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Old 06-10-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Question What to get for seat covers?

I've been reviewing previous posts about seat covers and everyone has great information. I want to make seat covers my first purchase for my 2008 2-door JK Wrangler X. I thought I wanted neoprene, but people are saying that they fade and fall apart after less than 1 year. I want something that will last longer if I'm spending that much money. What are my other options.

I want all black seat covers, that can get wet. Vinyl gets hot in the sun, so not ideal. I don't plan on leaving the top off when it rains, but want it protected if it happens. I also want a cover for the rear seat, plan on having my son climb in from the back and don't want dirty foot prints. I'm want to spend less than $300 for all 3 covers.

I would like to know what you have, what you like about them, what you hate about them, and how long you have had them. Lastly, would you buy them again. Planning on making a purchase today, so any feed back would be appreciated.

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Iggees are sweet, I have not pulled the trigger yet though.

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Old 06-10-2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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Iggees look nice [http://www.iggee.com], since I have leather and will hopefully spend quite a bit of topless time this summer, I'm looking for some good cotton terry towel type covers. Form fitting would be a bonus but I'll just take a few towels until I figure out what I want. Hopefully not the loud hawaiian beach towel types.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:02 PM   #5
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I just got a set of all black neoprene Smittybilt covers. They are nicer than I was expecting.

They fit nice and snug, are thick but not too thick. Important to me, they don't *look* like a cover. It just looks like I have black seats until you get really close.

4WD has a deal right now on Smittybilt, buy the fronts, get the rear for free. that's $170 total for front and back. Nice deal in my opinion.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:22 PM   #7
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My wet okole covers just arrived - so far they're pretty easy to put on - i got the map pocket and lumbar options included (no seat heaters, though). As soon as I finish getting them on I'll take some pics and put them up - the quality of them feels really excellent, though!
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:27 PM   #8
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that reminds me, the Smittybilt covers included a rear pocket on the front seats which I was not expecting. The Wet Okole's are a better cover from everything I can see. I just couldn't justify the price.

I am going to clean my seats this weekend and then put the covers on for good. Seems like a waste to put clean covers on filthy/muddy seats. I'll post up some pics when done.
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Iggees are sweet, I have not pulled the trigger yet though.
I'm waiting for her to get caught up. Last I visited web site 2011 are not available.2008 are.Look into Iggees!!!Not cheap but from what I hear 1st rate!!
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My money is on neoprene. I'm a diver and a kayaker. My dive suite is neoprene obviously and the kayak seat is neoprene. My kayak is at least 10 years old and the neoprene seat and compartment covers are in excellent shape. I have dive suites that are at least 10 years old and in excellent condition. Yes, if you leave the jeep out in the sun a lot eventually a black neoprene cover will bleach but so will just about any other black seat cover.

Neoprene is water proof and will keep the seat under it dry. It is also a plush and comfortable surface to sit on. The plush material will wick moisture away and you shouldn't get wet when sweaty like you would with a pleather seat cover. The material should not build heat so when you contact it, it should not burn like a pleather seat cover will. Depending on the material on the outer surface whether a simple weave or a plush weave, they can be pretty comfy the more plush they are.
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I had red neoprene covers back when I owned my Yj. Never ever again. Yes my seats were dry but I had to remove them in order to dry them off, held too much water in. And also they turned pink after a year.
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I had red neoprene covers back when I owned my Yj. Never ever again. Yes my seats were dry but I had to remove them in order to dry them off, held too much water in. And also they turned pink after a year.
I think that is the tradeoff for plush. The plush will hold water in the fabric and have to be wiped down with dry towel or else you would have to wear a top and bottom rain outfit to stay dry. But if you are going to be without a top using seat covers, getting them wet will mean getting wet unless you have the rain gear. Even plastic ones you will get wet unless you wipe them down. Leaving the top off in direct sunlight and repeated exposure will bleach most fabrics.
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Wet Okole's Installed...

Here are the new Wet Okole's that arrived today.
Just finished getting them on - I need to tighten up the bottoms in the rear seats since there's a bit of a loose spot there, but otherwise, they look and feel GREAT! The lumbar supports are super comfortable and the feel of the seats themselves is incredible. I also got the odor eliminator, shampoo, and surface protectant for them. Overall, not too painful at all to put on, and I'm happy with the results!
(The light is a bit weird in the back - the covers are black-on-black).
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thanks, greese. Putting them on was a little tough, mostly because it was hotter than the inside of my hat in that garage! getting the straps up around the bottoms of the seats so they didn't interfere with the seat rails wasn't the most obvious, either, but my girlfriend found some small openings in the seat frame that the clasps fit right through and made it sweet (I physically couldn't get my meat-hooks in there on a bet). But they sure are comfy and the inflatable lumbar supports in the front seats are really sweet!
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OK, just wondered. I have a full set of factory mopar seat covers with embroidered Jeep logo front and rear. Never installed in my 2011. Cost $450 and my wife doesn't like them. Was hoping you were local so we could make a deal. I've had 2 BAD experiences with shipping lately so I'm not going that route for a while.
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i am on 4wd trying to order the smittybuilt ones for 170 where you buy the fronts and the rear come with it for free...when do you get the choice to choose which rear ones, or when is there a notice that the rear ones are being shipped with the same package?
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I just bought a pair from cover craft. Love them...although they are not fully waterproof, I dumped a cup of water on the seat and after an hour it was still there and the seats were still dry. Great fit and less expensive than neoprene.

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