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Old 05-10-2011, 09:31 PM
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topless in the rain?

Im wondering what everyone does when they leave their jeep out topless in the rain. I have a hard top and planned to just leave it off all summer. Ive seen others say they do this. Is this okay? The tub is going to be bedlined with the drain plugs out, and the rear seat is out. What do you recommend to cover the front seats while it sits outside? I dont need permanent covers just something to keep the water off the seat that i can remove before driving. The only thing im worried about is the dash area. Is it waterproof also or are the gauges and speakers there going to get wet and damaged? What do you all do other than putting another top on? Does anyone just let theirs sit outside unprotected? Any problems when doing this?

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YJ's handle sitting in rain alot better than the newer models. Running a bikini top is good just to keep some of the weather out of there especially if you are in a state that gets alot of rain. Mine has seen alot of rain in the dash with no real dash issues. Might want to have a cab cover for night parking to help keep some of the critters out also.

55 gallon trash bags make great seat covers

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order a bestop cover for when the top is off. 4wd or quadratec ect.....
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I carry a 9x12 tarp and a box of bungies. No, they did not make the speakers waterproof, they are paper cones in the dash. My new ones are plastic cones. You could go with vinyl seats, maybe neoprene and just carry towels in some place dry to wipe the seats down with. I bikini top helps a little bit with the front seats in non-windy conditions.
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X2 on the Bestop cover. Get the one that covers the door openings in case you go doorless too. I take mine off in late April and it stays off until October. I keep a bikini top on all summer. I keep the top stored in the back in case it rains.
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i leave my top off 9 months out of the year and dont have any problems. my seats are waterproof so i just wipe em off and go. if it rains real hard my back speakers wont work for about a day till they dry out but theyre just cheap 6x9s sitting on the fender. i put a waterproof marine cd player and radio in cause everytime i hosed off the dash after muddin it wouldnt work for about a day but i hose the shit out of the whole dash and all and thats the only problem ive ever had.
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I sit in my truck for work 12 hrs a day...and it's totally raining like hardcore right now...i really need to buy some doors... :wet:
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I swapped over to my safari top. I run a cab cover at night... keep the kitties and other little furry friends out.
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honestly no offense but its a jeep it can handle anything i leave my top off almost all year and ehen the rain comes u handle it just remember its no rolls roce so itll handle anything
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I also have a bikini top and a cab cover for over night. The bikini keeps any water from entering straight down. and the cab cover keeps it clean over night.

I also have a duster cover which i'll put on as well if i remember to cover the entire truck. Also I have seat covers to protect the seats. It's perfect and if it rains it dries super quick.

the bikini is great if you find yourself driving and it starts to rain...if you keep moving you won't get wet at all.
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the bikini is great if you find yourself driving and it starts to rain...if you keep moving you won't get wet at all.
Depending on how fast you go. if you go fast enough it mists up and flies in from behind. You end up with the road grime like you would see on the rear window coming into the cab area. Sure makes the french fries taste funny.
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Depending on how fast you go. if you go fast enough it mists up and flies in from behind. You end up with the road grime like you would see on the rear window coming into the cab area. Sure makes the french fries taste funny.
They should put a wiper on the inside of the windshield
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Also I have seat covers to protect the seats. It's perfect and if it rains it dries super quick.
What kind? This is something I'm looking for, specifically for them rain days. On the Island, every day is 30% chance of rain, and coming into hurricane season. I need something to keep the seats dry (to a point).
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stock seats handle the rain well,, as long as they're not cracked. Just wipe 'em off and good to go. x2 on the inside wipers, and I love my bikini top except when I forget to scoop out the big pool of water it collects when it rains, and I take that first right turn.
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Neoprene seat covers are water proof. They generally come with a cloth veneer that makes them comfortable to sit on even when baked in the sun, unlike vinyl which will burn on contact. The cloth also helps wick off moisture so you don't start sliding around like you would on vinyl especially with bare skin against the seat. The only down side of the cloth laminated neoprene seat covers is in the rain they would be difficult to wipe off to minimize getting wet from sitting on them.
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Neoprene seat covers are water proof. They generally come with a cloth veneer that makes them comfortable to sit on even when baked in the sun, unlike vinyl which will burn on contact. The cloth also helps wick off moisture so you don't start sliding around like you would on vinyl especially with bare skin against the seat. The only down side of the cloth laminated neoprene seat covers is in the rain they would be difficult to wipe off to minimize getting wet from sitting on them.
Neoprene is the exact opposite of waterproof. They make WET suits for scuba outta neoprene. What they do, is block everything other than water. And they dry out very fast so they won't mildew, but they trap water in the actual seat, which does mildew. They Keep seats clean. When they get wet you should take em off to let seat dry then put back on. I think they are the best seat cover because of how well they do what they're supposed to do. And they comfy
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Neoprene is the exact opposite of waterproof. They make WET suits for scuba outta neoprene. What they do, is block everything other than water. And they dry out very fast so they won't mildew, but they trap water in the actual seat, which does mildew. They Keep seats clean. When they get wet you should take em off to let seat dry then put back on. I think they are the best seat cover because of how well they do what they're supposed to do. And they comfy
I'm a diver. You need to do some research on this. I have. Neoprene is a closed cell foam product and when they make it, instead of fluffing it up with air bubbles they use nitrogen because of its chemical qualities. They call it a wet suite because both sides of it get wet not because it goes through the material. The water is simply not sealed out as in a dry suite. It comes in at the sleeves, zipper, neck, feet, and bottom of the top. I do New England diving. When 40 degree water comes in to the suite, you can easily tell how it gets there it starts at the places I mentioned and infiltrates the suite. That aside, the material itself is water proof.

That is why they make seat covers out of it and call them waterproof.
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This link is to a page where it describes neoprene. Notice in the upper right corner of the page the picture of a DRY SUITE made of neoprene. If it were not impervious to water then why would they make a dry suite from it?

The reason they make wet suites out of it is because of its insulating qualities. It traps water against your skin and your body warms that water. If the suite were to leak water through the material then the insulating quality of it would not allow it to insulate from freezing temperatures like it does. The water, if it were to permeate the material, would conduct the heat away from your body and the purpose of the material would be negated.
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Maybe I buy cheap wet suits.
But there Is not a big problem with your jeep getting wet. It's happened to me once or twice. Just let everything dry.
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x2 on JK's explanation - Most of the survival gear we used in the Coast Guard was neoprene - like the gumby suits for example. I prefer neoprene seat covers - some people hate 'em. It's a personal choice.
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They make neoprene dry suits too... I've owned several (DUI, BARE, and others) and they've stayed more dry than my bag suits.

Back on topic... When I know it's going to rain, I throw the doors on, roll the windows up, and make sure the bikini top is secure. I put a can between the strap and the bikini top to make a little tent. I park it with the front a little higher than the rear so water can dump out of the open tail gate, and get to the drain plugs up front. When I park it, I flip both seats up. Thus far it has worked well.
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Thanks alot everyone. Through all the responses i sort of put a bunch together. I left the hard doors on with windows up, took out all the drain plugs, covered the seats with 55 gallon garbage bags and flipped them forward, covered the rear speakers with empty plastic containers, and went to harbor freight and spent $12 on a 5x7 9MIL tarp and 20 pack of bungees to cover the top.

I looked at the cab cover but couldnt justify spending $150 on it when i bought the jeep for only $300.

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Just remember its gonna puddle up in the middle of that. I always forget when I get in after it has rained with my bikini top on n drive off n get soaked
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I thought about that and sloped it where it shouldnt puddle up. Time will tell though. Either way its not like im planning to drive with this on, just to keep water out while it sits with the hard top off.
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That's a bad ass custom top why wouldn't you drive with it..........ya I figured that you wouldn't drive with it but would hate to see you go through all that trouble to keep it dry n you go to take it off n splash all that work for nothin
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this is what my buddy had for his jeep for those weird rainy days in the summer. not too expensive and it fits under the seat no problem. bout 5 minutes to put on

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What kind? This is something I'm looking for, specifically for them rain days. On the Island, every day is 30% chance of rain, and coming into hurricane season. I need something to keep the seats dry (to a point).
Sorry for the late response. I use bestop seat covers. Nothing special and not the neoprene brand.

Actually, PO had them on the jeep.
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this is what my buddy had for his jeep for those weird rainy days in the summer. not too expensive and it fits under the seat no problem. bout 5 minutes to put on

Pavement Ends 56811-01 - Pavement Ends™ Emergency Top in Black for 92-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec
this is good for driving in the rain. But $150 for a cab cover? I'm pretty sure I spent $60.

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stock seats handle the rain well,, as long as they're not cracked. Just wipe 'em off and good to go. x2 on the inside wipers, and I love my bikini top except when I forget to scoop out the big pool of water it collects when it rains, and I take that first right turn.
It rained like hell here one time and when I got off work I was surprised to find that my bikini top had kept the cab almost dry - that is until I backed it out of my slightly uphill parking spot while turning the wheels to the right. After that cold shower I was wide awake for the drive home.

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