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Old 03-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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Seat Covers Question

Anyone have these seat covers from Smittybilt?

Smittybilt Front G.E.A.R. Seat Covers with Free Tailgate Cover for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

Are they decent quality? Looking for something that will last and that has pockets similar to what these offer to carry various odds and ends.

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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Nobody has these or has heard anything about them???

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Anyone have these seat covers from Smittybilt?

Smittybilt Front G.E.A.R. Seat Covers with Free Tailgate Cover for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

Are they decent quality? Looking for something that will last and that has pockets similar to what these offer to carry various odds and ends.

Any input helps

Thanks!
I have them.
They shipped the wrong year tailgate, but it worked well for me. I added a couple extra grommets and used self tapping screws.
The seat covers went on pretty easy. But the clip on the ends of the cord liked to pop off. I used black Zip ties and it worked great. It was a pain to put the ties in, but it's doable.

I also got the read seat cover. But it didn't fit at first. I had to cut a hole for the seat belts and then head rests. They pop off easy.
I also had to extend the rear straps using a cammo colored purse handle. I added a 17" strip to each. The "Purse" is now added to the mix of GEAR bags.
If you have any old Web gear, it fits great.
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How do they hold up to the weather? They don't look like they are neoprene or something similar so I'd be worried they would mildew and come apart.
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How do they hold up to the weather? They don't look like they are neoprene or something similar so I'd be worried they would mildew and come apart.
They are more of an impregnated canvas.
Kind of an old time Army tent feel to them.
They hold up well so far, but I just installed them about a month ago.
I only had a couple of 80 degree days to run topless.
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Would be interested in seeing how they hold up long term. I leave mine exposed all year round and Florida is notorious for the hard and fast (but not very long lasting) rain that happens most every day between 4 and 5 PM. Would be nice to buy these if I felt like they would hold up.
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Would be interested in seeing how they hold up long term. I leave mine exposed all year round and Florida is notorious for the hard and fast (but not very long lasting) rain that happens most every day between 4 and 5 PM. Would be nice to buy these if I felt like they would hold up.
I spent the summer of 81 at the navy base in Orlando. Those 4pm storms were fun. LoL
I think it would hold up OK for a couple of years. But send an EMail to smitty and ask if the covers have UV protection.
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I have them.
They shipped the wrong year tailgate, but it worked well for me. I added a couple extra grommets and used self tapping screws.
The seat covers went on pretty easy. But the clip on the ends of the cord liked to pop off. I used black Zip ties and it worked great. It was a pain to put the ties in, but it's doable.

I also got the read seat cover. But it didn't fit at first. I had to cut a hole for the seat belts and then head rests. They pop off easy.
I also had to extend the rear straps using a cammo colored purse handle. I added a 17" strip to each. The "Purse" is now added to the mix of GEAR bags.
If you have any old Web gear, it fits great.
Thanks so much for the response and for the pics! I think i'm going to go ahead and pull the trigger on some black ones for my TJ. Cant wait!
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they dont cover the whole seat. the point of a seat cover is to cover. i would go with something else. these have a super wanna be military poser look. just my opinion not nocking your guys choice i just prefer a seat cover that covers the seat.
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i like the tail gate cover tho
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they dont cover the whole seat. the point of a seat cover is to cover. i would go with something else. these have a super wanna be military poser look. just my opinion not nocking your guys choice i just prefer a seat cover that covers the seat.
Your right, they don't cover the whole seat, just most of it.
The rear one don't matter much for me. I only put it back in the jeep when 2 of my grandkids came to visit.
The GEAR bags are different for each. The biggest bag came with the rear seat cover and holds my 20' jumper cables.
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If you're looking for something like the Smittybilt GEAR, but want full seat covers, check out http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/trek-armor-seat-covers-got-them-151614.html
...and they're made in the USA
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I bought these covers earlier this month and returned them the next day. I loved the idea of the pockets on the back of the seat, and they looked great in the ads/on the box, but IMHO the seats just didn't fit well at all in the front. The pair I got were also stitched pretty poorly (may depend on the batch). I own a lot of Smittybilt products, but I would not reccommend these to anyone based on my experience.
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they dont cover the whole seat. the point of a seat cover is to cover. i would go with something else. these have a super wanna be military poser look. just my opinion not nocking your guys choice i just prefer a seat cover that covers the seat.
lol I hope you don't plan on putting your ass on all the exposed parts of the seat. and no, not all seat covers are meant to cover the whole thing, each has their own purpose. I prefer ones that DO NOT cover the entire seat.
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If you're looking for something like the Smittybilt GEAR, but want full seat covers, check out http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/trek-armor-seat-covers-got-them-151614.html
...and they're made in the USA
Just clicked on the link I posted earlier, and it won't route there for some reason. Search for 'Trek Armor' in Wrangler Forum, and you'll see what I was talking about.
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lol I hope you don't plan on putting your ass on all the exposed parts of the seat. and no, not all seat covers are meant to cover the whole thing, each has their own purpose. I prefer ones that DO NOT cover the entire seat.
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