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Old 05-02-2011, 11:06 AM   #1
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I am a new 2011 Wrangler Sport owner...the soft top and doors are about to come off for at least the summer. Since I am in Florida, I need a top that could be quickly deployed in the case of rain either when in transit or when parked and expecting rain. What is my best option?? Thanks.

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Old 05-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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I think your best bet it to just keep the soft top folded down and if rain hits, put it up.

I don't know of any tops you can have with you in case of rain that you can drive with.

I know if I see rain coming I just put the soft top back up and that's it. I don't carry the windows with me, but the top protects the majority of the interior.

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not sure of budget---that is always the sticking point---but for me Bikini, duster, and jammer work great------BUT I like the new frame-less tops that convert to safari tops-maybe some day when I need a back seat, will consider that.
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I am a new 2011 Wrangler Sport owner...the soft top and doors are about to come off for at least the summer. Since I am in Florida, I need a top that could be quickly deployed in the case of rain either when in transit or when parked and expecting rain. What is my best option?? Thanks.
Wait, you already have a soft top? Factory? What's wrong with that? Imo, is the easiest top to work with other that BestTops new NX, it's the same.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:50 PM   #5
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You won't find any full top that's significantly easier to deploy than what you already have.

Since you already have door surrounds, you might consider a factory "Bikini®" top (Mopar calls them Sun Bonnets, I think). That'll go on quick at the windshield, and with door surrounds, it'll do a decent job of keeping you dry in short downpours.

But watch this video for lowering and lifting your factory top. You might just want to consider a bit more practice with that one:

Step by step on JK 2 door.


"speed deployment" (on four door, but close to the same)
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:48 PM   #6
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Thanks very much for your advice and video. I am in a quandry because I wanted to take off the soft top as well as the doors. However, it appears that there is not another alternative way to quickly cover the Jeep in the event of rain while underway. I was hoping there might be an aftermarket solution for this but evidently not. I am rethinking what I should do. The Jeep will be housed in my garage so protection from the rain is only a problem when in transit. Thanks again.
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Honestly you're asking for something that is a lot tougher to design than you'd think--small enough to carry in a 2 door at all times, easy to install, easy to uninstall, sufficiently water tight to survive those Florida monsoons that come out of nowhere even while driving, and sufficiently sturdy that it stays firmly and reliably sealed on the Jeep even at highway speeds. I have not yet seen something like this.

So, your main options that I'm aware of . . . .

Bikini. Here's what a Bikini looks like. Geoff would know better about how easy this is to put up, take down, and store within the Jeep itself (especially a 2 door). I'm not very hopeful.

Trail Cover. If you're willing to pull over and wait out any storms, you could go with a Bestop Trail Cover like this. That fits the bill in terms of size, speed of assembly, water tightness, etc., but you would obviously not be able to drive with it. I also think it would be pretty weird to be sitting inside it in the dark waiting for the rain to stop.

Homemade. In the "it's better than nothing" department, you may want to consider designing/creating something yourself based off of or similar to a SpiderWebShade like these. They go on easy with no real hardware (save the rubberband type straps), stay on at high speeds, can be packed up small in a bag, and would give you some sun protection too during the midday blaze of Florida. The downside is though that it is a mesh, so rain comes though it. I'd suspect you could work something out by combining it with a tarp-like material from Home Depot or some such thing. Better than nothing I suppose.
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Thanks for all of the good information. I am considering the various options.
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I wanted to resurrect this thread because I think I found this guy's answer.

I spotted this Emergency Top by Pavement Ends last night in the Q-tec catalog and looks like it'd do exactly what he's looking for.
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Check out the Trektop NX. It is essentially a Bikini top with removable windows. Having lived in Florida, I know you are going to want shade. You will cook if completely topless. A Bikini style is the way to go. With the Trektop NX, you get that, and when it does rain (like it does every afternoon in Florida) you can put the windows on. Or roll the whole thing back out of the way. Maybe looking into a spider shade too.

or

buy a trail cover to keep it dry when parked. It comes with a stuff sack. That will at least protect the interior from the Florida sun and occasional rain.

The Emergency top comes with rain ponchos. I have little faith that anything that includes a poncho is going to keep the rest of my Jeep dry.
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Thanks for the leads.
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Be prepared to wait until the end of summer for the trektop NX, they still arent released and the date is conitunously being pushed.

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