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Old 03-07-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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Safari top in the rain

SO we got caught out in a downpour this weekend with our new safari top. Turns out the rain pools a little on the top if you are going slow (parking lot) then runs around the roll bar and right into our laps! Luckily I bought the Bestop model, which can also be used with the door surrounds on. I think this may help direct the run off a little further outboard.

Has anyone tried this? Does it help having the surrounds on?

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Old 03-07-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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I also have the Bestop Safari Top, and I always use it with the door surrounds installed. The one time it rained here in AZ, it did puddle up, but it never got on me. I recently did a cheap mod to prevent it from pooling up, as well as tighten the top to get rid of the annoying flapping noise at highway speeds. Check it out here:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/chea...102868-61.html (the first post on page 61)
The pictures show it installed with my Bikini Top, but it works just as well with the Safari Top. After the pictures and a test run, I painted it black to make it look better. It works great for stopping the flapping, and I have to assume it would work great at preventing rain from puddling up on top.

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Old 03-07-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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I have a Bestop Safari top and have run it with and without door surrounds.

Without, I was caught in a rainstorm on the trail and whatever water puddles on the top did end up dumping on my leg and inside the door.

With the door surrounds it is just like having your soft top on with the windows out. Much better.

But, getting the plastic rails inside the door surround channels is a PITA. Getting them back out is even worse.
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But, getting the plastic rails inside the door surround channels is a PITA. Getting them back out is even worse.
The first couple times I installed mine, it was a PITA. But after it stretched for a while, it got a lot easier.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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Actually went into the surrounds without too much trouble. Definitely tight though. I get a little more flapping, but it's a much drier ride
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:33 PM   #6
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Can someone explain door surrounds for me?
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:42 PM   #7
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Surrounds are the plastic L (or 90%) shaped piece around your doors. When the door is closed, they butt up to this piece to get a seal.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:07 PM   #8
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I have the bestop safari top but went without door surrounds. When it rains, I put up my cab cover. Works wonders, until the rain and wind combines, then I just get a nice shower . But if it does pool I dump it all in my rear seat area (no backseat) then let it drain out or put it in the sun the next day to air dry. Said and done.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:28 PM   #9
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I just moved to Denver but lived in North FL prior to that. I ride my safari all summer and it rains just about every afternoon. The trick is if you are stopped, like parked, is to VERY slowly start a forward momentum then slam the brakes. All the water shoots off an onto the hood and you are dry (for the most part). Takes a little practice but I survived. Excited about a dry climate summer for once though!
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #10
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every rain storm I play this little dance...and I usually loose!

the worst is when you are out of it and just the weight of you climbing in causes all the water to run your direction, not sure that door surrounds help to much more
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:38 AM   #11
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Hey, I just bought a safari top and a duster deck and a Windjammer. Now there is a gap between door and safari top.. I would need the door surrounds to fill the gap. But how do I attach the safari Top to the door surrounds? The safari Top would need some kind of Velcro tape(I hope that that's the correct word) to be attached to.
Hope someone can help a picture would be great
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Hey, I just bought a safari top and a duster deck and a Windjammer. Now there is a gap between door and safari top.. I would need the door surrounds to fill the gap. But how do I attach the safari Top to the door surrounds? The safari Top would need some kind of Velcro tape(I hope that that's the correct word) to be attached to.
Hope someone can help a picture would be great
Thx
This plastic piece with part of the Velcro on it is what hooks into the door surround where the soft top would.


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