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Old 02-14-2014, 10:24 PM   #1
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Cargo restraint system

I have a 2 door JK and I've been thinking about getting a cargo net. I like to keep the top down as much as possible and the cargo net seems like the best way to prevent my dogs from flying out of my rig if they catch a glimpse of a squirrel or some other animal while I'm driving down the road.

I am wondering how it works with the soft top. I'd like to have the net be static and be able to raise and lower my soft top as needed. Is this possible?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

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Look at Dirty Dog, Safari, and Smittybuilt... Personally I'm looking at the Safari but they are $$$. It's gonna almost be a top down day tomorrow here in CO!
FWIW- Don't forget the vendors here have discounts!

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Look at Dirty Dog, Safari, and Smittybuilt... Personally I'm looking at the Safari but they are $$$. It's gonna almost be a top down day tomorrow here in CO! FWIW- Don't forget the vendors here have discounts!
Dude, my Jeep is in the garage with the top down all ready for tomorrow. This winter has been brutal and I need some open air driving like yesterday! I'm hoping I can keep it down for a few days before the next round of snow and cold comes down on us.

Thanks for the tips, especially about the vendors, I didn't think about that!
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Yeah, COS high 60's and down in Pueblo it's suppose to be in the low 70's... Not sure if I want to put my new Metal Cloak fenders on OR top down and head south... Next weekend saying snow!
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I have the dirty dog netting and love it. Keeps the dogs contained and looks great. I especially like the spiderweb style they offer for the sides
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I have the dirty dog netting and love it. Keeps the dogs contained and looks great. I especially like the spiderweb style they offer for the sides
I was looking at the different brands and they're pricey. The smittybilt was a little over $100 which is more than $200 cheaper than dirty dog and safari. I'm not sure why there is a huge price difference. The smittybilt looks nice and flush but I don't think I can use it with my soft top. The other two look awesome and it's exactly what I'm looking for as far as being able to use the soft top.

It's also a little more than I was anticipating on spending, to spend that money I would have to dip into my bumper fund.

decisions, decisions decisions.
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I was looking at the different brands and they're pricey. The smittybilt was a little over $100 which is more than $200 cheaper than dirty dog and safari. I'm not sure why there is a huge price difference. The smittybilt looks nice and flush but I don't think I can use it with my soft top. The other two look awesome and it's exactly what I'm looking for as far as being able to use the soft top.

It's also a little more than I was anticipating on spending, to spend that money I would have to dip into my bumper fund.

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There is a huge difference in quality. Safari Straps is number one in customer service!
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There is a huge difference in quality. Safari Straps is number one in customer service!
I saw a smittybilt. It looks plastic. I'm really liking the Safari. It's more than I was planning on spending but I think I can justify the expense with my wife.

"You do want the dogs to come with is, right?"

If that doesn't work I'll just let the dogs jump out and chase the squirrel (PETA members; I promise I won't be driving faster than 35 mph when I do this) and then my wife will end up calling and ordering it herself.
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The Safari Straps can also stay on when the top is up, unlike the Smittybilt. This helps keep wet noses off your windows.
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Remember to talk to all the vendors here. The safari straps look pretty rugged too, they'll be ordered before summer for my TJ. Did you get out today or did the wind ground your plans?
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Remember to talk to all the vendors here. The safari straps look pretty rugged too, they'll be ordered before summer for my TJ. Did you get out today or did the wind ground your plans?
The wind was brutal this morning but I'm stubborn and drove with a smile on my face. This afternoon it was a little calmer although it's still a little chilly. I'll probably end up getting pneumonia but it's all worth it!

Tomorrow is supposed to be nice and I'm off so I just may go for a ride. Still, anything below 60 is almost too cold. I'm a Vegas transplant and still trying to acclimate to the cold.

Either way, I'm stubborn and it's a Jeep thing.
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I have a 2 door JK and I've been thinking about getting a cargo net. I like to keep the top down as much as possible and the cargo net seems like the best way to prevent my dogs from flying out of my rig if they catch a glimpse of a squirrel or some other animal while I'm driving down the road.

I am wondering how it works with the soft top. I'd like to have the net be static and be able to raise and lower my soft top as needed. Is this possible?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
We have a couple different Cargo Nets that will satisfy your needs. Dirty Dog is the one we sell the most of. They have a high quality product. I personally like the look and functionality of cargo nets a lot. Let me know if you have any questions or would like a quote on anything!

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shade cage from spiderweb shades is another option
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I like the CRES because of its looks but people knock the quality a lot. Given the price, you can replace it every few years if needed. Myself, I'll probably go with a real strap product though.
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I looked at the Smittybilt CRES system and found the the material is thin and not very tear resistant. I could have easily tore it apart when compared to Safari Straps or Dirty Dog which use a thick, durable nylon material. I purchased the Dirty Dog system with the spider style side netting. Haven't installed it yet; too cold at night to go topless and doorless.
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I have Safari Straps that I leave on year round. My soft top fits over them and I just take out the windows in the summer. That is Dixie, she loves riding in the back.
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We have a couple different Cargo Nets that will satisfy your needs. Dirty Dog is the one we sell the most of. They have a high quality product. I personally like the look and functionality of cargo nets a lot. Let me know if you have any questions or would like a quote on anything! -Ryan
Ryan,

I'd be interested in a quote for either the safari or the dirty dog. I have an '08 2dr JK. I'm looking to cover the back part of the Jeep. I'm not sure if I want to run a net over the front seats.

If I'm seeing things correctly it looks like they're strapped around the roll bars. Would I need the door surrounds to use these? I have full doors now but once the weather warms up I'm odorless or I have my tube doors on.

Last but least, I can keep the net on and operate my soft top normally. Is that correct?

Thank you in advance for your help in this.
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Ryan,

I'd be interested in a quote for either the safari or the dirty dog. I have an '08 2dr JK. I'm looking to cover the back part of the Jeep. I'm not sure if I want to run a net over the front seats.

If I'm seeing things correctly it looks like they're strapped around the roll bars. Would I need the door surrounds to use these? I have full doors now but once the weather warms up I'm odorless or I have my tube doors on.

Last but least, I can keep the net on and operate my soft top normally. Is that correct?

Thank you in advance for your help in this.
Correct. You do not need door surrounds.
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Odorless? Damn auto correct. Doorless!
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Love Safari- I am out on dirty trails all the time and mine still look brand new. No problem with the soft top on. Owners/makers are very helpful- call for any questions. Smitty will fall apart- though I do like the zipper option.
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Damn every time I turn around it seems there is yet one other "must have" $400 item, just add this to the list.
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I have been looking at getting the Dirty Dog Spider Netting for my 4dr jeep as well. I almost pulled the trigger and bought them last night but after talking to someone from dirty dog I chose not to. They said that they will be having a big sale during Jeep Beach which is in April at Daytona Beach this year and I may end up down there anyway. I figured I could wait a month and order it then or just pick it up there. I'm not sure how much of a discount it will be but even $50 would be worth the wait.
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I have Safari straps all around and Dirty Dog sunscreens...both are top quality products so you cannot go wrong with these companies. One thing to look at though, is that my Safari Straps rear cargo net does not have quick release buckles, which i believe the Dirty Dog does have now. This just makes it a bit easier/quicker to open and close that rear net for a dog or loading/unloading.
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I'm kind of liking the Safari. However, I've spoken to a few people who've made their own and I may look at that route. I just got to figure out how to use a sewing machine or make better friends with the mother in law.
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I have been leaning towards Motion-Tek because the tailgate is hookless to accomadate my soft top storage boot. Any word about Motion-Tek?
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I'm kind of liking the Safari. However, I've spoken to a few people who've made their own and I may look at that route. I just got to figure out how to use a sewing machine or make better friends with the mother in law.
You'll need a good sewing machine, the right heavy-duty needle & heavy duty buckles. And good luck finding the heavy duty strap material. Sure, it can be done- but the quality and workmanship will be hard to beat. It is a lot of money but they'll last as long as you own your Jeep.
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Just got and Installed Motion Tek straps and love them. Rugged construction.

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