Hey guys here is a question that has been bugging me for a while.
When you are driving topless or have your wrangler parked somewhere with the top off. Then all of a sudden it downpours. I am sure that Wranglers were designed for water but I am curious about the dashboard, radio, speakers and etc. Are they ok when it starts to downpour?
a) don't leave your top off (not favorable)
b) purchase a trail cover that covers the cab, they come in real handy. best idea!!
c) purchase a column cover from dirty mudder (inferno girl on here) for about $70 and protect the clock spring in the steering column. very nice but your arse still gets wet.
I've been caught in the rain a few times topless. everything dries well and nothing stinks, but it makes my radio wonky. it'll change stations on it's own, or do volume adjustments and be unresponsive. this doesn't stop till I get it in the sun a few hours.
keep the radio dry. I have a garbage bag to tape across the dash for next time, and keep a beach towel or 2 inside so your a** stays dry and to wipe the water off the inside of the windshield. or get IG's cover. I'm almost too lazy to tape a bag up, let alone put a cover on
The most vulnerable thing is the clock spring which controls some of the electronics. It is in the steering column between the column and the wheel. As was mentioned, the Dirty Mudder Column Cover will protect it. PM Inferno Girl for purchasing info.
I had the top down about 10 years ago when it rained. Steering column filled, clock spring had to be replaced, some other electronics needed to be removed to dry. Dealer said I was lucky the electroncis for the air bag did not set off the bag. Now whenever I have the top down and will be parking for any length of time, I latch the top up (windows out) and fold the drivers seat forward. Also have full doors, windows up. Never a problem with the steering column again, and the part of the seat I sit on stays dry. My earlier solution was to just put a garbage bag over the steering column (left top down). Worked ok until things got a little windy and the bag ended up off the column.