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Old 10-06-2011, 10:39 PM   #31
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I thought that too and actually had the boot on my to-buy list...but quickly learned that mudding was best done with the top up...

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:55 PM   #32
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The only bad thing is it looks like it's going to be a while before I can try it! FML Where were you a couple months ago?
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A couple of months ago I didn't have my Jeep yet
I finally got around to checking this out and there is no way the bar will fit on the Smittybilt boot. The rounded seam is way bigger in diameter than the channel on the bar.

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Old 04-19-2012, 12:11 AM   #33
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I finally got around to checking this out and there is no way the bar will fit on the Smittybilt boot. The rounded seam is way bigger in diameter than the channel on the bar.
On mine it was due to the plastic tube in there. I pushed it out and trimmed it half an inch or so then pushed it back in. That way there is no tube inside those seams. Then they fit. Not sure if they're all the same. Good Lick.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #34
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I finally got around to checking this out and there is no way the bar will fit on the Smittybilt boot. The rounded seam is way bigger in diameter than the channel on the bar.
Yeah, Tom it actually does. You actually turned me onto this mod...I love it, however, aint no easy feat putting it on. I have always slid the boot onto the bar since ive owned it...I didnt even think about not using the bar until reading this thread.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:34 AM   #35
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On mine it was due to the plastic tube in there. I pushed it out and trimmed it half an inch or so then pushed it back in. That way there is no tube inside those seams. Then they fit. Not sure if they're all the same. Good Lick.
I didn't think of taking the plastic tube out. I guess I just never saw the need to put the bar on there, but wanted to try it since you mentioned it. FWIW mine didn't come with any instructions so the first couple of times putting it on were an adventure.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:37 AM   #36
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Yeah, Tom it actually does. You actually turned me onto this mod...I love it, however, aint no easy feat putting it on. I have always slid the boot onto the bar since ive owned it...I didnt even think about not using the bar until reading this thread.
It takes me less than a minute now to put the boot on. I strap it to the roll bar first, then fit the clips into the channel. I reach under with both arms to pull the fabric through, then grab the zippered edge to finish pulling it through. I line up the ends and zip it across, then tighen the straps.
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I didn't think of taking the plastic tube out. I guess I just never saw the need to put the bar on there, but wanted to try it since you mentioned it. FWIW mine didn't come with any instructions so the first couple of times putting it on were an adventure.
Same here. Trial and error.

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It takes me less than a minute now to put the boot on. I strap it to the roll bar first, then fit the clips into the channel. I reach under with both arms to pull the fabric through, then grab the zippered edge to finish pulling it through. I line up the ends and zip it across, then tighen the straps.
I'm going to try it in that order. Which way do you have the clips that lock onto the windshield? Lying down to the front or flipped toward the back? They seem to put pressure on the boot either way for me. I try to make sure they don't interfere with me stuffing the upper halfs in there, so they won't scratch them even through the boot as I slide the windows in and out.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:53 AM   #38
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I've never thought about how the latches lay, they've never interfered with anything. They way the weather is I probably won't get the top back down until the middle of next week. You put you windows in there?
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I've never thought about how the latches lay, they've never interfered with anything. They way the weather is I probably won't get the top back down until the middle of next week. You put you windows in there?
Yes, one of two ways. Either upside down inserted from the top down (the legs of the window end up about even with the center fo the headrests), or with the seat folded the fit right side up from inside the tailgate, and then the seat can fold back up. But that one feels like it puts some pressure on them.
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You put your front uppers and the rear windows in there? No wonder it's a tight fit! My windows go in a Bestop window duffle. No way I would stuff them in the boot.
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You put your front uppers and the rear windows in there? No wonder it's a tight fit! My windows go in a Bestop window duffle. No way I would stuff them in the boot.
No. The window panels go in a duffle. The Uppers go between the boot and the back seat.
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:47 PM   #42
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No. The window panels go in a duffle. The Uppers go between the boot and the back seat.
I need pics to believe this one!

(mostly just want to see how in the heck you've done it)
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I need pics to believe this one!

(mostly just want to see how in the heck you've done it)
Tops on right now. But once I take it down again, I'll snap pics of both set ups.
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I'm glad I came across this thread. I bought my boot off of Ebay and always figured I got a factory second or something. I was going to order one from Quadrtec,
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:20 PM   #45
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I need pics to believe this one!

(mostly just want to see how in the heck you've done it)
I can picture that. The boot would actually hold them in place.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #46
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Weather is looking good for the next few days. Wasn't nice this AM. So I went out and got some pics.

Second option leaves almost no cargo room, while the first leaves some space.

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Send some of that weather this way. We are looking at rain all weekend.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:25 PM   #48
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Ran out a snapped a couple of quick pics. The hard thing is at the end of the tubes there is more fabric stitched on. That is difficult to slide into the channel with the tube as well. Solution, push the tube out one side and trim it down so that when you push it back in, the fabric on the ends doesn't have any tube inside of it. Presto: slides on lightning quick. .
Thank you for this! I'm not sure how long, if ever, it would have taken me to figure this out, but a quick snip with scissors and my boot goes on with zero effort. There was no way it was sliding into the channel without this modification. It looks a lot better using the window bar.

Looks like 44 degrees for the morning drive, but now I'm committed.

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