Ok doors off and rain for the next week..what to do?
Any suggestions for trying to keep dry without having to put the doors back on? I have the convertible top up but I am guessing I'm just gonna get wet. I sure don't want to take my other car out because the Jeep is so much fun...
I keep a goretex jacket and pants in one of the pouches on my Smittybilt G.E.A.R tailgate organizer. Had to put the jacket on the other evening for a drive home. I too leave the top up (on my 2-door), doors off, window's out. I have the awesome Jeep Backbone rear cargo deck, and my carpet's are gone and I have Rugged Ridge neoprene seat covers.
At 60-ish mph (rural highway, not interstate speeds) you get a decent amount of blowback coming from behind you. Very little comes in the doors. Biggest problem is a thin coating of mist that covers up your rearview mirror and the inside of your windshield. You need to keep a rag handy and wipe it off at the traffic lights because visibility gets compromised. Defroster on high doesn't seem to help -- it's not vapor, it's actual liquid mist. The dash gets a thin smattering of moisture as well, but nothing I'm concerned about as far as volume.
Bottom line: It's fine for the "I got caught at work and had to get home" times in your life. But I'd definitely drop the doors back on if I knew I was facing several drives in the rain in the coming days. Or take another car, which is what I do.
Wet isn't as much problem as the grease and grime that you'll actually be getting into the Jeep. Most of what you'll find spraying in will be what's being kicked up from your own vehicle and those around you from the road. That's going to be water mixed with every bit of oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid, etc., etc., that's on the road. I'd definitely put the doors on and then just pull them off when it dries up. Doesn't take too long to put on or take off, so I'd rather do that than get all that nastiness on your seats and interior. I don't mind dust and dirt, but I can do without the road spoodge.
Takes me about 25 minutes to get my tops and 4 doors on or off. I put them back on last night due to thunderstorms for the next couple of days, they'll come back off Saturday morning for as long as I can go.