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Old 05-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #31
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Is the Smittybilt waterproof? Any real world experience with that? The Bestop claims to be but I haven't really put it to the test yet. But I do need another one so would consider the Smittybilt. Isn't there a couple different grades of Smitty's?

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Old 05-22-2012, 06:41 PM   #32
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The covercraft has different grades but they are all water resistant. The bestop is the only one that states waterproof. But like stated earlier most of them can be waterproofed with a few rattle cans of waterproofing material used on tents and such. And the smittybilt one doesnt come in black either... bummer.

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Old 05-22-2012, 07:31 PM   #33
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Smity is waterproof.
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Smity is waterproof.
Which one? Because the one only claims water resistant
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:51 PM   #35
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I have the one with the door flaps. Got it from Quadratec for $69.99.
Only used it once so far, but water was pooled up on top overnight and didn't soak thru.
Let it dry in the sun a little the next morning, folded it up and returned it to where I keep it behind my back seat.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:49 PM   #36
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Smittybilt Cab Covers are constructed from space age water resistant form fitting fabric and they are available in two styles: with door coverage flaps or without. Smittybilt Cab Covers for Jeep are the perfect way to keep the elements out of your cab when you're not out on the trails. Easy on, easy off Smittybilt Cab Covers for Jeep will prolong the life of your Jeep interior, preventing the seats from cracking and they may even deter the casual thief from grabbing your gear. Give your Jeep the protection it deserves with a Smittybilt Cab Cover
  • Designed to fit snugly over the windshield frame and roll bars
  • Made from water resistant material
  • Weather resistant
  • Extremely durable
  • Ensures easy installation
Edit: on sale Smittybilt Cab Covers for Jeep at the Lowest Prices! Free Shipping on any Smittybilt Jeep Cab Cover! for $69.99 and free shipping atm. think I will pick one of those up.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:45 PM   #37
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I haven't had my Smitty get caught in the rain yet, but from feeling the fabric I don't see any way that water would soak through that stuff.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:06 AM   #38
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i use a Rugged Ridge 3 layer cab cover 13321.02 from Amazon.com for about $53.
I haven't tried it in rain yet, but it seems to be pretty good quality for the price.
Manufacturer claims they are usable in "light rain".
Not usable if you remove your doors.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:02 PM   #39
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now the question is, gray or tan?
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:12 PM   #40
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lol, just get the gray,
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:34 PM   #41
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I thought you knew me well enough to say I should get either one since I will likely dye it black anyways haha.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:40 PM   #42
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gray isn't perfect, but it's a better fit than tan. Kind of like "black light". lol
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:11 PM   #43
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Rain Gear cab cover

I got lucky and bought the "Rain Gear" cover from a guy at work a couple weeks ago for $20. Just now went out and put it on since I had yet to use it. Fits like a glove, has flaps for the mirrors (doors on or off) has 9 straps that hold it on and best of all "made in the USA. Comes in Black Grey or Green.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:35 PM   #44
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The rain gear is the one I was most interested in. Does it fit pretty snug? I havent seen any real pics of it installed, their website is seriously lacking any info on it. Can I trouble you for a pic of the cover from the rear? The reason I ask is that I have a motion sensor on my alarm and if the cover goes flapping around it will set it off.
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Yes it does fit real good, with 9 heavy duty 1 1/2" straps 3 on each side 2 in back and 1 in front.

Yes the website they have is very lacking it says the covers has 8 straps but mine has 9. Here are 2 from the back. none of the straps are tied down I just have it loose on the jeep in the garage.

If you want more just let me know.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:54 PM   #46
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The besttop hasn't leaked yet. Water pools on the top. I may need to make a support bar
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Not sure how I've missed this thread. I've had the Bestop for at least 6 years (birthday present) and love it. It is completely waterproof, no BS. No, Houdini himself couldn't fit it back in the bag it came in, but who gives a shit. I use it for gloves, ratchet straps, condoms, and Kroil. I just wrap the top up the same way every time so I know how to un-roll it back on, takes me about a minute now, tuck it in behind the drivers seat. It hasn't flew out yet, it's not going to. I found out in a hurry that you need the "Zuse cover bow" to go with it. The first couple times you're headed for work and dump 5 gallons of rain water on yourself and your center console, you won't consider the $30 expensive. I can add pics of it later.
I just want to know if the bestop will definitely fit over the Rampage in Safari mode? I know it won't come close to the stock one being up with the windows out and doors off.

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Old 05-28-2012, 07:55 PM   #48
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I have the Smitty and just seems too tight. I couldn't get the cab corners where they need to be. I had to stretch really hard…. to the point of stressing the seams. With tube doors and mirrors I couldn't get it to fully cover the door openings. It left like a 2" gap even with the mirrors folded in.

It does seem to be made very well and strong… Maybe I was doing something wrong. Don't know... I haven't tried it since. Had a week of rain and it doesn't look very promising in the near future, so the doors went back on and I use the Jeep brand cap cover to protect my soft top from stains and bird crap. The Jeep brand does soak through in a down poor, but it saves some wear and tear and stops some leaks when the soft top is up.

I think I'm gonna order the bestop with the door flaps for the summer. If anyone in interested in a tried once, but didn't like it Smitty, never seen rain or anything else. It's yours for half price + shipping. PM me. Gray in color.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:51 PM   #49
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Just ordered the Smittybilt cover in grey from www.4wheelonline.com heres the link, Smittybilt Cab Covers for Jeep at the Lowest Prices! Free Shipping on any Smittybilt Jeep Cab Cover! cheapest I could find and the guys there are awesome, thanks Matthew!
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:35 AM   #50
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That's the same exact price that I paid at Quadratec. And that's their regular price, not a 'sale price'.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:44 AM   #51
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Qtec wanted to charge me for shipping tho, I know I could have gotten ahold of someone here and got free shipping but this was way easier. Anyways these are good ppl and I dont mind helping them out.
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I bought my Bestop trail cover off CL for $40.




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Old 06-03-2012, 02:35 PM   #53
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Pavement Ends makes an Emergency rain top. You can drive with it on. The top does not cover the door area.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #54
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A number of folks have said the Bestop (and others) will have water pool on the top and you need something to keep it from doing this. Does anyone use one of these cab covers with a SpiderWeb Shade? I am just wondering if the SWS is "tight" enough to keep the cab cover from sagging too much when the water pools. I need to get one as well so this has been a great thread. Thanks!
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Pavement Ends makes an Emergency rain top. You can drive with it on. The top does not cover the door area.
I have one of those. Stays under my back seat. It won't keep all of the water out and you can only go about 40 mph with it on..... but I have been thankful for it a couple of times. It's very thin, kind of like an umbrella material.

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The Bestop is working real well for me so far. Thick and appears to be real substantial
X2, very good quality and worth the extra cost.
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A number of folks have said the Bestop (and others) will have water pool on the top and you need something to keep it from doing this. Does anyone use one of these cab covers with a SpiderWeb Shade? I am just wondering if the SWS is "tight" enough to keep the cab cover from sagging too much when the water pools. I need to get one as well so this has been a great thread. Thanks!
I don't know about the spiderweb shade, but I use mine with my bikini top and water does'nt pool on top.
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I don't know about the spiderweb shade, but I use mine with my bikini top and water does'nt pool on top.
It does a little with mine but I don't mind so long as that pool doesn't leak. So far, in the year and a half that I've had mine it hasn't. And this summer it's been on a lot since I removed the top and don't drive it everyday. It has been through numerous bad storms so far this year and no leaks other than around the doors that are off too.
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Pavement Ends makes an Emergency rain top. You can drive with it on. The top does not cover the door area.

You mean this? It is my favorite. .I just don't know how heavy a fabric it is. I don't need door flaps.


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