Somehow my dear jeep defies the laws of nature by raining inside the cab... wondering if it's a normal thing due to the type of best top (no type of wrap/connection on the side bars) or if I don't have the top quite right. It looks like the water is coming in from the front/windshield area, no holes. Anyway, thanks for any info! Good thing I'm prepared w/rain coat and mucho towels
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It shouldnt be leaking so much that you need a rain coat. A few drops here and there are to be expected but significant amounts of water means you have a seal problem. Go to where the leak is as you described it, take the soft top out of the rail and inspect for rust/damage. Sometimes if it isn't seated correctly it'll pull just enough to let water through
My experience with factory soft top with factory half doors, factory hardware, and Bestop Replace-a-top using the factory hardware:
-Check the front air intake and drain pipe near the firewall for blockage. Water can accumulate in there if its blocked and come through behind the dash above the center lower vents.
-Cowl seal between the lower windshield and body. Poor some water all over it and check for leaks.
-Broken or misaligned plastic A-pillars where the soft top frame connects to. Causes the upper window seal to not seat/seal properly and a lot water can get in through there with a good rain and its seems like its coming from everywhere when it does.
I had a leak while driving on the highway in a hellacious downpour. I wound up caulking up where the window meets the steel door frame in the front and back (by the windshield and rear driver window) as well as the higher point where the window meets the windshield. Seems to have solved my leak problems. I too have a bestop replaceatop with stock furniture.
Thanks guys! Next nice day I'll take it off and mess with it... the rail where it "snaps" into the windshield is pretty mangled, bent up pretty good, so I wonder if that has something to do with it.
Ah-ha! Yes, forgot about that. My factory 'windshield channel' where the top slides in (yours has snaps) pulled itself away from the windshield frame due to the force of the top, wind, etc and that gap caused some serious leaking undetected really unless driving in the rain. I drilled additional holes in the channel and used larger screws and put adhesive under it too. It hasn't budged or leaked since at that's gotta be 15+ years ago.