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Tranquillity
07-09-2013, 10:27 AM
Hey guys, since a lot of you seems running your DD doorless I'd like to know how it is when it's raining ? Is there a lot of mist getting in? Is it fine with the radio and other electronic?

Thanks !

FrankenJeeper
07-09-2013, 11:25 AM
I will usually run doorless unless its supposed to rain a few days in a row, that being said, there's been times when wind has blew rain in, times when rain has barely misted in, ive been soaked and my seats be water logged, and times when I've had to stop and rain-x the inside of the windshield lol. So far no issues with anything. I've heard several folks concerned with the steering wheel getting wet and the clock spring malfunctioning, so maybe a small garbage bag for the wheel would be good to keep in the glove box.


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OverlanderJK
07-09-2013, 02:13 PM
It doesn't rain in souther California so I don't have to worry about it.

wayoflife
07-09-2013, 02:55 PM
We've gotten drenched a few times up in the Sierra's where thunderstorms and hail can materialize what seems to be out of nowhere. With a bikini or safari top, the front passengers can do okay, the rear ones will get soaked. Without a top, if you drive fast enough, the same can be said only, the backside of your windshield will need to be wiped down periodically. Factory components like the radio will be fine but, I have fried a CB radio running like this before.

Tranquillity
07-09-2013, 03:37 PM
Great thanks guys, I'm going for a 7 days streak doorless to put into my personal guiness record and wanted to make sure I wouldn't have to upgrade my radio. I guess I can do fine with soaked seat since they are leather. So unless it's a rainstorm I'm going to run with the top on. :rock:

OverlanderJK
07-09-2013, 03:41 PM
Great thanks guys, I'm going for a 7 days streak doorless to put into my personal guiness record and wanted to make sure I wouldn't have to upgrade my radio. I guess I can do fine with soaked seat since they are leather. So unless it's a rainstorm I'm going to run with the top on. :rock:

I just put my doors and top back on after having them off for a month and a half.

Tranquillity
07-09-2013, 04:04 PM
I just put my doors and top back on after having them off for a month and a half.

Lol and I guess your doors doesnt match with the body colors anymore :crazyeyes:


Must be really nice to have this kind of weather though :cool:

mtnbiker995
07-09-2013, 05:25 PM
As long as you drive over 40-45 then you'll stay dry topless in a steady rain. If its a downpour you might wanna go closer to 55-60+

*edit: what I consider staying dry might differ from someone else's opinion of staying dry haha

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1yellowjk
07-09-2013, 05:33 PM
I picked up a cheap 4x6 tarp at Harbor Freight and keep bungie cords in the jeep, it makes a nice emergency top for under $10 bucks and takes up little space.

pvanweelden
07-09-2013, 07:29 PM
Done the tarp before ^ , you can also pick up the ball bungee straps like what come with the spidersunshade at walmart for about $4 for a 12 pack

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SPIELUHR
07-15-2013, 02:52 PM
I just got caught in the rain the other day on the way home completely naked and like Eddie said if your cruising u don't have to worry to much until u stop :cheesy: after that day I put my freedom top on and got caught in another one last night don't really have to worry about it with the freedom top on except for when you turn. Some water gets on the door jams but that's about it o and sometimes it comes down the speaker bar to but my radio got soaked and I haven't had any issues yet with it. Just got to deal with the funny looks you will get

bl17z90
07-15-2013, 04:48 PM
I check the weather channel app on my iphone constantly. I checked saturday and it said 0% until the next day where it would go up to 10% so i headed to the grocery store at around 9 pm (i love driving at night when the top and doors off, it i just a peacfull feeling) and when i walked out of the grocery store i threw my stuff in the back (had the top on just doors off) and headed on home well out of nowhere the sky opened up and it just started pouring and I realized the downside to my new tires sticking outside the fenders. My tires stick out far enough that they throw water at me when i turn :doh:

So to end this magnificent story, I got home got the doors on and the grocerys inside and checked the weather app. STILL SAID 0% WHAT THE F**K >:(
But honestly, every time that happens i get mad at first and then i smile ear to ear for most of the drive home.

Kneece
07-15-2013, 05:44 PM
Drove from Austin to Dallas yesterday with just the Freedom top over front seat. It rained pretty good for about 2 and half hours. Nothing but mist came in the sides from tire spray but all the water coming from front to back off the top got blown all over the inside of the windshield and dash. It was a relief from the 106 temps the day before.
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Tranquillity
07-15-2013, 07:29 PM
That's great, I'm going to stay doorless as long as possible then :beer::beer:

Kneece
07-15-2013, 07:40 PM
Oh yeah, the MPG sucks. 👎


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Tranquillity
07-15-2013, 07:49 PM
Oh yeah, the MPG sucks. 


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Really, have been running doorless for two days now and haven't noticed any change. I did remove the rear window of my soft top. Might be helping lol :thinking:

Linebacker
07-15-2013, 10:13 PM
I just got caught in the rain the other day on the way home completely naked and like Eddie said if your cruising u don't have to worry to much until u stop :cheesy: after that day I put my freedom top on and got caught in another one last night don't really have to worry about it with the freedom top on except for when you turn. Some water gets on the door jams but that's about it o and sometimes it comes down the speaker bar to but my radio got soaked and I haven't had any issues yet with it. Just got to deal with the funny looks you will get

Just don't run with your windshield strapped to the hood!
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MrJ3sser
07-15-2013, 10:15 PM
I check the weather channel app on my iphone constantly. I checked saturday and it said 0% until the next day where it would go up to 10% so i headed to the grocery store at around 9 pm (i love driving at night when the top and doors off, it i just a peacfull feeling) and when i walked out of the grocery store i threw my stuff in the back (had the top on just doors off) and headed on home well out of nowhere the sky opened up and it just started pouring and I realized the downside to my new tires sticking outside the fenders. My tires stick out far enough that they throw water at me when i turn :doh:

So to end this magnificent story, I got home got the doors on and the grocerys inside and checked the weather app. STILL SAID 0% WHAT THE F**K >:(
But honestly, every time that happens i get mad at first and then i smile ear to ear for most of the drive home.

I learned to not trust the iPhone weather app. It's sucks. I can barely trust the local news. I've got caught three times this week. It's not the rain that bothers me though, it's the lightning. :grayno:

Tranquillity
07-18-2013, 01:32 AM
So I got caught, doorless, in a pretty bad storm and it was less worse than I expected. Should have been a little more mature with the water hole, I drenched the passenger seat :thumb:


Fun fact, I stopped at the gas station, I saw the cashier giving me that funny look with all that rain and lightning that was going on.

So when I got inside, she was asking where I bought it, if a lot of water was getting inside and what I was doing with it when it was raining at night. So I wasn't sure where she was going with that until she told me that she never had seen a jeep doorless and was convinced that it was built like that... :doh:

AllAmericanInfidel
08-19-2013, 04:50 PM
I've been caught out in the rain more than a few times without doors or top. No issues with any stock electronics whatsoever. I just make sure I wipe everything down when I get home. It seems like its always freaking raining here! Life WAYALIFE said, you'll definitely want to carry a rag around with you to wipe the inside of the windshield. Having to use your sleeves and hat sucks!
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EDIT: I have since removed the carpet on the floors because that's a pain is the A$$ to dry ot all the time. As humid as it is here, when I put the doors back on and the carpet was wet, I would have my own damn rainstorm in the Jeep. Condensation dripping from the roof, dash, windows, everywhere! Wont do that again!!

Fir-na-tine
08-19-2013, 06:58 PM
Been doorless and topless since September of last year.......summer here in South Florida is brutal and it rains nearly every day..........I've been caught several times while driving and gotten soaked......but as someone on here said "It's a rite of passage" and is bound to happen........I bought a Bestop cover which I keep in the back and I check my Wunderground app for local radar every time I head out.........if the weather calls for rain for an extended period of time I take my other vehicle..........going to stay open aired till I get tired of it which is probably never....:beer::rock:
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loscann48
08-23-2013, 02:38 AM
I hit that rite of passage today, complete down pour, with thunder and lightining. At least I had my top, just no doors (unlike the guy I saw driving the other way all bundled up in a sweatshirt.

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In5ane1
09-01-2013, 01:11 AM
So....what do you do with the carpet after it gets wet. I got soaked on the way home the other day and have pulled all edges of carpet up to help it dry. Its been a pain. Just didnt want any mildew or mold.

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munstie
09-01-2013, 01:46 AM
So....what do you do with the carpet after it gets wet. I got soaked on the way home the other day and have pulled all edges of carpet up to help it dry. Its been a pain. Just didnt want any mildew or mold.

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I pulled mine out the last time I was caught in a downpour and hung them up to dry.

2011 JKU 3.5 R.E. Longarm lift.

In5ane1
09-01-2013, 01:49 AM
I pulled mine out the last time I was caught in a downpour and hung them up to dry.

2011 JKU 3.5 R.E. Longarm lift.

How difficult are they to pull all way out? Almost looks like youd have to remove back seat

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munstie
09-01-2013, 01:56 AM
How difficult are they to pull all way out? Almost looks like youd have to remove back seat

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There not that bad, if the carpet has never been out you may need to finish the cuts around the seat brackets. I used a pair of heavy duty scissors to cut mine.Then it's just a matter of working the carpet out, it also makes it easier if you pop the plastic trim by the door sills out but can be done with them in.

2011 JKU 3.5 R.E. Longarm lift.

AllAmericanInfidel
09-28-2013, 06:50 PM
I just pulled really hard around the seat brackets, carpet came out fine. Take it out and hang it up to dry, youll be fine. I just run without it on the floors now, but put the carpet back in the cargo are to keep my crap from sliding around.

noroad
09-28-2013, 09:51 PM
so im guessing other people do this as well but i went the whole summer besides 5 days with out doors and im from Boston. My trick is some times i move the seats forward like your going to put people in the back. this in my opinnion does two thinks 1 keeps the side rain from hitting the center where jeep has put everything(provided the top is up) 2 it also keeps some of the seat dry. never had a problem so far.

Diver_matt
10-08-2013, 03:17 AM
I've been caught in a downpour twice. No top, no doors. Visibility sucked. As soon as sun came out I parked it in the sun all day. No residual issues. I did close the tuffy door over my stereo. Replacing that would have cost almost as much as my tires. Yikes!!

Slappy32
04-04-2014, 07:25 AM
I'm GM at a mostly outdoor restaurant in the Florida Keys. I use an iPhone app called Radar Scope and I swear by it. No weather sites, just raw radar feeds for the entire country. It's pricey at ten bucks, but well worth it for me since weather really affects the bottom line. http://radarscope.tv/products/

Christarp
04-19-2014, 05:57 AM
Since I live in the PNW we get rain for pretty much every day from october to may. That being said I have gone doorless and topless in my JKU in the mountains to go wheeling up at Tillamook state forest in a downpour. The only thing I had on was my freedom panels. The inside of the windshield will need to be wiped down after a bit, but other than that it's fairly easy to stay dry in a downpour even with only the freedom panels on. For the rear passengers it's a much different story. The tires have a much easier time throwing mud and water into the rear passenger seat than the front ones, and without freedom panels they'll be pretty much soaked. When I went I actually hadn't put my rear seats back in since I bedlined the tub and there was a ton of water and mud back there.

http://i.imgur.com/bznC1n3.jpg

This was after it had all dried out so it doesn't look as bad, but it was bad. The seats would've been a terrible thing to clean so I'm glad they weren't there that day. As for the front, again you'll get a little bit of mist, but it's really tolerable, and then from the air flowing over the freedom panels (if you leave them in) you'll get a bit of water that drips off the back and manages to blow towards the front. but again it's only a few drips. I also drove like this for the better part of a week to work where it rained heavily every day, the most that got wet were a bit of the sides on the seats from rain blowing sideways while it was sitting overnight, but it wasn't too bad. As for my radio, everything still works (even my subwoofer which kind of surprised me).

Rayz
04-19-2014, 02:59 PM
I just got caught in the rain the other day on the way home completely naked and like Eddie said if your cruising u don't have to worry to much until u stop :cheesy: after that day I put my freedom top on and got caught in another one last night don't really have to worry about it with the freedom top on except for when you turn. Some water gets on the door jams but that's about it o and sometimes it comes down the speaker bar to but my radio got soaked and I haven't had any issues yet with it. Just got to deal with the funny looks you will get

hehe if its any consolation, I drove through 4 states one time and not once were the "real time' weather reports even remotely accurate ...lol

Woody3
04-22-2014, 02:40 AM
I've been caught out in the rain more than a few times without doors or top. No issues with any stock electronics whatsoever. I just make sure I wipe everything down when I get home. It seems like its always freaking raining here! Life WAYALIFE said, you'll definitely want to carry a rag around with you to wipe the inside of the windshield. Having to use your sleeves and hat sucks!
44988
44989
44990
44991

EDIT: I have since removed the carpet on the floors because that's a pain is the A$$ to dry ot all the time. As humid as it is here, when I put the doors back on and the carpet was wet, I would have my own damn rainstorm in the Jeep. Condensation dripping from the roof, dash, windows, everywhere! Wont do that again!!


Side note:

Diggin the 5fingers. I've got two pairs and love them.

....,,,Return to normal thread......


Keep your head low and your powder dry.

Twiztid11
05-05-2014, 11:04 AM
Well it was bound to happen, I checked the weather it said 10% chance of rain. I chanced it by leaving the top off. While eating I look outside and it's pouring buckets!!!! I run out throw the top back on, when the rains stopped I got a vacuum to suck up the cup holders that were filled with water and a heater gun to dry off the seats. It was an experience.


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S7DZ
05-19-2014, 04:22 AM
I live in Seattle. From memorial day to Sept. I have my summer top on and doors off. I an amp and 2 10" sub's in the back and have never had a problem with rain. I get a little wet especially with the bikini top, the water seems to roll right into your lap but the only problem I've had was fording a pond I shorted out my ground but that's it