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Old 02-28-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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What top(s) do you guys run in the summer?

I got my TJ back in August last year, so I didnt get too much top down time last summer. I have read posts that some of you just run a bikini top or a half top or something different? It is really a pain to take the top down and put up every day, and paying attention to the weather every second when the top is down. So with that said:

My concerns are these:
What happens when there are random summer showers? Does everything get wet? I plan on taking out my carpet and bedlining the floor pretty soon, so that would eliminate the concern of wet carpet. But, what about the seats and everything else?

What about theft?

What about bird poop? (its sounds funny, but I wouldnt wanna get up in the morning and have to clean up a dirty pile o' crap from mr. bluejay...)

I guess the rain would be my biggest concern. I just wanted to get an idea on what you guys do/don't do.

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Old 02-28-2007, 08:36 PM   #2
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I don't worry about random summer showers, doesn't happen here in SoCal. I run a mesh KoolBreeze top all summer for the sun. And I don't keep anything, not even cds, in the jeep, even when the top is up, which it rarely is.

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Since thats my first year of jeep in the summer i would run my hard top with no doors but if i ever buy a top i would get the viking top. Simple as it is here where i live soft top wouldnt stay unslashed for long since there are manny illegals trying to steal stuff... thanks George Bush for taking half of my check to support the illegals...
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I pretty much run my bikini top all year. I just got a safari top recently for free and just put it on so I will now run that. If it's going to rain I just put the doors on and roll up the windows. You'd be surprised how dry it will stay in the cab with those things done.
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Bikini, windjammer and duster. When I put the door halves back on there is a gap between the door and the duster of about 6 inches. If I cover that, it will stay dry. The garage helps not having to worry about the blue jays.
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soft top up without windows or the whole thing down.....I throw on a cab cover if there's a chance of "big rain"....I have vinal seats by choice so it doesn't matter if they get a little wet. And I never leave anything of great value in the Jeep for thieves. I have a new bikini top in the box.....I'll give it a try this summer.
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I might try putting on my Sun Rider top that I got with my TJ... but I don't have anywhere to put to hard top
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I got my TJ back in August last year, so I didnt get too much top down time last summer. I have read posts that some of you just run a bikini top or a half top or something different? It is really a pain to take the top down and put up every day, and paying attention to the weather every second when the top is down. So with that said:

My concerns are these:
What happens when there are random summer showers? Does everything get wet? I plan on taking out my carpet and bedlining the floor pretty soon, so that would eliminate the concern of wet carpet. But, what about the seats and everything else?

What about theft?

What about bird poop? (its sounds funny, but I wouldnt wanna get up in the morning and have to clean up a dirty pile o' crap from mr. bluejay...)

I guess the rain would be my biggest concern. I just wanted to get an idea on what you guys do/don't do.

Thanks,
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i ran a bikini/windjammer/duster combo or no top during the summer. water would come in but if your taking the carpet out its not a big deal.
Ive never gotten bird poop inside, but i also watch where I park (not under trees)
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I got my TJ back in August last year, so I didnt get too much top down time last summer. I have read posts that some of you just run a bikini top or a half top or something different? It is really a pain to take the top down and put up every day, and paying attention to the weather every second when the top is down. So with that said:

My concerns are these:
What happens when there are random summer showers? Does everything get wet? I plan on taking out my carpet and bedlining the floor pretty soon, so that would eliminate the concern of wet carpet. But, what about the seats and everything else?

What about theft?

What about bird poop? (its sounds funny, but I wouldnt wanna get up in the morning and have to clean up a dirty pile o' crap from mr. bluejay...)

I guess the rain would be my biggest concern. I just wanted to get an idea on what you guys do/don't do.

Thanks,
Jeff

Being a fellow Pennsyltuckian, and I went to IUP, I can certainly understand your issue. By the end of April, I pull off my soft top and I put on my bestop bikini and tonneau(sp?) cover. This keeps prying hands out of what I have in the back of the Jeep, and it keeps the sun off of my sensitive balding head. Now, for the unexpected showers and the like, I carry my raingear jeepcover. It is very well made and keeps my Jeep dry even with the doors off. I usually throw it on at night and take it off in the morning. If my Jeep gets caught in rain when I'm not around, the bikini and tonneau cover keep it fairly dry, unless it is an all out hurricane type storm. But then I usually know they're coming and can throw the jeep cover on. It even comes with its own carrying bag. It rolls up smaller than an average sleeping bag. Just throw it in the back.

As for stuff being stolen I can only offer you two pieces of advice. Get good insurance, and don't leave stuff in your jeep unless it's in a lock box, or locking console.

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AND a big to all you folks that live in dry climates responding with your better than thou topless attitudes! Bring your topless Jeeps to PA this summer. See how long you keep them topless.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:56 PM   #11
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half soft doors and strapless bikini by best top
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:41 AM   #13
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i will put my .02 in since i live in ohio and get similar rain situations. i run with the top down but still attached most of last summer and when i rained i would either throw up the top or just put on my trail cover with the top up no windows and doors on i stayed really dry (back seat didnt). this summer i plan on getting a bikini top and still carry my cover with me. we'll see how that goes. (oh how i wish it never rained).
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:34 AM   #14
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I run the safari/windjammer/tonneau combo year round. with all of that properly installed, i get very very minimal rain inside the jeep even in rough storms. the good thing a/b this combo is that it's all super easy on and off and you can mix and match it to your liking (cabbed up, top gone, jammer rolled down, etc.). the whole setup in think was around 150 or something like that. very easy install and it looks pretty clean. this summer i plan on dropping the windjammer and rolling w/ no doors and the safari, and if it rains i'll pull the jammer up and try to stay dry until i can get the doors on. one suggestion would be to get husky liners for the floor (they hold the water, and don't let it soak into your carpet) and okole wet seat covers (waterproof). this way, if it does rain, your carpet, seats won't get drenched and you can dump the husky liner and roll
edit:i'm thinking about cutting a hole in the husky liner over the drain plug so it'll just drain straight out, just debating on whether i wanna cut the carpet....
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haven't tried it yet but my sis (she has a 97) said her carpet comes out in small pieces to wash/dry and its held down with velcro.


im just too lazy to go and check mine.
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When I lived in soCal, no worries about rain unless a monsoon blew through from AZ.

I normally run a safari top (to the back), my duster with the rear seat out and trunk installed, and no doors. My soft top and hardware is removed completely and stored on a high shelf setup in my garage.

The trunk is secure to keep the casual thieves out, and it would take some work to get into it, but even then, nothing is kept in the Jeep except the faceplate for my stereo. I keep THAT in the tuffy console.

Now that I'm in Alabama I have to worry about rain. My safari uses the soft top door surrounds, so I only have a gap where the surrounds turn downwards. If I run with the doors (lowers and uppers), I stay fairly dry except for the mist that comes back in from the back. No biggie.

At night, I use the Rain Gear cover that covers the door openings even with lower doors off. This keeps crap out (literally) and keeps critters from going in and peeing on the seats or floor. I keep it with me when I'm at work so if it rains while I'm at work, I can cover it quickly (even if I don't use the straps to totally secure it).

I'd like to add a windjammer at some point.
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I leave down during the spring then switch to a safari top to keep the sun from baking my brain when it gets hot. I still have my carpet in, but I pulled the drain plugs out of the floor board after the first time I was caught in the rain. It will dry pretty quick. I usually keep a plastic trash bag around in case the seats are wet and I want to keep my butt dry. I do keep an eye on the weather. We'll get daily light showers here in Florida during the spring and early summer which is not bad. Just have to watch out for the bad storms.

Just don't park under any tree's unless you like cleaning bird crap.

Burn your own CDs and keep the originals at home that way it doesn't matter if someone steals them.
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:47 AM   #18
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AND a big to all you folks that live in dry climates responding with your better than thou topless attitudes! Bring your topless Jeeps to PA this summer. See how long you keep them topless.
Nicely put...

I guess I should have directed my question to the folks that live further north... I obviously wouldn't have this concern if it was sunny 364 days out of the year like down south...

Oh well, I chose to live here in Western PA (also an IUP alum)...

I like the idea of burning all of my cd's and keeping the originals at home. Also, it looks like I have to tell my wife I need to buy a full cover for this summer. I thought about getting one, but I am saving up for some beefier tires. The protection is a little more important right now, though.
I also do a lot of Disc Golfing, so I am looking into some ways to secure my discs in the back. I think since they are tucked in the rear and out of sight, no one should mess with them. I just don't want to risk it though.

I am going to do a little more research and take all of your suggestions to aid in my plans. Thanks for your input, and if anyone else wants to chime in, I'm all ears...
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I try to keep my soft top down as much as possible. I use a Cloverleaf window roll to keep the windows with the vehicle in case of rain. The weather changes so quickly here in Buffalo, that you can go from bright sunny sky to torrential downpour in under 5 minutes.

As for theft, I try not to think about it. best advice? Don't keep anything in the Jeep you would care about if it got stolen. Now granted I'd care if my windows got stolen, but I just try not to think about it.

Bird poop? Get used to cleaning it off your dash and seat. It's just a part of life. Wait till the fall when you have to clean the leaves off your seat before you drive home after work. I've even found birds perched on my roll bar sometimes.
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My Jeep is not my DD, so the top is down all summer. I don't remove it completely, you just never know around here. It only takes a minute or 2 to put it up. Windows and doors stay in the garage from early April through October
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Very similar to the sport of golf, but you use discs (some call the frisbees). The discs you use are specially designed for disc golf (they are a lot heavier). Instead of shooting at a hole, you use a metal basket with vertical chains that catch the disc. Its a very addictive sport, and it is great, great fun. Use this link to find some courses near you and give it a try!

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Any of you guys have slider windows? I have them, and when I take off my windows, I have to put them behind the front seats. I guess thats a drawback of having them. If I leave them at home, I have no protection from the weather.
I'm thinking a full cover is the way to go for sudden showers... and to throw on at night when I have the top down.
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I only had my tj for the last month or so before it started getting cold so I just left my hard top off ....as for rain, I would throw a big blue tarp over it and drive my parents jeeps

I got a bestop sunrider waiting to be put on for this summer though
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Any of you guys have slider windows? I have them, and when I take off my windows, I have to put them behind the front seats. I guess thats a drawback of having them. If I leave them at home, I have no protection from the weather.
I'm thinking a full cover is the way to go for sudden showers... and to throw on at night when I have the top down.
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Regular half door windows are the same as sliders in the aspect that they have a frame in them. Same thing applies....behind the seats or leave at home. Can't roll them up and stuff them somewhere.
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This was a good topic I have also wondered what other people do and if i was the only one who found themself driving 10+ over the speed limit to keep the rain off me druing those sudden downpours haha
Bikini and duster sounds like a good idea tho... does anyone use a box of some type to help wit theft along wit the duster?
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I run strapless bikini, tonneau, and sometimes windjammer. I WILL be buying the top and tonno props this year, as both the bikini and tonneau collect water
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I can go back to a sealed Jeep in minutes. I tried everything and still got soaked more than I wanted with a bikini/safari. I was wheeling in Colorodo last year and it poured, everbody got wet, kids and all. We saw the clouds building and went back to a sealed Jeep in minutes.
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