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Old 03-24-2011, 01:21 PM   #1
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Mesh or Solid? Full or Half?

I'm buying a bikini top real soon and I'm wondering if I should get a mesh top or solid top. And should it cover just the front seats or front and back seats? It can get hot in GA during the summer and rain showers tend to pop out of no where. What do ya think?

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well, if you want your jeep to be decent inside, for people and should it come to it you need to sell it then I'd get a solid top. If you find it's a nice day just do without anything. If the rain hits you got some protection. As for the seats, if they get wet i'd bet they'd be soggy for a while. Maybe a "plasticy" coated cover? just my two cents. Mine is a DD and i don't want people to be disgusted by the inside haha so when i offroad I keep the doors and windows on, or I may invest in covers for the seats and ditch that carpet! Also if you still have carpet a solid top would make more sense.

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I'm ripping my carpet out soon and ryno-lyning it. I'm also gonna get some water proof seat covers. I'm leaning torwards a solid top and I'm also trying to decide if I should get it in black or the Rebel flag pattern.
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I have a solid full top but will be buying a half with windjammer and deck cover.
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A bikini or safari top will still let you get plenty wet in a downpour.... mesh makes great shade when it's 120* in the shade and let's the hot air above your head escape, rather than trapping it. Jeep seats dry pretty quickly in the sun.
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A bikini will only keep you dry at 55 mph in a light downpour haha
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:05 PM   #7
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In the spring/summer/fall I always run a traditional bikini (meaning the size that only covers the front two seats) and open half doors. I also always fold down the rear seat and install a duster cover over it. If I think it might rain, I'll throw the upper door halves in the back of the Jeep (I won't install them unless it actually rains). This strategy has kept me dry and comfortable for years.
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I know ii'm gonna get wet with a solid or a mesh but I never cosidred the heat thing. But i'm still thinking.
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I'm ripping my carpet out soon and ryno-lyning it. I'm also gonna get some water proof seat covers. I'm leaning torwards a solid top and I'm also trying to decide if I should get it in black or the Rebel flag pattern.
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If you look at rampage they have the combo brief tops in solid and mesh. Buy both and you can have a full or brief top in mesh or solid fabric, meaning you can unzip the rear portion on both and have it cover the front seats only, or zip in the rear and have it cover the rear seat area as well. Both have zippered pockets in the front corner of the tops for small item storage as well.

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I have a solid full bikini top, full strapless mesh top (came with jeep and I had to dye it from camo to black with Duplicolor vinyl and fabric spray) and a rampage combo top in mesh (bought it before i tried dying the camo mesh top).
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I just bought the SW2 Ultramesh. You should check it out. http://www.spiderwebshade.com/products/

Unfortunately, it doesn't come in CSA battle flag colors. You might be able to get with spiderwebshade & see what paints would work without damaging the material.
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I just bought the SW2 Ultramesh. You should check it out. Jeep Shade Tops, Wrangler Products | SpiderWebShade.com

Unfortunately, it doesn't come in CSA battle flag colors. You might be able to get with spiderwebshade & see what paints would work without damaging the material.

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If you look at rampage they have the combo brief tops in solid and mesh. Buy both and you can have a full or brief top in mesh or solid fabric, meaning you can unzip the rear portion on both and have it cover the front seats only, or zip in the rear and have it cover the rear seat area as well. Both have zippered pockets in the front corner of the tops for small item storage as well.

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I realize it is getting a little more money-but if you are looking at a safari vs. bikini and plan on getting a deck cover-------if you add a wraparound wind jammer you COULD probably run that set up year round in GA. I could put the back seat in under the deck cover and flip it up if/when needed. I switched last week and it 27* last night coming home, and I was fine.

Here's a pic or 2-I do have the carpet out behind the front seats and those plugs pulled.
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I realize it is getting a little more money-but if you are looking at a safari vs. bikini and plan on getting a deck cover-------if you add a wraparound wind jammer you COULD probably run that set up year round in GA. I could put the back seat in under the deck cover and flip it up if/when needed. I switched last week and it 27* last night coming home, and I was fine.

Here's a pic or 2-I do have the carpet out behind the front seats and those plugs pulled.
It gets COLD in Gawga in the winter.

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I run a full/safari top...solid material. In the warmer months I take the complete soft top off from the jeep and just run the safari top. When it gets stormy out the upper doors go on and thats about it. I stay dry in there. Beleive it or not, You'd be surprised how dry you stay under the safari with doors on.
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I have a mesh top... I love the open air feeling I have with it, yet it offers shade so I don't burn up in slow traffic...or get totally sunburned on long drives. However, when it rains...it offers ZERO protection. In fact, it will sit there collecting water until you hit a bump...and then it releases it all at once on your head. lol

Aside from that...I still prefer it over a bikini top. If it rains, I get wet...or if I got time, I just pop my factory top up without the windows in it. I stay pretty dry in the rain with a windowless factory top and no doors.
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It gets COLD in Gawga in the winter.

Are those Dirty Mudders?
OF COURSE THEY ARE DIRTY MUDDERS!!!

Oh speaking of cold try less than -0 that is cold. But any way it was just a suggestion and you could run it I bet 9months a year? Even in GAWGA!!!
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I think I've made my descision. A mesh rebel flag half top!
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If the sun is hot enough so you need some form of a bikini top over the top of your Jeep, you're not going to like the mesh top at all.
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I realize it is getting a little more money-but if you are looking at a safari vs. bikini and plan on getting a deck cover-------if you add a wraparound wind jammer you COULD probably run that set up year round in GA. I could put the back seat in under the deck cover and flip it up if/when needed. I switched last week and it 27* last night coming home, and I was fine.

Here's a pic or 2-I do have the carpet out behind the front seats and those plugs pulled.
That looks a lot like this top, how do you like it?

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I'm thinking about getting it, but not sure if I'd like it or not. Mainly, how dry do you stay and how easy is it to take on and off?
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Im thinkin about the a bikini/windjammer combo. I have full steel doors. Do you think me and passengers would stay dry in rain?
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That combo leaves a gap just behind your head, at the point the boomerang doorjamb piece curves forward towards the front. So long as the rain isn't blowing sideways you'll stay dry but not in a major rainstorm with winds.
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also, i know i need the windshield header for the bikini. What if anything else would i need for the windjammer?
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That looks a lot like this top, how do you like it?

bikini top for jeep wrangler NEW IN BOX

I'm thinking about getting it, but not sure if I'd like it or not. Mainly, how dry do you stay and how easy is it to take on and off?
I stay "dry" with no problems here in IN-but some rain will come in behind the seats with my bikini top. As Jerry said there is a gap about 1" along the roll bar with the wrap around jammer. If I had a full safari top-I don't THINK any water would come in with the weather we get.

The top in the pic on the CL ad does not look to me to be an accurate description in relationship to the pic. The pic looks like a Bestop halftop, (which I also have and run in the winter) but the description sounds like the top I am running-biggest question is it a wrap around jammer or standard?

As far as ease of use-if you OFTEN use your back seat, it would be a little trouble some to always be removing the jammer and deck cover. It takes me about 2 or 3 min to take the bikini top off, roll it up, and put it inside the back of the Jeep, AND take the uppers off and put inside their bag and inside the Jeep. So about half as long as it took to take down factory soft top-for me.
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Ok, the pics are gonna take a while. Ny dad wants me to wait till after my B-day to order it.
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Thanks for the info, I'm going to save my money for now. Although it would be nice to have.

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