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Old 07-19-2010, 02:32 AM
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Bad to let it rain in my jeep a lot??

Will it rust faster? i have next to no rust in or outside of my Jeep. 95 yj.

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Old 07-19-2010, 05:36 AM   #2
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Don't know about rust but I wouldn't want the water getting into the gauges. You can get a cover relatively inexpensive. Jeepcovers.com sells them and bestop makes one also.

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Old 07-19-2010, 05:59 AM   #3
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A little rain won't hurt. Just dry off the seats, pull the plugs. and ride.
I mean you YJ has been around 10 years already.
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Cover the inside with herculiner and you wont have to give it another thought. I got a bikini top to protect the dash and gauges. But the herculiner is definatly worth the time and money.
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This thing is awesome. I use it all the time. Super easy to fold up into a nice duffel type pull string bag. I think they go for about $70. Money WELL spent.

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Got caught in the rain this weekend myself. Sum it up by saying, 6 INCHES OF WATER IN THE FLOOR. The mats FLOATED.

Just pulled the drain plugs, pulled out the carpet to dry, and wiped everything down. I don't think I will put the carpet back. I think I will do the Hercules thang.

Guys, any thoughts on doing it yourself versus having it done?
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Many thread about doing it. Most difficult part is prep work. You can take a look to see what others have done. I've thought about it myself....

as far as the rain in the Wrangler. Most people think doing some type of protection like Rhino line or whatever helps. Not true since the inside is already painted. The parts that rain affects are any electronics like radio, gauges, etc....

all exposed metal parts like inside the seat, the seat mountings, stuff under the console, well, they are exposed and will rust. why not protect them as well?

A lot of people spend mucho time and money protecting the wrong things. I saw one thread where someone actually put marine grade speakers in because he was planning on getting them wet, but then installed a power amp to run them.

The Amp wasn't water proof, so what's the point?


I like the cover pictured above but It looks like the soft top has to be removed to install it correctly....maybe. Is this true?
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I like the cover pictured above but It looks like the soft top has to be removed to install it correctly....maybe. Is this true?
That is correct!!! I can put it on with the top up however it does not fit as well. Still gets the job done (with it up) protecting the vital parts (as you did a very good job of describing). The rain cover just doesn't quite come down as far. Still might get some minimal rain in the very back and on your floor pans but as I said it's very Minimal. You have roughly a 1 1/2" to 2" gap.

For $70(ish) its still money well spend and takes all of a minute to throw on and strap her down for the storm.
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Guys, any thoughts on doing it yourself versus having it done?

TOALLY do it yourself. You will save so much $$ instead of having professionals use spray-on liner. Also make sure you go with the herculiner brand, it's so far the best (at least in my eyes). Do a thread search on here, they are a bunch of people who posted their step-by-step instructions on how they did it. Make sure you prep properly so it adheres to your tub properly. Also give yourself a good day to get it done, it's not a fast process by any means!
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[QUOTE=PTaylor;692990]Many thread about doing it. Most difficult part is prep work. You can take a look to see what others have done. I've thought about it myself....

as far as the rain in the Wrangler. Most people think doing some type of protection like Rhino line or whatever helps. Not true since the inside is already painted. The parts that rain affects are any electronics like radio, gauges, etc....

all exposed metal parts like inside the seat, the seat mountings, stuff under the console, well, they are exposed and will rust. why not protect them as well?

A lot of people spend mucho time and money protecting the wrong things. I saw one thread where someone actually put marine grade speakers in because he was planning on getting them wet, but then installed a power amp to run them.

The Amp wasn't water proof, so what's the point?


Agreed. My sentiments for the liner is so I can hose out the floor without dealing with taking the carpet in and out. When I got caught in the rain this weekend, I had a towel with me (keep one in there) and instead of keeping myself and sets dry, I opted to drape the towel across the dash to protect the electronics.

The floor liner just seems more sensible in a Jeep to me. I will search the forum for thoughts on the process. THANKS!
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Agreed. My sentiments for the liner is so I can hose out the floor without dealing with taking the carpet in and out. When I got caught in the rain this weekend, I had a towel with me (keep one in there) and instead of keeping myself and sets dry, I opted to drape the towel across the dash to protect the electronics.

The floor liner just seems more sensible in a Jeep to me. I will search the forum for thoughts on the process. THANKS!
I pulled out the carpet, stuck it in storage and just bought some SERIOUS truck floor mats. Works like a charm.
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I pulled out the carpet, stuck it in storage and just bought some SERIOUS truck floor mats. Works like a charm.

Bought floor mats the first day I got her--same ones I had in my first Wrangler. They hold up to 2 GALLONS of water each if necessary. And they STILL FLOATED in that weekend downpour!

I drove it yesterday without anything and the metal got way too hot. Put the mats in after that and it did the trick. But I am interested in the liner option long term.

I just think it would be so much cleaner. Otherwise, the carpet is just going to get funky.
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Bought floor mats the first day I got her--same ones I had in my first Wrangler. They hold up to 2 GALLONS of water each if necessary. And they STILL FLOATED in that weekend downpour!

I drove it yesterday without anything and the metal got way too hot. Put the mats in after that and it did the trick. But I am interested in the liner option long term.

I just think it would be so much cleaner. Otherwise, the carpet is just going to get funky.
I'll give ya that, the floor (w/o carpet) does get HOT especially on the passenger side. I just deal with it and to be honest, I LOVE having the carpet out more than I though I would. I just pull the drain plugs, wash, rinse repeat when necessary. =)
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Just looked at your baby--she is a beaut! And wow, the low mileage when you got her....great find!
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as far as the rain in the Wrangler. Most people think doing some type of protection like Rhino line or whatever helps. Not true since the inside is already painted. The parts that rain affects are any electronics like radio, gauges, etc....

all exposed metal parts like inside the seat, the seat mountings, stuff under the console, well, they are exposed and will rust. why not protect them as well?

A lot of people spend mucho time and money protecting the wrong things.
You are absolutely right.
Moisture inside the seats, electronics and nooks and crannies can destroy a vehicle.
It causes rust, corrosion and eventual failure of components.

I avoid getting the interior of my Jeep wet. On those rare occasions when I take my seats out to clean them really well I make sure they are nice and dry before reinstalling and give them a good lube. Still, even after all of my care, the seat brackets have some rust on them and they are more difficult to operate than they were a couple of years ago.

Replacing electronics is a costly venture. Not a risk I will take voluntarily.
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Just looked at your baby--she is a beaut! And wow, the low mileage when you got her....great find!
Thanks I was REALLY pleased to find an 04 with only 8k. Never saw rain or snow or mud for that matter.

I just turned 12k miles and now I'm beating the CRAP out of it though on the trails and making it mine. I'm looking forward to my small lift here in a couple of weeks. Then all the bolt on stuff. MONEY PIT and loving it.
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Just looked at your baby--she is a beaut! And wow, the low mileage when you got her....great find!
were you talking about my Jeep with the army decals on it? or someone else's. if you meant mine, thank you, I love it!
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oh obviously not talking about my jeep haha
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As long as you let it dry out in the sun after it gets wet you'll be fine. Just don't garage it after it's soaked. Once it stops raining just sun it out.
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As long as you let it dry out in the sun after it gets wet you'll be fine. Just don't garage it after it's soaked. Once it stops raining just sun it out.
You're not jokin, I left mine "dry" in my gram's garage, on day 3 I was scrubbin mold out of the carpet...I'll only let it bake in the sun from now on
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Yeah, the heat/humidity of a garage will cause a smell that's awful. The sun does wonders.
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It will also depend on where you live. There is almost no humidity where I live and it makes all the difference from back East. Things dry out in no time at all. Rust is also almost non existent in the West as you can find some pretty cool old cars that are rock solid that are 50 years old sitting in a farmers field.
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so what about protecting the gauges? Any nifty jeep tricks to it, other than sticking a towel across the dash??
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so what about protecting the gauges? Any nifty jeep tricks to it, other than sticking a towel across the dash??
I know you can find dash covers at o'reilly's and probably advanced auto parts.
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Just marking this thread. Good stuff fellas.

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