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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-24-2007, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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I am planning a road trip from Northern Indiana to Williamburg, VA this July. (This is my first vacation in over 4 years, and I am blowing off some steam after my divorce is final June 6th.) Anyway, while I would like to go the whole distance topless (the Jeep not me), my hair is getting a bit thin these days and my head tends to sunburn. Is a bikini top worth the coin (about $80), or should I just put a bandana over my chrome dome and drive? I thought about leaving the soft top up and removing the windows and doors, but the 2 sailpanels at the rear get to flapping pretty good at highway speeds. Would a bikini top be any quieter? Thanks a bunch!

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Bikini tops are nice to have, keeps some of the rain off you better than a bandana. When I lived near Death Valley the bikini was the way to go, it was nice to have a little bit of shade.

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I like my bikini top. I've had both the strapless and the one with the straps that go to the back corners. Definitly go with the Straps!

Only downside, until I got my full cage was that it would flap in the wind and smack me on the head. now with the center Spreader in the cage, it hasn't been an issue.... that and not driving it lately...

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Love my bikini top, wouldn't do with out one!
Just wish I could find one that actually fit a pre '76 correctly...
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I’ve got a couple of bikini tops. I never run the soft-top in the summer. I run the bikini, a windjammer and upper half doors even in heavy rain. I might get a little damp on the left shoulder and the jeep floor gets wet but not enough to merit putting the soft-top on.

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I absolutely love my safari top. There is enough in the back to keep the dogs in some shade and covers me fine. I wear a big hat in the summer because the brim keeps the sun off my neck and the top of it has a mesh that so far has kept my thin spot from getting burnt, but it is not practical at 65 down the interstate. (not that my jeep will go 65 anymore ) I would recomend one, but get the full header that locks down like a hard top. The others with the installed (screwed down rail) can interfear with other tops on the tj, and who wants to take out 8 screws every time it goes on and off. Mine I simply unhook the header and unstrap the two corners and I am loose.

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Bikini Top.....
Even if it rains, you more or less stay dry....about the only problem with rain is that it gets suck backwards into the cab and the back of your head gets wet.

During the winter (if you want to call it that here), I sometimes run a windjammer....its a barrier between the front and back....almost as nice as having the soft top on.

I would be willing to bet that once you install the bikini, it stays on all the time.

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Bikini Tops are well worth the money. They give you plenty of fresh air, and

sure beat the heck out of a farmers tan on your head!!!

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It also cuts down on the wind since it can't circulate behind the windshield. Like others have said, once you get one, you'll use it a lot.

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Without question a Bikini top is worth the money. I love mine, gives you nice shade on long trips, keeps some of the rain off, and it is a snap easy to put on and take off. I agree with what was said above, get one with straps that run down to the back of the Jeep, I have had both, and the ones with the straps are much better.

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