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Old 07-16-2011, 02:23 PM   #1
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Pavement Ends Emergency Top

Just bought a Pavement Ends Emergency Top and did a test run installation - when we were not in a hurry to stay dry. Pics attached. Some interesting notes.

You absolutely want to install this top once for practice before you actually need it. We found a number of issues that were easy to solve but would have been a pain in a downpour.

- All the strap adjustment hardware was threaded backwards & would not have held. Fixed in about 30 seconds each.

- The two front corner hooks are intended to attache to the front door hinges but we found that this put the straps in the way of the front doors closing. Not really a problem is you are running with no doors but we weren't. So we moved the hooks to the edge of the slot behind the hood. This worked well but would probably rub off a lot of paint, so I put two layers of heat shrink tubing over the metal S hook. I might replace them with plastic hooks later.

- The top will not fit around the full front door, so you end up closing the edge of the top in the door. Not a big problem, but you'd want to be aware. Again with our Element doors on it won't be any issue at all.

- The top is made in China. Just a bit disappointing.

- The stuff sack the top comes in was not the best quality. One of the tightening laces was stiched into place so you could only snug or open the bag from one side. I know it's a petty comment but...........

- The top in its bag fit under the rear of the passenger's seat with just a bit of stuffing.

Finally , Quadratec told us this top would not go on over our Smittybilt CRES but we bought it anyway figuring that we could partially undo the CRES if necessary. After all this is just an emergency top. Turns out it did fit over the CRES although the connection to the tub edge aft of the rear doors was very snug.

So overall I am happy with the top for the emergency use intended. With that insurance we will leave home without the top on days when we would not otherwise.

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Trying the picture attachment again.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the great info..........i too have a hard top and looking for a soft top or ???

This might be te ticket
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:30 PM   #4
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one more thing....how fast did you drive with it on?

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Old 07-17-2011, 07:38 AM   #5
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Haven't taken it out to drive yet, but I don't expect to be able to go real fast. It's just intended to get you home or under shelter while staying mostly dry. Not a substitute for a real soft top.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:11 PM   #6
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Another question, how much time will it take to put it on if you do get caught in a rain storm?
5-10 min?

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I think with 2 people you could probably get it on in 2 min. or less. With one person, probably 5 minutes. The top does come with 2 ponchos, which probably ought to tell you something.
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Thanks for the review.

My question is probably answered somewhere online but I can't seem to find it.

Bottom line, with this top on Wrangler with the doors off, is it snug enough to handle a thunderstorm?

I live in the middle south and would throw some type of trail top on the jeep at work every day. I don't know if anyone makes one for that type of daily use, or if a 40 mph wind burst in a t-storm would pull one of these off.
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Good review.

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Bottom line, with this top on Wrangler with the doors off, is it snug enough to handle a thunderstorm?
I've driven in fairly rough storms on a highway at about 60 mph. While it does flap around a lot, it kept me dry. When I've driven with it in heavy rain with the doors off, I slipped the ponchos over the seats as makeshift covers. They worked well enough in that capacity. Prior to that little revelation, the seats got pretty soaked when the jeep was stationary. We got some pretty significant storms overnight recently where the top was the only protection from the elements. I had the doors on but it allowed about 5-6 gallons of water to pool behind the sound bar. Long story short, all of that water ended up in the back and the weight stressed the seams, allowing water to slowly drip into the floorboards and back seats. In the future, I'll use my bestop trail cover for those situations, but the PEET is a good insurance policy that I always keep in the Jeep.
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I've driven in fairly rough storms on a highway at about 60 mph. While it does flap around a lot, it kept me dry. When I've driven with it in heavy rain with the doors off, I slipped the ponchos over the seats as makeshift covers. They worked well enough in that capacity. Prior to that little revelation, the seats got pretty soaked when the jeep was stationary. We got some pretty significant storms overnight recently where the top was the only protection from the elements. I had the doors on but it allowed about 5-6 gallons of water to pool behind the sound bar. Long story short, all of that water ended up in the back and the weight stressed the seams, allowing water to slowly drip into the floorboards and back seats. In the future, I'll use my bestop trail cover for those situations, but the PEET is a good insurance policy that I always keep in the Jeep.
Thanks Keiff, I'm looking for the best possible top to keep rain out when parked with doors and top off. I had read you can drive with some of the emergency tops on, didn't know that before reading it here (in some other thread about rain in Jeeps or something). I'll check the difference between this and the trail cover you mentioned.
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Will the emergency top fit over the safari top? I want to remove my soft top for the summer..the whole summer, and just use a safari top to cover the front and back seats, but, I am planning to visit Seattle for 2 weeks, and we all know it rains (a steady drizzle) almost all the time there.
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Does anyone know if 'any' emergency rain tops will fit OVER the safari top? or..does the rain top have to use a windshield channel like the safari top does? Thanks in advance for your help!
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*bump* cuz I really need an answer........ please???
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laollis - Quadratec told me this top would not go on over my Smittybilt CRES but the photo in this thread is with the Emergency Top installed just that way. It does not use any windshield channel. It may or may not fit over your Safari Top but I'm betting the official company answer is that it won't. If you are planning to leave your Jeep outside in the rain for long periods during your Seattle I'd opt for a different cover. This one is primarily for getting you to a sheltered spot when you get caught out topless.
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laollis - Quadratec told me this top would not go on over my Smittybilt CRES but the photo in this thread is with the Emergency Top installed just that way. It does not use any windshield channel. It may or may not fit over your Safari Top but I'm betting the official company answer is that it won't. If you are planning to leave your Jeep outside in the rain for long periods during your Seattle I'd opt for a different cover. This one is primarily for getting you to a sheltered spot when you get caught out topless.
Thanks so much for an answer! I am only planning to be in Seattle for 2 weeks, but didn't want to have to tarp it and wait for the rain to quit so I can drive, but that's probably my best bet. Again Thanks! That saved me some money.
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The emergency top does not use any "mount points" at the front, other than the footman loop and the front door hinges. I have been able to put it on over my Bikini top, which uses a windshield header, and when running the front freedom top panels.

Based on my experience, a 2x4, parallel to, and placed between the sound bar and rear sports bar will prevent serious pooling if stationary.

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