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Old 05-29-2012, 03:11 AM   #1
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Hey, I have a '98 Wrangler TJ that i just bought this past week. It came with a two-piece hardtop, but it sucks to keep removing it. I had thought about using a bed liner to line the entire interior, and then either keep the top off or have a summer top on it for the majority of the year (until it snows). What do you think is a good idea? I was thinking a summer top would be good to keep the occasional rain off me. Do they keep you dry enough, or will i be completely miserable in anything more than a drizzle. Also, does rain water drain quickly out of the bed? The hardtop is just a pain in the ass so i'm thinking of options, and the soft-tops seem a nuisance as well.

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Old 05-29-2012, 03:17 AM   #2
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My vote is always safe before sorry, water does terrible things to things that use electricity, nevermind being cold and wet yourself all the time.

I say use your hardtop until the weather breaks for the season.

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I would use Monstaliner on the interior and try to find a used soft top or my next top will be the bowless top from Rampage.

Magnet Paints you'll need the 1gal kit and whatever color(if you choose)


http://www.amazon.com/Rampage-109517.../dp/B0031WCJ3A the soft top I mentioned
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:56 AM   #4
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I personally go topless all year, I drive a lot (about 400 miles a week) and I have no regrets from going topless. I have a factory soft top that just slides to the back so whenever it rains I just raise it back up and throw the doors on and I'm fine, the jeep gets a little damp but it's a jeep, it can take it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:26 AM   #5
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I go topless all year as well.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:01 AM   #6
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:48 AM   #7
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Mine comes and goes, if its going to rain I put my Softtop on, and it definitely isn't a nuisance. I don't think 5 minutes to throw the top on is a big deal if it keep you and the interior from getting soaked each time it rains, but then again I wear dress clothes everyday and can't get wet, so that could be just me.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:24 AM   #8
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I had to read it twice, thought you were wearing dresses every day.
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I had to read it twice, thought you were wearing dresses every day.
Haha yeah, I am a sundress kinda guy. Those things don't dry fast ya know?
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:13 AM   #10
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I have a Rampage frameless top and run with no windows and doors all year in New Jersey. Gets colder during the winter, but I swear my body temperature runs at about 120 degrees.
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either keep the top off or have a summer top on it for the majority of the year (until it snows). What do you think is a good idea?
I suggest you do what I do: install a simple bikini top for spring/summer/fall use. This will keep you from scorching your scalp in the sun, plus it'll keep rain off you (and off sensitive electrical items in the Jeep). On days without rain, I leave my upper door halves at home; if you have full doors, you can either remove them or just roll down the windows. On days where rain is forecasted, I bring the upper door halves along with me and install them if it actually ends up raining. While parked outdoors in the rain, I point the Jeep's nose into the rain; this way the bikini will keep the front seat area dry.

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Also, does rain water drain quickly out of the bed?
Make this a complete non-issue: install a rear duster cover along with the bikini. Problem solved!

Here is my Jeep with the bikini and duster in place:

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:00 AM   #12
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thanks for all the replies...i'll continue to weigh my options...i can put my hardtop up within 5 or so minutes but thats with help from a friend. i like the hardtop since i go to school in philly and people break into cars relatively frequently, and a soft top might be easy to cut open. however, i don't keep anything valuable in it anyway so this might be a non-factor. regardless, ill continue to think of some options, im strapped for cash anyway so i'll have to make due for now.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:09 AM   #13
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The person that owned the my hard top put a hook thing on top. Weather sealed it then he had a simple pulley system in his garage. Back up, attach, lift a little, pull right out. Perfect, I am going to make something similar soon in the conning weeks. Just an idea!!
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:43 AM   #14
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again, thanks for the replies...what would you say to me selling the hardtop and use that cash for either a softop, or summertop, etc? My only concern is someone ripping it to get into my jeep at school in philly. i'll most likely leave the jeep unlocked since i wont have anything valuable in it, but what are your opinions? i just think a soft top or another top other than a hard top will be more convenient.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:44 AM   #15
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As soon as spring comes, or near the end of spring early summer, my safari top goes on till about late October/early to mid November. Then it's hardtop till the following season
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:07 AM   #16
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I go topless all year as well.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:32 AM   #17
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I just went topless today and a hurricane-like storm hit. Now my jeep's a swimming pool.

Sometimes you wish Jeep put windshield wipers on the INSIDE as well.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #18
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Well soccerghst09 I wouldn't leave it unlocked because anyone can just get in put it in neutral and roll it away, lol, or Hotwire it
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find you a used or semi cheap soft top and mount on there or get you some neoprene seat covers and deal with the weather as it comes.... both good and easy ideas to think bout
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:23 PM   #20
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find you a used or semi cheap soft top and mount on there or get you some neoprene seat covers and deal with the weather as it comes.... both good and easy ideas to think bout
Neoprene absorbs water and gives you a terrible case of swamp ass and mold.

Soccerghost, I went to LaSalle for a little while (I argue a worse area then Temple). Kept my Jeep in Olney with no top or doors. No problem with people messing with my Jeep. I don't keep anything valuable in there either.
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Neoprene absorbs water and gives you a terrible case of swamp ass and mold.

Soccerghost, I went to LaSalle for a little while (I argue a worse area then Temple). Kept my Jeep in Olney with no top or doors. No problem with people messing with my Jeep. I don't keep anything valuable in there either.

Haha im not so sure about it being worse than temple (temple student), and i live on 18th and diamond. nevertheless, thanks for your input, i'll continue to think about what i'll do. i like the idea of a easy to remove top, but until i have some more cash, ill think it over.
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again, thanks for the replies...what would you say to me selling the hardtop and use that cash for either a softop, or summertop, etc? My only concern is someone ripping it to get into my jeep at school in philly. i'll most likely leave the jeep unlocked since i wont have anything valuable in it, but what are your opinions? i just think a soft top or another top other than a hard top will be more convenient.
I have to chime in as I am reading this. When it comes to thieves, most of them are idiots and don't really care when it comes to cutting a top. My previous Jeep was broke into 3 times in two different states. All three times the Jeep was unlocked and all three times the idiots cut the top to get in. Just remember that nothing is foolproof to a properly motivated fool.
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A Wiseman (my grandfather) told me that all a lock does is keep an honest person honest so why use a lock.

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