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Old 01-26-2014, 07:16 PM   #1
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ok so you top off all summer guys.....

I usually run with the sun rider flipped back all summer...I will sometimes zip out the back windows as well...for those of you that run with no top what do you do when it rains? i know it sounds silly but you just get soaked? if it rains while you are at work you just jump in and get your ass wet on the way home?

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Old 01-26-2014, 07:24 PM   #2
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You are supposed to take the back window out if you go above 40mph with the sunrider back. I am topless and doorless all summer. If I get caught, I just put the top up with no windows or doors. I have gotten caught in a monsoon that caused complete gridlock. There was nothing to do but get wet. Once my ankles got covered, I reached down and pull the plugs.

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Old 01-26-2014, 07:46 PM   #3
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I've found that if you have the doors on you can just flip the top on without the windows in and stay dry... The interior will get wet behind the Seats but who cares
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:30 PM   #4
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I use the Bestop bikini top with the doors off and take the bikini top on/off in about 2 mins. You get some water from the sides and in the back but that is it.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:26 PM   #5
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When I had my 06 Unlimited I got caught in wicked summer rain storms and even a few hail storms. all you can do is just sit there and take it lol! Part of owning a jeep!
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:29 PM   #6
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I use the Bestop bikini top with the doors off and take the bikini top on/off in about 2 mins. You get some water from the sides and in the back but that is it.
that is exactly what I do
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:07 AM   #7
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just sit there and laugh at the guy next to you in the convertible vette with no drain plugs.......





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Old 01-27-2014, 05:18 AM   #8
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The average Summer rainfall total in Las Vegas is almost 3/4 of one inch so I don't worry about that wet stuff.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:05 AM   #9
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I have no soft top so when my hardtop is off it's off until late fall. And yes we have been caught in the rain. You will be looking for a car wash, underpass, gas station any place you can think of with a roof over. I don't drive to work I work from home so that's not ever the problem when we know it's going to rain we take my wife Tahoe.
Caught in a down pour yes it sucks.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:06 AM   #10
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Yep, the top is off all summer.

I got three things.
A truck, a garage, and The Weather Channel.
and the truck don't fit in the garage.
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Is it necessary to pull the carpet and line the tub? I am in south Florida and believe I could survive the entire year without a top or doors. Could the jeep? After being stuck in a shower how long does it take to dry out?
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:39 AM   #12
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I use raptor liner in the tub and ditch the carpets. I normally only use the top part of the soft top if it rains and the doors are in the garage until fall.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:55 PM   #13
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Once my ankles got covered, I reached down and pull the plugs.
Yup, gonna leave that one alone.

I was caught twice last summer without the hard top on, both times were beautiful during the day then absolute crap on the drive home. I am in board shorts and t-shirts all summer, so it didn't bother me one bit. The passenger both times was my ex, and she was what made the ride home miserable. The thing I learned with my convertible mustang was that the faster you drive (within reason) the less rain will get into the cab of the vehicle. Same holds true with the Jeep.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:05 PM   #14
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you guys are hardcore!...lol I didn't know that about the rear window and sun rider...I have had 3 jk's with sun riders and it stays down most of the summer and I almost never have the back window out =(
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I'm glad to hear some people actually take off their hard top. Around here it's seems very few do (talking in summer) and it's almost a fashion statement of sorts to run around with your hard top on at all times. I don't even see most people taking out the t tops. To each his own I guess.
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I'm glad to hear some people actually take off their hard top. Around here it's seems very few do (talking in summer) and it's almost a fashion statement of sorts to run around with your hard top on at all times. I don't even see most people taking out the t tops. To each his own I guess.
I don't think the hard top is the fasion statement....I think it is the Wrangler itself. I'm out in the Chi-town burbs as well...and I hate to say it...but where I'm at, it is my particular model that is always the worst offender.
The 4 door Sahara...usually with a painted top. Those are the ones I always see all "buttoned up" in the middle of summer. They are usually driven by a soccer mom that has no clue as to why I'm waving at them.
The only time my Jeep was buttoned up last summer (and that is with the soft top) was when my kid was first born. No need to subject a new born (or a recoving wife) to a bunch of wind and humidity. Little did that kid know that my wife and I were making milkshakes runs to Sonic when she was 9 months pregnent in a topless and doorless Jeep!

Oh well....their loss.
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:54 PM   #17
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My tops off all summer, and most of the winter. If it rains, I through the top on, minus doors and windows. There's no carpet, and the seats will dry out.
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I'm in South Florida and from May until USUALLY end of november is hurricane/rainy season. while i just recently picked my jeep up in the begining of november, i didnt remove the entire hard top until middle of december.

It's great riding topless when its cool or as of lately down here in the 50s, but more then likely the hard top will be back on about begining of may.

My only other option which i have been toying with is getting an emergency top for when i take her out and shes parked up. when you live here in florida any day stands a chance for a random storm.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:08 PM   #20
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I only have a hard top and have been worried about staying topless and getting the nav wet from rain and damaged..

Any concerns for electricals?
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:10 PM   #21
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I only have a hard top and have been worried about staying topless and getting the nav wet from rain and damaged..

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The biggest conern is your clock spring and the new steering wheels.

The +2011's are a bit more finicky than the older interiors. Just look at the steering wheel and the lack of a ledge over the radio.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:46 PM   #23
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I only have a hard top and have been worried about staying topless and getting the nav wet from rain and damaged..

Any concerns for electricals?
My 2012 has been soaked really bad a few times, one time the water was 2 inches on top of the carpet I had to drive it home with the water sloshing around in side until I could remove the carpet and open the drain holes. I listened to my sirus radio on the way home both times. I have a separate navigation system one I can download geographical maps to. I have never heard of anyone having any problems after jeep getting wet.
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I pretty much ran topless, with the exception of a couple of known rain days and trips June-September. I use a hard top hoist to put the top on if I knew rain was coming. I got caught in one heavy down pour and had to learn about drain plugs etc. In both cases I found a piece of cardboard to put over the dash/steering wheel and a towel over the shifter. Got home, drained it and put a couple fans to dry out the carpet quickly.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:13 PM   #25
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I'm not top off, but I'm top down as much as I can. Gulf coast rain can pop up fast, so I can't go unprepared. I just put the soft top down and keep my windows in a clover roll. I'm ready to put it up at any hint of rain.
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Re: Driving in the rain topless.

Please keep in mind that if you go out when you might get caught, keep a pair of hand towels in a plastic bag tucked away where you can get to them while driving.

The aerodynamics of the tub and windshield frame cause the rain to be sucked in so that your windshield gets plastered on both sides. It is very disconcerting when you are driving to note that your wipers are working but you still have a windshield that is covered in water.

Keep one towel to continually wipe the glass. It will get soaked, and the water will stop coming off, but it will clear it enough to see safely. The other towel is for you when you stop. A cool rain at road speeds is freezing. You will be chilled through and that towel will be a small miracle to have when you stop somewhere.

It's all part of the fun... ;-)
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We usually go 180+ days in a row and 324 days a year total (!) without measurable rainfall around here so I will be going topless from March-November.
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Couple things, I visit client offices throughout the work day and Doc has been cutting the nasty stuff out of my skin for number of years now so I don't ride with the top down much, if at all.

With my 2007 soft top it was pretty easy. I left the back window and sides out most of the time and they could be retrieved if there was any sign of rain. I had to be more selective with doors because of the little one at that time. Not always what I wanted but it works for me. In the past I was called out with rain coming in at a 45degree angle leaving the driver side and passenger side floor plans with a couple inches of rain. Pulled the carpet, the drain plugs, and along with a days worth of sunshine... it's all good.

Now with my 2011 hardtop that I just got back in November, I am not so sure it will be so easy for me. I got the spiderweb shade for Christmas and plan to mount a hard top hoist in the garage in a few weeks. However I keep falling back on the thought of how easy it was with the soft top, so I'm not so sure there won't be a soft top in my near future.
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I'm in South Florida and from May until USUALLY end of november is hurricane/rainy season. while i just recently picked my jeep up in the begining of november, i didnt remove the entire hard top until middle of december.

It's great riding topless when its cool or as of lately down here in the 50s, but more then likely the hard top will be back on about begining of may.

My only other option which i have been toying with is getting an emergency top for when i take her out and shes parked up. when you live here in florida any day stands a chance for a random storm.
Im with you, I am in fort lauderdale and its oppisite for us SFL guys, top off in the "winter" and top up all rainy hot humid summer!
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:37 PM   #30
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im with you, i am in fort lauderdale and its oppisite for us sfl guys, top off in the "winter" and top up all rainy hot humid summer!
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