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mishel 04-27-2009 03:51 PM

soft top question
ok, this might be a dumb question, though this just occured to me: actually anybody can open the soft top from outside, right? :eek:
I mean - you just unzip the windows??? and me being worried about somebody cutting the soft top - why cut it when they can just take it all toghther? :banghead: or am I wrong? or maybe I need to use for the zippers the locks of my hand bagage... :doh: rubi special mandarina duck edition...

alligatorpeng 04-27-2009 04:02 PM

well, the windows can be unzipped but the rear window goes inside the bar which is locked between the brackets and your rear gate. also to take the side windows off you have to open the doors. but i think if somebody really wants to steal anything inside, he may just unzip the rear window and climb inside to open the doors.

thaduke2003 04-27-2009 04:02 PM

Hah- it's true- with simple hand tools commonly available, I'm afraid that in a matter of moments, someone COULD steal your softtop. Best defense=electrified perimeter wiring :)

Seriously, though, I've NEVER heard of it happening. I've seen two get cut over the years, and I live in a rather high-crime area.
Tips on avoiding the issue are the same for most auto-crime: park in well-lit areas, lock your doors, don't leave a spare key ANYWHERE on the car, don't give one to anyone you're not married to (and even then... ;)), and try to use parking garages that have security cameras. A fair bit of common sense can save you a lot of headaches. Also, wheel locks are a good idea- make SURE to have one on the spare! Also, if you have anything nice/shiny, keep it HIDDEN, and locked away if possible. Displaying nice things (watch, cell phone, laptop, purse/wallet) is a great way to get broken into- Mark W.

CNTLOSE 04-27-2009 04:03 PM

Around hear most thefts are from low lifes who know nothing about Jeeps or anything else. They take the "quick" way in, not usually the easiest way. They will cut your $600 top for your $12 CD sitting on the console. I have heard of people leaving their doors unlocked for this reason...but then thief does not check the door first and cuts the top anyway.

nutmegger1957 04-27-2009 04:06 PM

With all due don't buy a Jeep Wrangler with a soft top, for security!
(and I mean that kindly). It's about the ride!!

mishel 04-27-2009 04:13 PM

[QUOTE=thaduke2003;362304]Hah- it's true- with simple hand tools commonly available, I'm afraid that in a matter of moments, someone COULD steal your softtop. Best defense=electrified perimeter wiring :)

:rofl::rofl::rofl: I was actually planning on hiring a guard... :rofl: though the wiring is better, this way I keep the parking place free as well :p

I think you are right, probably they will just cut it without knowing they can just unzip it. I am keeping it in a safe enough place (my apartment building is on one side of the Government Building...) and I will remeber the advice for public parking. I never leave anything in the car... except my key, once... :p fortunately the trunk was opened and I got inside from there...

mishel 04-27-2009 04:16 PM

well, nutmegger, I wasn't concerned about security, I was about someone stealing my softtop. of my rubi. that I love. :wavey: plus, do you think I can find a new one in a matter of hours over here? wrong. and I didn't buy it with a soft top, it has now the hard top on and I am wondering about rather I should install the soft top or not

jk'n 04-27-2009 10:11 PM

My soft top went on yesterday. wOOt Had it down today. Temps in the high 80s. Lots of fun driving it that way. I highly recommend it. :-)

nutmegger1957 04-28-2009 04:18 AM

Been doorless and topless for days. the weather has been cooperating just fine lately. I bought mine with a soft top AND a hard top. Within a month I had sold BACK the hard top to the dealer and bought a backup soft top. has a number of soft tops available, and they pride themselves in fast turnaround from the day you order one. I have no doubt that, since you have access to the internet, mishel, you could get a soft top even where YOU are, very quickly.

I bought my Trail Cover from them, and it was very quick-n-easy, and other folks I know, highly recommend them as well. With the "internet" and "ordering" there is no longer any place so remote that you can't get what you need, fairly quickly. (Unless of course you live in the Amazon, I suppose).

Whether it's "stealing your soft top" or your radio, it's still theft. When you have a vehicle that's more susceptible to theft, you take a chance. That's all I'm saying. Someone could come along and take my Trail Cover too.....or rip open my glove box and take the stuff in there. Either I live with it, or I don't. Since there is no REAL way to protect a vulnerable vehicle, you heavily insure it so you can replace it, or any of its components.

If we live in fear, we don't live happy.......and I like being "happy."

That's all I'm trying to say.

mishel 04-28-2009 02:41 PM

^don't worry, I have the soft top allready, pre-installed under the hard top, you will be amazed to know that shipping whatever to Romania is not such a piece of cake (most internet sites won't even accept my credit card). I think they will rather send whatever to Amazon.
About the part with someone stealing my soft top, I was more like joking, not to worry, if they still my entire car I have full casco so I'll just get it back. Though I was thinking - Mandarina Duck (that is an Italian luggage brand) made a special edition for Mini Cooper. Some brand should make some customized Soft Top, coming in all colors, with zip locks and stuff, with matcing bags and luggage, that will fit exactly the smallest trunk in the world :P that will be sweet

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