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Old 08-26-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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With the impending end of the Northeast coming, I wanted top protect my jeep a little more. With the last major rain storm we had, the center of my cover dropped so much it was pulling at the seams. I estimated about 5 gallons of water trapped on top. I didn't want that to happen again so I got some left over wood.
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Used duct tape to put it together and taped it to the top.


I put my cover back on and now hopefully it will drain off the sides and not pool on top.


Added a little extra security in case it rains sidways.

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You should tape wings to it and a parachute. Maybe you could fly it around in the hurricane!

In all honesty though, hope you and your jeep make it through safely!

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That duct tape won't last long in 100 mph winds! I'm not even sure that the top will stay on. I would be looking for some garage space to park it in. 6 to 8 hours of 50+ mph winds can tear some stuff up.
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That duct tape won't last long in 100 mph winds! I'm not even sure that the top will stay on. I would be looking for some garage space to park it in. 6 to 8 hours of 50+ mph winds can tear some stuff up.
I don't think those little pieces of tape would last long in 10 mph wind. I am guessing there are straps going under the body, hopefully.
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Anyway you can put your top back up? That cover won't stick around long. Maybe you can get a small tarp and either bungee the heck out of it, or better yet, tie it down.
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Unfortunately I don't have a garage. I was going to put my soft top back on but if that gets ripped off it will cost more to replace then my cover. It actually quite secure with the 4 straps that grab under the rockers and long plastic strips that slide into the body itself (where the soft top goes). I also have a master lock and cord securing it to the body.I know that duct tape may not hold up on the out side. I took my doors off to decrese the amount of possible damage. Just put it their because the cover flaps open a little their. I guess we'll find out tomorrow. Good luck to everyone.
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I agree with all of the previous replies and add the following:

1) The wind may cause the top corners of your wood to wear through the top from inside.

2) That cable with the lock attached may really flail around in the wind and cause damage by constantly hammering the body.

3) If it were me, I would get a couple of flexible bows crossed at 90 degrees and put the top over them to keep the water from pooling.

4) But better yet, I would put the Jeep way inside the Mall Parking Garage as close to the center and as far away from perimeter as possible. Probably experience the least wind and rain there. Even with the ideas above, street signs, tree limbs, trash cans, patio furniture and debris being being hurled through the air are going cause damage to your Jeep. If it were mine I would put it in the parking garage, but it is your Jeep, so it is your decision.
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Wow, whatever you do, also take care of yourself, the jeep is very repairable..good luck.
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Drive west my friend. Enjoy that jeep of yours and take it on a trip!!
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hey dutch169, keep n eye out for me... not sure if i've seen you around the yo or not but i'm here too...
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X2 on the parking garage. Those will not come down in a huricane. I just would not park in an area under ground. Good luck and stay safe. If you can, please send some of that rain down here to Texas.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:37 AM   #13
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I know it is too late for this storm, but in the future why not just get a Top Prop?

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Like that pop top. Will definitely be getting that. Here's my second mod. Not really for the Jeep and not really a mod

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With the impending end of the Northeast coming, I wanted top protect my jeep a little more. With the last major rain storm we had, the center of my cover dropped so much it was pulling at the seams. I estimated about 5 gallons of water trapped on top. I didn't want that to happen again so I got some left over wood.
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Used duct tape to put it together and taped it to the top.

I put my cover back on and now hopefully it will drain off the sides and not pool on top.

Added a little extra security in case it rains sidways.
Rains not a problem, its the surge that kills. Good luck riding it out. Been through 2 myself.
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Dude! Put your top up! It will be WAY better off than that quarter inch of duct tape that you have put on your paint. I won't go there though...PLEASE let us know how it goes....
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:07 PM   #17
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Its also strapped on the bottom. I put that duct tape their as a joke. Would rather my $100 cover get damaged or blown away then my $500 soft top and frames. I put the wood their to relieve the rain from pooling on the top and pulling my seems.
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That duct tape won't last long in 100 mph winds! I'm not even sure that the top will stay on. I would be looking for some garage space to park it in. 6 to 8 hours of 50+ mph winds can tear some stuff up.
1st, the duct tape will likely hold, but wont really protect. 2nd i drive to work every day at 65 mph. Im pretty sure the top will hold. If a tree falls or hail comes on it all of that doesn't really matter. Find a parking garage.
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Its also strapped on the bottom. I put that duct tape their as a joke. Would rather my $100 cover get damaged or blown away then my $500 soft top and frames. I put the wood their to relieve the rain from pooling on the top and pulling my seems.
That's cool man. Didn't mean any disrespect. I wish you luck, but I also think that your top would be fine. See prior post about the highway. Hey though, I'm no expert....
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Non at all. I'm thinking more economics. Possible $100 damage or $500 damage.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:39 PM   #21
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I heeded the warnings of everyone here and completely duct taped my Jeep. Actually I remembered I had bungee cords in my Xterra so I bungeed the front all the way to the rear. Then I bungeed under the tub and over the cabin area. Thanks for all the advice and concern. On a side note my duct taped sides were still holding up. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Good luck to all the Northeasterners.
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Living in Florida and within 200' of the ocean on the barrier island, I have been through some crazy hurricanes. I have had to give my information to the police several times so they could identify my "body" after the storms. Out of all of them only one had me crapping my pants. Drink plenty of beers and take a few Tylenol PM's, you'll sleep through it and never worry about a thing. All joking aside, take care of yourself and for god sake bring your jeep to a hospital parking garage or something similar (it will keep it dry and safe).
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:03 AM   #23
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9 am and all is well.
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:26 PM   #24
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Jeep 1 / Irene0

Completely bone dry inside.
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Wish I could say the same, my best top decided to leak haha
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:53 PM   #26
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Sorry to hear that. Duct tape does wonders
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I tossed my Mopar cab cover on to prevent any leaks and it worked. Stood up to some strong winds too.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:30 PM   #28
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I got the besttop version of that. It comes down to cover the doors too. Worth every penny as I do not have my doors on.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:47 PM   #29
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I may have to try your mod, congrats on the dry jeep my friend
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:57 PM   #30
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I said the he** with it and put the hard top on and came thru fine. I gota get out of new jersey. Earthquake and a hurricane in 1 week. I am thinking rocks are better than sand

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