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Old 08-14-2011, 07:30 AM   #1
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Driving in the rain w/ no doors & top up?

Anyone ever drive a 2 door in heavy rain with the top up and doors off for any extended length of time? Just wondering where most of the water gets directed to.

I'm doing a 3 hour road trip in a few weeks and I'm wondering, weather permitting, if it would be insane doing it with the doors off. If I get caught in an unexpected rain storm, I'd have to forge ahead for 3 hours on the highway to get home.

I know I'd get wet for sure but are these things designed so that the dash and instrument panel stay dry in this scenario?

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Old 08-14-2011, 07:38 AM   #2
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I've driven through rain w/out the doors on the highway and with a safari top. Most of the rain goes aft. There is however a mist from the windspeed that will start to film up on the inside of the windshield and some of the dash. Bring a towel or something to wipe with every few minutes. It will make for a good story. And I'll bet you'll only do it once! Cheers

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Rain will come in through the sides especially from wind. Trucks will also splash it in. Water will get under the seats and in the foot wells, but that's what the drainplugs are for. Expect the side of your seat and your hip and side area to get wet.
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i know i'd rather spend money on other things for my jeep but there are light weight doors i've seen... would like them to come up with a folding canvas doors for unexpected weather... the other problem, do you have carpet or liner? unfortunately when i left my top off for an unexpected flash storm my top was off in the rain for an hour of down pour before I found out it was raining (bowling alleys here have no windows)... i took my carpet out to find the plug and realized there was alot of rusted away on the floor pans, and i took my carpet out so it can dry and not get mildew...
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Thanks for the replies. Was pretty much what I thought. I'm not too worried about myself getting wet as much as I'm worried about getting some of the electronics wet. I heard somewhere that you don't want to get water anywhere near the steering column. Don't want to fry the electronics. Not worried about the carpeting either as I pulled it out last year.
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Thanks for the replies. Was pretty much what I thought. I'm not too worried about myself getting wet as much as I'm worried about getting some of the electronics wet. I heard somewhere that you don't want to get water anywhere near the steering column. Don't want to fry the electronics. Not worried about the carpeting either as I pulled it out last year.
Your dash will stay dry save a light mist which won't harm anything. The soft top with no doors or windows works remarkably well in the rain. It's handy to have a small towel to dry the inside of the windshield from time to time.
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My 99 TJ spent a year outside with a piece of plywood as a top. I pulled everything out of it, to include the seats, and pressure washed the he'll put of the interior. I wasn't that careful and I know I got a pretty significant amount of water behind the dash. Haven't had any issues over the last two years.

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