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Old 02-25-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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What is the purpose of Safari Straps? And why them over a mesh top?

At first I saw some info on the mesh tops and I think that will be the way to go with my family in the Jeep to shade them a bit.

These safari straps however look great and I'm guessing people get them for the same reason, to add a little buffer for wind and sun.

What are the best safari straps and mesh manufacturers?

Please post pictures and why you chose that option although I think I am leaning towards getting the tuffy security deck and the offroad heroes full top straps. What should I consider and is a windjammer better then either option?

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Safari Straps seem to be the standard by which all over straps manufacturers are compared. They set the bar high with quality.

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At first I saw some info on the mesh tops and I think that will be the way to go with my family in the Jeep to shade them a bit.

These safari straps however look great and I'm guessing people get them for the same reason, to add a little buffer for wind and sun.

What are the best safari straps and mesh manufacturers?

Please post pictures and why you chose that option although I think I am leaning towards getting the tuffy security deck and the offroad heroes full top straps. What should I consider and is a windjammer better then either option?
Safari Straps is the name of a particular brand. There are others that make similar tops...Dirtydog, Smittybilt.

IMO, SS is the sturdiest and most versatile of the bunch. Then again, that's what I run on my Jeep, so consider me biased.

Not sure what you mean by the ORH straps. I've got the Safari Straps and the ORH Fastback top on my Jeep, which I run together in winter, and SS only in summer.

Behold the various configurations of the two:

With just the front panel on the ORH top, no SS, top of Tuffy box removed:



With just the Safari Straps:





With front ORH panel on, and only the SS side straps on, with Tuffy box installed:

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yeah I amended the post, I misread your posts KBWWOLF and though ORH was the maker of the straps you had.

Your setup with the straps and the tuffy box is pretty much what made me want that for my Jeep. I was on the spiderweb shade wagon but those straps, while 6x more expensive then the spiderweb shade are just awesome.

I think I even read on another forum where someone went with both. Spiderweb under/over the straps. Not sure all that's necessary but I may have to actually try both to see which I like best. I am going to hunt down any and all reviews I can but so far didn't find anything that stated what the purpose of the strap versions where even for per say.

I thought they were for off road retention of people and gear and using them to shade the sun or buffet the wind was poser. thankfully I think they are used for just that purpose by many.
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yeah I amended the post, I misread your posts KBWWOLF and though ORH was the maker of the straps you had.

Your setup with the straps and the tuffy box is pretty much what made me want that for my Jeep. I was on the spiderweb shade wagon but those straps, while 6x more expensive then the spiderweb shade are just awesome.

I think I even read on another forum where someone went with both. Spiderweb under/over the straps. Not sure all that's necessary but I may have to actually try both to see which I like best. I am going to hunt down any and all reviews I can but so far didn't find anything that stated what the purpose of the strap versions where even for per say.

I thought they were for off road retention of people and gear and using them to shade the sun or buffet the wind was poser. thankfully I think they are used for just that purpose by many.
I use em mostly to provide a little shade, and to cut down the wind a bit. The spiderwebshade would probably do a better job of both, if that's all you want it for.

When I drive cross country, though, I often strap stuff to the top of my Tuffy box, using the SS loops to hold things in place with lockable cables. It's not gonna stop a determined thief, obviously (though I also have an alarm system that I can adjust for using top/doors off), but it gives me time to hit the men's room at a rest stop without too much worry...

Most of all, I just like the open-air feel you get from the Safari Straps. Pics #2 & 3 above is how I ran my Jeep from April through September last year, thanks to a garage and a prolonged drought.
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The DW wants a set to keep the dog from jumping out......
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I was just about to order a set of the Safari Straps "warrior extended" set that just covers the rear roll bar section of my Unlimited, and use them in conjunction with the Spidershade I already have. I already have the warrior cargo net, and the quality is extremely good.
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I was just about to order a set of the Safari Straps "warrior extended" set that just covers the rear roll bar section of my Unlimited, and use them in conjunction with the Spidershade I already have. I already have the warrior cargo net, and the quality is extremely good.
Now that's an idea. Hmmm cargo straps for the rearmost section then spiderweb shade for the passengers.
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I think I even read on another forum where someone went with both. Spiderweb under/over the straps. Not sure all that's necessary but I may have to actually try both to see which I like best. I am going to hunt down any and all reviews I can but so far didn't find anything that stated what the purpose of the strap versions where even for per say.
I have the full length extended and had a Bestop Safari Bikini on top. I forgot to take pics before I put the hard top back on. It looked OK.

I have ordered the Spiderweb as well. We will see which looks better. I should be able to have the hard top over both.

The quality of the Safari Straps our outstanding.
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Any pictures of the Safari Straps and Spiderweb Shades combo?

I'm debating to get the Safari Strap Long Cage Extended or the Warrior Window Extended with the Spiderweb Shade.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:27 PM   #11
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I got my Safari Straps mainly to keep things in the Jeep, like my dogs, and keep wandering hands out.
Also the Safari Straps work with the soft top up or down. Great products.
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I got the Smittybilt cargo restraint net, similar to the safari straps except different material and is one piece. I got it to:
A. Look sexy
B. Hold in all the stuff in my Jeep.
C. A little sun protection.
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Any pictures of the Safari Straps and Spiderweb Shades combo?

I'm debating to get the Safari Strap Long Cage Extended or the Warrior Window Extended with the Spiderweb Shade.
Bumping this one up.

Any pictures of this setup?

I have the SWS on my JKU and am thinking if adding the SS side windows and rear cover.
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Weather permitting, I'll try and grab a shot later.
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Weather permitting, I'll try and grab a shot later.
That'd be great! Thanks for doing that.

I'd be interested in some detail shots along the tailgate bar and the buckles along the roll bar and tub for the side windows if possible.
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Just my .02 cents: depending where you live, spidershade will protect fr too much sun. I know people feel Cali has great weather, but it does still get 100 degree in the valley. Getting cooked in your seat is not fun. Spider up front and military grade net out back.
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That'd be great! Thanks for doing that.

I'd be interested in some detail shots along the tailgate bar and the buckles along the roll bar and tub for the side windows if possible.

Will do.

Keep in mind that mine will look a bit different as I modified the side nets. I did not like how the rear strap wrapped around the roll bar and then through the tie down on the floor so I shortened those buckles and use a tie down attached to the tub. I plan on moving the tie downs to the rear of the tub, but that will require drilling holes so that is on my to-do list.

It'll make more sense with pics.
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I plan to buy the rear seat and cargo covering safari straps to keep my many dogs in the jeep. The front half is already covered by a spiderweb jkini that works great.

Unfortunately the straps are just a little too expensive right now so I still have the hardtop on to contain the little rascals.
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Will do.

Keep in mind that mine will look a bit different as I modified the side nets. I did not like how the rear strap wrapped around the roll bar and then through the tie down on the floor so I shortened those buckles and use a tie down attached to the tub. I plan on moving the tie downs to the rear of the tub, but that will require drilling holes so that is on my to-do list.

It'll make more sense with pics.
I was also turned off by that floor mounting method. I'll go your route and modify to the tub also.

Upon further thought, and after examining my setup just now, the *extended* 4dr rear won't work for me since I run with a soft top boot that utilizes the tailgate bar.

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Can you buy the rear SS that attaches only to the rear cross bar and two diagonal roll bars, and forego the tailgate attachment?
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I was also turned off by that floor mounting method. I'll go your route and modify to the tub also.

Upon further thought, and after examining my setup just now, the *extended* 4dr rear won't work for me since I run with a soft top boot that utilizes the tailgate bar.

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Can you buy the rear SS that attaches only to the rear cross bar and two diagonal roll bars, and forego the tailgate attachment?
I have a Super top NX, and just leave the 4 rear strap hooks dangling when I have the rear window installed. With the Warrior Window Extended the majority of the tension comes from the 4 (each side) straps that attach to the rear roll bars.

On that note, I have already purchased 4-2" footman’s loops that I am going to attach to the tailgate bar just behind the channel the window sits in, so I can still hook the straps; mostly for when I am transporting my dogs.
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This is with both.


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Damn fine setup there!
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Here you go.

I did not take any of the Spidermesh/Straps as a whole as I think that DCM77494 shows that well.

Sorry for the cell phone pics.
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I feel like this mod would be so cheap and easy to make. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Here you go.

I did not take any of the Spidermesh/Straps as a whole as I think that DCM77494 shows that well.

Sorry for the cell phone pics.
Thanks so much! That's perfect. AND you even have the cargo net that I'm wanting. I was curious how it was secured.

I now see no problem at all letting the tailgate bar hooks dangle when I have my soft top boot on.

So the shiny d-ring part at the bottom of the first pic is the one you added to get around the floor mount? And you had to drill that hole?
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Thanks so much! That's perfect. AND you even have the cargo net that I'm wanting. I was curious how it was secured.

I now see no problem at all letting the tailgate bar hooks dangle when I have my soft top boot on.

So the shiny d-ring part at the bottom of the first pic is the one you added to get around the floor mount? And you had to drill that hole?

You will get six of those d-rings when you get the cargo net, and two with the extended warrior net for the front strap (bolts near the rear door latch, pre-existing hole). I am only using the silver one because I miscounted the amount I needed to order of the OEM tie downs MOPAR Pn# 55361485AA (like what are on the tub). I have two more enroute. That D-ring will go away once I shift the strap farther to the rear.

On the 2012's ( and I think post 09's) that hole exists already, I think one of the black guide pins for the hard top sits there. I have yet to drill any holes, but will soon, so I can shift the strap that attaches to the silver d-ring farther to the rear, probably about an inch out from the tailgate bar clips. (Crappy photo edit attached.)

That cargo net is great as well, you can shift it forward and vertical to use it as a dog net.
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I feel like this mod would be so cheap and easy to make. Does anyone have any experience with this?
You could arguably make your own if you have some sewing experience.

You can get everything used to make the the straps from Strapworks.com. Except maybe the steel rings.

I see Safari Straps as a "local" boutique store and I have no problems spending a little extra for a non-imported product.
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Installed it last weekend.

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I just installed my Safari Straps today and my ORH top. I purchased the SS because I wanted some security to keep people from grabbing my soccer balls and portable goals from the back of my Jeep when the rear windows are off.

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I ended up getting my little mod done this weekend, drilled the two hole and shifted the tie downs further to the rear. Worked like a champ, I'll get some pics up later this week when it decides to stop raining. I think I need to go back and shift and readjust my side nets though, just noticed they are crooked.

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