I've been riding around with only my Safari Straps up for around a month now and have been pretty lucky about not getting rained on. But tonight I totally forgot to check the radar before heading to work
and sure enough it started coming down about two hours before my shift ended. Not too bad, but I learned a few things.
1: The Mopar soft top boot might be the best thing I've purchased so far. If I didn't have it I definitely would have taken the soft top off completely since I just don't like the way it looks folded back. But with this setup I had at least some pretty good protection from the top in a matter of about ten minutes. Which leads me to the second thing I learned.
2: As much as I LOVE my Safari Straps, they do make it a bit of a pain to put the soft top back up quickly. For one thing I hadn't realized I would need to undo two of the straps at the rear of the roll bar to let the soft top hardware extend freely. And also, with every movement trying to lift the top by myself the hardware got caught on the straps and I'd have to walk around the Jeep to unhook it before proceeding. Now understand I'm not knocking Safari Straps in the least! They are amazing in every way! And if I had a helper it wouldn't have been an issue at all. But as it was, my emergency cover-up time went from a minute or two to 5-10 minutes. So it might be a good thing to practice a few times before it's actually raining if you've got the same setup.
3: I can't say enough good things about 303 High Tech Fabric Guard! The first thing I did when I put my top down was soak the seats and carpet with that stuff. Then two weeks later I did it again. When it's dry you'd never know its been treated. And as it turns out, when it's wet it's still dry.
4: Foresight is a good thing. After I treated my interior I bought four black bath towels from Target and folded them up under each seat figuring that if the Fabric Guard worked as well as I was hoping, all of the water that didn't soak into the seats and carpet would need somewhere to go and would end up pooling under the seats. Turns out I was exactly right. So by the time I got home two hours later I was left with four wet towels and water that had beaded up all over my interior but not soaked in even after all that time. So after dumping the floor mats and a quick wipe-down with the driest of the towels you'd never even know it rained!
5: Turns out my tube doors also make great racks for letting my towels air dry.