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Old 08-19-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
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Got my spider top....(gray)

Well I got my first "soft top" on our '14

Picked up this Gray Spiderweb mesh top. Looks darker in person, but I like how it turned out. Haven't seen this color yet.

Love it so far.


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Old 08-20-2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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Just got mine in the mail last week. Hope to install it this week. I went for black on black. Like the blue.

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Old 08-20-2013, 12:24 AM   #3
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Just got mine in the mail last week. Hope to install it this week. I went for black on black. Like the blue.
What year do yo have? I would like to know how you manage the front corners. They were kind of a bear.
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2014, it's being delivered to my office tomorrow morning. My first jeep... so excited.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:32 AM   #5
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2014, it's being delivered to my office tomorrow morning. My first jeep... so excited.
congrats, this too is our first Jeep, I watched them take it off the truck last week.

At my buddies ranch, we have 5 jeeps, 2 of them are Willies. I had to break down and get it done. I bought a 93 pathfinder to make a ranch truck...it was a money pit. So I fixed it and sold it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:34 AM   #6
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oh, spiderweb shade...
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:50 AM   #7
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oh, spiderweb shade...
my bad, did I call it by the wrong thing?
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:40 AM   #8
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I got the same color trail mesh spiderweb shade two weeks ago to go with my bright white 2013 JKU. I am using grey to break up the black and white look on everything.

For the front corners I ended up going round the plastic and not just on the cushion on the sport bar, it helped to pull the corners tight. I tried to wrap the spiderball around the cushion but it made the corners sag and did not look like a clean install. I will snap some closeup pics later tonight after shift. You will see on my shade the rear edge does not come as far back no the rear sport bar as in your pic. I am not saying either way is wrong, just a different position.
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I got the same color trail mesh spiderweb shade two weeks ago to go with my bright white 2013 JKU. I am using grey to break up the black and white look on everything.

For the front corners I ended up going round the plastic and not just on the cushion on the sport bar, it helped to pull the corners tight. I tried to wrap the spiderball around the cushion but it made the corners sag and did not look like a clean install. I will snap some closeup pics later tonight after shift. You will see on my shade the rear edge does not come as far back no the rear sport bar as in your pic. I am not saying either way is wrong, just a different position.
Hey can you get a few shots of how you went around the front corners? Also is your flapping in to the sound bar any?
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I had one on my 2009 JKU and loved it, never had a flapping problem with it. Recently traded for a new JK and ordered another SWS for it.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:54 PM   #11
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Hey can you get a few shots of how you went around the front corners? Also is your flapping in to the sound bar any?
No flapping at all. I can't believe its actually raining out here in the desert so I have my top up, but as soon as I take it down again I will snap pics.
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Still raining so the top is still up. In the corners I wrap the spider ball around the rigid plastic in the corner. I tried with the cord at the end of the plastic piece and on the sport bar padding where it could be tucked away and not seen but it caused the shade to sag in the corners.



Here is a view from underneath of how the corner spider ball keeps the shade tight on my JKU. It is a cleaner look when the cord is an inch further back on the padding behind the plastic but that position causes wrinkles and allows more air inside the cabin.
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how hard was it to get the elastic to stretch that far? i may try this on mine tonight.

also, my speakers on the bar make a buzzing sound now, anyone else?
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how hard was it to get the elastic to stretch that far? i may try this on mine tonight.

also, my speakers on the bar make a buzzing sound now, anyone else?
yeah my question too, seems like that is a way long way around. Letting go may result in some GD's and MF's being yelled.

Thanks for the pictures man. Very helpful.
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yeah my question too, seems like that is a way long way around. Letting go may result in some GD's and MF's being yelled.

Thanks for the pictures man. Very helpful.
i know at Home Depot, and i think i've seen it at wally world, they sell an assorted pack of different sized bungees like this. i may try to find a bit larger one and possibly even go above the edge, around the actual bar, and back above the edge, though i think that might pull down the plastic a bit.
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i know at Home Depot, and i think i've seen it at wally world, they sell an assorted pack of different sized bungees like this. i may try to find a bit larger one and possibly even go above the edge, around the actual bar, and back above the edge, though i think that might pull down the plastic a bit.
my thought exactly.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:57 PM   #17
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i just got one for my 2008 JK 2 door. love it. you can leave it on when you put the hard top on as well. it makes a cool headliner. go to there website and watch the video. supper easy to install!

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how hard was it to get the elastic to stretch that far? i may try this on mine tonight.
I did not have any problem stretching the spider ball around. It fit the first time I tried and I did it unassisted, I just pulled it and secured it. But in that position the shade has no ripples and keeps out more of the 110F air we had three weeks ago (new Jeep owner and had to drive with top off for the full experience).
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:29 AM   #19
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for that being gray that looks white in the photos.... either way nice choice... spiderweb shade is one of the first things i'll be ordering AFTER i order my jeep.
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Have you guys watched the video on their website on how to install? From your picture (bottom pic in post #12), it appears that you have the corner too far back. In the install video, they slide the spider ball under the plastic molding (you have it wrapped around the outside of the plastic molding) and then tuck the ball into the crevice on top of the molding. This should pull it tighter in the corners and eliminate the wrinkles, sagging and air flow issues you mention.

Check out the install video, particularly starting at the 1:25 time mark.

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Have you guys watched the video on their website on how to install? From your picture (bottom pic in post #12), it appears that you have the corner too far back. In the install video, they slide the spider ball under the plastic molding (you have it wrapped around the outside of the plastic molding) and then tuck the ball into the crevice on top of the molding. This should pull it tighter in the corners and eliminate the wrinkles, sagging and air flow issues you mention.

Check out the install video, particularly starting at the 1:25 time mark.

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I did not but i feel better about my install, but that was helpful, I took mine off right now b/c I was working on my Top Cap Roof Lift today...
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yeah my question too, seems like that is a way long way around. Letting go may result in some GD's and MF's being yelled.

Thanks for the pictures man. Very helpful.
The spider balls are NOT supposed to be wrapped AROUND the plastic molding in the front corners. If you watch the installation video that's posted on SpiderWebShade.com, you'll see that they call for the elastic to be slid UNDER the plastic molded so that it's not at all visible from the outside. If done correctly, the ball itself actually tucks very neatly into the top of the molding so it can't be seen at all. I strongly suggest you watch the video. It's VERY helpful!
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I have this exact top. I thought mine was lighter than in the photo but I love it.
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Here are a few shots of the grey! Almost looks white in the photo.
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