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06-26-2013 07:07 PM
jp2611
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Originally Posted by RevCo666 View Post
Well after a full afternoon of working with rusted bolts on the hardtop, and missing screws for the soft top frame I finally got it on. Tried the Rampage 1161 Cab cover and fits great! I didn't try it yet with the soft top but based on previous research, I doubt it will fit with it on.
FWIW my cab cover fit over my halftop yeah obvious but also fits over my frameless Bestop.....
06-26-2013 06:48 PM
Brig I found a Rugged Ridge Weather Lite top for about 35 bucks...didn't think it would be as breathable as it is. Thinking of scotch guarding the outside and stitched a USMC issue tarpaulin over top, use the cab cover as more of a padding for it
06-21-2013 07:10 PM
RevCo666 Well after a full afternoon of working with rusted bolts on the hardtop, and missing screws for the soft top frame I finally got it on. Tried the Rampage 1161 Cab cover and fits great! I didn't try it yet with the soft top but based on previous research, I doubt it will fit with it on.
06-21-2013 04:52 PM
TJDave
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Originally Posted by acousticboy View Post
RainGearForJeeps makes a cover that will go over your factory soft top. Just an FYI. I have the topless cover and love it.
Good call! Pretty cool they now offer both types.
06-21-2013 04:43 PM
TJZ I need a good Cab Cover but I run a Smitybilt Cargo Net on my TJ and don't want to have to take the Net off every time
I use the Cover. We get Wicked Monsoons here in AZ and have to have a good cover to keep the dirt out. Water proof is a plus but I can make almost any of them waterproof.
06-17-2013 07:53 PM
acousticboy RainGearForJeeps makes a cover that will go over your factory soft top. Just an FYI. I have the topless cover and love it.
06-17-2013 06:14 AM
VTBalla34
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Originally Posted by RevCo666 View Post

Sorry, I didn't do my homework. It dont do that unfortunately. Mind you doesnt hurt to try... Who knows lol
My neighbor puts a cover over his soft top all the time. We have a lot of trees over a row of our parking spots and the sap is a big problem when it falls. I guess he just wants to protect the soft top.

He drives a JK tho so maybe it was a soccer mom option lol. Says JEEP on the cover tho.
06-17-2013 01:29 AM
RevCo666
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Originally Posted by TJDave View Post
That would be cool if it did. Post up when you get a chance to test it out.
Sorry, I didn't do my homework. It dont do that unfortunately. Mind you doesnt hurt to try... Who knows lol
06-17-2013 01:26 AM
TJDave
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Originally Posted by RevCo666 View Post
Last week I got my Rampage 1161 cab cover but have yet to use it since the hardtop is still on. I'm pretty sure this version allows it cover with the soft on. Guess I will find out next week
That would be cool if it did. Post up when you get a chance to test it out.

Edit: just saw your edit! Lol.

I usually run a Safari top spring through fall, and use the cab cover overnight on camping trips. But if the forecast is crappy, I'll throw the soft top on and pull out the windows if it turns nice while we are there.

Oh well, I'll just keep zipping the windows in before I crawl in the camper on those trips.
06-17-2013 01:17 AM
RevCo666
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Originally Posted by TJDave View Post
Most cab covers will not work with a framed soft top. At least mine doesn't. It fits very tightly over the sport cage and windshield. I tried it with my factory top with the windows out. No worky.

Maybe someone with a frameless top has had better luck. ??
Did abit more research and no there not meant to be over soft tops, so I guess nevermind is in order lol Oh well, still gonna be useful for those days I just dont want to put up the soft top before bed.
06-17-2013 01:07 AM
TJDave
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Originally Posted by RevCo666 View Post
For heavy rains, when you only have a soft top going; would it be a good idea to use the cab cover over top of the soft for additional protection?

Next week hopefully I can finally go topless for the first time since buying my jeep at the end of last summer and just kept the hardtop on. Any comments on this cab cover issue?
Most cab covers will not work with a framed soft top. At least mine doesn't. It fits very tightly over the sport cage and windshield. I tried it with my factory top with the windows out. No worky.

Maybe someone with a frameless top has had better luck. ??
06-17-2013 12:48 AM
RevCo666 For heavy rains, when you only have a soft top going; would it be a good idea to use the cab cover over top of the soft for additional protection?

Next week hopefully I can finally go topless for the first time since buying my jeep at the end of last summer and just kept the hardtop on. Any comments on this cab cover issue?
06-10-2013 06:51 AM
Bullethead
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Originally Posted by RevCo666 View Post
I'm curious since you did use my pattern
Well I haven't chopped it up to use your pattern just yet, I have been in over my head with house work.

so I just thru the tarp over the jeep. Sorry if my previous post misled you guys. Perhaps one day I will cut it up and use your design.



Nothing special, just a jeep under a tarp haha. But the Tarp comes down just to the beginning of the frame, and the Bungee Chords are tight enough to keep the wind from taking it away but loose enough that a breeze will get in and air it out.

Anyway, Pics..It happened.
06-09-2013 06:47 PM
RevCo666
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Originally Posted by miketx View Post
* The only items that will help are running a bikini or safari top....this will prevent the pooling problem or make a cover bow......or pole. I have no problems in light rain, but in typical Texas downpours (like this morning), my top pools up a bunch unless I put a pole under it.
I'll look into a bow or pole for the front should this happen with my rampage 1161 cab cover. I can see it most likely happening and we get it wet alot up here!!!
06-09-2013 06:44 PM
RevCo666
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Originally Posted by Bullethead View Post
I didn't think anyone would care enough for pics haha, I will get some the next time I strap it up mate.
I'm curious since you did use my pattern
06-09-2013 04:46 PM
Bullethead
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Originally Posted by 98 tj sport View Post
Pics
I didn't think anyone would care enough for pics haha, I will get some the next time I strap it up mate.
06-09-2013 03:38 PM
miketx Just to add some information to this thread:

* If you are running no top at all, almost all of these tops will pool water above the front cab. This includes if you are running a Spiderwebshade. The Spiderwebshade is stretched lower than the roofline (across the rollbars), so it won't help. I recently proved this with a number of tops.
The only top I can't confirm this problem on is the Raingear top. It looks like it might have a middle windshield strap which could be pulled tight to prevent slack on the roof, but I can't tell. It would be nice to hear from someone that owns one and has been in multiple storms.

* The only items that will help are running a bikini or safari top....this will prevent the pooling problem or make a cover bow......or pole. I have no problems in light rain, but in typical Texas downpours (like this morning), my top pools up a bunch unless I put a pole under it.
06-08-2013 08:33 AM
98 tj sport
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Originally Posted by Bullethead View Post
9'4" x 11'4" Silver Sun Reflective Tarp from Harbor Freight. Cost about $11. 6 various Bungee chords $3. Total Cost $14.

Worked perfectly, tucked under the wipers for the front, bungee down the front corners together with the second grommit under the driver and passenger seats. Bungee the rear corner together with the second to last grommit behind the rear tires, finally bungee down the back to grommits running the bungee underneath the tow hook and spare tire.

The Tarp does not touch my paint, comes down past the frame maybe 2". The tarp is loose enough that the slightest breeze will allow air in preventing too much green house effect, but the bungee's keep it tight enough that it wont tear or readjust itself inside of the tub. Minimal pooling effect above the front seats.

I did read the same warning you did about not covering your car. What I got from the warning was that if left over the car, while the sun has time to beat down on it, the tarp may melt/form to the car causing paint discoloration and other issues. I simply plan to take off the tarp when its nice out.
Pics
06-08-2013 07:48 AM
Bullethead 9'4" x 11'4" Silver Sun Reflective Tarp from Harbor Freight. Cost about $11. 6 various Bungee chords $3. Total Cost $14.

Worked perfectly, tucked under the wipers for the front, bungee down the front corners together with the second grommit under the driver and passenger seats. Bungee the rear corner together with the second to last grommit behind the rear tires, finally bungee down the back to grommits running the bungee underneath the tow hook and spare tire.

The Tarp does not touch my paint, comes down past the frame maybe 2". The tarp is loose enough that the slightest breeze will allow air in preventing too much green house effect, but the bungee's keep it tight enough that it wont tear or readjust itself inside of the tub. Minimal pooling effect above the front seats.

I did read the same warning you did about not covering your car. What I got from the warning was that if left over the car, while the sun has time to beat down on it, the tarp may melt/form to the car causing paint discoloration and other issues. I simply plan to take off the tarp when its nice out.
06-07-2013 12:48 PM
blkrubi88 I used a tarp for a little over a year before I lucked up and bought a bestop trail cover off CL and didn't have any paint damage.
06-07-2013 12:28 PM
Bullethead
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Originally Posted by LilYeller View Post
the only water in the tub was a small puddle on the floor where the door flaps dont exactly cover. .
I am in the middle of a predicted 5" of rain accumulation storm here in the Mid Atlantic. I plan on hitting HF after work and picking up an all silver tarp and some bungee chords. I realize that the tarp may damage the paint but my thinking was possibly getting a tarp that is just big enough to make it down to the paint.

Like Lil Yeller described almost, I was thinking of covering the top of the cab and run it to just about the edge of the doors and frame of the jeep. This would keep 90% of the rain out of the interior of the Jeep.

What I am hoping is all the water will run off the tarp down the windsheild / sides / and rear. On the sides and rear I am hoping the water will simply run down the sides or at least run down the sides of the interior and find the drain plugs. from the Rear I was thinking of pulling it a little tight so that the water misses the interior completely.

I am not sure how to keep it down on the windshield just yet. perhaps a combination of wipers and strapping to the utility lights.

In all I only priced it out at a total of $15 for bungees and tarp.
06-07-2013 11:35 AM
Pink_Percy I picked mine up for $30 in a Craigslist hunt. Not sure of the brand though, the PO said he purchased it from Quadratec and used it only a few times. I keep it in the bag behind the seat and it comes in handy for those unexpected NY downpours. The material is very heavy but stills allows it to breath. No leaks. The only issue Ive had with it is the 2 rear hoops go around the stock tails and I have flush mounts so I use a bungee instead.

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06-07-2013 11:07 AM
RevCo666 Just to give an update:

I decided against making my own cab cover for the simple reason that there is a disclaimer on any tarp that says its bad for automotive paint. As a result, I ordered the Rampage 1161 cab cover for TJ's and will provide some feedback when I swap tops the following weekend. From a visual inspection, there is a soft cotton interior and the outer shell is decently thick. The straps look hardy enough as well which includes a loop for the back spare.
05-11-2013 01:49 PM
AKohler883
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Originally Posted by AKohler883 View Post
Smity is waterproof.
I take it back. Smitybilt is Not Waterproof. Water gets through the stitches seems badly. With bikini top on, it's OK. But I found out what happens otherwise this week.
04-25-2013 06:26 AM
Bullethead
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Originally Posted by RevCo666 View Post
At one point when I had a small pickup truck, I designed and built a tent out of tarp with ABS plastic pipes. It worked awesome so this is gonna way easier. I'll draw up some specs and upload it since you got me going here lol

Ok, spare me the bad reviews please, this is super ruff but its a top view, on the sides are slits for the windows. just need to measure out your jeep as needed. Like I said, simple but effective.
Yes Thank you Timboburks! this was it...I think i'm going to give it a shot.
04-24-2013 04:02 PM
InvisiblePants I know what you mean about clockwork rain showers. We get those around 3pm here in Charleston.
04-24-2013 03:18 PM
timboburks Are you talking about this thread?

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/cab-...html?highlight=
04-24-2013 10:19 AM
Bullethead I cannot find it anymore but there was someone on this forum that had posted a sketch of a Cab Cover he was going to make.

It would seem to me that if I had the dimensions of the cab covers that most use I can simply cut a Tarp, add some grommets, and call it a day.
Does anyone have the dimensions of they're cab cover? Given that there are so many varying angles perhaps a few pictures would be beneficial.

I'd love to give it a try at making one out of a tarp. Especially since Harbor Freight has them for dirt cheap this month.
11-09-2012 06:00 PM
woggie
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Originally Posted by Qomomoko
Awesome thread... great help but still undecided
I have had my Bestop for about 4 - 5 months now and love it. My top and doors have not been on since late July. It is EASY to put on and take off after you do it a couple of times. I have had a couple of thunderstorms while at work and the cab is bone dry. The only modification I have "done" is to use some small bungee cords to attach the door flap with as the hook they have will not work on my jeep. I do not always secure it though.
11-09-2012 10:05 AM
Qomomoko Awesome thread... great help but still undecided
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