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Old 03-17-2011, 01:24 AM   #1
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Anyone have a duster with their soft top on?

I've been thinking of straying away from the Safari Straps idea and get a duster/bikini combo for the same price.

My only deciding factor is if I can just fold down my soft top and sit it on top of the duster. I know the duster uses the soft top's tub rails, but when the top is folded down, how bad can it look sitting on the duster?
I just don't have anywhere to put the soft top with all the hardware if I remove it so it's gotta stay on the Jeep.

I've seen a couple people do this with a 4 door and just use some velcro straps to keep the top folded nicely, and they said it may be a little more difficult with a 2 door. Any thoughts? If it wouldn't work, I think I'll have to pass on the combo, because I just dont have anywhere to store the soft top with all of the hardware.

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Old 03-17-2011, 07:10 AM   #2
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sorry for the double post, but just wanted to add to my extremely long post (if you've gotten this far ).
Is there a duster that is essentially like a hard base? It would be nice to have a duster that is flat and strong rather then canvas or vinyl or whatever that material is.
That way, you can strap things onto it, velcro bags, the options are limitless!

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I only have a hard top so far. I am still deciding on my options for a summer top. So, I'm definitely no expert. I have only seen the sunrider operation once at the dealership and on videos...but it certainly seems like you would be able to figure out some way to store/strap the top over the duster. That being said, it may be more trouble than it is worth. Why not just roll with the soft top you have? Is it too much of a pain to put up and down?

For a "hard duster"...you could check out something like this or this.

Those both look like cool options...but as everything for the jeep they are a little pricey! I don't think they are necessarily going to replace a duster cover. I think they would keep the stuff inside dry, but still allow water around the sides if you were topless. I think the tuffy only works with the rear seat removed in a 2 door so that is probably not an option for you.

It seems what is limitless is quadratec's ability to find ways to make us part with our money for accessories!
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Why not just roll with the soft top you have? Is it too much of a pain to put up and down?

For a "hard duster"...you could check out something like this or this.
Pine Pollen in my town falls like rain. Leave your Jeep in one spot for over 3 hours and you'll have a layer of yellow-ish green dust (luckily I have a rescue green car so you can't see the pollen ).
On top of that, I live in a college town and people see a wrangler with a soft-top down as an open invitation to wreck shit.
So to be completely stress-free, I'd have to put the top up several times a day. Otherwise, I'm just sitting in class wondering who's doing what to my car. The duster/bikini combo kind of takes away that "open invitation" train of thought from passerbys, and allows me to enjoy the cool breeze.
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Still looking for an answer about this

I dont want to buy the duster if it doesnt work out
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:31 AM   #6
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Look at the Bestop extenda trunk.
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Look at the Bestop extenda trunk.
I meant Im still looking for an answer about whether you can leave the soft top on with the duster and just rest it on top.

But thanks
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I meant Im still looking for an answer about whether you can leave the soft top on with the duster and just rest it on top.

But thanks
Most people dont fold up there soft top right anyways, but yes it will sit on the duster, how bad it will look, thats up to your taste.
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Most people dont fold up there soft top right anyways, but yes it will sit on the duster, how bad it will look, thats up to your taste.
not sure about JK's maybe Geoff at Bestop can tell you for sure (or customer service)-but on the TJ's the duster is made with pocket areas for the soft top to fit under the the duster.
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I dont see why you couldnt lay the top on the duster. You would have to take your bar out of your rear window and put it in the duster. With the top still "up", you would have to take it out of the side channels...and put the duster on before lowering it.
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The Duster uses the rails in the tub, and has a tailgate bar, just like the Soft top. So you absolutely can't use them both at the same time.

But if you're asking if you can put on a Duster when the top is down, and folded in the back? Yes, but the top will ride up higher.

You may want to look into "trunks" instead of a Duster. We make the Instatrunk, but there are others out there as well, from Tuffy and other companies.
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The Duster uses the rails in the tub, and has a tailgate bar, just like the Soft top. So you absolutely can't use them both at the same time.

But if you're asking if you can put on a Duster when the top is down, and folded in the back? Yes, but the top will ride up higher.

You may want to look into "trunks" instead of a Duster. We make the Instatrunk, but there are others out there as well, from Tuffy and other companies.
I was looking for something that covers up everything up to the front seats like the duster when my soft top is folded down. But I don't want to have to uninstall the soft top hardware.
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I was looking for something that covers up everything up to the front seats like the duster when my soft top is folded down. But I don't want to have to uninstall the soft top hardware.
Yeah, it'll work for that. I'm just a little worried that you'll find the duster harder to put on and off than you think. But I'm not here to stop you from buying our stuff. .

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