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Old 04-08-2018, 06:37 PM
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Seat covers for rain use?

Hi, I just bought a 95 Wrangler 2.5L. I intend to use it frequently as a tool to get around trails and wooded areas at my place of business, which will be easiest for you to image as a summer camp. I see that fitted seat covers are kind of pricey, so I want to get the right ones for how I plan to use it.

So, what type of seat covers are best for someone planning to take the top of all summer (I'll try to put it up in the rain, but can't guarantee I'll be able to get to it in every case). I've been primarily looking at neoprene covers from Coverking etc.. So, if they take a serious soaking 2-3 times a year can I just wash them and make them look like new, or would I be better off with some cheap universal plastic water-proof ones from the local auto parts store? Have you used any that you really thought protected and cleaned easily that you'd like to recommend?

Totally off topic, but I bought my Jeep with 106K miles on it and only the tiniest bit of surface rust underneath (none in the paint/body) for $6K. Good deal?

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That's a good question, I plan on putting the bikini top on mine as soon as it warms up and like you wanted to protect my seats. I purchased off ebay some cheap rain covers that I will start out with but have no idea how they will work. As long as they keep the seats protected and I don't have to give much for them is more of the way I want to go. they will come off as soon as the hard top would go back on, also plan on just removing the rear seat during that period as well.

Off topic issue, if the jeep is in good mechanical shape with no rust and is already set up the way you want it 6K is a good deal, but at the end of the day it only matters if it's a good deal to you and the heck with everyone else's opinion.

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Old 04-23-2018, 07:13 AM   #3
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I just bought my first Wrangler and plan on going off road with the top off and need water and mud protection too. The unexpected rain with the top off is also invertible at some point. Following
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My top is off all summer, just have a spiderweb shade.

Light rain doesn't bother me but, for unexpected bursts I carry a Bestop Trail Cover. It fits in a sack and takes up about 1.5 sq ft of storage.

Installs in less than 2 minutes.
Of course you can't drive with it on (...unless you have mad skills).

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When i was looking for waterproof seat covers i was seriously considering neoprene until i started reading about how they trap sweat and grow bacteria and start to smell like ass.

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Wetsuit smell is the result of a normal sweat and body oils and odors that our bodies produce. These get stuck on the neoprene and become a breeding ground for the bacteria. Bacteria is the source of the bad smell in our wetsuit.
I don't think there is a good way of making a seat waterproof unless you get new 100% vinyl seats. Bestop seat covers are not waterproof but are very water resistant i loved mine when i had them on my factory seats.
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When I bought my Jeep the seats weren't all that bad. Seat covers would have worked, but I don't like seat covers. They always seem to sag and wrinkle.
I bought a set of Bestop seats and a Smittybilt console.
Now, if it rains while my top is off, I simply pull a towel out of the console, wipe the seat off and away I go.
The seats are actually black denim and are darker than the pics show. Must be the flash that makes them look grey.

Quadratec has Smittybilt seats on sale now for $200.00 a pair. How much are waterproof seat covers?
See agalloch07s statement about neoprene seat covers. Whenever I went diving, I always had to wash out my wetsuit once I got home or if I let stay in my dive bag, it smelled like dead fish.

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That trail cover looks great! I have something similar for my motorcycle that just covers there very top, it packs super small also. This is very useful for a super hot sunny day too.... we don't get much of that in Ohio lately.
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I don't mean to hijack this thread or go too far off topic, but it seems a few of you have real world "rain with the top off" experience. How do you guys protect the dash, radio, carpet, and the other pars inside from rain and water? Do any of you go on muddy trails with the top off and sling mud inside? I'm curious on some solutions for that also.
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20 years ago ai had a '78 dodge ramcharger for a couple years... It never had a top while I had it... the weather was very hard on the interior... switches, wiring, instruments, seat sliders, etc etc etc all went downhill fast.... i didn't care about it at all but I wouldn't treat a jeep that way.

I operate open cab heavy equipment for a living.... It is specifically designed to be exposed t9 the weather and it still has plenty of problems from exposure.
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Two things I learned in the USMC
1-take care of your gear and your gear will take care of you. Simply put, we pm'd our vehicles and weapons and everything.

2-Rule of the 7Ps- Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Simply put, think ahead.

All of this to say.....if you constantly run without a top in the rain, don't bitch about your radio, gauges, cb, etc not working. Carpet was made to be removed so it can be cleaned and dried.
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... Simply put, we pm'd our vehicles and weapons and everything....
93% of readers wonder why you 'Private Messaged' your vehicles and weapons and everything.
7% of remaining veterans also did Preventative Maintenance.
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True. Sad but true.
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I keep debating on what I'd like to do as well. My '95 came with cloth Cavalier seats already installed. I thought about getting neoprene seat covers designed specifically for Cavalier seats, but they're expensive. I've tried a couple of different types of the cheaper Walmart style seat covers on the Cavalier seats, but nothing fits quite right. I'd almost rather get a couple of new Bestop vinyl type seats for a bit more money.
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Typical... one demographic thinking they have a lock on a practice..... lol


Pm's are a way of life for LOTS of folks that need to depend on equipment from trucking fleets to hospitals and even us lowly pipeliners .....
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Agreed, we all have our own way of accomplishing the same thing. Different terms, different methods but (hopefully) the same outcome. Tools of the trade that perform as expected with a longer than expected life span.
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i didn't care about it at all but I wouldn't treat a jeep that way.

I operate open cab heavy equipment for a living.... It is specifically designed to be exposed t9 the weather and it still has plenty of problems from exposure.
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Two things I learned in the USMC
1-take care of your gear and your gear will take care of you. Simply put, we pm'd our vehicles and weapons and everything.

2-Rule of the 7Ps- Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Simply put, think ahead.

All of this to say.....if you constantly run without a top in the rain, don't bitch about your radio, gauges, cb, etc not working. Carpet was made to be removed so it can be cleaned and dried.
Thanks for the replies. This is my first Jeep Wrangler, (I had a wagoneer years ago) It's a 2012, 2dr hard top, and it's interior is in excellent condition, no stains, no smells, very nice and I plan to keep it that way. What I really meant to say is, I do plan on going off road with the top off and wanted to know some more information about preventing things from going bad inside if going through mud were unavoidable. I totally agree about taking good care of your vehicles, I am an auto tech and know all too well about the importance of proper PM. Our detailers have ruined quite a few electronics from water intrusion also

There are some locals I have talked to and heard different stories about water resistance and dust seals for jeeps, to me it all looks the same as any other chrysler vehicle as far as NON-water resistant.
I have a 2005 Honda Goldwing that has 123,000 miles on it, it has never been to the dealer (I have trust issues) and the only thing that has ever gone wrong is one front wheel bearing due to some water intrusion, now I install new seals everytime it gets new tires... never went out since.

Thanks again and I hope I didn't get too far off topic here.
My top is going to have to stay on if it's muddy. Just wanted to assure you I will be taking good care of my little Wrangler!
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I don't mind your question Fall2Fast. I think it's in keeping with the spirit of the thread. Thanks to everyone that responded. I've decided on some el-cheapo seat covers from the local auto part store that I bought for $8 ea. The seats are in surprisingly good condition and i'd like to keep them that way, so these plastic seat covers will keep the sun and rain off while still wiping dry.

As far as driving in the rain topless deliberately, I did it in my Scout back in the day, which was all steel dash with vinyl interior, and I still wouldn't recommend it. But if you insist on punishing yourself, look into clear surface guard tape (or similar). I buy 2' x 30' rolls and wrap my car in it before going to the race track. Should peel right off your dash and take the mud with it.
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Mine has been rained on/in twice. Both unexpected showers while at work. I kept my eye on the weather and both times pointed the Jeep toward the clouds.
The dash and radio were fine. The seats are vinyl so I just wiped them off with some paper towels.
Pulled the plugs and drove home.
As far as mud with the top down?
Itís 29 years old. I just let the mud dry and throw out the chunks.


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When i was looking for waterproof seat covers i was seriously considering neoprene until i started reading about how they trap sweat and grow bacteria and start to smell like ass.



I don't think there is a good way of making a seat waterproof unless you get new 100% vinyl seats. Bestop seat covers are not waterproof but are very water resistant i loved mine when i had them on my factory seats.
I've read a few posts and reviews on Neoprene seat covers that say that the material doesn't act like wet suits. Years later still smells like new car. ect.
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I can tell you first hand that my neoprene seat covers aren't even a little bit water proof... soaks right in fast.
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I can tell you first hand that my neoprene seat covers aren't even a little bit water proof... soaks right in fast.
Yeah, it all depends on the manufacture. I found these and might give them a try. See if they hold me over till I'm ready to buy Corbeau leather seats.

https://www.shearcomfort.com/Cordura-Seat-Covers.asp
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G'day guys,
Was lookin for some neoprene seat covers last year and was tossing between supertrim https://www.supertrim.com.au/ and dingo trails https://dingotrails.com.au/ Finally went with dingo trails cause of the free shipping and money back guarantee.They're doing good so far hey.. I'm always travellin to the beach and with all that sand and dirt, they keep up well. Waterproof as advertised and very hardy
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$25 seat covers from eBay. Brand is Oxgord. It is water proof. I sprayed some adhesive over my seats and inside the covers. Gave it more molded look. Not as loose this way. It'll have to do until i order some spice leathers. Click image for larger version

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I sprayed some adhesive over my seats and inside the covers. Gave it more molded look. Not as loose this way. Attachment 4052034
Whooda thunk! Seems like a great idea.

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