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Old 04-19-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Driving with Hardtop rear window open?

Who does it and is it recommended?
I've seen several jeeps cruising down the highway like that and wonder about it.

Is it stressing out the hinges and struts, with all the wind and bouncing.

Chances of it breaking... Like a rock or something coming over the top and smacking it.

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Old 04-19-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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Yes, it is stressing out the hinges and struts. YES, it increases the chance of breaking...just the wind at high speed could snap it down into your spare tire and explode it.
And yes, it can draw INTO the jeep CO2 from the exhaust and kill you...only way it won't is if the front windows are also down.

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Old 04-20-2012, 03:54 AM   #3
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Don't do it. I can see nothing good from driving with it open.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:28 AM   #4
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Been driving my tj like that before I remove the hard top in early spring with no doors on and haven't had a problem in the last 10 years...
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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They really should incorporate "kick vents" in the rear pillar of the hard tops. Just pop them open when you take your freedom panels out.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:20 AM   #6
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You won't really like the exhaust smell.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #7
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You won't really like the exhaust smell.
So what do people do that have soft tops that just take the rear window out? It is the exact same.
 
Vents would allow the air to flow through the vehicle without turning the top into a air brake.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:10 PM   #8
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From an Engineering standpoint, the r-window open & up is a BAD decision that will COST in the long run
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:26 PM   #9
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So what do people do that have soft tops that just take the rear window out? It is the exact same.

 

Vents would allow the air to flow through the vehicle without turning the top into a air brake.
We take out the side windows as well.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:59 PM   #10
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And yes, it can draw INTO the jeep CO2 from the exhaust and kill you...
I don't know about carbon dioxide(CO2) but for sure carbon monoxide(CO).

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