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Old 05-06-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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Windjammer/duster/bikini top??

Anyone use these yearly around.. even in the winter or rain? Could i see some pictures of them?

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I think they would suck in the snow.

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I have a bikini top and a tuano (is that spelled right?) on mine right now (and with oregon rain weather its not bad) and thats it till I get my complete top delivered. I don't mind it so much I was considering getting a windjammer/duster cover for the TJ but I need something where I can haul people in the back as well.

I would think that they would be nice due to the fact it incloses you like a cab on a P/U would be. nice and toasty! I know that they were selling them on ebay for a decient price. next top maybe?
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I have a bikini top and a tuano (is that spelled right?) on mine right now (and with oregon rain weather its not bad) and thats it till I get my complete top delivered. I don't mind it so much I was considering getting a windjammer/duster cover for the TJ but I need something where I can haul people in the back as well.

I would think that they would be nice due to the fact it incloses you like a cab on a P/U would be. nice and toasty! I know that they were selling them on ebay for a decient price. next top maybe?
Hhhhmm, I just bought a Windjammer off ebay and it doesn't really fit all that well. The straps barely reach and the jammer leaves a gap of around 2 to 3 inches on each side - doesn't go all the way to the rollbar. Very drafty still.

Does anyone have a Bestop jammer? Does that reach all the way?
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Hhhhmm, I just bought a Windjammer off ebay and it doesn't really fit all that well. The straps barely reach and the jammer leaves a gap of around 2 to 3 inches on each side - doesn't go all the way to the rollbar. Very drafty still.

Does anyone have a Bestop jammer? Does that reach all the way?
Mine is a bestop, but it's on a yj. Fits with only about a half inch gap between the roll bars and attaches to floor with channels.
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well could it be because its a new top? I'm a newbie so don't take my word for it. I just saw that it looked good and thought it would be neat to try out.
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If it is supposed to fit your model, it should fit. New or not. Lay it out on the driveway in the sun before you install it will make it more flexible.
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If it is supposed to fit your model, it should fit. New or not. Lay it out on the driveway in the sun before you install it will make it more flexible.
I agree, It should fit. I know that sometimes covers have the tendency to do the "cold shrinking trick" every once in a while. I know for a fact my boat covers do. thanks for the advice but its not everyday we in oregon get a sunny day
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THe windjammer DOES have a gap between it and the bars. If you want waterproof and a better seal go with the Bestop HALFTOP. The main differences there is that the jammer wraps around to the door surrounds and I THINK the jammer/tonneau are one piece.

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Surprisingly, it does a good job keeping rain out WHILE DRIVING. If you stop, water WILL come in.

Get a RainGear Jeep cover if you want to run this setup year round.

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Year around, the heater is so hot that you don't get cold with the jammer up.
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THe windjammer DOES have a gap between it and the bars. If you want waterproof and a better seal go with the Bestop HALFTOP. The main differences there is that the jammer wraps around to the door surrounds and I THINK the jammer/tonneau are one piece.

Here's my safari/jammer/duster..

Surprisingly, it does a good job keeping rain out WHILE DRIVING. If you stop, water WILL come in.

Get a RainGear Jeep cover if you want to run this setup year round.
Thanks for the pic - that's pretty much exactly what my jammer looks like - so I guess it's normal.
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I'll get pics later. I have the bestop safari, jammer, tonneau and i run them year round. I have about 1-1.5" of clearance between the jammer and bars all the way around. I'd say i'm pleased with it. Only a minimal amount of rain (i live in NW AR) gets in, even on days like today, when it has been raining since early this morning. In the snow, it's definitely not a problem...and the heater does work really well, since it's made to heat the whole jeep and it only has to heat the front seats. I like the combo, because i can mix and match which parts I want, and when I want them on the jeep.
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I'll get pics later. I have the bestop safari, jammer, tonneau and i run them year round. I have about 1-1.5" of clearance between the jammer and bars all the way around. I'd say i'm pleased with it. Only a minimal amount of rain (i live in NW AR) gets in, even on days like today, when it has been raining since early this morning. In the snow, it's definitely not a problem...and the heater does work really well, since it's made to heat the whole jeep and it only has to heat the front seats. I like the combo, because i can mix and match which parts I want, and when I want them on the jeep.
I guess the heater can make up for it when you run the safari with it as well - I have only the jammer and the top down, and right now it's just barely above 30 in the morning and the heater doesn't really help while driving 65 on the freeway when the jammer doesn't really stop the wind blowing from the rear... But on the other hand - I guess that's one of the reasons why I got a Jeep Feeling the elements....
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I was thinking of this also. I have a YJ with no A/C and have a stupid question, the heater has two settings. vent and heater. the heater blows on my feet and is HOT. what does the vent setting do? I would like to heat my upper body also.
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ive seen a softtop that looks like this setup.. buddy of mine in school had it on his jeep.. it was his only top too.. the cool thing about it was that where the windjammer leaves a gap, his didnt..
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He was probably running something like the Bestop Halftop.



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Yeah, I can see how the Jammer alone would be a problem, but with the safari top on there the heater works fine for me
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Bestop Windjammer, duster, safari (bikini that goes all the way back) here.

There is definitely a gap on the doors that lets water in. (Full metal doors). You won't get soaked, but you will get wet. Jeans and a T, no problem...a suit? Forget about it.
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what kind of gap does it leave with this same combo and steel half doors and regular upper doors on a YJ?
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Same gap. Wet seat belts.
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I was thinking of this also. I have a YJ with no A/C and have a stupid question, the heater has two settings. vent and heater. the heater blows on my feet and is HOT. what does the vent setting do? I would like to heat my upper body also.
The vent setting shuts off the duct to the heater. Opens up the vent under the glove box. Fan doesn't work on vent. All you get is a very little outside air flowing in. A cowl vent scoop helps some. You can put it on "heat" and the temp on cool and the fan will move the air that isn't heated.
At least that's how my 95 works.
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Will it warm better than the heater setting on my feet?
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i bought one on ebay

i purchased a new duster top off of ebay and plan on using it all summer long, and i put the hard top back on when winter sets in for good. i like the duster top, but make sure that you get the correct windshield channels to connect with the exact brand of top that you buy. they have several different types of windshield channels and the particular top that i bought called out for a specific type of channel. the channel that i do have now still isnt the exact match for my brand of top and i am having a problem with it getting slack in it and it has even blown loose a couple of times on me already.
just make sure that you do your homework and get the exact match with the channels when you get your top. i am satisified with the duster top though, and it is pretty water tight which was one of my worries when i ordered it but as i said, i am satisfied with it and i like it.
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tops

Im not positive of what my top is called exactly, but it COMPLETLY seals off the cab with no openings anywhere.
I do have the full metal doors with roll up windows and door headers too though. also i have the factory sound bar in mine and i didnt like the idea of the dang speakers being outside of the cab area with the duster top on so i removed the sound bar and turned it around180 degrees and moved it forward so that it is now inside of the cab with me and out of the weather. now the speakers in the sound bar are directly over the seats and i love it that way. i am a newbie here too, so as soon as i figure out how to get some pics posted on here i will attach some of the top and soundbar to give a better idea of the arrangement.
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For a quick temporary fix for the gap between the windjammer and rollbar in case of rain or too cold, I use a pool noodle float thing. I don't know exactly what they are called but they sell em here in florida everywhere. They are flexible approx 5' long I just cut it in half and store it under the seat and if it rains just stuff it up in the gap. when you don't need it throw it back under the seat. cost $5.00. Can't beat it.
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Im not positive of what my top is called exactly, but it COMPLETLY seals off the cab with no openings anywhere.
Sounds like you are talking about a halftop. A duster is the tonneau cover over the back.
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For a quick temporary fix for the gap between the windjammer and rollbar in case of rain or too cold, I use a pool noodle float thing. I don't know exactly what they are called but they sell em here in florida everywhere. They are flexible approx 5' long I just cut it in half and store it under the seat and if it rains just stuff it up in the gap. when you don't need it throw it back under the seat. cost $5.00. Can't beat it.
Good Redneck engineering. I like that idea. It doesn't get below 25-30 here in TN in the winter and my drive to work is exactly 3 minutes so I don't think this will post a big problem come winter time.
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Year around, the heater is so hot that you don't get cold with the jammer up.
I would like to run this type of set up year round but would leaving the speaker pods outside the cab and exposed to the elements be bad for them in the long run...? another option i was thinking of going with was the safari bikini top for more coverage.
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I would like to run this type of set up year round but would leaving the speaker pods outside the cab and exposed to the elements be bad for them in the long run...? another option i was thinking of going with was the safari bikini top for more coverage.
My speakers are fine so far, I did move the original speaker to the dash, and put some 6.5's with plastic cones from Wally world, in the soundbar. I had the soundbar in the front of the jeep, but kept hitting my Kaboy hat on it when I wore it.
I do park in the garage at night, and it's not my daily driver, but it gets driven 3-4 days a week. However it has set all day out in the rain and snow. In fact if you look at the picture there's snow in the background and it was raining the day the picture was taken.

I've thought about the Safari as well, but think I'll stay with the Bikini style even when I need to replace it.

You all might want to consider snaps on the duster to speed make it easier to put it up and take it down. I can put mine up/down while driving. Here's a couple of pics to get the idea.
If you use them on the top six straps you can fold the window down behind the seats.
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this might sound silly to some of you hard core jeepers, but have you ever used the AC in the summer with that set up? i wondered if it worked as well as the heater does in the winter. where i live near Wash. DC we get some pretty bad humidity in the summertime and i know there will be days when i will be sweating buckets and wishing for some AC.

btw i already placed my order for the safari top and deck cover. holding off on the windjammer purchase for now till i get more $

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