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bman9089 05-12-2007 05:02 PM

Water-proofing the Jeep...console, upholstery, etc. Let's chat.
 
It seems to me that waterproofing a wrangler would be beneficial. I've seen lots of guys flood the interior, nearly up to the console.

But even if you're not that extreme, you've probably been through a down-poor before and forgot to put the top up. I'm guilty of that one myself.

So, has anyone ever water-proofed their jeep to the point that you could leave it out in the rain and not have any problems with it? Including the seats, console, electronics, etc. I think it would be neat knowing that the only problems I could have coming back to a wet jeep would be a wet bottom. The wrangler is already one of the most rugged vehicles made, so why ont improve upon that even more?

Just curious to know what others have done to block rain/water.

Cheers! :cheers2:

-Brandon

4x4WranglerSE 05-12-2007 05:25 PM

Well if you're that worried about it getting wet, leave the top on. Otherwise you could take the carpet out and rhino line the floor and leave the drain plugs out, and get a couple vinyl seat covers to keep water out

bman9089 05-12-2007 05:30 PM

alright, there's a start.

I'm not worried about it getting wet. The only thing I'm concerned about is the console since it seems that rain can screw up the insides of it.

Bill_Dunnigan 05-12-2007 05:31 PM

as for the dash, sealant could be used on all the crevases and the bottom could be patched up, the radio can be cover with some type of folding cover, the only issue is the vents

Combatsylvania 05-14-2007 06:51 AM

Im slowly weather proofing mine...

so far i just have the carpet out, and rear drains pulled.. I fold ther fonr seats forward with the top up to keep them dry,..

however, im soon to own a pair of bestop seat covers.. and the wife of a fella i work with is making me a dash cover.. it will cover the whole dash, it will snap on to buttons on the dash, and hand off the front,.. she is sewing in a clear vinyl window for the gauge cluser.. that way i can drive with it on and not worry about mud and water on the radio.. i still need to figure out what to do with the steering column, but other than that.. ill be good to go.

it wont help me if i submerge, but I dont wheel like that anyways.. (anymore)

stevensinger 05-14-2007 07:43 AM

Sounds like a good Idea, I will be watching this thread. I just got soft doors to keep with my on my weekends to the shore. Just in case it rains. I hate having my top on in the summer time.

GringoLoco 05-14-2007 09:29 AM

I think the biggest (most expensive) problem people run into is killing the clock spring in the steering column. I've been trying to think of a good way to waterproof that for a while, but haven't really took the initiative to even locate it and get a better idea of how to go about it.

Scotch740 05-14-2007 09:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GringoLoco
I think the biggest (most expensive) problem people run into is killing the clock spring in the steering column. I've been trying to think of a good way to waterproof that for a while, but haven't really took the initiative to even locate it and get a better idea of how to go about it.

Where is the clock spring located? Down in the gap where the wheel meets the steering column? If that is the case I was thinking of making a plastic or rubber cover that covered that gap. Attach it to the wheel and have it cover the top and sides. Then as long as your wheel is upright it will cover the gap. Just not positive where the clock spring is located.

GDog984 05-14-2007 09:56 AM

I think my clock spring is messed up as well.. nothing on my steering wheel swants to work and from all the thread I have read it seems that that is the problem.

bman9089 05-14-2007 09:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Combatsylvania
Im slowly weather proofing mine...

so far i just have the carpet out, and rear drains pulled.. I fold ther fonr seats forward with the top up to keep them dry,..

however, im soon to own a pair of bestop seat covers.. and the wife of a fella i work with is making me a dash cover.. it will cover the whole dash, it will snap on to buttons on the dash, and hand off the front,.. she is sewing in a clear vinyl window for the gauge cluser.. that way i can drive with it on and not worry about mud and water on the radio.. i still need to figure out what to do with the steering column, but other than that.. ill be good to go.

it wont help me if i submerge, but I dont wheel like that anyways.. (anymore)

You should definitely post pictures of that when you get it done! :drool:

I keep waiting to hear about someone who's completely sealed their dash. Wouldn't think it would be that hard... not sure of the consequences though. :teehee:

bman9089 05-14-2007 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeepguy789
I hate having my top on in the summer time.

:agree:

It's pretty much a sin to own a soft top and not take it off on a nice day. :D

bman9089 05-14-2007 09:28 PM

also, if anyone has any pics of the clock spring, that would be perfect for this thread. :)

frankiejr 05-14-2007 09:41 PM

In '99 I was researching a car computer build-up for my Civic. It never got off the ground because I'm a dunce when it comes to electronics, but I did find a few options that might help with the radio.

First, waterproof head units. More expensive but the best bet for wet use. Not sure about audio quality but it seems like there are some nice ones out there. For examples, google pyle marine waterproof radio (Pyle even makes waterproof amps).

Second, there was a dash pocket for a marine in-dash radio mount. The one I really liked back then had a roll-front (kinda like a roll-top desk) but this is all I can find now: http://www.sailgb.com/c/waterproof_r...vers_housings/

Actually, if you're looking to solve some vehicle waterproofing problems, it might be a good idea to look into marine solutions. You might get some good ideas from there.

.frankiejr

PackMan 05-14-2007 09:45 PM

They make covers for the entire cab of a Jeep. I have no idea why someone hasn't made a custom TJ dash / steering wheel cover out of cheap vinyl. Fold it up and tuck it under the seat, velcro it to your dash when parked outside.

frankiejr 05-14-2007 09:47 PM

Clockspring:

http://carryingforks.com/jeep/forum/clock_spring.gif


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