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Old 06-04-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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Our Jeeps vs. Rain.

Ok guys, hasnt happened to me yet but I know I'm going to get stuck out in a thunderstorm one of these days with the top down. Lately I've been rolling the dice and just driving to work with the top off if its a 50% chance or less of rain. Now lets say I'm at work and my Jeep gets hammered by a severe thunderstorm, what is going to happen? Will the rain destroy any kind of electronics? I do have carpet in my jeep currently but plan on doing away with it this summer so that's not a huge issue if it gets soaked. Sorry if this is a moronic question. I've never had my jeep out in the rain topless. I just ordered my spiderweb SW1 TJ trail mesh top, so hopefully that'll help a little if it rains.

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Old 06-04-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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I haven't gotten caught out yet either, and I keep all my softop components with me in the Jeep. If the % chance of rain is above 25%, I don't go doorless, so I can completely close it back up at anytime, anywhere. I also just ordered a Bestop trail cover so my "rules" will probably be modified, since I plan to use that every day I'm topless while at work to keep the sun off the interior.

Now, to address your question. You need to protect the clock spring in the steering wheel and the radio. Otherwise if it gets wet, it'll dry.

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Old 06-04-2011, 10:08 PM   #3
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SpiderWeb won't help in the rain, it just makes the drops smaller..... The clockspring in the steering column is the most vulnerable to water, and then I guess the radio, other than that, they're fairly waterproof..

Great minds Josh.... You'll love the trail cover, they are worth their weight in gold, make a prop for it tho', so you won't have to bail it out so much.... They do hold a lot of water.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:13 PM   #4
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Had ours caught in a monsoon downpour. Sat in it for a good half hour.
Probably 3" of water in the floor.

Got home, yanked the carpet to dry, shop vac'd out the water and let it sit over night.

Nothing happened, everything works fine.

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Old 06-04-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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Great minds Josh.... You'll love the trail cover, they are worth their weight in gold, make a prop for it tho', so you won't have to bail it out so much.... They do hold a lot of water.
Thanks for the gouge, Linda. I'll have to come up with something once it shows up.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:19 PM   #6
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lol, thanks for the info. If I can avoid getting the inside soaked, I will, otherwise it doesnt sound like life or death if it does get wet. I like riding around with the top/doors off too much.
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Anytime, Dave.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:09 PM   #9
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I run a safari top all summer regardless of rain chance However once I get to work and there is any chance of rain I put the cover on it.
Its basically a condom for your Jeep
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I just ordered the same thing, only made by Bestop.

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Thanks for the gouge, Linda. I'll have to come up with something once it shows up.
Gouge????

I love my Trail cover, lots of guys make props out of PVC pipe and an X joint cut in half.... My PO made one out of metal, it works well, sometimes you still have to bail a little if you don't want to get soaked when you remove it...
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Gouge????

I love my Trail cover, lots of guys make props out of PVC pipe and an X joint cut in half.... My PO made one out of metal, it works well, sometimes you still have to bail a little if you don't want to get soaked when you remove it...
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:41 PM   #13
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mine, no door, no top, got rained on during the night, every ok EXCEPT turn signal, and a click click while driving that would stop when I was pushing the brake pedal... dried out, the click is gone, but left turn signal still doesnt work properly. I'll say protect the steering the rest should be ok
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9 bucks @ home depot with built in tie straps. Works well enough without doors too. I left it like this at an airport for a week with no issues. I keep it folded under the rear seat.

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What is a clockspring and where exactly is it located?
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I left my top off for a whole summer and let it rain or shine on it the whole time and nothing stoped working or got messed up.
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What is a clockspring and where exactly is it located?
Clock spring or SIR coil is part of the air bag system. It's in the column, right under the wheel.

Jeeps not so neat set up. The wiring for the horn, cruise, and bag all run through it. It also is what hits the turn signal switch cancel arm when you turn the wheel.
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Doesn't somebody sell something that covers the steering wheel and keeps the rain off? I can't link on my iPhone but I'm SURE somebody in this thread knows...
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Doesn't somebody sell something that covers the steering wheel and keeps the rain off? I can't link on my iPhone but I'm SURE somebody in this thread knows...
Kitchen sized garbage bag should work fine. When not in use, folds to about the size of a pack of smokes!
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Doesn't somebody sell something that covers the steering wheel and keeps the rain off? I can't link on my iPhone but I'm SURE somebody in this thread knows...
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:39 PM   #22
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been rained in many times with no top or doors, no problems yet.
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9 bucks @ home depot with built in tie straps. Works well enough without doors too. I left it like this at an airport for a week with no issues. I keep it folded under the rear seat.
Thats getto ^^^^ lol
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Thats getto ^^^^ lol
A little. But better then spending $140 for the best top cover that I had to replace after my other one was stolen. Plus the additional $12 for the lock. Don't think to many people will be stealing a tarp.
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A little. But better then spending $140 for the best top cover that I had to replace after my other one was stolen. Plus the additional $12 for the lock. Don't think to many people will be stealing a tarp.
Not knocking it at all, great idea.
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Absolutely not. Wish I thought of it. I already have a small tear in my bestop.
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i have had my jeep out top off caught in rain many times havent hurt nothing yet just got to get the shop vac out when get home and dry out the carpet going to raptor line mine this summer to fix that
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Ive had my jeep in all sorts of weather, its a soft top so i dont even bother with the back windows at all, pulled the plugs the day i got it and have been poured on top down for hours at a time, nothing damaged at all. A few things im going to do in the next few weeks though is Raptor Line is, and put a marine grade radio (as its water proof) in it. Also trying to find decent plastic seats to throw in there. Also looking to try and craft a waterproof steering column band that will always be on there and allow for constant use. Ill let you know if i come up with anything:-)
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Yea I had the top down 2 weeks ago went to bed and was woken up by my wife telling me its pouring out. I went back to sleep. She wakes me again and reminded me the top was down needless to say I flew outside in my shorts thunder and lightning put the top up. An hour later the sun was shining so I put the top down pulled the carpet and shop vaccumed 2 gallons of water from inside. Seats dried quick I was mostly worried about my alpine radio and ma audio speaker components but they were fine. I carry my soft top stuff with me always but recently its been to hot to put up incase of rain so I got a heavy duty farley I put from the defrost vents to the floor.
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I keep the Rampage bikini part of the top on and doors off. Yesterday at work it absolutely hammered for about 5 min. The bikini top protects anything important like the radio and clockspring. Water does pool really badly behind the drivers seat and it did ruin my first aide kit. Had to go buy a new one in a plastic box, not one of those stupid cloth bags.

Carpet has never been in my jeep, no drain plugs, just threw the floor mats in the back and let it all drain. Def. need to drill some drain holes for the back and can't wait 'till it gets bed lined.

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