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Old 05-21-2019, 06:15 PM
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Pros and cons of having no top

Hi there, still a little new to the Jeep life. I have a 2011jk and recently my soft top has sprung a pretty decent leak on both of the side panels. I plan on bed lining the interior of the Jeep(since the carpet got damp and is stinky), I’m also curious to see just how well a Jeep can do without any top on. I see them around the city a lot but can’t find a good answer on google about how well it goes. Is having no top an option or would just getting a brand new soft top be the best way to go? Thanks!

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Where do you live? If it's not the desert I wouldn't just leave my jeep out 24/7 with no top unless it was just an old mud bogger or rock crawler. A new jeep with radio, possible power windows etc is not designed to be exposed to weather all the time.

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Old 05-21-2019, 07:25 PM   #3
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...I see them around the city a lot but canít find a good answer on google about how well it goes. Is having no top an option...
Those topless jeeps probably live in a garage somewhere like mine.
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I concur. There is a CJ5 in my area with absolutely no top and from what I have seen close up never has had. Currently the Jeep is over 40 years old and still has the original paint and decals.

However, it has no electronics, not even a radio. I talked to the owner one evening at a gas station and asked him about driving around with no top in S. Georgia. He is a contractor and keeps the Jeep in his warehouse. He normally drives it on days when it is mild, but occasionally gets wet when he doesn't get back in time. The Jeep is almost as delivered from AMC, with no carpet. Carpet was an option when the CJ7 came out on the hardtop version.


With each major model revision, the Jeep has gotten more complex with more creature comfort. With each major creature comfort addition they became less moisture tolerant.

OP - make sure you take a trash bag with you to cover the dash when you park it out in the weather. These forums are full com discussion of problems of owners when their Jeep got left out with a top down or freedom panels out. Everything from weird results when turning on switches (including lights and turn signals), to dead radio/nav to dead Jeep.
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Be prepared for wet seats, also can’t leave anything in your Jeep, not that they are hard to unzip the windows but something is better than nothing, I always have a 100pc socket set in my Jeep so I like to keep my hardtop on with just the freedom panels removed
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Pros: Looks cool

Cons: Wet Jeep
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I garage my jeep and leave the hard top off, but carry the soft top as it can rain on those iffy days. When I used to live in Miami I had a bikini top which installs in minutes and keeps a lot of the rain out.
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Pros: Wind in your hair, sun on your back,



Cons: rain on your face, wet pants, sun in your eyes, chilly cold mornings


tip: once you get up to about 40mph, the rain stops hitting you in the face so much and lands mostly down your back.
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PROS: Great on warm sunny days and when you are out on the trails.

CONS: Rain, cold mornings,

If you decide to go topless, at least get a Cab Cover to keep it dry when parked.
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I live in Michigan and leave my Jeep topless all summer. It is parked in a garage at night and I carry an emergency rain fly if I get caught out in the rain. I wouldn't leave it out uncovered in the rain on a regular basis. Even a cheap portable awning would be fine to park under if you have the room.
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Rarely do I drive with the top completely off. Sunburn due to thinning hair is real. Usually doors off, side back windows off, back window rolled up. It is uncommon to go a week with out rain here and pop up showers happen. With the humidity, dew on the inside of the windshield and moist seats are common for the ride into work if no garage is available.
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You have a soft top; it just has a couple of leaks. Just leave the old top on and only put it up if it rains. A leaky soft top is better than no top at all when it's pouring.
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Pros: Wind in your hair, sun on your back,



Cons: rain on your face, wet pants, sun in your eyes, chilly cold mornings


tip: once you get up to about 40mph, the rain stops hitting you in the face so much and lands mostly down your back.
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In my early 20's I had a TJ with a hardtop. Got behind on rent and sold the top in early summer with the plan of buying a soft top before summer ended. No top in Seattle is not a good idea, but you get 4 months of dry weather in the summer. There are still those few days. Gets pretty fun trying to find cover when you get caught in the rain. Under bridges usually. LOL
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Here in SC summers can be hot and wet. Winters can be cold and wet. Fall and spring can be ... nice and wet. Occasionally all of the seasons can be dry, but just never know. If I had a garage instead of an open air carport I’d consider taking the top off, but I don’t ( and it’s a daily driver ) so I’ll have to be content with taking the freedom top off on a as wanted basis. Birds tend to congregate in the area and they don’t go elsewhere to poop. So I guess that IMO there is little rational to take any part of the top off for an extended period.

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