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Old 04-02-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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Long time stalker, first time poster. I had a couple questions that I'd like to get some info on regarding my 2.5 Jeep, from some Pacific Northwest owners (or similar geo/climate). I'm in Portland Metro area.

First off, I see a ton of posts about tops so I'm reluctant to ask a question about them. However, I have to replace mine again. I've gone through 2 factory tops since 2007. This is my DD, so it sees a ton of rain but gets garaged at night. Where I end up leaking is on zipper seams, lip seams, seams, oh and door skin SEAMS. Is there a brand that holds up better than factory, or should I just silicone line all my seams? If I have to, I'll replace whole thing and save for Super Top NX, but of course would rather avoid having to shell it out if I don't have to (say Quadratec instead)?

I have a 2.5 with a Jet chip. It originally was running on 33 BFG MT, but I down sized thinking 32 BFG AT would help the scoot. It didn't, and now looks small and still toddler crawls around this hilly metro area. Do these motors just lack the go go power, or are the 4.0 similar in same geo areas? I only have 84k miles on it, but am sure I will run it into the ground sooner than later and need to decide what to do motor wise. Rather start pondering it now.

Lastly, I have this camel/spicey interior and want to change it. With how rainy it is here, has anyone had good luck with painting it and having it last in super rainy areas? I have read the thread with the Krylon painting interiors, but didn't see anyone in my area having done so with results.

Sorry this is long, Flame on and send me elsewhere if I just posted all this in wrong area. Thanks in advance. I had my Yota stolen and totaled, and went against my roots and got a Jeep. I feel dirty, but am digging it.

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Old 04-02-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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I spent a few months working in Portland and can sympathize with your wet climate as a resident of PA. My Besttop works well and does not leak at all even after two years. As far as your power issues, best thing for you to do is regear to 4.88 gears.

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I'm in Portland with a 4.0 and I can tell you that your lack of power is most likely a combination of your motor/gearing/tires. Do you have a 5-speed or the AT? You can patch up your top but if you can buy a replacement I wouldn't mess with it. My top is stock and still holds up great to water but it does show it's age. I just saw a complete stock soft top for $350 on Craigslist here. It's actually been on a few times so maybe you could grab it pretty cheap.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:21 PM   #4
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A 2.5L with larger tires is not the greatest combo for hills.. Gotta either live with it, regear, or go back to 30" tires.

My hardtop never had a problem with the rain and it is my winter top... just installed the soft top for this spring weather, guess I will see how she does!
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I'm in Oregon City with a 2.5l. Hardtop is the way to go. I have a softtop too and rarely use it. If you have a 5 speed, you want 4.88 gears. I need to regear soon myself, but most of my driving is from OC to Lloyd Center.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:52 PM   #6
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Haha yep, this is my first time using the hard top. I just can't take it off by myself like I could when it was at stock height. The only advantage a soft top has is being able to take it down whenever and wherever you may be; and the occasional storm. But I usually prefer hard top or no top more.
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I'm in Portland with a 4.0 and I can tell you that your lack of power is most likely a combination of your motor/gearing/tires. Do you have a 5-speed or the AT? You can patch up your top but if you can buy a replacement I wouldn't mess with it. My top is stock and still holds up great to water but it does show it's age. I just saw a complete stock soft top for $350 on Craigslist here. It's actually been on a few times so maybe you could grab it pretty cheap.
I have the 5 Speed. As far as top, it is just the seams that leak. Weighing out restitching (friend who has industrial machine) again, or new top of better quality. I feel everything I try to salvage the top, I just get closer to scrapping it. Thanks!
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I'm in Oregon City with a 2.5l. Hardtop is the way to go. I have a softtop too and rarely use it. If you have a 5 speed, you want 4.88 gears. I need to regear soon myself, but most of my driving is from OC to Lloyd Center.
I mainly go from WL/OC to Tigard, so I am familiar with your drive. I always thought the hard top would make the driving worse (extra weight). I'll have to look into it more.
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I'm from PDX as well. I would just use some sort of sealer on all the seams and go from there. If you end up getting another top i would go brand new.
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I'm up in Seattle, I've had the factory soft top as well as a brand new black one, both were Bestops. I never had any issue with those leaking. My half doors were a PITA though, water everywhere... so I ended up trading them for some full doors. Problem solved.

As far as painting the interior, I removed the panels (during the typical NW drizzle) painted them in the garage, and put em back on. No problems with the moisture content in the air.
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[QUOTE=MGHDTi;3646628]I'm up in Seattle, I've had the factory soft top as well as a brand new black one, both were Bestops. I never had any issue with those leaking. My half doors were a PITA though, water everywhere... so I ended up trading them for some full doors. Problem solved.

The half doors are the huge PITA. I found that they leak less if I don't have the zippers together at the bottom. I think I am just going to paint the zipper stops in sealer before the rains. Full doors? Must have been an amazing trade, as those are hard to find for an affordable purchase.

Ordering Quadratop or Bestop Replace a Top Sailcloth this week. Have to decide/figure out if the Sailcloth is worth the 200 bucks more. Thanks.
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I would check out bestop on amazon too.

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