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Old 06-05-2010, 12:09 PM   #1
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Keeping top on?

Does anyone else get upset about this? Or see it often?

I'll be driving down the road on a nice day (sunny 80+ degrees) and I'll either have my top all the way off with no doors, or no doors and just the actual top part of the top on to keep the sun off me, and I see all kinds of people with Jeeps with softies on them and they have doors on, windows up, and soft top all the way on.

Whats up with that? I can handle people not waving back, but why buy a Jeep with a soft top and sometimes soft doors and not removing them? I dont know it just erks me, and I felt like throwing down a rant.

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yea that kills me a bit on the inside every time i see it.

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I feel you there, if I'm riding with someone I'll point everyone like that out and call them stupid. That's polite version, but yeah it definitely doesn't make any sense. I guess they can't take a little sweat, if they even do sweat because the wind makes up for that.
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We need a support group. I think it is absurd to have AC in a Wrangler. I know the folks from the south are going to tell me it is to humid. I'll tell you to pull up your skirt Alice. I live in the armpit of the US and it get every bit as hot and humid here as it does down south. I lived in Charleston SC for a couple years and it was no worse than home.

It is a Wrangler top down doors off.
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Not all of us can go topless all the time.... Weekdays I can have upwards of $15K of computer equipment in the Jeep.... the top keeps honest people honest, and if someting goes missing, I am paying if the boss knows the top is off.... and the boss typically parks next to my Jeep, so a lie is out of the question.
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Well let me say that I am a culperate. I like having to top down but sometimes I get caught up in the AC and forget I can take my roof down. Secondly....I LOVE NO DOORS!!! ......but.....i need the mirror relocation brackets so i can move them to the frame.
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I would just have to say that taking my top off is AWESOME!!! but the part of putting it back up can be a pain in the butt so if its just for one day, or cause i just got gallons of rain dumped in it so I'm kinda hesitant to take it off for the time being. but when there is a definite stretch of nice weather coming i'll for sure take the top and doors off.
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Well let me say that I am a culperate. I like having to top down but sometimes I get caught up in the AC and forget I can take my roof down. Secondly....I LOVE NO DOORS!!! ......but.....i need the mirror relocation brackets so i can move them to the frame.
Have you ever searched for Harley long stem mirrors in the WF. they are great. you just drop them in your door hinge and you can use that as a side view mirror. In ohio, i only need one, so i just have the drivers side and if the doors are off and the top down you can just turn ur head to look to the right. they are on ebay or from a local harley dealer. Part number 91910-90A drivers side and 91909-90A for the passenger. I have not heard anything about the visibility of the right side but i have the drivers side and it works great!!!!
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Well let me say that I am a culperate. I like having to top down but sometimes I get caught up in the AC and forget I can take my roof down. Secondly....I LOVE NO DOORS!!! ......but.....i need the mirror relocation brackets so i can move them to the frame.
You just need some harley mirrors to put in the hinge holes.

And yep, I'm right there with the rest of you about anyone in a convertible with the top up on a gorgeous day, been that way since owning my first convertible 10 years ago.... I give 'em heck, my kids get upset with me

Couple of weeks ago on a gorgeous evening I was out with my daughter and we pulled up behind a young man in a very nice convertible Jaguar with the top up/windows down.... Of course I had the top down on the Jeep and said something mostly to my daughter about needing to take away his man card for driving like that.. She got all teenager on me "Mom, his windows are down, he can hear you!!!" I just laughed and told her "What's he going to do, come back here and beat me up for calling him a wimp?" Needless to say, she didn't see the humor in it!
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Inferno- I think you may have a bigger problem on your hands if she did not see the humor in your statement. You need to spend more time with her to convert her over or someday she might ask for a pink Jeep with A/C. Ha ha.
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I understand completely the exemptions.

But it just seems like most of them just act like germaphobes and run AC or something lol.

If you dont have a back seat like me (which if you dont have kids) is great for space! I can put the soft sides, the doors and everything back there in case it would rain, but I rhinolined mine so itll dry out anyway. I hardly take the whole top off anymore I just take the sides, the doors and roll the back up and leave the canopy on. So its shady but warm and cool at the same time!

Soft tops are no way hard to put on! Just practice lol, I can usually put mine down in about 2 minutes and up in about the same time. (Thats in a rush of course lol)

I'm glad im not the only one though.
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When it gets into the hot months here (June, July, Aug) I leave the top up, take the doors and windows off and roll the corners up so it makes a sort of bikini top. Keeps the sun off me and lets the wind flow.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:40 PM   #14
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^ Thats what I do, but I usually leave the corners stay attached so it doesnt flap at all.
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I dont see it too much where I live, at least with the jeeps. Everyone I see is topless on the nice days. Last summer I had a mustang convertible and mt biggest pet peeve is when you see somebody in a convertible with the top down and the windows up.
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I understand where you're coming from. I work in attics,under houses, in the sun ect. . The little time I get to drive my Jeep in the summer months the top is up and a/c is on. This is actually a luxury for me. The problem with nice days in N.O. is they are far and few between and after sweating 5 gallons I don't have much more to give. I wish I lived in a moderate temperate climate where I could go topless and not suffer.
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:58 PM   #17
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I leave my top up because here in Southern Indiana we have a 50% chance of rain almost every day, and to ad to that, I sun burn really easy! So I leave the top up most of the time but windows are always down or out!

I will say that if you leave the side windows in it gets better MPG and is quieter. I guess the little flaps at the back catch too much air or something?
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^ Thats what I do, but I usually leave the corners stay attached so it doesnt flap at all.
If you get some black bungee chords the right length with big enough plastic hooks.. you can hook it to the corner of the metal part of the top at the corner and the other to the corner of the body. I've got a picture if you want to see it ..let me know.
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Have you ever searched for Harley long stem mirrors in the WF. they are great. you just drop them in your door hinge and you can use that as a side view mirror. In ohio, i only need one, so i just have the drivers side and if the doors are off and the top down you can just turn ur head to look to the right. they are on ebay or from a local harley dealer. Part number 91910-90A drivers side and 91909-90A for the passenger. I have not heard anything about the visibility of the right side but i have the drivers side and it works great!!!!
I got the drivers side but the passenger side stem is too short to go all the way through the hinge. So I just have driver side until I can figure out how to make it work.

And I agree. If you're not taking off the top and doors you are missing one of the biggest advantages to owning a Wrangler. I see it all the time, especially with non-modified/lifted Wranglers - which around me is about 90% of them. It seems the owners with lifted Jeeps with big tires understand the Jeep thing much better as they almost always run without top and doors.
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:13 PM   #20
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Whats wrong with running your air with the top down??? If ya think ya need to use the ac,Me personaly i don't even know if my ac works.Mabey i should try it some day !!!!
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The only time the top is ever up on a nice day is when my kid is in the back. Even then the doors are off, unless we need to drive on the highway.
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I had my top and doors off so much last week, that when I put them back on (because the weather got crappy), I felt claustrophobic. Usually, I'm the idiot that is driving around with my top/doors off and hat and fleece on when it's 65 degrees. Only once so far have I seen someone with theirs all off when mine were on, but he was nuts. It was miserable out that day.

I just got a Bestop trail cover the other day that I haven't even gotten to try out yet because it's been so unstable around here. I've been keeping my doors on in case I have to put the top back up quick. Hopefully there will be some better topless/doorless weather next week. I hate tops and doors!
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Whats up with that? I can handle people not waving back, but why buy a Jeep with a soft top and sometimes soft doors and not removing them? I dont know it just erks me, and I felt like throwing down a rant.


Just be happy you have the weather for riding with the top down. Here in the Pacific Northwet we've had 21 days in a row with rain, heavy at times, so I'll keep my top on for awhile yet. Would it count if I leave the soft top up but take my shirt off when I drive?

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Would it count if I leave the soft top up but take my shirt off when I drive?
Only if you were of the opposite gender.
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I understand all the variables, but here in Central Indy, itll be about 75-80 sunny on saturday. And a top will be on, I just wouldnt see why they wouldnt want to enjoy it? Also when some people put the top down, it looks like they dont even fold it they just jam it down behind the back seat!
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I have a safari top on my Jeep for the majority of the year. Today the temps are 96 and even a little bit of shade is appreciated. I tend to keep the soft top on from late October to early March. Besides that, either topless or safari top.

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You know I already felt bad enough and then I get home and see this thread. I've been topless and doorless for the last month, except today. The forecast has been for thunderstorms all day today and tomorrow and I have been working at the track. I can't leave my station to put the top up when one of these storms pops up. All the way up and all the way home, everytime I passed a topless wrangler it hurt. I did wave, but I don't think that they could see me in my closed in box. It was really sad. So give us a break. My names not Alice and I am not wearing a skirt (although I do like to wear skirts while driving my Jeep) and I am not really that "stupid" Vanimal.
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Dropping the top and pulling the doors for a 10 minute drive to the store and back does seem like a lot of extra work. Just sayin.

My doors and top have been off for the last week, and will remain off until the rain returns
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I will say this.. It really depends on where you live. I mean you can't expect somebody to drive to church or a wedding or job where they wear a suit when it's up near 100 degrees to have the top down all the time. It's okay to put your top up and run the AC sometimes. I personally keep my top down or doors and windows out or both from spring to fall, but I you can tell the difference between people who should own a Wrangler and not.

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