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Old 04-15-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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Jeep Summer Top Advice Needed for a Newbie!

Hey guys,

First off I just want to say how excited I am for finally getting my first jeep, a 2011 Unlimited Sahara hard top. It has been my dream car since I was five-years-old!! I am also very grateful a resource such as this is available to jeep owners!

The issue I have now is picking out a summer top that is practical, easy/fast to install (including all the added bars since mine is a hard top), and not too expensive. I wouldn't mind being caught in the rain/direct sun all the time, but a large portion of my summer will be spend with my mother/6-year-old little brother who are not as weather tolerant as I am haha!

I would prefer something I can keep with me when the top is off in-case of rain, something could leave on if I do not want to put the hard top back on immediately, and something that someone who has ZERO jeep experience can install without any major modifications/screws/drilling.

Since I am still a college student, I can afford up to about $350 on my own but would be willing to save a little extra if it meant a big jump in quality.

Also, is there any advice for things to have/do when you get caught with the top off in the rain? I am not sure how the cloth seats/sound system/electronic components of my jeep will handle. I don't really have a reliable source of information regarding Jeeps at home so I feel a little "in the dark" about most things.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 04-15-2014, 04:27 PM   #2
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Well if you get caught in the rain, there are drain plugs under the carpet, let the water out and move on. In my first Jeep I took the plugs out and left them out. Not sure that was a great idea, but it worked for my Tj with half doors that always leaked anyways.

As far as a top I am currently making the same choice so I have no experience to make a recommendation.

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Old 04-15-2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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For your budget you could maybe get some type of safari style top or a spiderwebshade. The spider tops are not waterproof but they really cut down on the heat when the sun is beating down on you.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:34 PM   #4
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Your not alone, looking at getting a soft top too. Although I have a bit more to spend.
But so far the premium top OEM is around $1800 yikes! perhaps watching craigs list is order.

Now the trextop looks interesting to me as around $600 new. Not sure about frameless design though.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:37 PM   #5
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I have the spiderweb shade and love it. Stays on under the hard top. great for cutting down on the sun! Not water proof though.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:30 PM   #6
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I have a Rampage frameless and love it! Check it out also has a place to store windows built in!
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:07 PM   #7
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Well I'll leave the top suggestions to other but I'll give you some other advice.

Invest in some microfiber towels. The inside WILL get dusty.

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