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Old 07-02-2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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2014 Soft Top Boot - Resolution

Hi,

I've been through the other threads and it's still not clear WHAT SOFT TOP BOOT FITS 2014 JKU (not premium, but regular soft top)?

I bought a Smittybilt 600235. Supposed to fit 2007-2014 per Quadratec, but the box says 07-10. This thing is about 2 or 3 inches shy of fitting.

All of the photos I see online (regarding "soft top boot") show the top folded down lower than what I can get mine. There is the subwoofer on one side, and plastic trim on the other, and it keeps the frame from lowering down that far. Yes, I have it folded as perfectly flat as I can get it.

Has ANYONE found a soft top boot that truly FITS 2014 JKU ???? Thanks!

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Old 07-02-2014, 11:00 AM   #2
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I went through all those threads to and finally just ordered a Rugged Ridge

While the reviews were still marginal they were better than others. It will be here tomorrow so can post back.

I have the premium top and expect it to be a tight fit based on reviews. My guess is that it may fit the standard top a bit better, perhaps thats why there are mixed reviews on fitment.

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Old 07-02-2014, 11:10 AM   #3
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I just ordered the Rugged Ridge 12104.51 myself. I'll give it a whirl. This Smittybilt one is going back. I WILL point out that I think I figured out that it's "designed" that the corner pieces don't fold under the rail, and that only the 2 side pieces fold under? I dunno. Whatever the case is, it's going back. I called Smittybilt and they said that it was supposed to fit, and the label still just shows 2007-2010. Funny, that MOPAR offers two seperate ones - one for 2007-2010 (#82209912) and one for 2011-2014 (#82213862). I'm sure it fits better, but too expensive. I'll post my findings after the Rugged Ridge arrives, since this still seems unconfirmed.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:21 AM   #4
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Thanks for posting up this info, as this is something I'm looking at later on in the year.
When you get the Rugged Ridge boot, would you mind posting the country of origin?
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:57 PM   #5
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SURPRISE...Made in China

On positive note it does fit. As mentioned I'm new into a 2014 JKU w/premium soft top.

Overall I'm pretty pleased. The material and quality appears to be pretty good and if it holds up it will do it's job nicely.

I installed it right out of the box in 68 degrees F in the shade so I didn't give it any opportunity to loosen up or get some flex in the sun. It went on first try but does take some effort.

Method:
1. Lay it on top of your neatly nested top
2. Secure the straps that are on each side around your sports bar. I pulled them taunt to have a tag end of 1" (you may need to get some of this back in the last step)
3. I then sat in the back of the Jeep facing to the rear and tucked the top in while attaching the zipper(Looking back I probably could have done this from the outside, getting the zipper started took a couple tries but I believe it will be easier going forward)
4. Zip up while neatly tucking your top into the boot
5. Stand on driver or passenger side facing rear and lay forearm across this side of your top while pulling down to secure clips into channel. Repeat on other side.

Voila


I believe it serves it's purpose well, gives a clean look, stops any flapping/flutter, keeps the dust and in my case keeps tree debris from collecting while parked in my driveway and gives better access to and frees up the cargo area for 30 Packs





As you can see in the above pic, I left the rear corners of the top out of the boot. Mostly because of it being a first install and just seeing how it would go. Now that it's on it's clear there is plenty of room in the belly of the boot for these to be zipped in as well. It's the ends that are taunt and that is my only concern. Some of the cover is against the metal guides of the Sunrider latch bases and this is really my only area of concern.



I fear that this area will eventually wear through. Perhaps not with some sunshine and stretching. I should note that I didn't end up with the boot perfectly centered. On the other side the stress point is on the opposite side of the seam shown but there is no reinforcement at this point on either side of the seam (this would be a nice upgrade). I may ad my own or at least some foam tape to help distribute the stress.

Overall though I'd say I'm pleased. I'll put it in the sun tomorrow and get it centered. For the night I've released it from the body so it doesn't take any memory.

While I'm here, does anybody know what these straps/snaps are for. First time I noticed them on the frame of the top.

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Old 07-03-2014, 09:00 PM   #6
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It has nothing to do with the year. There is a difference between 2 door and 4 door. Sounds like you got the 2 door version.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:12 PM   #7
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Daggo,

Not sure if your post was for me or not but I'm confident I got the 4 door version. And I'm really not complaining much about the fitment. It is tight side to side and I'm pretty sure 2 and 4 doors will be the same width.

The belly has room to spare for all sorts of contraband. I could roll my SWS up and stuff it in there without issue.

I was clear on my Jeep year because if you search and read all the other posts on this topic many speculate a change at some point in production years that has caused some of the fitment issues new JK owners appear to be having. I'd speculate that you are correct that some of them may have ordered 2 door models and give a poor review as a result.



I'm also certain, given the country of origin and price point, that there is variation in width from mine to one someone else has purchased. A quarter inch in width difference would probably be the difference from my review of the product being good in fitment vs. very good.

That, a couple extra inches in the straps, and a small bit of reinforcement and this would be a really nice boot. As is, at this price, I can't see how someone could complain much either.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:43 PM   #8
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SURPRISE...Made in China

On positive note it does fit. As mentioned I'm new into a 2014 JKU w/premium soft top.

Overall I'm pretty pleased. The material and quality appears to be pretty good and if it holds up it will do it's job nicely.

I installed it right out of the box in 68 degrees F in the shade so I didn't give it any opportunity to loosen up or get some flex in the sun. It went on first try but does take some effort.

Method:
1. Lay it on top of your neatly nested top
2. Secure the straps that are on each side around your sports bar. I pulled them taunt to have a tag end of 1" (you may need to get some of this back in the last step)
3. I then sat in the back of the Jeep facing to the rear and tucked the top in while attaching the zipper(Looking back I probably could have done this from the outside, getting the zipper started took a couple tries but I believe it will be easier going forward)
4. Zip up while neatly tucking your top into the boot
5. Stand on driver or passenger side facing rear and lay forearm across this side of your top while pulling down to secure clips into channel. Repeat on other side.

Voila


I believe it serves it's purpose well, gives a clean look, stops any flapping/flutter, keeps the dust and in my case keeps tree debris from collecting while parked in my driveway and gives better access to and frees up the cargo area for 30 Packs





As you can see in the above pic, I left the rear corners of the top out of the boot. Mostly because of it being a first install and just seeing how it would go. Now that it's on it's clear there is plenty of room in the belly of the boot for these to be zipped in as well. It's the ends that are taunt and that is my only concern. Some of the cover is against the metal guides of the Sunrider latch bases and this is really my only area of concern.



I fear that this area will eventually wear through. Perhaps not with some sunshine and stretching. I should note that I didn't end up with the boot perfectly centered. On the other side the stress point is on the opposite side of the seam shown but there is no reinforcement at this point on either side of the seam (this would be a nice upgrade). I may ad my own or at least some foam tape to help distribute the stress.

Overall though I'd say I'm pleased. I'll put it in the sun tomorrow and get it centered. For the night I've released it from the body so it doesn't take any memory.

While I'm here, does anybody know what these straps/snaps are for. First time I noticed them on the frame of the top.
That is for when you completely remove the soft top from the vehicle it keeps the spring loaded mechanism from opening up after you take it off of the mount bracket. Here is a picture of it attached. The Snap is just to hold it out of the way when not in use.
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That is for when you completely remove the soft top from the vehicle it keeps the spring loaded mechanism from opening up after you take it off of the mount bracket. Here is a picture of it attached. The Snap is just to hold it out of the way when not in use.
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Just to clarify... the difference between 2dr and 4dr (with regards to the soft top boot, anyway) is NOT the width of the attachment points, but the amount of material and framework that the boot will cover. 2dr has less material & frame.

And yeah, I got the 4dr one, so that wasn't the issue. I still have to believe that there should be 2 versions 07-10 and 11-14... based on the fact that Mopar has both, and knowing how the 07+ Smittybuilt fit (or didn't fit) on my 2014. I'd like to see an 07-10 side by side to see what the difference is that keeps the soft top from folding down quite as far on the newer ones. OR if they truly are the same "folded" dimensions. I wonder if those without a subwoofer fold down a tad lower. I dunno.

Supposed to get my Rugged Ridge on Friday. I'll post my findings compared to the Smittybuilt boot as soon as I can.
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I'm fairly certain they are not the same folded dimension. I have an 08 top on my 14. Mine is well below the third brake light. I never see that on the spring assist tops. I found this pic on my phone. Best I have at the moment.
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I'm fairly certain they are not the same folded dimension. I have an 08 top on my 14. Mine is well below the third brake light. I never see that on the spring assist tops. I found this pic on my phone. Best I have at the moment.
You are correct the spring assisted soft top does not collapse nearly that far.
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Thumbs up Thanks for writing this up!

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SURPRISE...Made in China

On positive note it does fit. As mentioned I'm new into a 2014 JKU w/premium soft top.

Overall I'm pretty pleased. The material and quality appears to be pretty good and if it holds up it will do it's job nicely.

I installed it right out of the box in 68 degrees F in the shade so I didn't give it any opportunity to loosen up or get some flex in the sun. It went on first try but does take some effort.

Method:
1. Lay it on top of your neatly nested top
2. Secure the straps that are on each side around your sports bar. I pulled them taunt to have a tag end of 1" (you may need to get some of this back in the last step)
3. I then sat in the back of the Jeep facing to the rear and tucked the top in while attaching the zipper(Looking back I probably could have done this from the outside, getting the zipper started took a couple tries but I believe it will be easier going forward)
4. Zip up while neatly tucking your top into the boot
5. Stand on driver or passenger side facing rear and lay forearm across this side of your top while pulling down to secure clips into channel. Repeat on other side.

Voila


I believe it serves it's purpose well, gives a clean look, stops any flapping/flutter, keeps the dust and in my case keeps tree debris from collecting while parked in my driveway and gives better access to and frees up the cargo area for 30 Packs


As you can see in the above pic, I left the rear corners of the top out of the boot. Mostly because of it being a first install and just seeing how it would go. Now that it's on it's clear there is plenty of room in the belly of the boot for these to be zipped in as well. It's the ends that are taunt and that is my only concern. Some of the cover is against the metal guides of the Sunrider latch bases and this is really my only area of concern.


I fear that this area will eventually wear through. Perhaps not with some sunshine and stretching. I should note that I didn't end up with the boot perfectly centered. On the other side the stress point is on the opposite side of the seam shown but there is no reinforcement at this point on either side of the seam (this would be a nice upgrade). I may ad my own or at least some foam tape to help distribute the stress.

Overall though I'd say I'm pleased. I'll put it in the sun tomorrow and get it centered. For the night I've released it from the body so it doesn't take any memory.

While I'm here, does anybody know what these straps/snaps are for. First time I noticed them on the frame of the top.
Thanks for the well written, unbiased review!
Looks like a really clean design, that would stave off damage when running trails with the top down too.
Agreed, a bit of foam over the sharp edges would definitely increase longevity.
Bummer to hear it came from China. That lets me out. Might check out the Mopar version, or have the local boat shop make one.
Looks so much cleaner than just having the top flopping loose.
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Nice write up. I may have to pick one up. I've been using 4 of these http://www.menards.com/main/home-dec...92-c-12640.htm to tighten things down and they've been doing a pretty good job thus far. Not as clean, but for $10 I can't complain.
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Thanks for the well written, unbiased review!
Looks like a really clean design, that would stave off damage when running trails with the top down too.
Agreed, a bit of foam over the sharp edges would definitely increase longevity.
Bummer to hear it came from China. That lets me out. Might check out the Mopar version, or have the local boat shop make one.
Looks so much cleaner than just having the top flopping loose.
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Nice write up. I may have to pick one up. I've been using 4 of these http://www.menards.com/main/home-dec...92-c-12640.htm to tighten things down and they've been doing a pretty good job thus far. Not as clean, but for $10 I can't complain.
Thanks and thanks

I'm liking it more and more. Now that I have a knack/process its a pretty quick install. Looks clean and frees up access to the cargo area. Little embarrassed but for my first install I didn't realize that the bead was for the rear window rail. Looks even better installed now.

China thing sucks but I'd be surprised if the Mopar one has any more American content. I to thought of heading to a local upholsterer or boat canvas place. Now that I have a pattern if this fails I may go that route.

I used some areotape to try and reinforce but the foam was thin and soft. I've since just put a couple strips of gorilla tape on as insurance. Well see how many seasons it goes but I'm less concerned than I was originally
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I finally got a chance to test fit the Rugged Ridge one, and I can report back that it fits! It's still pretty snug, in stretching it over the rails - and the soft top frame rails want to "ride up" just a tad. But it DOES fit - far better than the Smittybuilt. I imagine once we get some real hot days it might stretch out a little more and allow those frame rails to come back down some. So yeah, Rugged Ridge 12104.51 fits my 2014 JKUR. Smittybuilt 600235 does not.
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Awesome ... Ive been trying to figure out which boot to get ... THANKS MJJ!

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