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JCS05Rubi 04-04-2007 10:37 AM

waterproof abilities~interior +carpet poll
First off, I am sorry for all the stupid questions, and thank you all for being so patient.

Now my poll is real simple. Do you/would you run your DAILY DRIVER wrangler with or without carpet(plugs always in or out) or out with a full size liner (husky, vinyl etc).

1. How waterproof are the newer TJs?(05) My 97 had vinyl seats and no carpet and I still had some problems with relays and what not. Jeep says these are waterproof, but even with no carpet and seat covers, my rubi has stuff like the subwoofer and switches that my 97 didn't.

JCS05Rubi 04-04-2007 10:45 AM

bah, im at work so it took too long to type out the poll on my pen and tablet pc :p just tell me which way youd do it in your response..

1. yes carpet, watch weather daily keep reg top
2. 1. yes carpet, watch weather daily bikini top
3. no carpet, no drain plugs
4. no carpet but keep plugs till after storm
5. no carpet + husky liners, vinyl liners etc. no spray ins..

all will include seat covers and a full length bikini top all summer cept 1.

compshooter 04-04-2007 11:00 AM

Relays and switches: dielectric grease
No carpet, spray in bedliner, plugs in

Dare2BSquare 04-04-2007 11:00 AM

I would suggest that you consider buying a bestop trail cover. If a storm comes up, you simply put the cover on. Running bikini, or other top off options will be addressed if you simply have a WATERPROOF trail cover.

JCS05Rubi 04-04-2007 11:15 AM

trail cover is a great idea for overnight,didnt even think about that, but this is more for when i am at work and it rains, or I drive to the beach for the day (3 hrs each way).

Mudweiser 04-04-2007 11:36 AM

After my first adventure as a submarine, i ripped out all the carpet, sealed the dash and electrical with silicone and engineering. I keep the plugs in mainly because if i get in to deep up to my fenders, the holes with no plugs in turn into gushing geisers lol. (yes i know this from experience) As far as just over night rain, i would leave a plug out, and im getting one of the covers as well so over night i can just cover it instead of going through the trouble of hard or soft top.

jp'rs_peep'rs 04-04-2007 11:44 AM

I would leave the soft top on it at night (bikini top, safari top). It is so easy to through a top on that it would help cut down on some of the rain getting in. jmho


Dare2BSquare 04-04-2007 12:45 PM


Originally Posted by JCS05Rubi (Post 68408)
trail cover is a great idea for overnight,didnt even think about that, but this is more for when i am at work and it rains, or I drive to the beach for the day (3 hrs each way).

The bestop trail cover I ordered comes in a bag that you just roll it up and put it in. Keep it in the jeep and toss it on when a storm, shower comes up. Nothing will work if your topless and need to drive. Get some goggles.

Hank 04-04-2007 12:47 PM

I've just ordered a safari top and I plan on leaving it on for a week or so with putting the cab cover at night and while I'm at work.

erickpl 04-04-2007 12:51 PM

I have carpet in my TJ (97 SE).

If I knew then what I knew now, I would have lined the Jeep instead. That said, I'm making do with what I have.

My 97 with carpet has no doors and runs with the safari, duster, and windjammer (soon). I have a Rain Gear Jeep cover that covers the entire door.

I have it with me ALL summer. If I run to the store, it's there. If I go to work, it's there. If the day is nice, no problems. If it is forecast for rain, I take it and I cover it when I get to work. No biggie. I cover it every night, not just for the dew and stuff (I hate wet seats in the AM on the way to work), but it keeps critters (cats mainly) from getting in and peeing on the seats.

As dare said, if you are top off while driving, hope you're good at putting it up quickly! :) If you have your top OFF, like I do, you have to make do with the cover you have and/or get goggles and a squeegy. :)

I do keep trash bags in my TJ in case I need to cover the seats quickly. This can also be done to cover the steering wheel/clock spring. I've seen people take tarps and custom make a cover that will go over the dash to keep the majority of the water from hitting the dash - basically a big flap that they secure up by the dash/windshield.

Also, slide tilt seats forward so water won't pool on em.

lap49X 04-04-2007 01:00 PM

Is there a company that makes waterproof seat covers?

erickpl 04-04-2007 01:09 PM

Neoprene is about as close as you get, but the fabric that usually covers it can still get damp. They dry VERY quickly though.

I have the Mopar seat covers and they work fine for me. But some prefer the Wet Okole covers. I think Bestop actually has a good seat cover too.

binaryking 04-04-2007 01:24 PM

Carpet, no drain plugs. Bestop bikini and tonneau. No windjammer. Full hard doors. I run it like this from the first week of March until the second week of November. No problems.

Just pull the seats up to the dash when you park if it looks like rain.

binaryking 04-04-2007 01:26 PM

Very nice covers here, work with doors on or off.

GoodLife 04-04-2007 01:44 PM

Carpet, no drain plugs. I try to keep an eye on the weather because I don't like driving in a T-Storm without a top. I usually keep a trash bag handy to throw over the seat if gets wet.

erickpl 04-04-2007 02:49 PM


Originally Posted by binaryking (Post 68450)
Very nice covers here, work with doors on or off.

Yep, that's the one I have.

Texapple 04-04-2007 03:29 PM

carpet (I take out once a year and power wash)
drain plugs always out
cab cover always in the back, just toss it on when parked when needed
vinyl seats

jjseel 04-04-2007 04:38 PM

Carpet, bikini, watch weather....

rebelBullDawg325 04-04-2007 04:48 PM

no carpet, all plugs out. bikini, tonneau, NO windjammer, half doors. (keep the upper parts in the back in case rain), slide seats allthe way forward if it looks like rain, trashbag incase seat gets wet

Theoldone 04-04-2007 06:48 PM

Thoughts on astroturf?.....looks pretty good in mine.....pros and cons?

Triple88a 04-04-2007 07:07 PM

few of these is good investment?

debruins 04-04-2007 07:58 PM

where do you get turf??

and if you do get it make sure you get the kind without rubber balls becasue i know how annoying that is in lacrosse to be picking rubber balls out of my shoes for weeks!!

Theoldone 04-04-2007 08:18 PM

Most carpet outlets or boat dealers....all types of colors and knap.... I keep deep mud mats on mine, and no probs so far.

skeeter 04-04-2007 08:25 PM

Took my top off last weekend, it snowed on me monday, tuesday the sun came out and dried it up nice, no worries :)

cnt487 04-04-2007 09:13 PM


Originally Posted by compshooter (Post 68405)
Relays and switches: dielectric grease
No carpet, spray in bedliner, plugs in

will the spray in bedliner protect from heat thats coming from the undercarrage that can be felt in the floorboards???

FTNuke 04-04-2007 10:12 PM

Front carpet section only
no drain plugs
bikini top
windjammer if it looks like heavy rain
doors off unless it looks like several days of rain
neoprene seat covers

Unless you were anticipating being in water up to your floor boards why would you EVER have your drain plugs in? Heck, even if you were planning to go swimming with your Jeep, wouldn't you want that water to be able to drain back out immediately? Just trying to figure out what the down side is to taking out the plugs.

JCS05Rubi 04-05-2007 06:08 AM

FTNuke- My old 97 TJ I ran with no carpet, no plugs, no doors, no top and a bikini in case of rain all summer. I would get rain mist coming INTO the jeep from the hole.. :) Had to drive with a foot over the hole in rain storms. Also, it would pick up small pebbles from the road, and getting the rocks out was a PITA. Vaccumes wouldnt pick em up, and the dirt/rocks never seemed to want to go out the hole. :)

blownfanswitch 04-05-2007 08:35 AM

For about the past month I've been running my 01 SE with carpet, w/o doors, w/ safari top and no drain plugs. No problems here....if it rains my husky liners collect a half inch of water and i get rid of it and roll

JCS05Rubi 04-05-2007 09:46 AM

so basically no doors no drain plug, seat covers of some waterproof variety, full length bikini , and carpet and I will be ok. just keep a trail cover and trash bags in case it really comes down. thanks guys

compshooter 04-05-2007 09:54 AM


Originally Posted by cnt487 (Post 68549)
will the spray in bedliner protect from heat thats coming from the undercarrage that can be felt in the floorboards???

Yes, the spray-in bedliner will protect from heat. It also is more maintenance free than carpet. Pull the plugs and you can hose out the inside, even scrub with a scrub brush if necessary. It also can be had in different colors. Expensive but worth it.

I just noticed that you have a 3in BL. That allows more air between the heat producing areas and the bottom of the tub. You will have no worries about heat.

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