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Old 05-07-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Raining with Doors Off Question

I used to own a tj and since it was a 97 with cloth seats, I ran doorless all summer! Dumped the water out of the rubber mats and threw a towel over the seat if it was wet.

Now that I own a jk, I'm nervous to leave it doorless in the rain! Might just be that I've only had it for a few weeks. My question is, how do the leather seats and other interior parts hold up I the rain? How hard is it to dry out? If you run doorless with a soft top do you have to take the back window out? What do you all do in the rain?

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What do you all do in the rain?
I leave my top and doors on.

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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Haha I do that if its in the forecast for a few days but these quick showers are a biotch
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Haha I do that if its in the forecast for a few days but these quick showers are a biotch
When you get out, throw a big trash bag over the seat so if it happens to rain your seat wont be soaked.
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What do you all do in the rain?
My interior is bedlined and I run with no carpet, so I usually don't worry about it. My seats get covered with a garbage bag and I'm good to go. I also run a bikini top all summer and only run doors when there's going to be days upon end of rain.

You can look into getting a Bikini Top to run and then the Jeep will be covered mostly. There are also Cab Covers made for protecting the interior in the even of a cloud burst.

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Old 05-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #6
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Is the bikini top water proof?
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:55 PM   #7
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For me, I have a big investment in my JK so I got a waterproof car cover and also garage it when the cover isn't on (and the top is off). I accidentally left the sunroof of a Murano open once during a shower and could never get the musty smell to go away, even after repeated drying in the hot sun. It had leather seats as does my JK. I also worry about the electronics. And bikinis, even if waterproof, don't account for wind blowing the rain sideways unless you have the total enclosure with toneau- and that's a hassle. But I baby my baby.
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Subscribed. Unpredictable weather in Mass.......am interested in what my fellow New Englanders do with their tops.
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I have always had a trail cover that I can throw on the Jeep at the end of the day.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:22 PM   #10
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Subscribed. Unpredictable weather in Mass.......am interested in what my fellow New Englanders do with their tops.
I am also curious. I am a TJ owner, in the market for a new JK, and am on these boards checking out the JK. I am topless and half door-less any minute I can, and I don't want to worry about rain. (I have driven in the rain topless many times). Am also wondering about the cloth seats and rug. The cloth seats I have now dry pretty quick.
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in some other threads, folks have had problems related to the steering wheel, and I guess moisture could cause that, some sort of spring in there gets buggered and the controls don't work

i have an emergency top to throw on at work (still waiting on the Jeep, lol)
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I'm In mass too! For showers I leave the doors off and just throw the top up with no windows. I never run carpets so I just pull the drain plugs. The only sensitive electronics are in the center so wind blowing in from the side won't hurt it. If its a big rain or going to be showers for a few days I put the doors on. Nothing worse than driving to work and getting wet on the way. But driving home I don't mind getting wet. I usually check the weather every day and usually push my luck but it usually doesn't come back to bite me. A lot of times when it's really raining I just put the doors on but still leave the windows out. As long as I'm not getting too wet I'm happy
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some sort of spring in there gets buggered and the controls don't work
Are you referring to the clock spring(doesn't actually run the clock)? Cuz that's in the center of the dash above the head unit I believe. But that can cause problems if wet. Again, protecting the center of the dash is most inportant
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Are you referring to the clock spring(doesn't actually run the clock)? Cuz that's in the center of the dash above the head unit I believe. But that can cause problems if wet. Again, protecting the center of the dash is most inportant
lol i thought, by context of where i read it, it was something to do with the steering wheel buttons, like a leaf spring that kept them from getting stuck down....

but again, I've never read a specific, so i thought the wetness problem was actually in the steering wheel or column, hah
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Why buy a jeep with leather seats. I put marine everything jn mine and let nature do whatever. I am more inclined to put trashbags over dash than seats.
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My leather seats are way easier to clean layers of dust off of then a cloth seat. If you dont live in a dusty area, I would say go with cloth.
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Recently got caught with the top and doors off in the pouring rain. Everything held up just fine. Made sure the drain plugs were removed, dumped the water off if the slush mats, and put a trash bag over the seat when it was time to go home. I would like to add that I don't have any carpet. Overall everything is perfectly fine. Just be prepared (I now keep a poncho in the jeep with me now all the time)
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Yeah, I hear the clock spring is one you have to watch out for.

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