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Old 04-05-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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Folks,

As the warm weather starts rolling in, I thought some of you might be interested in taking a look at the SpiderWebShade UltraMesh I just installed on my JKU over the weekend. You can get it here for $80.

Here in North Carolina, the sun can cook you while you're driving with the top down and you end up sweating at stop lights, even in the early spring. I was especially concerned about our three young kids. This to me looked like a good way to still be "sort of" top off while providing some shade.

Pros: Easy installation, simple design, can stay on when you put up your other tops (for example, it's presently under my soft top since it rained today), affordable, really works.

Cons: May work a little TOO WELL. You definitely feel like there's something covering you, so some of that "top down" feel is definitely removed. However, it removes very easily, so I'm not too worried.

For comparison, something like this would be the "competition," but it both requires a separate header unit and can't be left in place when you put the top up. Those were deal breakers for me.

Overall, I'm very pleased. Questions? Comments?
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I like it, the sun definitely gets to hot at times,I will certainly be considering that web for mine this summer.

I can't tell you how many times I was sweating bullets sitting directly under the sun during major traffic hours,this would come in handy.

The big sell for me is,it is easy to install,and you can put the soft top right over it.

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Old 04-05-2011, 03:51 PM   #3
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I really like that product, but I can go top up/windows out for free. I've been considering buying one myself, but this is the thought that keeps stopping me.
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We got one too...put it on saturday, all of 10 minutes to do. I sent pix to the Spiderweb folks and they posted them online...nice people.

Its a great top...just right for the all-dayers with the top down..!

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I had the spiderweb when I had my TJ, works great and looks good to!
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:33 PM   #6
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I really like that product, but I can go top up/windows out for free. I've been considering buying one myself, but this is the thought that keeps stopping me.
Ahh, but there are two key differences!

First, the SpiderWeb lets the heat and humidity rise directly up and out as well as the breeze come down and in. The soft top, even with the windows out, captures heat and humidity right above your head and blocks any up/down breeze.

Second, you can visually see through the SpiderWeb and it is overall much less fabric than a soft top with windows out. It is much less material over and around you.

I only drove around with it for the weekend and Monday, but it does indeed feel very different than the soft top with the windows out. Much more open (though, admittedly, not as open as with the top down altogether . . . ).

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I can't tell you how many times I was sweating bullets sitting directly under the sun during major traffic hours,this would come in handy.

The big sell for me is,it is easy to install,and you can put the soft top right over it.
Bingo. Those were key for me too, and so far it looks to check those boxes off admirably.
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I have had mine on for a couple months now. I am ver happy with it. As commented previously, it is great on all-dayers when the sun can be too much. It is also very easy to remove if you want it off. I also like that it can stay on with the top up.
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nice. did I understand right that you leave this on even with the top up? so when you drop down your top, it's already there waiting.
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nice. did I understand right that you leave this on even with the top up? so when you drop down your top, it's already there waiting.
Correct. That was a big sell for me over this type of mesh shade.

I also fairly positive I could easily undo some of the "spider balls" (the loops you see the picture of me holding that hold the mesh on), roll back the entire mesh to the rear portion of the roll cage, and use the removed spider balls to loop the rolled mesh to the rear of the roll cage. It could then just sit there until I wanted to unfurl it back over for some cover.
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nice. did I understand right that you leave this on even with the top up? so when you drop down your top, it's already there waiting.
JK's might be different, but the soft top on the TJ was a nail biter to latch shut with the spider web still in place.
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Hmmm. Maybe I'll break down and get one.....
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JK's might be different, but the soft top on the TJ was a nail biter to latch shut with the spider web still in place.
JKs must be different. I did it last night for the first time in the dark. I'd say it added maybe 2 minutes to the process.

JKs have three metal footmans loop over the windshield. The softtop only connects to the two over the driver and passenger, whereas the SpiderWeb connects to all three. All you need to do to put the soft top up is undo the SpiderWeb's connections to the driver/passenger loops and the soft top clamps right into place like always.

Because the SpiderWeb is connected with 9 more spider balls--including two at the front corners that go perpendicular to the roll cage--it makes no difference in sagging etc. that two of the forward balls aren't attached. You just loop those two spiderballs onto themselves and they stay right there.
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JK's might be different, but the soft top on the TJ was a nail biter to latch shut with the spider web still in place.

It is easy on the JK. I just remove the two ball bungees where the top lathes.

(MTH beat me to it, and the explanation is much better!)
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sounds like you spend too much time playing with your balls
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We went with the SpiderWebShade becasue it was quick and easy and we could leave it on with the soft top.We wanted something to give some protection from the TX sun.

We just put ours on this past weekend, we got the JK-2D TrailMesh, and love it so far. I was not sure which one to get between the 2 so decided on the "tougher" one. We went the whole weekend with the top down and the shade on and loved it. It kept the inside a lot cooler when parked and kept us from getting char-broiled while driving. I am sure it will really be worth it once the TX sun gets real hot. It is not a perfect fit with the soft top up but it it close enough for us. Highly recommend it as well.
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I made my own - took about two hours with some shade cloth and the sewing machine and some press in eyelets and even found the "Spiderballs" at the hardware in the camping isle. All up cost was about $20 and a couple of hours work.

Fitted perfectly, worked perfectly, and now sits in a pile in the garage as 'she who knows best' said she didnt like it and if we spent good money on a soft top she wanted to drive it with no damn roof.

So now I am back to finding the sunscreen and hat (live in QLD - scin cancer capital of the world).
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I ordered one too! Now if only the weather would warm up here on the Jersey Shore!

The fact that it can stay on under your soft top sold me!
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I dont like it from the pictures. It takes away toooo much sun.

They should make a thinner version for less money. I'd jump on it.
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Folks,

As the warm weather starts rolling in, I thought some of you might be interested in taking a look at the SpiderWebShade UltraMesh I just installed on my JKU over the weekend. You can get it here for $80.

Here in North Carolina, the sun can cook you while you're driving with the top down and you end up sweating at stop lights, even in the early spring. I was especially concerned about our three young kids. This to me looked like a good way to still be "sort of" top off while providing some shade.

Pros: Easy installation, simple design, can stay on when you put up your other tops (for example, it's presently under my soft top since it rained today), affordable, really works.

Cons: May work a little TOO WELL. You definitely feel like there's something covering you, so some of that "top down" feel is definitely removed. However, it removes very easily, so I'm not too worried.

For comparison, something like this would be the "competition," but it both requires a separate header unit and can't be left in place when you put the top up. Those were deal breakers for me.

Overall, I'm very pleased. Questions? Comments?
I gave the minijk it only covers the front two seats. Spiderweb is the best mesh top plus no header needed.
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I am making my own as well SeaComms, I have had the shade cloth to do it for months just have to be motivated. redz1, you can get all different grades of the shade cloth from 80% down to about 45% block out so if you can have someone make one you could choose your grade
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I dont like it from the pictures. It takes away toooo much sun.

They should make a thinner version for less money. I'd jump on it.
I think they still do.... I have one of the originals and it's great, but as Seacoms mentioned it's easy to make your own... Pet screen from Lowes works great! I made windows and a longer version for the trails....
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I have the SW1-JK2D and the mesh is not as tight as the one in the OP's photos. It's been on my Sahara since last August and under my soft top all winter. I love it! It works great! I even configured my as a windjammer for awhile. Doesn't really block that much of the wind tho. I would recommend Spiderweb Shades to everyone.
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I use the Spidershade with the sunrider feature on my Sahara.
It cuts enough of the wind to allow me to use the sunrider on days that are not really warm enough to have a open cab.
It also makes it harder for the little flying critters, leaves, etc.. to enter the cab from above.
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Same here.

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some of that "top down" feel is definitely removed.
True, but my cap has blown off my head far less times since using the mesh top.

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It also makes it harder for the little flying critters, leaves, etc.. to enter the cab from above.
...and bird poop!
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I have been looking to purchase one of those for this summer. But I can not decide if I want the trailmesh or the ultramesh. Seems like the trailmesh is more durable, which I would like. But I am concerned about how much actual light it lets through and not feeling like I have the soft top up. I might just have to go with the ultramesh.

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I ordered mine yesterday--I wasn't sure between the UltraMesh and TrailMesh--my guess is TrailMeash is thicker/sturdier. I went with Ultra, as it appears to allow more visibility through the fabric.

Next decision--which type of safari/bar doors to buy. Any thoughts?
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Bought mine last year and it's a GREAT investment. My wife's faire skined so burns easily in the summer, but LOVES riding with the top down, this was a no brainer. Easy to install, just a few rubber band, bungie type straps that wrap around the bar and thats it. it still lets some light through so youre not enclosed but keeps the UV rays and heat off you while your sitting at a red light in the middle of summer. it's also great bc you dont burn yourself on all the metal in your jeep after it's been sitting out in the sun for a while. Great Buy
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I have the TrailMesh and it still "lets in" enough sunlight but keeps things cool. It does not feel like I have the soft top up when you use it but you do not get 100% sun either. Hard to explain but you will still have the open air feel. I doubt the UltraMesh will allow that much more sun so you would be good with either. I would like to see the UltraMesh just to compare but I think you will be happy with whatever choice you go with.
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This looks pretty cool. It would be great for those summer scorchers when you're spending a bit of time out in the car.
I might follow SeaComms lead and make my own (or attempt to). Actually if I get the materials and look incompetent enough at the sewing machine the mrs might take over!

SeaComms: I admire your wife's gung-ho attitude, but I'm with you - top down might be nice but summer in Noosa, I'd be tempted to keep the top up and the a/c on.

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