Alright - broke college student question of the day:
My TJ has a hard top and full steel doors. The top is coming off in two weeks when I move into my new place. Problem is, it rains almost daily here in Portland, OR. I know the cheapest option to deal with rain is to buy a pair of swim trunks and pull the drain plugs. What's the second cheapest?
Will a bikini do the trick if I leave the back seat out? Should I pony up the cash for a factory soft top? I've heard negative things about Bestop and other aftermarket tops, so what's the consensus?
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Get a binki top, windjammer, and some soft doors. I don't have a windjammer or bikini top, but I do know that without the rear window in my soft top when its raining, the water will come in from the back and get ya wet. I do have the soft doors and there great. They let some water in through the seams but overall its great protection.
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cheapest solution would be the safari and duster. the doors are easy enough to take on and off. with the doors on and the safari on, you will be pretty safe from the elements. the duster will keep the back from getting too wet.
x2 on what TXST8TJ said... That is my combination right now and with the doors on/up, it isn't too bad... you could even put some kind of prop under the duster to help water run off in the right direction (to the back) when you're not in it.
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definately try to find some door surrounds, they make a big difference.
Second, find a Cardboard box to stuff under your duster to help the water run off, they strech something fierce if left on their own.
Finally, throw a cuople of big yard waste size garbage bags (with tie handles) in your glove box or console, to cover your seats when you get caught in a downpour, or to keep your a$$ dry when you forget to cover them and have to drive home.
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i have the bikini and duster for my 97 TJ hardtop and full steel doors as well. The duster does catch some water in the middle of it if you let it sit in the rain...but other than that it covers nicely. The bikini gets you a little wet when youre driving when it's really coming down hard but when it's parked i un-velcro the flaps and hang them on top of the full door and it keeps everything dry. Hope this helps.
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If your concerned about the rain while your not driving it. Why not get a cover. I've got the one from Jeep Covers Great cover, well made, very good tie downs, and can be used while towing. Best of all .. its made in the USA! and the price is right $109.95.
Mine was shipped the same day and received the next.. But then Im only 40 miles from them.
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That's what I do. You wouldn't believe the looks you get hauling *** getting home during a notorious Chicago spur-o-the-moment thundershower. It's even better if you have the doors off and the wide tires spray you every time you take a corner!
Donít get the bikini top thinking it will keep you dry, it will not. It will certainly help a great deal but in the end I was very unhappy with it because I didnít want water on my radio and seats. But I feel in love with the bikini Ė duster set up and couldnít go to a full soft top. I ended up cutting the back off the old beat up soft top that came with the jeep when I bought it so that it acted like a bikini. I didnít have the windows for it anyway. I have been happy ever since, I really wish someone sold something like it. And just like some of the other have already said you will need the door surrounds or water will really pour in, they are kind of expensive though.