So I finally purchased my first Wrangler this weekend, and I am in love with it. The car came with a soft top and it wasn't attached properly at the doors, so we had to partially remove it and put it back on. It was a nightmare, took 2 people and had to have the salesman help. I couldn't have held the fabric tight enough and zippered it without help.
Im wondering first of all whether this is normal, and I'll just have to plan on having help to remove and replace the top, or if mine just doesn't fit.
Secondly, I don't have a garage so when I do end up taking the top off the Jeep is just going to be exposed to the elements for days at a time until I can work up the energy to put the thing back on. The interior is rhino-lined, no carpet, but I am still worried about what direct rain or snow would do to the electronics / factory stereo / etc. I also have a topless Jeep Scrambler year round, but that thing is a beast, with no exposed electronics.
once you get used to the nuances of your top, it gets easier. the first few times it is a bit tough, but it does get easier. also, the temperature makes a huge difference. if it is cold it is much tougher to put on. the elements are not going to hurt anything in your '06. everything is sealed up, the only things to worry about are the seats, if they get wet they will get moldy and smelly. i would recommend getting a set of water proof eat covers, and then you'll have no worries.
it is hard for the first 2 or three times, but then you get to know all the tricks and the correct order. Its also hard once it is below 50. Then you may need a second person. Direct rain isn't great. When I don't feel like putting it up and down I put a tarp over it and bungee it. Takes about 2 minutes. On a warm day I can get my top up in about 4 by myself.
honestly, it took me forever the first time (I'm talking an hour and a half)
once you get it, you can get it done in 15 minutes.
Also, when it is cold out the fabric shrinks a small amount and makes it harder to put on. You can also keep the top on and just fold it back behind the rear seats, and swing it back on top when you need it
I remember when I first got my Jeep, I had the top off, and it started to rain.. I pulled under a bridge on the highway and started to put my top on, realizing that i should have paid more attention to the salesman when he was describing it to me. I was so excited about driving the Jeep off the lot, it just was going in one ear and out the other.
I can ususally drop my top in about 5 minutes and put it up in about 10. I took the top down yesterday and it took me almost 30 minutes to put it back up. The temp is the reason. I believe our Bestop guru Geoff said that the weather can make a difference of up to 2 inches on these tops. Also, I would not recomment leaving it exposed to excessive rain. As stated above, throw a tarp over it or buy a trail cover.
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Buy a trail cover. two types. one for doors on ,other for doors off. Doors off has flaps that cover missing door area. covers jeep great. Has elastic straps with hooks and plastic runners that clip under the rails where your softtop goes. I bought both types but all you need is the one with the door flaps it fits with doors on or off. won't blow off or let blowing ran in. only problem water will pool on the top. Just make a stick or cut broom handle and prop it up like a circus tent. Got mine from JC Whitney by Best top around 100. plus. Also it rolls up and comes with a little storage bag .
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the elements are not going to hurt anything in your '06. everything is sealed up,
So are you saying there is no need to worry about moisture causing corrosion and electrical gremlins in the column stalks or radio? I was thinking of covering the wheel and dash with a small tarp or garbage bag if it might rain.
I mean, the whole point of hercing the tub and getting the Bestop seat covers was so I could quit worrying about stuff getting wet and just run doors off/top down all summer.