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Old 04-08-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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So the wife and i recently got our first Wrangler and i have a question. I know this is more of a personal preference but i am still curious as to what many of you do......we have a soft top JK and it is a fun vehicle so its not driven as a DD...the weather is finally changing a bit here in MD and i am wondering do you all just roll your tops back and keep them in place or take them off completely?

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Congrats, We,re in NC. Top comes completely off usually by end of April and stays off until late fall when it cools back down. We have our first JK and this will be our first spring with it but ran a TJ for many years as I stated above. Doors come off and stay in the shed all summer as well. Lots of FUN....

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i roll it back but leave it attached because it sometimes goes from bright sun to monsoon in .25 seconds. im also a fan of taking doors and windows out but leaving canopy up for shade or light rain. thats just me though.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:35 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. I am leaning towards pulling it off completely here soon. I do want to get a bikini type top as well. I have been looking at Spiderweb Shade for that.
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personal preference. My YJ - ran with a bikini most of the time. But rainstorms in Chicago can be brutal. TJ - became 3rd car, so never had top on. JK - well, DD in CT now, so doubt that I will get the soft top on.

Do what you wish, all depends on your weather situation
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Have top down and spiderweb shade on. Make sure you have some type of emergency rain solution (like a Pavement Ends or some such) in case of the unexpected.

I keep the top down because it only take a second to put it up and it doesn't get in the way.

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Just took the hard top off and with the forecast showing no sign of rain for another couple of days I have not put the soft top on yet. I will eventually put the soft top on and leave it on folded down. Once the weather gets really warm, I will add the sunshade and leave that on. I have a pavement ends top in the back that I have just in case I get caught out without a top or windows.
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That's my biggest fear. Thunderstorms pop up here in MD out of nowhere and that would really suck.
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I leave it on just open unless its going to rain. I let it hang but some people use a soft top boot to keep it from hanging into the storage area. A good solution if you plan to leave it down for a while.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #10
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Might do the boot thing. Looks clean and is a nice insurance policy for the pop up storm.
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I would ditch the top if its just a weekend fun vehicle. If you only pull it out in the sunshine, then why bother with a top? Jeeps are WAY more fun without tops and doors...
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I like running the soft-top with the windows out and top still up. During the summer I especially enjoy the shade of the top vs frying. Sometimes the rear flaps, I believe they are called sails, will flap a bit. It hasnt bothered me too bad yet. I could always put a velcro strap around it. If the top was easier to raise and lower I would maybe put it all the way down at night. I usually don't find myself wanting to look up that much. There is always the sun rider feature (that I never use) that let's you fold back just the front-seat area.

YANK THE CARPET
I yanked the carpet and bedlined my tub. I feel every jeep should come from the factory like that. The main downside to no carpet is no front mat hooks. I solved that with some yoga mat like tool box liner under my floor liners (mats).

WATER/FADE PROOF
I also sprayed 303 fabric guard on all my seats and roll bars. I need to give that a new annual coat. It waterproofs and blocks UV fading. I still try to put my windows in if it rains, but it's not to big of a deal if I get caught.

STOP THE SEATBELT FLAPPING
Of course doors off is ideal. If you go doorless defiantly get the seat comforters made by "custom accessories" at Wal-mart. Put them down by the belt feed. That will stop all seat belt flapping. I even left them there this winter because you don't notice they are there.
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Thanks for all of the opinions on the topic guys...i really appreciate it....this is like a ping pong match in my head as to what i should do.....i guess its a Jeep thing...which i am very ok with!!
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Great input from Rooster, as usual. He's on point.

I need to make sure I scope out some Jeeps with bedlined tubs at Jeep Beach. The constant chasing of sand around my interior is going to get old real quick this summer.
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I have a hard top only. However, whenever the weather permits. I lift that sucker off and run topless/doorless. If it is going to be an extended period of clear skies, I put on my Bikini top. I always keep a Pavement Ends top under my back seat for pop-up storms, and to serve as a dew cover and critter guard (don't have room to park in the garage).
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The main downside to no carpet is no front mat hooks.
I've been contemplating doing the bedliner swap (recently got about 5 gallons of water in my interior) and thought about these mat hooks. Is there no way to retain these? I was thinking that I could remove them from the carpet and remount them onto the metal with urethane or some type of adhesive, then have the shop bedline over them.

Any reason why this wouldn't work?
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Talking Now that I'm at a computer (vs Iphone) I can post some links

Thanks kramer2k

WINDOW STORAGE DIY
Soft-Top Window Storage with Towels and a Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack
I like this method because you always have a towel, there easiy to sandwich because they are not sewn together, and it's pretty cheap.

303 Fabric Guard
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BEDLINER
It's been a long winter and I finally got the soft-top on. Now it has been raining for the past 2 days. I have decided to just keep all the windows out when I roll around. Not all that much water got in. I did have to pull the rear plugs once. I think I'm only going to put the windows in now with sideways rain downpours.
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I've been contemplating doing the bedliner swap (recently got about 5 gallons of water in my interior) and thought about these mat hooks. Is there no way to retain these? I was thinking that I could remove them from the carpet and remount them onto the metal with urethane or some type of adhesive, then have the shop bedline over them.

Any reason why this wouldn't work?
FLOOR HOOK IDEA
What I would do if you really want to keep the hooks is to drill a hole in the floor and use a bolt with a rounded head to act as the hook. It wouldn't need to be all that big of a bolt. Sticking a nut on each side of the floor would keep the head up enough. Locktite, washers, and some RTV silicone would be a good idea too. I have never seen it done, so you would have to make sure nothing is under where you would be drilling.

It's what I would have done if the tool box liner didn't work. It seems like the roll that took care of both front wheel wells was 2'X5', but it has been awhile since i bought it. While the mats slide maybe an inch after a month or 2 of driving, they stay put and are safe with just the liner under them. Without the liner I quickly realized that it was super dangerous with them slipping all over the place.


Here is a couple threads you might want to check out.
  1. Carpet Removal 2012 2DR
  2. U-Pol Raptor Bed Liner in tub - Shots - Notes - Reference Threads

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