2012 Jeep Wrangler Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Wrangler: Installing the Bikini Top

October 9, 2012

2012 Jeep Wrangler

It was last November when I thought it would be cool to install a bikini top on our Jeep Wrangler. So I went out and bought one. It's so long ago now I not even sure I remember how much it cost, but I think it was about $150 with the installation kit. 

And since November it sat in its box in a closet. The excuses were numerous; too rainy, too cold, too hot, not good for road trips, not good for the freeway, no way to lock the car, etc. 

Well, this past Saturday morning I said the heck with it and installed the sucker. And on Sunday afternoon I realized it was useless and uninstalled it. 

Although the top installed easily with a handfull of supplied straps that secure it to the Jeep's roll bar, after a couple of days of driving the abbreviated top just seemed pointless.

First of all it only covered the front seats, so there was still no sun or wind protection for my kids in the back. Worse than that, from the driver's seat it felt like the Jeep's full size top was still in place. I was getting absolutely zero convertible experience. 

In other words, I was bored up front and my kids were still complaining about the sun and wind in the back seat. Like I said, pointless.

The bikini top now sits rolled up on my garage floor. Lesson learned.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 20,555 miles

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