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Old 06-27-2013, 01:22 AM   #1
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Can the Interior Take Heavy Rain?

Can't the JK with all it's electronics, stereo, steering wheel buttons, etc, handle long term exposure to heavy rain when the top is off?

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:28 AM   #2
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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The CJ days are gone. Make certain the JK wears a top.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:29 AM   #4
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I like to keep my Jeep ready with the top down, trail doors on and just a light cover. The carpets have been soaked twice and I've become a bit of a weather worrier.

The CJ days of the floor rot being the biggest concern are over, I'm afraid.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:34 AM   #5
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:53 AM   #6
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Ummmm.....I pressure wash my interior when it gets muddy....no issues after 4+ years. I'd go ahead and say a little rain isn't going to hurt anything.
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Ummmm.....I pressure wash my interior when it gets muddy....no issues after 4+ years. I'd go ahead and say a little rain isn't going to hurt anything.
really!? I thought, that only LAND ROVER DEFENDER may be cleaned this way... charge free )))
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:12 AM   #8
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The JK is as waterproof as a minivan. The interior is basically the same as a Town and Country. I would do my best to avoid water exposure!
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Water and electronics don't mix. And there's a whole hell of a lot of that stuff behind the dash.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:53 AM   #10
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my assumtion is that I don't want it to sit out in an Alabama thunderstorm with the top off

since they are hard to predict up here in the valley, if the forecast has 30% or greater, I leave the top up and run that new-fangled "air conditioning"

and i carry a bestop trail top unless we're in a dry spell, and those are rare right now
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I left my top off my 12 Rubi overnight during vacation and woke up the next morning with 2 inches of water inside. One of the radio button light shorted out that was about it. I would HIGHLY not recommend mixing electronics and water. Lickily they still put drain plugs all over the vehicle, DONT forget the one in the jack area in the rear.
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No, it isn't meant to take heavy rain.

The dash is you concern, with the biggest issue being the clock spring in the steering column.
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Can't the JK with all it's electronics, stereo, steering wheel buttons, etc, handle long term exposure to heavy rain when the top is off?
WOW, NO, NO and NO!
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #14
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No. My YJ can but not a JK (dash is the problem).
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I woke up to water at the bottom of my door sills a few weeks ago. sat radio no longer works and the carpet had to go.
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You can do this with a Polaris Ranger UTV, but not a JK!
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:39 PM   #17
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Thanks. I used to leave my 73 CJ and 91 YJ topless - neither had any optional equipment. They worked fine.

Guess I better stick with the top on my new gen Jeep... Rains here more days per year than it doesn't.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:51 PM   #18
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No, it isn't meant to take heavy rain.

The dash is you concern, with the biggest issue being the clock spring in the steering column.
^This. It's really the dash that's the issue.

My carpets are out, floor is now bedlined, and they make waterproof seat covers. So all of that would be good-to-go. But the steering wheel column is exposed, and your stereo unit is not marine grade.
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I am not here to disagree with you guys, but my JK has seen a bazillion gallons of water from the hevans (and thousands from below!), and I have had zero issues with the electronics. Well, one time after a full montey pressure washing session my dash speakers sounded blown. But a day later all was back to normal. Had mud caked on litterally everything-mudding without top or doors. Drive in rain often for years. I personally wouldn't sweat it, but it is your Jeep!
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