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Old 01-03-2011, 07:32 AM   #1
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top down or hard top off and rained on

how many times you got rained on? i know i did one time when i took my hard top off and they weren't calling for any rain and poured for a couple of minutes me and my girlfriend at the time were soaked i had to use a small plastic cup and a lot of paper towels to get all that water when i got to her house ( no wet vac there )

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Old 01-03-2011, 07:33 AM   #2
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I'd say about 10 times, maybe more. There should be drain plugs in the floor of your jeep for next time.

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I'd say about 10 times, maybe more. There should be drain plugs in the floor of your jeep for next time.

actually i will be putting that as soon as i decide what liner to use
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You can pull the plugs, and should when it gets wet, regardless of having carpet or bedliner in the tub..... They are in the front and rear floorboards. You can get to them by lifting the carpet, it's in sections. Locate them soon, so you'll know where they are when you need them. It is recommended to replace them after it dries out, to keep from getting wet feet when you drive through puddles tho'

And yea, getting caught in the rain is just a fact of Jeeperdom, if you ever drop the top, you will get caught sometimes....
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:51 AM   #5
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Well I live in lower Alabama about 15 minutes from Florida line and we get sudden down pours that don't last long then it's sunny again my jeep has probably been rained in like 50 times and I'm not joking I don't bother putting my plugs in during summer
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Just curious but, doesnt the rain make the interior smell like an old wet dog? I am surprised the interior isn't weatherproof/waterproof. I would hate to have my interior smelling like musty water. Got the Jeeperdom effect, but still....who wants a smelly ride?
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I carry a $29 bikini top folded up nice and neat in the back... Better'n nuttin
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:25 AM   #8
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A guy in my neighborhood bought a lifted YJ early this past summer. He leaves the top off all summer till he put it away this past fall. We are in NY and it rains a lot. YJ's had all kinds of dash issues when they got wet due to the ribbon style electrical connections. Not sure how he's making out with it, but it gets wet inside all the time.
I try to never get rain in the cockpit. When the top & doors come off I have a safari top, a tonneau cover and a trail cover... just in case.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:07 PM   #9
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Just curious but, doesnt the rain make the interior smell like an old wet dog? I am surprised the interior isn't weatherproof/waterproof. I would hate to have my interior smelling like musty water. Got the Jeeperdom effect, but still....who wants a smelly ride?
It does if you have the top up and it's still wet, but once dries out it doesn't smell weird , it smells like a jeep ya know all jeeps to me at least have that distinct smell Its hard to describe
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Just curious but, doesnt the rain make the interior smell like an old wet dog? I am surprised the interior isn't weatherproof/waterproof. I would hate to have my interior smelling like musty water. Got the Jeeperdom effect, but still....who wants a smelly ride?
Yea, like said above, once the water dries there is no smell. I got caught in a huge thunderstorm one day with no doors, and just a bikini top and my interior had about 3 inches of water in the floor boards before I pulled the plugs out. I just let everything dry out and it was fine. My seats and carpet were soaked but I was luck that the top kept the dashboard dry.
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Yea, like said above, once the water dries there is no smell. I got caught in a huge thunderstorm one day with no doors, and just a bikini top and my interior had about 3 inches of water in the floor boards before I pulled the plugs out. I just let everything dry out and it was fine. My seats and carpet were soaked but I was luck that the top kept the dashboard dry.
the one time i got caught luckily my dash didn't get wet either even though it poured i was moving so the windshield shielded the rain
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:55 PM   #12
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You can pull the plugs, and should when it gets wet, regardless of having carpet or bedliner in the tub..... They are in the front and rear floorboards. You can get to them by lifting the carpet, it's in sections. Locate them soon, so you'll know where they are when you need them. It is recommended to replace them after it dries out, to keep from getting wet feet when you drive through puddles tho'

And yea, getting caught in the rain is just a fact of Jeeperdom, if you ever drop the top, you will get caught sometimes....
yeah i remember seeing that but i wasn't thinking because i was pissed getting pissed on lol
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The worst time I got caught was a "quick trip" up to the mountains last summer. The Jeep had no top on it, but it was hot down here in Boulder. Up on top though, it hailed and sleeted and rained and there was lightening. It was unpleasant.

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Old 01-07-2011, 05:41 AM   #14
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Just curious but, doesnt the rain make the interior smell like an old wet dog? I am surprised the interior isn't weatherproof/waterproof. I would hate to have my interior smelling like musty water. Got the Jeeperdom effect, but still....who wants a smelly ride?
Since the first day I owned my jeep it hasn't had a stitch of carpet in it...my carpet sits in an attic in a box and i really don't know why cause i will never need it... I don't even know why they sell Jeeps with carpet...lmao
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:37 AM   #17
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I just fold my top down and leave it sitting there on the tailgate. It rains, I pull it up and latch it to the windshield. The back gets a lil wet with no side windows, but with full doors I'm snug and dry.
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Since the first day I owned my jeep it hasn't had a stitch of carpet in it...my carpet sits in an attic in a box and i really don't know why cause i will never need it... I don't even know why they sell Jeeps with carpet...lmao
Put it up on here or craigslist if it's in decent shape. I just sold mine last week. It was just taking up space in storage and there's no way I'd ever put it back in. Why anyone would want carpet in a Jeep is beyond me, but hey, to each their own!
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Hahahaha Thanks for the "DOG" photos! Thats awesome. Your pup don't look too happy all wet. Even his/her ears are hunkered down. Hahaha
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One year, driving to Texas, we were passing through Alabama. It was a nice sunny day, and the top was down. Traffic was bumper to bumper, but was moving at a good clip. All of a sudden, storm clouds pop up, and it starts to rain. At speed, we weren't getting wet, but there was nowhere to pull over. Of course, I'm in the passing lane, and what do I see ahead of me? Walls of water exploding over the highway divider, thanks to the convoy of 18 wheelers barreling down the road. Needless to say, we got drenched.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:58 AM   #21
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happens many times. drain plugs and raise the carpet so it doesn't smell like wet dog.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:33 PM   #22
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i febreeze the hell out the carpet so it won't smell nothing of the ordinary
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:49 PM   #23
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No carpet - herculined tub - Bestop seat covers - pulled drain plugs - no worries...let it rain.

Oh yeah...and don't forget the most important thing....buy a Dirty Mudder Column Cover from Inferno Girl to protect the only real vulnerable thing in your Jeep when it rains - the clockspring. Do it...buy now...what are you waiting for....they work!
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:55 PM   #24
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i will be doing something on the floor come spring or summer just got decide which one to go with because i am also considering putting like a dynomat or rattle trap to baffle the sound
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When I lived in Georgia, almost every day in the summer. I went 3 months with the top down. It rains, you get wet and then it dries. I miss Georgia.
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I live in Canada, near Toronto. It is well below freezing right now. I got my first Tj 3 days ago. I sit here cold and all I seem to be able to do is think I cant wait to get rained on.
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I live in Canada, near Toronto. It is well below freezing right now. I got my first Tj 3 days ago. I sit here cold and all I seem to be able to do is think I cant wait to get rained on.
it will icy rain if it does welcome
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:15 PM   #29
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Have any of you owned one of these emrgency tops from JC Whitney. I know it is not 100% water proof but in an emergency it looks like it would be decent. Plus after a handfull of times not having to dry out your rig and cruise home soaking wet it would probably be worth the money.

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Old 01-08-2011, 09:23 AM   #30
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Have any of you owned one of these emrgency tops from JC Whitney. I know it is not 100% water proof but in an emergency it looks like it would be decent. Plus after a handfull of times not having to dry out your rig and cruise home soaking wet it would probably be worth the money.

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unfortunately this top it's not meant for highway speeds thanks

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