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Old 06-11-2012, 01:16 PM   #61
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You mean this? It is my favorite. .I just don't know how heavy a fabric it is. I don't need door flaps.

No, the picture in Dragonii post is the correct top.

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The trail cover that Hammerdown posted looks like the one I have. I am not sure who makes it. It came with the Jeep. It is very thick, heavy material, but does not fold up very small, and stays at camp when I am out on the trail. The elastic straps have also stretched out. I just tied knots in them until they fit tight.
For what I use it for, (covering the Jeep overnight while camping), it works fine.
It is not something I would want to use on a daily basis or while traveling.

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For anyone else debating these tops: before I bought my Rampage frameless top, I ran a safari top for the entire spring/summer/fall seasons with a Rain Gear cover. Basically, the Rain Gear was my garage. It did not leak one time. Now, I never took the safari top off, which definitely helps. But, I never had water inside my jeep...never.

Once I got the Rampage, I sold the Rain Gear. But, if I buy one again, it'll be a Rain Gear as well.
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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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I have to qualify my previous statement after a couple days of rain .... MATERIAL is waterproof ... Seams are Not.
Luckily i use it over my bikini top, and I also have my duster cover laying in the back over the rear seat.
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You mean this? It is my favorite. .I just don't know how heavy a fabric it is. I don't need door flaps.

You may not think you need the door flaps but at some point your going to take your doors off... and then its going to pay off... and having them there when you don't need them doesn't hurt a single thing. I have half doors and the door flaps give me great coverage with my uppers left off.
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Just got my smittybilt cover in today. and I have to ask... how come nobody warned me how flippen big this thing is when its not on the Jeep!?! How am I supposed to find a place for this thing while I'm using my jeep >< maybe I can fold it up nice and fit it under the safari portion of the rampage top...
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:12 PM   #69
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I fold mine up nicely and put it behind my rear seat
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I have a subwoofer back there so unfortunately thats not an option for me. times like these make me wish I had a bought an LJ, but then I probably would have filled the rear with more subs anyways haha.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:31 PM   #71
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I fold mine up tight and leave out on the patio at home, I get to park in a garage at work.
If I need to take out with me I just shove it on the floor board swine the passenger seat.

Told you it was thick material.
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I have a subwoofer back there so unfortunately thats not an option for me. times like these make me wish I had a bought an LJ, but then I probably would have filled the rear with more subs anyways haha.
I have the bestop which is a very similar design and have no problems folding/rolling it up to put in the bag. Even without the bag you can bungee it together. I found the best luck with folding into a long strip and then rolling the rest up like you would a sleeping bag.
  1. lay it down flat with the inside up.
  2. Fold the sides over along the top-side seam so that both sides are now on top of the top
  3. Fold the same direction into thirds. Now the top should be in a long strip.
  4. Fold one end of the strip about a third of the way down.
  5. Roll the folded end up into a roll nice and tight.
This should take about 2 minutes and make a 12x18" roll that can be stowed behind a front seat.


Note: You can start with the inside part of the top down so that it is quicker to put on, but then the inside can get wet and dirty. This way you can sling it over your Jeep from the back and unfold down the sides. My lawn is always wet so I do it inside up.
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I usually fold the sides in thirds but I sometimes fold in halves if I'm not in a hurry. halfs is a little shorter and fatter. I was off on my size estimates but here it goes the halves way:

Lay it out flat


Fold the sides over



Fold the long edges over to the mid-line of the top


Fold this in half


Fold down the short edge (Tip: Try to fold the section that goes over the front of the Jeep so that you don't crease the plastic retainers)


Roll it up nice and tight


Tada!


Bag it up or bungee


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thanks for the info, the soda can really helps put things into perspective for those people who dont know the size of these things. I might adopt a similar method but flip it insideout so its easier to put on the Jeep. should just roll out and keep the straps out of the way. Going to play around with it today and see what I come up with.
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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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I debated back and forth for a long time between the Bestop and the raingearforjeeps.com top myself. I read a few bad reviews about the Bestop leaking when not running the bikini under it. I ultimately went with the raingearforjeeps.com top. I gotta say I love it. It goes on fast, lashes down tight, the straps are heavy 1- 1/2" straps with heavy hooks (while they are plastic), it has survived two months of Ohio thunderstorms without a drop leaking through, and it comes off and rolls up easily and fast, and it comes with a bag to put it back in that is big enough to forgive not rolling it up very tight. So no more reliving those old camping memories of trying to roll up the cheapo tent and fit it back in the ridiculously small pouch. I was very surprised by the quality, fit and the price. My jeep is a hardtop so I got the cover for the roll bars but they offer a cover to go over the factory hard or soft top. Plus they sent a logo hat and shirt for free, and all for cheaper than the Bestop.
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So after having the Smittybilt cover for a while heres an update. It doesnt cover the full door opening, likely because of the Rampage top in safari mode and the windshield mount driving lights, so Smittybilt is not to blame for that. It would most likely be the case with any of the brands. Its straps are made of decent materials but the way they attach the straps to the cover leaves alot to be desired, they attach them with cheap vinyl that rips if you try to tighten the top too much (dont ask me how I know this). There was no puddling on the top because of the safari top I had on, but due to the fit, I can see that if there was no top this thing would fill up like a small lake. However, I will say that it does its job quite well and keeps a huge majority of the water out even through that tropical storm that just went through here. I had the Rampage top in safari mode and the doors off, we had about 6 inches of rain in the past 2 days and the only water in the tub was a small puddle on the floor where the door flaps dont exactly cover. So all in all not a bad product but as far as recommending it to others, not likely, spend the extra dough and get a bestop or raingear.
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So after having the Smittybilt cover for a while heres an update. It doesnt cover the full door opening, likely because of the Rampage top in safari mode and the windshield mount driving lights, so Smittybilt is not to blame for that. It would most likely be the case with any of the brands. Its straps are made of decent materials but the way they attach the straps to the cover leaves alot to be desired, they attach them with cheap vinyl that rips if you try to tighten the top too much (dont ask me how I know this). There was no puddling on the top because of the safari top I had on, but due to the fit, I can see that if there was no top this thing would fill up like a small lake. However, I will say that it does its job quite well and keeps a huge majority of the water out even through that tropical storm that just went through here. I had the Rampage top in safari mode and the doors off, we had about 6 inches of rain in the past 2 days and the only water in the tub was a small puddle on the floor where the door flaps dont exactly cover. So all in all not a bad product but as far as recommending it to others, not likely, spend the extra dough and get a bestop or raingear.
On mine, with no top on but with a windshield header, the door flaps come right to the bottom edge of the door frame. I do wish they would have put about 2-3 inches more on those flaps, but everything that I read said that it will stretch over time. We'll see.
As for the pooling, yes, without a safari top on under it you will get water pooling, but I think that would be the case with any of these. I made a pvc brace to pop in before putting mine on if I'm completely topless, works just fine.
So far I haven't torn any straps, but I will say that I like the adjustable webbing straps much better than the idea of elastic.
It's not perfect, but for the price I can't complain as it does the job.
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I just got my Bestop and am having a bit of trouble getting in on the first time. I did not remove my soft top, just folded it down and it doesn't seem to fit quite right. I definitely can't get the plastic strips under the rails on the rear 1/4's.

I imagine it would fit better if I completely removed the soft top and put it in the garage but would prefer not to do that. Has anybody else got it to fit correctly with the soft top just folded back and not removed?

Hell, it took me ten minutes just to figure out which way it went on. The directions say the Bestop logo goes on the drivers side, IT DOES NOT!

I bought this to use on an everyday basis to keep the dew off at night, I hope it gets easier.
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I stand corrected, I took a little more care in folding down the soft top a bit further and folded the mirrors all the way in and voila!
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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!
I know this thread is pretty old, but I just purchased this Smittybilt cab cover from 4wheelonline and wanted to warn people not to shop there. I ordered two weeks ago and the cab cover still hasn't shipped, also zero communication from 4WO. When I emailed them asking for an update the only response I received was a simple "It's in line to ship". Called today and got a tracking number, which doesn't bring anything up on the UPS site.

No way I'm ever ordering from them again. I would rather pay an extra $20 locally to get the cover ASAP rather than waiting two - three weeks for anything to happen. Hopefully no one else has this experience.
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Well I ordered something from them a while back and got it in just a few days. No probs with them for me.
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They drop ship stuff, its not like they have a warehouse full of all that shiz on their site. The shipping time was annoying but I recieved it alot sooner than they had predicted even tho it still took about 2 weeks to get it. But Im in South Florida and Smittybilt is dern near a full country away.
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Awesome thread... great help but still undecided
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Awesome thread... great help but still undecided
I have had my Bestop for about 4 - 5 months now and love it. My top and doors have not been on since late July. It is EASY to put on and take off after you do it a couple of times. I have had a couple of thunderstorms while at work and the cab is bone dry. The only modification I have "done" is to use some small bungee cords to attach the door flap with as the hook they have will not work on my jeep. I do not always secure it though.
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I cannot find it anymore but there was someone on this forum that had posted a sketch of a Cab Cover he was going to make.

It would seem to me that if I had the dimensions of the cab covers that most use I can simply cut a Tarp, add some grommets, and call it a day.
Does anyone have the dimensions of they're cab cover? Given that there are so many varying angles perhaps a few pictures would be beneficial.

I'd love to give it a try at making one out of a tarp. Especially since Harbor Freight has them for dirt cheap this month.
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Are you talking about this thread?

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I know what you mean about clockwork rain showers. We get those around 3pm here in Charleston.
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At one point when I had a small pickup truck, I designed and built a tent out of tarp with ABS plastic pipes. It worked awesome so this is gonna way easier. I'll draw up some specs and upload it since you got me going here lol

Ok, spare me the bad reviews please, this is super ruff but its a top view, on the sides are slits for the windows. just need to measure out your jeep as needed. Like I said, simple but effective.
Yes Thank you Timboburks! this was it...I think i'm going to give it a shot.
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Smity is waterproof.
I take it back. Smitybilt is Not Waterproof. Water gets through the stitches seems badly. With bikini top on, it's OK. But I found out what happens otherwise this week.

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