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Unread 06-25-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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Hi all! This is my first post on this forum as I am a new Jeep owner. I bought a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited a few weeks ago and today I brought it to my summer home to take the hard top off. We planned on putting the soft top on but the dealership didn't give us all of the parts for it so I now have to drive back home to the dealership so they can put it on for me. The only problem is that it is likely I will hit thunderstorms on the way home. If it happens to start down pouring on my head with no top on it, will the inside of my jeep be okay?

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Unread 06-25-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
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Yes definitely. My roof was down and my doors were off yesterday while i was stuck in the rain on a boat. Let it somewhat dry out overnight and just had a damp seat in the morning. I put the top and doors back on now, so the only lasting drawback is a musty odor until it airs out completely.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 12:27 PM   #3
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I would consider at least driving with the front panel portions of the freedom top on. I've done this before and they do a surprisingly good job of deflecting rain esp at higher speeds. This will keep the front (and you) dry.

I've used just those and at highway speeds the back passengers stayed mostly dry too.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 12:39 PM   #4
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Don't let water collect in the steering column or on your electronics and it does fine. I had my 13 jkur with 2000 miles on it get poured on for a day with no top. My cup holders were completely full of water. It has 16000 on it now and no problems.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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I would consider at least driving with the front panel portions of the freedom top on. I've done this before and they do a surprisingly good job of deflecting rain esp at higher speeds. This will keep the front (and you) dry.

I've used just those and at highway speeds the back passengers stayed mostly dry too.
If he don't have the freedom panels, I run this way most the time just the panels, makes the best bikini top ever. I would use a large plastic bag over the steering wheel. I carry bags in case. Even with just a bikini top or freedom top hard bikini. it can get real wet in there doorless. you do not want to get the clock spring wet if you can avoid it.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 01:08 PM   #6
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I would consider at least driving with the front panel portions of the freedom top on. I've done this before and they do a surprisingly good job of deflecting rain esp at higher speeds. This will keep the front (and you) dry.

I've used just those and at highway speeds the back passengers stayed mostly dry too.
That's actually a really good idea! I didn't think of that. The only problem is that we've already put the soft top plastic door pieces that go on top on and screwed them in so I'm not sure that the freedom panels would fit.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 02:09 PM   #7
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How long does it take you to remove them? I think I'd invest the 2 minutes.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 02:20 PM   #8
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That's actually a really good idea! I didn't think of that. The only problem is that we've already put the soft top plastic door pieces that go on top on and screwed them in so I'm not sure that the freedom panels would fit.
Oh you've put those removable pieces in? Wow you're screwed.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 02:27 PM   #9
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How long does it take you to remove them? I think I'd invest the 2 minutes.
I guess you're right haha :P I'm really busy right now but I suppose it would be worth it for a few minutes to remove them
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Unread 06-25-2013, 04:36 PM   #10
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I'm looking at a new JKU Rubicon that had the Freedom top left off and it rained cats and dogs. That thing was soaked when I looked at it Sunday. Bet someone at the dealership got a butt chewing. Think there's any permanent damage, especially to nav? I don't care about the carpet. Seats were leather trimmed so don't know about them. Got call in to dealer now.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #11
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I'm looking at a new JKU Rubicon that had the Freedom top left off and it rained cats and dogs. That thing was soaked when I looked at it Sunday. Bet someone at the dealership got a butt chewing. Think there's any permanent damage, especially to nav? I don't care about the carpet. Seats were leather trimmed so don't know about them. Got call in to dealer now.
Before you start that Jeep up and give it a test drive the one thing you're going to want to do is softly rub the steering wheel and just whisper...."are you okay?".
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Unread 06-26-2013, 05:27 AM   #12
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Before you start that Jeep up and give it a test drive the one thing you're going to want to do is softly rub the steering wheel and just whisper...."are you okay?".
Do you rub on top or down below, lol!
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Unread 06-26-2013, 09:56 AM   #13
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I wouldn't listen to me though, I don't have a JK anymore. (Hopefully in a couple more years I'll be able to rectify that mistake).

Seriously though, I think for what you are doing putting the front panels on would be worth any effort it takes to pull anything else off.
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