered down cover couldn't do its job perfectly anymore. Rain was seeping and leaking into your interior. By the time you reached the cottage, both you and your lady were soaked. Good thing she had a good humor to spare you from further headaches. So what went wrong? Let us share you some tips on how to preserve your soft top within its expected life expectancy.
- Get familiar with the material of the soft top.
Accept the fact that a new Jeep CJ5 soft top only lasts three to five years depending on the environment it is exposed to. Given the material type of soft tops, you really should not expect it to last as long the metal and plastic components most especially that it is exposed to the elements. So regardless of your maintenance methods, driving, and environment, there is a high probability that the soft top will have to be replaced in six to seven years tops. Unless you have a garage queen there, let's not keep your hopes too high.
- Keep your Jeep in a cozy garage… away from moisture!
Hinted in the previous item, one way to prolong the life of your Jeep CJ5 soft top is to park in a decent garage. By decent garage, we mean cemented floors, leak-free roofing, and an overall clean space. The main purpose of storing your Jeep in a proper garage is keeping your soft top away from elements and moisture. That is the number one enemy of soft tops. So every after driving out or embarking on an adventure, don't forget to park your Jeep in a proper garage.
- Wash and clean the Jeep soft top with products designed for it.
Lastly, don't forget that cleaning your Jeep CJ5 soft top is still one of the most essential ways to preserve it. Proper cleaning entails that you use products really designed for the soft top material. Washing rids it of dirt and grime that accumulates from your adventures and applying protective coating once you have dried it is necessary for extra care.