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Old 01-09-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Smittybilt Seat Cover Experience

I recently received a pair of front and rear Smittybilt seat covers as a Christmas gift for my 97 TJ with stock seats. When I tried to put them on, they seemed too small. I called Smittybilt and they confirmed I had the correct covers. I called 4wd.com to return them, but the rep said that sometimes they do get a bad set, and offered to send out another pair at no charge. Today I tried putting on the replacement set and had the same issue. The main problem is with the backrest for the front seats. The hole in the cover for the latch on the back of seats is about two inches too high. I called 4wd.com again and another rep stated that he has come across this before with this brand of covers, and said that I should try the covers made for the 2003 TJ.

I'm wondering if anybody else has had problems with these covers. It will help me to determine whether or not I try another exchange, or if I should just return them for a completely different manufacturer's set.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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I'll check mine for p/n on my 05 LJ. See if any differences.
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send one set to me =\ I need neoprene its about to be rainy season here
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Neoprene holds water after getting wet so you get wet when you sit on neoprene covered seats. And I find that dog feet can damage them. I solved this problem with Naugahyde like vinyl seat covers from IGGEE. And they fit well, too!
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I too ordered a set from 4WD and they were coming unstiched when I put them on. I retured them and got Bestops. The guys at 4WD were very good about the return and getting the Bestops to me quick. He even told me they were having quality issues with the Smittybuilt covers.
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send one set to me =\ I need neoprene its about to be rainy season here
Trust me, neopreme seat covers are not what you want for rainy conditions. Neopreme is like a sponge and if you don't wipe the water off right away, it will soak in. Contrary to some of the ads from companies like Wet Okole, neopreme is NOT waterproof. It is only water resistant to a point and after that, it soaks in. Once that happens, it takes days for neopreme to dry out.

By the way, Wet Okole translates literally to Wet Butt... which is exactly what you'll get with neopreme seat covers if they are left out in the rain... you'll have to sit on a towel because you can't just dry them off like you can with a vinyl seatcover like Bestop makes & I recommend.
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Would it be bad for the jeep wrangler seats to get rained on? I dont mind having a wet butt, but I just dont want the seats to rot
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Would it be bad for the jeep wrangler seats to get rained on? I dont mind having a wet butt, but I just dont want the seats to rot
That depends on if your TJ came with vinyl or fabric seats. If you have fabric seats, they can't take much moisture so I'd install a set of Bestop's vinyl seat covers.
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ahhh vinyl. I remember Vinyl and sun = sweaty back.

I got the fabrics, theyre pretty water resistant. ill just keep my top up until the raining season stops = )
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i would return what you bought and get something else, mainly not neoprene. those neoprene seat cover will hold water in and will mold if you don't let them dry out. once those seat covers get wet you'll have one hell of a time getting the funky smell out of them and your jeep. if anything those seat cover would make your seats rot faster if they got wet.
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i would return what you bought and get something else, mainly not neoprene. those neoprene seat cover will hold water in and will mold if you don't let them dry out. once those seat covers get wet you'll have one hell of a time getting the funky smell out of them and your jeep. if anything those seat cover would make your seats rot faster if they got wet.
Same thing happened to a friend of mine's Jeep. Trashed them later on.
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Same thing happened to a friend of mine's Jeep. Trashed them later on.
what happened to them?
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Trust me, neopreme seat covers are not what you want for rainy conditions. Neopreme is like a sponge and if you don't wipe the water off right away, it will soak in. Contrary to some of the ads from companies like Wet Okole, neopreme is NOT waterproof. It is only water resistant to a point and after that, it soaks in. Once that happens, it takes days for neopreme to dry out.

By the way, Wet Okole translates literally to Wet Butt... which is exactly what you'll get with neopreme seat covers if they are left out in the rain... you'll have to sit on a towel because you can't just dry them off like you can with a vinyl seatcover like Bestop makes & I recommend.
Thanks for the info, i was looking into neoprene ones but will steer away from them now for some of the Bestops.
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We get a lot of rain here so there's a lot of people here with very different opinions on the various types of seat covers.

Wet Okoles are popular because 1) they're local, and 2) most people who have them run them in BMW's and whatever else they think can be a beach car. A good buddy of mine has them in his '01 TJ, and after a particularly wet day with the bikini top on the windward side, well, the design causes them to hold water. Hence the wet butt.

The vinyl here just doesn't work. Too sunny and too humid all the time. The idea for running neoprene covers here is the beach environment... keeps the sand out of the fabric seats and it's not the end of the world if you sit down with a damp and salty butt. You basically have to run a bikini top here for the winter at the very least, so the intent is never to keep them 100% dry. All you're doing in this environment is delaying the inevitable.

edit: in the interest of not hijacking this thread, there are a lot of people here who run the smittybuilts. That being said, they use them because they're cheap and they don't mind when they wear out after about a year and a half.
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whoaa didnt know wet okoles were local. if i run the bikini top, with wet okoles its the same as fabric seats for me. Atleast my seats are pretty water repellent and have held up well to the times ive left my windows open and had it rained on. Im thinkiing if my seats end up rotting, ill just buy new/used ones off someone else for $100-$300, the price of wet okoles. After having the jeep for 5 years, i wouldnt feel too bad replacing the seats especially since i want the 5 point harness anyways. just me thinking out loud
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If you beach with Vinyl seatcovers, get a light color or they will get hot! And if you ride bare, put your shirt over the seatback.

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