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Old 07-29-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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Finally got rained on...

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.

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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.

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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!

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5: Turns out my tube doors also make great racks for letting my towels air dry.

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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Wow that's some good info! I have been fortunate also to not be caught in the rain...yet. I also coated my seats in the same protectant. Good to know it really works. I probably need to put it on my carpet as well. Also thanks for the tip about the towels under the seats. I probably should do that as well!

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:42 AM   #3
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i like how you titled your thread " finally got rained on" because we all know its just a matter of time...
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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^yes indeed! I'm just glad I was prepared thanks to this forum. I just wish that person that used to sell custom steering wheel covers was still around. A trash bag just isn't the same.



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Wow that's some good info! I have been fortunate also to not be caught in the rain...yet. I also coated my seats in the same protectant. Good to know it really works. I probably need to put it on my carpet as well. Also thanks for the tip about the towels under the seats. I probably should do that as well!
I definitely recommend using it on the carpet as well. I was pretty skeptical that it would work this well but this morning it met my highest hopes. Of course I did go very heavy on the treatment, a little over a half gallon between the two spray sessions, but no reason to be skimpy I figured... Especially since I'm almost more concerned about fading than I am about water.

And it does very much help with cleanup of other things as well. A couple weeks ago I found out I had knocked over a bottle of Lexol leather treatment in my cargo area that was leaking for possibly a day or more. Soaked it right up with a towel and it was good as new. No wiping or scrubbing needed.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:01 PM   #5
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Happened to me for the first time Saturday night. Went riding, sun shining...got caught in a rain shower for about 3 or 4 miles. Top and doors off. Wasn't as bad as I though going 55 . not sure if the spider web shade helped at all. I am sure it did some.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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Last Friday, I was at work with the top down in the parking lot on my JKU. A coworker walked by my office and commented that it was raining cats and dogs outside, I looked out the window and sure enough, flooding rain. I ran outside and threw my top up, and by the time I got my windows zipped in the rain had already stopped. I looked, and there was about an inch of water standing in my cupholders, my son's carseat, the seats and carpet were soaked.

I wiped the standing water off of the Nav system and the rest of the interior, and let the Jeep sit in the garage with the drain plugs out and doors open all weekend, its fine now.

I do not think I will be leaving the top down during work this time of year anymore though.

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