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Old 04-01-2008, 10:15 PM   #1
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Bikini/Windjammer combo.

I am in sore need of a new top, but I was thinking for the summer of going with a bikini/windjammer combo then when winter rolls around, worry about an all new top then. My question is, how is y'alls experience with them, and how good are they about keeping cab occupants dry. I don't really care about keeping the floor dry or anything, just me, my passenger, and my seats.

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Old 04-01-2008, 10:21 PM   #2
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As long as you have doors with windows on they work pretty good. When I had a Samurai I had a bikini top and jammer, worked good.

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As long as you have doors with windows on they work pretty good. When I had a Samurai I had a bikini top and jammer, worked good.
Thats what I thought, but I have this quasi memory of reading how driving in the rain, the windjammer doesn't do so well, but I could be mistaken.
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I think having those door surrounds that are needed for soft tops help... but I can't really remember ever driving it in heavy rain, sprinkles to light rain did pretty well.
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No experience however i was lurking around the net few days ago and believe it or not qtec had some good deals on top and jammer combos.
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No experience however i was lurking around the net few days ago and believe it or not qtec had some good deals on top and jammer combos.
Yeah, I saw that, which is why I am now considering it for the summer lol.
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I am currently running a Bestop tonneau, windjammer and bikini due to the cold and rainy weather here in PA. The windjammer works well in the rain, but sometimes when the wind blows a little rain will come in. When it's parked in the rain it's a different story. Mine had quite a bit of water in it the other day and when I hit the breaks a wave would come up to the front. I don't really worry about it because I Herculined the tub and jeeps have drains!!
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while driving in the rain, the bikini will keep the water out, but once you stop or park it, you're going to get wet. the water will pool up and slosh in through the holes in the corners when you start to drive.

i ran a bikini and windjammer and i loved it in general, but it is not going to keep the elements out as you can see from all the spaces it doesn't seal.




just a thought, i recently bought a brand spankin new 06 OEM soft top with the frame, all hardware, and tinted windows for $400 on Craigslist. if you can find a deal like that, i would think that would be the way to go.
i also see people practically giving bikini tops away on CL.
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Just out of curiosity, how does the windjammer work with the front seats. My front seats rest behind the center rollbar. Every picture I see of them they attach at the center rollbar. Do you have to run with your front seats forward of the rollbar?
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All I care about, really, is whether I (and my gf) stay dry while driving around, and the seats staying dry when I am parked. That is all the really matters. Floors is not a concern. So it seems that driving is fine, but when sitting in the rain, do the seats get wet or is it just the floor?
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i run all summer with a safari top (no windjammer) and i stay plenty dry
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yeah, even parked, the seats stay dry. when it sits and puddles on the top, and you start driving, that puddle will trickle down on your dash. so the bottom line is you will stay 90% dry while driving.

the seats can be slid all the way back with the jammer, but they have to be completely upright.
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Dang, I just ordered a set up like this, but now I am thinking of trying to get my money back, it just doesn't seem like what I need, and the thing about the seats upright really won't work for me.
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I think what Nate really needs is Bestops Halftop setup that has the 'wraparound' jammer kind of deal.

I have the safari/jammer/duster setup too, but only use the jammer when on a highway drive or it is cold outside.

Here's a LOUSY cell pic of my jammer installed with seats in my normal driving position. I drive fairly upright and it isn't a problem at all, but if you want to recline it, you'll have to scoot the seat forward a bit.



Nate, give me a call this weekend if you want to see my setup. I'll IM ya my number in case ya lost it.
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I think a bikini, jammer, duster will serve my purposes fine. Besides, I don't think the half cab cover actually goes down, just the top opens up, and, it is more expensive. I'll call you probably saturday after work and try to meet up with you... I may begin work on getting my Jeep bedlined, but I'm not sure as I don't have all day to do it. But I will probably call you, I think I still have your number.
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Just out of curiosity, how does the windjammer work with the front seats. My front seats rest behind the center rollbar. Every picture I see of them they attach at the center rollbar. Do you have to run with your front seats forward of the rollbar?
the windjammer blocks the back flow.

Look at this image and notice in the back of the car there is lots of turbulence?

Well in a jeep that straight wall will be either in the back in a square top or behind the front seats in a bikini top.

This turbulence comes forward and hits you in the back. With longer hair this throws the hair forward usually in the ones eyes. A windjammer simply stops that from hitting you



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Nate, you bedlining your TJ? I'd be curious to help/watch and see how it is done if you are doing it yourself.

Wanna do mine too?
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Nate, you bedlining your TJ? I'd be curious to help/watch and see how it is done if you are doing it yourself.

Wanna do mine too?
Haha, you might want to see how mine turns out first, this will be my first ever attempt lol.
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Haha, you might want to see how mine turns out first, this will be my first ever attempt lol.
It's not that bad.
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I hear it is all in the preparation of the metal.
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I hear it is all in the preparation of the metal.
Yup. That and removing all the crap. Well worth it though.
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the windjammer blocks the back flow.

Look at this image and notice in the back of the car there is lots of turbulence?

Well in a jeep that straight wall will be either in the back in a square top or behind the front seats in a bikini top.

This turbulence comes forward and hits you in the back. With longer hair this throws the hair forward usually in the ones eyes. A windjammer simply stops that from hitting you



What the hell does this have anything to do with my question?? Again Just out of curiosity?? I asked for a simple answer not a physics project. But thanks for the effort Trip!!! I am just kidding. I figured bestop wouldn't come up with a product that doesn't work properly. Thanks for everyones input!!!
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I hear it is all in the preparation of the metal.
Yeah, my shop deals with Line-X alot so I was talking to some of them, and that is exactly what they said.
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With longer hair this throws the hair forward usually in the ones eyes. A windjammer simply stops that from hitting you
What the hell does this have anything to do with my question?? Again Just out of curiosity?? I asked for a simple answer not a physics project. But thanks for the effort Trip!!! I am just kidding. I figured bestop wouldn't come up with a product that doesn't work properly. Thanks for everyones input!!!
There u go man
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The only way to seal yourself from the elements is to get a half top. It is the sealed version of the bikini tops. the only problem with any of these tops are the lack of protection over the rear speaker bar if equiped. You must also keeps the front seats in front of the roll bar and the rear seats folded down for this top. This top will provide protection even in the winter.

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ordered my vdp windstopper today. looking forward to keeping that cold drafty wind at bay until it gets warmer. if anyone's interested, WindRockOffroad is selling it $10 cheaper than Q-tec is.

i'm putting up my safari top and tonneau cover tomorrow if it doesn't rain all day.
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I hope it works out well for you chizzle, I just got my money back for my windstopper today, went up to my local 4x4 shop where I ordered it from, had them test fit it, and I couldn't get the seat recline near far enough.
But maybe if you drive different you will be ok.
Good luck.

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