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Old 09-06-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
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Rain Proofing for Topless Season

Putting together my christmas list for the jeep, and besides the usual begging for 5 new 33's and matching rims, I was looking at rain/beach prepping for next summer. Is something like this MOPAR 82210294 - MOPAR® Rubber Floor Liner Kit for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec worth it to replace the carpet? The only reason I don't just want to bedliner the inside is to keep it looking nice, and I don't want to accidently seal anything I shouldn't (I'm a retard and would probably bed liner the drain plugs).

I also want to remove my softtop next summer and only install it for bits of wicked bad weather (hurricanes or weeks of rain), and wanted to know if going with a bikini/duster combo makes sense. I just want to easily take off the top without having to deal with the rear windows, and I want a safari net for the back for the dogs, like this. Smittybilt 581035 - Smittybilt C•RES - Cargo Restraint System in Black for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec I want a roof to really only put up in case of sudden rain, because the damn jeep just looks so much better topless. But, being brand new, I don't want to just leave the inside, even the cargo area, exposed every time it rains. Thoughts on good roof combos/safari nets/enjoying the summer without dealing with the factory soft top windows?

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Old 09-06-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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Bedliner is far superior to the Rubber floor liner. I have both. The floor liner fits loosely, everything gets underneath it, and it's a chore to remove/install. Bedliner is a one time install, cleans easily and looks better. ( Remove the plugs before you spray )

If you just want a cover for when it's parked, pick up a Bestop Trail cover. Works wonderfully and is easy to install/remove.

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Old 09-06-2011, 09:14 AM   #3
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There are much better solutions for cargo nets. The Smittybilt version must be removed to put you soft top up. I have these: www.safaristraps.com
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Linda,

Should we be concerned about the electronics inside the steering column, especially the clockspring? If you know of a product to protect that, could you please post a link?
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for parking thats a good idea, I was more thinking when I'm out driving though, often I'm driving from MA to NH, CT or NY and weather is prone to shifting, and especially when I'm going to be away from home for a few days, I know the factory soft top is made for what I'm asking, but I don't like having to carry around the windows and I don't think the soft top folded up into the tire is particularly sexy. Good to know on the bed-lining, I might make it my next weekend project. I'll have to go thread searching, but in terms of gathering materials do I just go down to home depot and buy a brand of generic rubber spray, or is there some stuff I 100% must go out and buy (I want to make sure I do it right and right)

and to daggo, I was looking at the column covers ;-), but again, I can't drive with em on! and that cargo netting looks awesome, thanks for pointing me towards them!
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in terms of the cargo netting, I'm assuming you have the extended cage? or just the rear and side window lining?
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:32 AM   #7
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Just the rear and side.


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wicked, thanks!
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Putting together my christmas list for the jeep, and besides the usual begging for 5 new 33's and matching rims, I was looking at rain/beach prepping for next summer. Is something like this MOPAR 82210294 - MOPAR® Rubber Floor Liner Kit for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec worth it to replace the carpet? The only reason I don't just want to bedliner the inside is to keep it looking nice, and I don't want to accidently seal anything I shouldn't (I'm a retard and would probably bed liner the drain plugs).

I also want to remove my softtop next summer and only install it for bits of wicked bad weather (hurricanes or weeks of rain), and wanted to know if going with a bikini/duster combo makes sense. I just want to easily take off the top without having to deal with the rear windows, and I want a safari net for the back for the dogs, like this. Smittybilt 581035 - Smittybilt C•RES - Cargo Restraint System in Black for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec I want a roof to really only put up in case of sudden rain, because the damn jeep just looks so much better topless. But, being brand new, I don't want to just leave the inside, even the cargo area, exposed every time it rains. Thoughts on good roof combos/safari nets/enjoying the summer without dealing with the factory soft top windows?
I did not see which year JKU you have, but if it is the 2012, the Smittybilt C-RES does not fit! I just sent mine back. Talking to the Smitty folks, they are going to modify it soon, but have not done it yet. The tabs that tuck in under the door frames need to be modified, as apparently the door frames changed between the 2011s and 2012s. The tabs on the current C-Res are about 4 inches too long.
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Yeah my bad, I usually post it, I have a 2011 4d Sport. Weird that it doesn't fit the 2012s, did the body change? I thought it was only real changes (aka driveline and trans) that changed with the 2012
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Yeah my bad, I usually post it, I have a 2011 4d Sport. Weird that it doesn't fit the 2012s, did the body change? I thought it was only real changes (aka driveline and trans) that changed with the 2012
I didn't think anything had either.....But when I went to install, part of the back door frame is right in the middle of where one of the plastic tuck under tabs (don't know the official nomenclature!) is supposed to tuck under. And just to ensure I wasn't screwing it up some how, I had the wife and the next door neighbor both try it too. They got the same results. I called Smitty. They said they had just purchased their 2012 and were in the process of test fitting all their parts. I also bought their soft top boot. The cut outs for the roll cage were 2 inches too close together. Smitty said they would check that too but admitted that it could have just been bad quality control on the boot I got. Sooooooo, it could be that Jeep changed the roll cage and the soft top door frames. Smitty promised me a call back to let me know what they find.

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