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Old 04-14-2010, 03:31 AM   #1
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new Wrangler owner, first looong highway drive

Hi everyone,

I am a newish Jeep owner, bought 1 year ago a barely used 2006 Wrangler X, it's the Willys edition, army green/soft top same color. Everyone comments on it. My grandpa drove one in WWII, so why not me? I bought it used, low miles, love love my Jeep. I've taken it to the Hollister Hills to get a little off highway. But mostly I just drive around town with my dog as copilot, in fact have put less than 9K on it in a year. I work at home so don't have a commute. Perfect car for around town though... I live in a beautiful beach area, and have taken it down the coast to Big Sur, no big trips yet.

My first thread is kind of a lame one, pretty girly, but where else to ask?

I will be driving from Santa Cruz to San Diego this Saturday, probably leaving about 3-4am or so to get there well before noon. I will only stop to pee and stretch. It is just me, so I'll have no distractions, just my music and a purpose. I'm barely even going to drink coffee/water so I don't have to stop that much!

I've taken the top down plenty, once I get it down it usually stays down. Jeep is covered mostly unless I'm in it. We had a few hot days, I took top down, but right now it is still rainy out, so back and rear windows out. I am very comfortable driving like that, a little rain comes in the back, I don't feel it at all, am plenty warm, I love the open air feeling. I do get seriously cold if the top is down and the sun is not beating on me though. What do you all think of this trip in my Jeep? What I would like to do is drive with windows out and put the top down at my pee stop when the sun is up. I'll be driving down I-5 for the most part. Once I put the top down I am not going to mess with it and it is going to stay down for the rest of the trip and the trip back home on Sunday. Yeah, I know short trip.. I have a mission. The weather is supposed to be pretty nice, 65ish...

1. Is there a potential for the rear part of the top, the part that tucks into the rear, to fly out at higher speeds, say at like 80?
2. Will I be miserable once I put the top down driving on I5? Like seriously whiny and shivery? My heater kicks a$$ as you probably know, and luckily I have good Jeep hair, sometimes I wear a scarf on my head. I want to enjoy my open air ride, but I don't want to be uncomfortable. But once that top comes down it stays because of my timeline.
3. Should I just abandon my image of driving that distance with the top down and just put the windows on and keep it up? I am going either windows on or windows left at home.
4. Besides the top scenario... any other recommendations for a 7- to 8-hour drive in a Wrangler for a woman by herself, part of it basically at night? Specifically if anyone has driven I5 over the Grapevine.

I have some other questions I'd like to ask about some upgrades I'd like to make, etc. Those can wait for another time. I've actually lurked on the forum for a while when I was looking for some specific info and I always find it. Seems like a friendly place.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:46 AM   #2
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I can't comment directly on that stretch of road. However, in general, you have no worries about your top being down at 80mph, only tickets. With temperatures in the mid to high 60's a hoodie should be all the warmth you'll need.


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Old 04-14-2010, 06:43 AM   #3

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Whats the speed limit? you mentioned 80 mph, 7-8 hours is a long time getting beaten by wind at that speed. Your top won't fly off but anything like napkins, paper,small stuff has a time getting sucked out at high speeds. If its a 50 mph drive, not so bad. On a long drive at high speeds I leave the top on and take the doors off, windows out. Get that open feeling and the wind isn't so bad. Also I have half doors so when the uppers are off it's pretty open.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:03 AM   #4
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O you will have plenty of stops to strech and use the restroom.... every time you stop for gas. Which in a jeep pushing 80 on a long trip should be about every 3 or 4 hrs. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:11 AM   #5
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If it were me, I wouldn't drop the top. 65ish as a high and 55mph unless I'm wearing at least a hoodie is too cool. That's me and I'm cold natured. 8 hours of the wind pummeling you will wear you out, IMO. Now if it were 80+ then I'd do it and deal with the wind. But everybody's different.

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Old 04-14-2010, 07:22 AM   #6
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First, welcome to the forum!
With that said, like the other posters said, your top is not going any where, it is basically personal preference on the top up or down! I've been over two weeks with no doors and bikini top only, it's really cold in the mornings (mid 40's to mid 50's), but the ride home is really nice! Either way, hope you have a safe trip!
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for comments... they helped me decide to forget about putting the top down. Windows can stay out but doors stay on, that way my stuff in the front won't blow/fall out. Maybe next time in the summer.

The speed limit is 70 for most of I-5. I probably will only hit 80 on the downhills with the wind at my back!

Thanks for the welcome! I'll put photos up soon. Oh yeah, I got the wave down... or around here mostly its a head nod and fingers up off the steering wheel.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:10 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by lil debbie View Post
Hi everyone,

I am a newish Jeep owner,
First off, welcome. And what difference does it make if you're Jewish? We don't care what race or religion you ar...What? Oh. "Newish." Never mind. My bad.

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1. Is there a potential for the rear part of the top, the part that tucks into the rear, to fly out at higher speeds, say at like 80?
I would guess there's a potential. But even if it does, it won't cause a problem. This should not happen though. It's more likely if you run the top "safari" style, with the top up, but all the windows removed.

Have fun on your road trip.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:18 PM   #9
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I've done it a bunch of times, years ago it was 7 hrs and 28 minutes from the Carquinez bridge to SD city limits, that was I5 to the San Diego freeway--years ago in my 93 Corvette LT-1

You'll probably take 152 over to I5 and down, unless you want a scenic drive (101), but much slower

I just did Simi valley in about 6 hrs in my '08 JK Rubi, but I made it on one tank and I don't think your '06 X has enough gas for it, but there are gas stations all down I5, I allways look for Union 76, lots of rest stops for your breaks--drive careful and when you get to LA, the signs are pretty easy to navigate

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I find that 4-6 hours is my threshold for the wind and sun beating on me when driving with the top down at highway speeds.

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Old 04-15-2010, 09:58 AM   #11
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Personally. for long drives, I want them to be as comfortable as possible. I'd keep the top on.
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At high speeds for long rides I either take the top down and leave my doors and uppers on, or I leave the top on and take off the doors and open the back window.

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