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Old 02-27-2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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Question Alt summer top question

ok, so this being my first full summer owning a wrangler (I know, I'm late to the party and these are one of the coolest toys someone can own), I have a question from people with more time in than myself. I want to take my hardtop off this summer and I don't want to buy a full softtop. I want to run the Smittybilt CRES cargo net in the rear and a mesh sun shade over the driver passenger area full time. Then have an emergency top for rainy days and a full monte top for parking in the rain. Will this work all summer long or am I barking up the wrong tree?

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Old 02-27-2013, 04:08 AM   #2
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Check out the Spidershade if you want a mesh top.
Personally, I like a full soft top. The Spider shade can be left on under most soft tops.

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Old 02-27-2013, 04:19 AM   #3
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Where I am coming from:
Had a '94 YJ with a hardtop, got a bikini for it.
Bought an '04 TJ with a factory soft top, than got a duster, bikini and Jammer/ than a wrap around jammer for it. Than bought a Halftop for it.
Bought a '12 JK with softop, love the sunrider feature, but don't often take out all the windows..it is more the "wife's Jeep"

Solution (for me) just ordered the Bestop frameless NX for the TJ. It has the sun rider feature. I can leave the windows out and use it as a safari top WITH THE DUSTER AND JAMMER!! Will still have "full top" if it starts to pour rain...also frees up more "hauling space" as I can remove the duster and have the entire back end covered again. No backseat in the TJ for many years now


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ok, so this being my first full summer owning a wrangler (I know, I'm late to the party and these are one of the coolest toys someone can own), I have a question from people with more time in than myself. I want to take my hardtop off this summer and I don't want to buy a full softtop. I want to run the Smittybilt CRES cargo net in the rear and a mesh sun shade over the driver passenger area full time. Then have an emergency top for rainy days and a full monte top for parking in the rain. Will this work all summer long or am I barking up the wrong tree?

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I purchased the spider web shade and a bestop trail cover for when it's raining I personally don't want a to take off my hard top to put on a soft top. Once the hard tops off in the spring it won't be on till fall, unless the weather man says it's gonna be monsoons for a week haha
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:19 AM   #5
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I purchased the spider web shade and a bestop trail cover for when it's raining I personally don't want a to take off my hard top to put on a soft top. Once the hard tops off in the spring it won't be on till fall, unless the weather man says it's gonna be monsoons for a week haha
This is my feelings exactly but then I have never owned a topless Jeep during the summer either... I plan on taking the doors off too once it gets into full on summer which is why I am planning on a full monte cover for parking it... that way the missing doors don't let the rain in
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It can be done. If you aren't worried about getting a little wet, it is inevitable. I ran a similar set up with my last TJ, but it had vinyl seats.
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I am in the same boat, first summer coming up with my jeep. have a hard top now. I have decided to go with the Trektop NX. I doubt with the heat we have here that I will go completely topless very often, maybe even less than that during the week. with the trektop I can just take out the windows and have the safari top for most of the summer. If i want to go topless, its a 5-10 minute deal to take off the top. Hope it works well for me.
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My first summer coming up too. I decided to use the stock soft top (2013) for its spring assist, rather than sell it and go for the cooler trek top, duster, etc. $.02
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:15 AM   #9
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The Bestop Trail Cover is the best solution for covering it while parked. What are you going to do about driving when yu have torrential downpours? Don't discount the soft top. I keep my doors and windows out all summer with the top down. I used to cover it at night with the trail cover, but have a garage now. When it rains I came quickly pop the top up and keep a majority of the rain out. The Spiderweb shade will not accomplish that. I wouldn't dream of owning a hard top.
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I run the smittybuilt net along with the spider shade all summer long with doors off. my favorite set up, can't wait for summer to roll around...
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:11 PM   #11
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There are a couple of threads on the Pavement Ends Emergency Top, including one I started with my experience doing a practice install. So far have not had to use it for real but I would not count on going very fast with it on. Also the visibility is just about nil except for out the front. Very much just something to get you to a better spot to wait out the rain or perhaps to limp home.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:30 PM   #12
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I do not mean this in a "mean" way at all. As big as our country is, and consider that some of it is Desert...and even "high" Desert, where it can get below 40° but still not have enough rainfall 'cept for a desert, it is hard to tell anyone what type of top to have.

If you don't mind getting rain or wet inside of your Jeep and you DON'T live in the desert, don't worry about it. If you are concerned that you "really don't want to get it rained inside of my Jeep"...you are PROBABLY going to need some sort of soft top or jammer duster combo.

If I lived in AZ or southern CO...yeah I wouldn't worry about it, but here in INDIANA I don't have that option even though last summer was hot and dry with a drought, I still got caught in the rain last summer topless...had to hurry pull in to self serve car wash and put it on......

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I do not mean this in a "mean" way at all. As big as our country is, and consider that some of it is Desert...and even "high" Desert, where it can get below 40° but still not have enough rainfall 'cept for a desert, it is hard to tell anyone what type of top to have.

If you don't mind getting rain or wet inside of your Jeep and you DON'T live in the desert, don't worry about it. If you are concerned that you "really don't want to get it rained inside of my Jeep"...you are PROBABLY going to need some sort of soft top or jammer duster combo.

If I lived in AZ or southern CO...yeah I wouldn't worry about it, but here in INDIANA I don't have that option even though last summer was hot and dry with a drought, I still got caught in the rain last summer topless...had to hurry pull in to self serve car wash and put it on......

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Not mean very valid though because I'm not even in the US right now. I'm serving abroad in southern Germany. Sounds like the mesh and net (I like to refer to as a hooker top) is something to have after I have something in the frame less top verity first. Because I do run my jeep on the autobahn 70-90mph sustained so the emergency top is out
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I really love the look of the Smittybilt C•RES, might combo it with the Safari Bikini top. Anyone got real world pictures? Would like to see some fitmet. I am not a Smittybuilt fan at all btu the toop looks nice..
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Hope this is a typo because Quadratec has it for around $120

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*LMFAO* WTF ???? Hope this is a typo because Quadratec has it for around $120

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Look into spidershade as mentioned a couple times above ...

Keep in mind your hardtop can double as a bikini top ... The front two panels have two black clips on the back of them ... Fold them down and put the panels on like you would with the full top and viola ... Bikini top ... That's what I rock when the sun gets too hot

The spidershade has holes above the soundbar to work with the hard tops also ...

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