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Old 05-13-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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waterproofing interior...

My jeep isnt my daily driver, but i do drive it around town and anywhere between home and close to home. Id like to take the top off it because all i have is a hard top and cant justify buying a soft top because i just wont really use it or want to spend the money for it. What do I have to do to make the interior waterproof. Im mostly worried about the dashboard area... The floor I can rhino line if i really want and the seats can get wet i dont mind. Ive got an over head sound bar but Im not all that worried about that either, i could rhino line most of that to seal it as best as possible but dont see it being much of a problem. Id throw a tarp or the hard top back on when its just going to be sitting in a storm or something but it will inevitably get soaked....what can/should I do?

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Old 05-13-2011, 08:50 PM   #2
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I just made a similar thread to this but ill post my solution here too.

I was in the same boat, didnt want to spend alot of $ on a soft top or cab cover. Ive been told that people leave theirs completely open with no problems, but still felt i wanted to protect the dash area as best as possible. The yjs have a mostly waterproof interior and are better than the newer jeeps when it comes to handling weather.

I plan on bed lining the tub within a week but until then im fine with just no carpet. I have hard full doors so i left them on and closed the windows. I pulled all the drain plugs for any water that does get in to have a place to empty out. I covered the seats with 55 gallon garbage bags to keep extra water off the waterproof neoprene seat covers (theyre not fully neoprene). I also tilted them forward to further protect the front of the seat plus the dash. I covered my rear speakers with some empty plastic containers i had lying around. Then I went to harbor freight and spent $12 on a 5x7 9MIL tarp and a 20 pack of bungee cords to cover the top. I hooked bungees up to the tarp and stretched them to various places on the jeep to secure them tight.

Heres some pics. Ill let you know how it holds up.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:17 AM   #3
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New York also. Guess its gonna rain alot next week.

I like the tarp and bungie idea
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:17 AM   #4
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As sabby said there isn't a lot that is detrimental.
When you rhino line everything just make sure you have a couple small drain holes in the corners for excess water.

I got a stereo that has a plastic face that slides over all the components. Not watertight, but eliminates fear of splash damage.

I have left my top off on several rainy days. With Cabelas neoprene seat covers and a towel in back to wipe off the little droplets, mine is no worse for it... hell, she probably even smells better thanks to it. Lol
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im just worried about all the electrical stuff in the dash getting wet and causing problems. My windshield seal was bad and would leak water into the dash and filled the stock radio up causing that to go in the garbage. I figure if it happened then itll be 100x worse with no top.

I had the same tarp idea but know i wont have a tarp on it all the time when i should. I will eventually get soaked

I also though about if i could find a tarp the same size as just the roof portion... with some bungie cords that would be one hell of a cheap bikini top or whatever theyre called and id be pretty happy with that. for a temp solution to keep in the jeep
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New York also. Guess its gonna rain alot next week.

I like the tarp and bungie idea
Theyre saying rain on and off from saturday until wednesday night I think. Thats a whole lot of rain to just leave it completely uncovered. Its not a daily driver, so i figured the tarp is a good cheap way to protect it a bit while it sits. I would put the hard top back on but i dont always have someone available to help me take it off and dont want to be stuck with it on for a nice day.

If i really had it my way, it would just go in the garage, but my girlfriends dad wouldnt like that idea much. I already kicked him out of the garage last week when i was doing some painting on the jeep. haha.
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Theyre saying rain on and off from saturday until wednesday night I think. Thats a whole lot of rain to just leave it completely uncovered. Its not a daily driver, so i figured the tarp is a good cheap way to protect it a bit while it sits. I would put the hard top back on but i dont always have someone available to help me take it off and dont want to be stuck with it on for a nice day.

If i really had it my way, it would just go in the garage, but my girlfriends dad wouldnt like that idea much. I already kicked him out of the garage last week when i was doing some painting on the jeep. haha.
I can et the hard top off by my self but not back on. Well I have the soft top on now so its easy. But I will be buying a tarp and carring it around soon
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I've put the hard top on myself multiples times, only dropped it twice in 21 years. Open the rear door, get under it like turtle, lift, straighten the arms and lock, then walk up the back and into the Jeep. It is lighter without the rear window- only two bolts to take that out. taking the spare off will get it out of your way and couple sawhorses can make it easier too.

put the sawhorses on either side of the top. lift using the turtle method then pull the sawhorses in until they are under the sides. Then straight arm it up and walk onto the back.
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Im sure if i had to i could do it myself. First time doing it though and i didnt wanna risk dropping it. Its just more of a PITA to do that than a few bungees and a tarp.
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I've put the hard top on myself multiples times, only dropped it twice in 21 years. Open the rear door, get under it like turtle, lift, straighten the arms and lock, then walk up the back and into the Jeep. It is lighter without the rear window- only two bolts to take that out. taking the spare off will get it out of your way and couple sawhorses can make it easier too.

put the sawhorses on either side of the top. lift using the turtle method then pull the sawhorses in until they are under the sides. Then straight arm it up and walk onto the back.
Yea thats how i get it out. Climb in the back of the Jeep go under and lift while locking my arms on the windows. Liek i said havent tried putting it back on though. Maybe next year

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