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Old 08-19-2012, 07:24 PM   #91
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Not to change anyone's mind... But check out Dirty Dog 4x4.. Personally I think the fit and finish of this sunshade is better... Zero flapping and available in one, two, or three pieces... Fits the opening way tighter... In the corners and all!! Just my opinion!

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Old 08-19-2012, 10:21 PM   #92
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^ X2

On my JKU I've tried a rolled up towel, pool noodles and small padded bar with foam sheets (heavier so I hoped it would stay put) between the shade and the roll bar but in the wind, they all come loose and fall out. I even tried rigging a spider ball through the hard top grommets but couldn't get it tight enough. The problem is that you need to be able to snug the shade in the center to the roll bar and there is just no good way to do that and preserve the ability to use the hard top.

I am also wondering if this is more a JKU issue due to the increased length. I also notice it flaps more after being in the sun when it seems to be more malleable.
^ x3 - Very annoying. Haven't tried to secure the two grommets in the center/freedom top bolt holes - but hope that will help. It wouldn't be that bad if it was only a narrow speed range it happens - but it's pretty much anything over about 20-25mph.

Decent product, but if it's going to be that obtrusive and make the Jeep that much less enjoyable to drive, I'm selling it and will try the (more expensive) Dirty Dog setup.

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I dont have any problems with flapping or noise. Love mine. While it does cut down on the "open feel" a little- it makes a huge difference. I can Take the jeep out in 95 degree weather and not sweat to death. Plus I can put my arm on the center console without 3rd degree burns. Wish I had gotten the longer one to keep my dog cool in the back seat.
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We've sold so many of these tops, with no problems or complaints. I wanted to cut the sun out a little more to the front seats, so in addition to the full size JKU shade, I installed the jktini over the front. Still the open feel, but less sun.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:51 AM   #95
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Not to change anyone's mind... But check out Dirty Dog 4x4.. Personally I think the fit and finish of this sunshade is better... Zero flapping and available in one, two, or three pieces... Fits the opening way tighter... In the corners and all!! Just my opinion!
I almost went with the DD front piece, but it doesn't appear to have a cutout on the back edge. No way to work the rear-center hardtop clasp. And while I like the fact that the DD shade is wider and extends all the way to the L & R edges, it seems that this would interfere with the two rear-side hardtop clasps as well.
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I have the Trailmesh and absolutely love it! It has allowed me to keep to top off a ton more in the hot Texas summer
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:29 PM   #97
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Are the flapping issues just with the full wrap model on the Unlimited's? If so, that blows as I wanted to order it. I may wait till next Spring. I really want the wrap around cargo portion to help the kiddos.
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Update after a couple of months:
Just hit the trail for several hours mid day. Sun on my side/driver's side- the entire time. I literally had a 1" X 2" sunburn on the "left/driver's side" of my neck: exactly where the gap in the Spidershade is. The rest of my neck, covered by the Spidershade- was fine. Didn't necessarily buy the "UV protectant" spiel, but I do now. Embarassing red neck- but I know the UV works.
I will take mine off as soon as the temps cool down. I do think it interferes with the "open" feel but the cooling aspect/UV protectant in the hot summer months makes it indispensable. I do wish I had bought the full one (as opposed to just the front half) to keep my dog cool on trail days.
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I almost went with the DD front piece, but it doesn't appear to have a cutout on the back edge. No way to work the rear-center hardtop clasp. And while I like the fact that the DD shade is wider and extends all the way to the L & R edges, it seems that this would interfere with the two rear-side hardtop clasps as well.
I just got my DirtyDog4x4 screen. Before I ordered, I couldn't find any closeup pictures and not many comments about it probably because it's from Canada while SpiderWeb is US. But I've seen the picture of SpiderWeb and I don't like the big gaps on the sides, so I pulled the trigger on the DD.

The DD has much tigher fit at the edge. I will post some pictures when I have time.
I'm not sure what is the "flapping" you guys are talking about if there can be some video to show it. There is definitely more wind noise at 40mph+, it's like you roll down the window a little to have 1 inch gap (I'm wondering if that's why spiderweb doesn't extend all the way to the side).
It cuts down the turbulence in the front seat area, that's one reason I bought it to keep my passenger happy. (I don't really care about the sun as my Miata has no screen on top either)

I haven't put on the back piece yet because my back hardtop is not off, not until I have the hoist setup in my garage. However, I don't think the screen would cause any problem to the rear hardtop as it's designed to allow you to put on soft or hardtop without taking the screen out.

They shipped one fewer bungee cord for my cargo peice, so I'm still dealing with them to send another one to me.

Another big reason I bought the DirtyDog4x4 because for JKU DD has 3-piece front, back and cargo, it's very flexible how you want to do it. Since I don't really mind the sun, so sometimes I might not use the front piece but only put on the back piece for my passengers. SpiderWeb doesn't have an individual back piece, either just the front or 1-pc front and back.
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The noise I mentioned mostly when I have the windows all rolled up (I still have the hardtop back piece on), the noise is much less if I rolled down the front windows 2 inches, might be that put less wind stress to the screen.


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Old 08-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #102
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Update

Update ... Removed my Spidershade TrailMesh on my 2012 2-door JK to see if I could do a better job of installing it (When I first put it on, without instructions, I finished the rear before trying to connect the front, for starters). It fit much better and I mnaged to use all the bungees. Then we took it out on the road. At 70 mph on the interstate, I had zero flapping in the front or middle but did have flapping at the very rear of the shade in the middle. Not a lot, but you could hear it. That might be because I haven't stretched it out. Still monitoring. It does do a great job of cutting down the intense, mile-high sun.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:55 PM   #103
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A wider view of the DirtyDog front piece
The Dirty Dog rocks! Have had the 3 piece on for a year now.
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Anyone have any comments on this product? Here is a link:
JK4D | SpiderWebShade.com

I recently returned the Bestop Safari top because it was too much of a pain to take off and put back on. This top looks easier and less of a hassle, plus you can still put the hardtop on over it I think. Our primary reason for getting it is for a little shade/UV protection.

I bought one for my 2dr, keeps me much cooler. My parents loved it and they bought one for their 4dr.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:01 PM   #105
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What is the secret to putting on the JKini version with the hardtop on? Freedom panels are off, but getting the straps between the hardtop and the sound bar is next to impossible and then attaching it the way they suggest is actually IMPOSIBLE once you DO thread it thru there. I dont want to take the whole hard top off just to put this thing on.....
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What is the secret to putting on the JKini version with the hardtop on? Freedom panels are off, but getting the straps between the hardtop and the sound bar is next to impossible and then attaching it the way they suggest is actually IMPOSIBLE once you DO thread it thru there. I dont want to take the whole hard top off just to put this thing on.....
I think I read where someone loosened the screws on the hard top allowing it to be pushed up a little bit. Then you can slide the straps around. I had my top off when I installed mine, but I think this would work.
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I think I read where someone loosened the screws on the hard top allowing it to be pushed up a little bit. Then you can slide the straps around. I had my top off when I installed mine, but I think this would work.
Thanks, we'll try that :-)
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The DD has much tighter fit at the edge.
Looked at your pics, which are some of the best I've seen. My question about the DD remains: How do you fasten the rear two freedom panel latches? It looks like the three fronts and rear center would be OK, but the rear outer latches?
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What is the secret to putting on the JKini version with the hardtop on? Freedom panels are off, but getting the straps between the hardtop and the sound bar is next to impossible and then attaching it the way they suggest is actually IMPOSIBLE once you DO thread it thru there. I dont want to take the whole hard top off just to put this thing on.....
i could post pics of how I did mine when I get outta work, i just attached under the sound bar kinda.... around the roll bars at the doors
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i could post pics of how I did mine when I get outta work, i just attached under the sound bar kinda.... around the roll bars at the doors
Thanks! That would help a lot :-)
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View from the top down.
View from door side:

View laying in rear seat

View laying under speakers of the straps


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View from the top down.
View from door side:

View laying in rear seat

View laying under speakers of the straps
Thanks, that set up seems doable. We'll try that next weekend :-).
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Shade is on, LOVE IT!
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View from the top down.
View from door side:

View laying in rear seat

View laying under speakers of the straps
I really like the red speaker covers, where did you get them?
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Awesome glad I could help!

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I really like the red speaker covers, where did you get them?
I did them with krylon. They're orange.
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I really like the red speaker covers, where did you get them?
Probably just painted


edit: doh posted late, lol
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Awesome glad I could help!

I did them with krylon. They're orange.
They look awesome! Now i got an Idea for a project this weekend
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They look awesome! Now i got an Idea for a project this weekend
There's a write up or three on here just search for painting interior trim
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I think the usefulness of these shade tops would depend solely on the climate you live in. A varying climate like in the eastern U.S. is one where I just fail to see how a shade top would be worth it. You're folding the top back to get the open air and view of the sky, then you're covering it back up with a shade top? Seems a little ridiculous if you think about it. That's 50% of your view cut down instantly. And then when it rains, you're soaked unless you fold the main top back down again, rendering the shade top useless. The small amount of time you actually get to USE the shade top wouldn't make it worth it to me with the weather changing so much here. I'd much rather just wear a hat and leave the top open.

Now, in the desert southwest where it's hot and dry a lot of the time... that's a different story. This shade top might be great out there.
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Just an FYI, I have one of these up for sale over in the "For Sale" forum if anyone is looking for the 2-door version

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f14/spi...-a-184281.html

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