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Old 02-27-2014, 11:44 AM
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Cargo net?

Does anyone own the smittybilt C-RES cargo net? How do you like it? I'm debating on going with this instead of the more expensive dirty dog net. Looking for some insight.
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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I don't own one personally, but I've seen them around. As far as I can tell, it's cut vinyl. Over time they stretch and sag, and I kind of doubt it's durability. I have a dirty dog net. It's solid. Well stitched cargo webbing that will definitely contain cargo off road and in the case of a wreck or rollover, will reduce the chances that anything you have in the back becoming projectiles. It's also UV treated, so it'll hold it's color in the sun.
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I have one and like it with some significant caveats. It is nowhere near as strong as the Dirty Dog or Safari Straps equivalents. You can't put up a soft top over the CRES. But as you noted it is much less expensive and a lot easier to access the back for loading and unloading since it has a zipperd back flap. We keep the jeep in the garage, so it doesn't spend long stretches in the sun. If it did I would suspect the CRES to wear out much sooner than the beefier alternatives.

Definitely a case of getting what you pay for. In our case it does what we want. But for the pet restraint net inside and the cargo restraint we use Safari Straps. Just a much more solid design.
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I just bought a 2014 2 door wrangler with h.t. an asap I removed the back seat an installed a cargo net from my buick with 4 alumin d rings 2 to the seat ankor an 2 to the middle top retainer bolts. Looks well & operates great holding groceries & luggage in place . my thoughts . Biff
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I have it on my two door. I've had it for two summers now,...and I don't like it. I have the freedom top (hard top) and with that you don't get the door channels that you do with the soft top. Which, when you put the Cres on is sort of an issue, b/c there's nothing for it to mate with on the roll bar by the door. You will also have to buy the rear door channel for it to attach to. If you have a soft top, this wont matter bc you have all that stuff. So...when you think's cheap(er) factor in, if you want it to fit perfect you'll have to buy the extra parts. I ended up just buying the rear channel and zip tying the front part... looks fine from afar, up close looks rigged. After two summers it hasn't faded or stretched...but it of course goes on tight then sags a bit after it warms up.

My for an extra month and buy the safari straps. You can leave them on all year and just put the hard top up over them. They look cooler, work better and will last longer.
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Hey Snatch, I got a Smittybilt Cres last year. I loved it at first. I live in Socal so its nice to just leave on for a while without the soft top on.

-It can be a pain strapping it down if you're going to be taking it on and off.

-On the highway it came loose a few times and makes a flapping noise at high speeds. Velcro saved it around the door and roll bar- no biggy but a little bit of a pain.

- The black faded into a dark grey so it didn't match after a while.

-I have a 2 door, and the back of it sagged and rubbed onto the headrests causing a little bit of the fabric on the actual headrests to fray... I caught it super early but that's something to look out for. I ended up removing the head rests anyway so problem solved

-It looks badass
-It's cheap

I love the look and style of the cargo nets but I always wondered if there was something better than the SmittyBilt one considering the problems I had with it...and there is! The Safari Straps mentioned above are amazing. They are way more money..but i mean..just look at em! I'll be getting a set soon myself.
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I have Dirty Dog netting here. I love it. The back does clip on and off for cargo access.
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from what i READ on this forum, its cheap material, it discolors with time, and it can get damaged easily...

If your going to spend money spend it right. while i was originally going to go with dirty dog colored straps, i ended up getting a better deal on rear cargo Safari straps.

They are excellent quality, costumer service was great, and they look awesome.

all in all you can't go wrong with safari straps or dirty dog straps.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:13 PM
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Awesome thanks guys this has helped alot.
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Has anyone used dirty dog cargo with a spiderwebshade installed ? Any problems to expect for my jku?

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