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Old 05-06-2011, 06:10 AM   #1
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Spiderweb Shade

So, InfernoGirl and Redz have convinced me to get a Spiderweb shade. Seems like a no-brainer for what I'm looking for. I want the ability to throw the soft top up quickly when necessary (live in Northeastern PA), and also I want to remove the shade without hassle on days when I want to feel full sun on my (very white) arms and face and I plan to take a nice, slow ride.

But, my question is: do most people who use the Spiderweb cover the cab only, or opt for the full canopy? I rarely have back seat passengers. My only concern is appearance, function and convenience. Is there a reason to get the full shade if you're not worried about protecting rear seats (like wind noise, ease of installation, etc.) Also, can anyone post photos of the 2-door with JKini? Seems like most of the photos I've found show only full coverage, or Unlimiteds. Pixs on manufacturers site are all close-ups.

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Old 05-06-2011, 06:18 AM   #2
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I got the full canopy.

I very rarely have backseat passengers, but for me that didn't make a difference -- I figured that if I was EVER expecting to have a backseat passenger on a hot day (we get about 330 of those a year in FL), it would be a good idea to get the full-size version. You don't really notice the part that's behind you anyway, so when you're driving around I doubt it's a much different feeling than having the JKini.

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You don't see it really from outside the Jeep, so I wouldn't worry about the looks at all. Just get which ever fits your needs best. You can fold them and configure them in other ways than advertised if you use your imagination too... I think you'll love it. Mine doesn't get a lot of use, seeing as how I'm apparently part lizard and soak up the heat to store it for later, but when I do use it, it's a wonderful thing to have.
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I ordered the full cover and that is what I would recommend. I really like the shade and we have two small kids - we get good sun coverage from it.

I have one drawback and that is - when you put the cover on - there is a good 2 to 3 inch gap on both sides. Meaning it does not reach fully side to side. I would consider this a design flaw and I would think a competitor that would fill this gap would take away thier market in a heartbeat!!
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I got the full canopy as well.
My plan is to stretch the back of the shade over the sound bar and down to the floor in the back. I hope to gain a little cab privacy and cut down on headlight glare, from behind.
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I ordered the full cover and that is what I would recommend. I really like the shade and we have two small kids - we get good sun coverage from it.

I have one drawback and that is - when you put the cover on - there is a good 2 to 3 inch gap on both sides. Meaning it does not reach fully side to side. I would consider this a design flaw and I would think a competitor that would fill this gap would take away thier market in a heartbeat!!
This is true.
I use my softop sun roof, windows up with the Spider Shade on cool mornings. It keeps most of the wind out with the exception of the little void that you described. Which blows down the back of my neck.
But, I figure that on a real hot day, the breeze from the little void will feel good on the back of my neck.
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I haven't seen those before but it's something I could use with my pale skin. Thanks !!
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:51 AM   #8
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I use the full canopy spiderweb on my 2-door. It helps to keep the sun off the back of your neck when the sun is behind you. If you have backseat passengers though, the back end of the spiderweb is right where their head would be, so I fold up the back end of mine to give headroom to my backseat passengers. It still gets in the way for taller back seat passengers though.

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Old 05-06-2011, 07:35 PM   #9
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Here's a pic of my Spiderweb shade.
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:25 AM   #10
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Thanks, everyone. I think I'm gonna go with the shorter one that fits only over the cab. Photos helped a lot. As I said, I don't have rear passengers very often. I do have some tall nephews that ride with me sometimes, and I don't want their heads to be hitting anything, so that was good advice.

InfernoGirl, I'm like you. I would prefer to feel all that sun as often as I can. That's why I got a Jeep. But I love the fact that you can remove the Spiderweb quickly and/or put your top right over it. I'm hoping for a long, hot summer and my partner isn't so much of a fan as the direct rays all the time, so this should come in handy. Also, my Jeep is garage kept, but I have to park outside at work, next to an old abandoned city building with pigeon activity. Figure it's just a matter of time.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:33 AM   #11
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I ordered the same one for the same reason...didn't want the backseat passengers to suffer for their comfort.

I ordered it a week ago this afternoon and had it Monday morning. I was impressed!!

I can't tell you how well it works as my jeep sits in Toledo awaiting shipment.

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Old 05-07-2011, 03:59 PM   #12
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You could just make one that is exactly what you want. My home-made top doesn't leave any gaps or anything. here is a pic:



You can make one for pretty cheap and just a couple hours of time. I am very happy with mine and I can put my soft top over it and not take the bikini top off.
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You could just make one that is exactly what you want. My home-made top doesn't leave any gaps or anything. here is a pic:



You can make one for pretty cheap and just a couple hours of time. I am very happy with mine and I can put my soft top over it and not take the bikini top off.
So how did you make it?

What material, etc?
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:51 PM   #14
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Pretty simple really, I did a semi-write-up here:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f118/ma...-jk-89563.html

Sorry to hi-jack thread, but the OP can make one too.
You can use whatever material you want, HD has some good screen material like the spidershade, I got some exact factory soft-top material for dirt cheap.
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:32 PM   #15
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Got my spiderweb shade installed today and boy was that easy! What a difference it makes in the hot sun (NOT complaining about the sun mind you). Got my Dirtymudder Column Cover under my seat now ready for summer! Took her for a spin through the fields and she didn't get stuck. My husband offered to relocate a tree so I can avoid the driveway ... What a great mothers day!
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You could just make one that is exactly what you want. My home-made top doesn't leave any gaps or anything. here is a pic:



You can make one for pretty cheap and just a couple hours of time. I am very happy with mine and I can put my soft top over it and not take the bikini top off.
Very nice writeup. When I finally get a soft top, I will be looking to do something similar, FL sun is too intense to run around naked.

I had my whole top off for about a week last month. Sweet! But, with our rain situation, I have to leave it on until I get the soft top. Too much damage can occur. (Yes, I scratched it on the edges.)

Overnight, and for my morning drive, I just used the 2 Freedom halves as a Bikini. It had a slight rattle on the sound bar, at first. I made these out of an old surfboard rack. Similar to a pool noodle. I just ran the thumb screws up the middle. They are 1" thick and 2 1/4" in diameter. Knocked out the rattle and the tops are stable. At least to 65 MPH. Didn't get any higher.

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Old 05-08-2011, 10:56 PM   #17
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I just used my Spiderweb shade this weekend for the first time. I went with the full canopy ultramesh. It made a huge difference. Kept the wind noise down on the Interstate and kept the interior much cooler when it was parked. Great mod for what it costs.
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Overnight, and for my morning drive, I just used the 2 Freedom halves as a Bikini. It had a slight rattle on the sound bar, at first. I made these out of an old surfboard rack. Similar to a pool noodle. I just ran the thumb screws up the middle. They are 1" thick and 2 1/4" in diameter. Knocked out the rattle and the tops are stable. At least to 65 MPH. Didn't get any higher.

Did you flip up the levers on the back of the panels to space them from the tub? I'm thinking if you had, then you wouldn't get the rattle.... But Idk, we've never run our freedom panels only.

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