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Old 09-19-2010, 08:08 AM   #1
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Tuffy overhead consoles

Does anyone have either of the single or double compartment Tuffy overheads? If so can you tell me what you think of it.

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I had the double in my old YJ and it was great. Occasionally I would have one of the compartments get stuck because the cap screws would tighten up. I would suggest using blue Loctite on those. I loved it but my wife didn't. She could never remember it was there and would smack her head when getting into the Jeep.

Here is a shot of it in my old YJ. Ignore that switch panel.

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Old 09-20-2010, 05:03 AM   #5
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mine came with one-not too sure who makes it. has 2 sunglass holders(1 ea side) a change holder, a central compartment with doors on eather side and some netting to hold small stuff. only had the jeep a short time so not sure if i like it or not-but like previous person wrote, my wife has a habit of banging her head on it too.(at least once every time she rides in it)
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:21 AM   #6
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I have a tuffy two compartment overhead with my aftermarket radio mounted. Let me say I love it and hate it. I love it because it is tuff and secures my radio. I hate it because it does rattle alot, and you are constantly unlocking and locking it to get to the radio. I would have zero beefs with it if I had a remote for my radio. Then volume changes and station changes wouldn't be such a PITA. The reason I say you have to lock and unlock all the time (while driving down the road) is because to keep it loose enough to open and close smoothly without binding leaves it loose enough to bounce open on a really hard pot hole or mound in the road at highway speeds. The first couple of times it does that it will scare the crap out of you (and anyone else in the vehicle). The first time it happened to me I was next to an 18 wheeler and I thought he hit me for a split sec then realized what had happened. I keep it locked most of the time now. I use the second compartment kind of like a small glove box to keep my jeep papers in and what not. Overall a good product just be aware of the hitches I described. I would recommend it for the security it provides if not for the ease of use. Any questions you have just let me know. I will be happy to give any further insight you might want.

Edit* I have only hit my head once on mine and no one else has yet.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:18 PM   #7
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Thanks for the insight. I noticed that most of the Jeep mags and the Tuffy site say that you should not drive with the doors down on the console. And I noticed that you said they would fall when left up while driving. Do you ever drive with the doors hinged open? Because if you cannot drive with those doors down, then I'm probably going to go for the single overhead console. I would hate to have to lock and unlock every time I wanted to access the radio or CB. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:23 PM   #8
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I run the single compartment in my YJ. Use it for my ham radio. No complaints with it at all. Just add to the mess if and when I want to fold the windshield down as it attaches to the spot for the fottman loop on the windshield frame.

On the single the radio stays put and the door is just a door. It flips up and is secured by a pin. Never dropped while driving or wheeling.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:39 PM   #9
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Well to prevent the second one from falling down I tightened the bolts a little tighter than normal so it doesn't hinge open quit as smoothly as the front one with the radio. I tried driving with it down but it partially blocks the rearview mirror and having been rear ended twice I tend to watch my rear view mirror religiously. Cruising around town I tend to leave them in the up position and unlocked as the slower speeds it doesn't tend to jolt loose it just does it sometimes at highway speeds on those really jarring bumps. Plus I have county roads (dirt roads and poorly paved roads) that have some unexpected potholes the size of the jeep lol. Those are the kinds of bumps I am talking about, not a speed bump at 10 or 15, but a 3" hump coming off a bridge at 65 and hit it with both front tires. If you get it I think you will like it. I could probably tighten up the front a little to stop the drop down but it would be a pain to pull the radio to do it so I just live with it the way it is for now. I really don't think that the single door is going to operate any differently its just a matter of having a second door for more storage. I would go with the 2 door if I bought another one down the road.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:41 PM   #10
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Save yourself the bucks and build this. I did it and it was simple. I am a fan of simplicity. The only thing I would change is the location of the power outlet but where you put it is up to you!

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Old 09-20-2010, 09:21 PM   #11
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Save yourself the bucks and build this. I did it and it was simple. I am a fan of simplicity. The only thing I would change is the location of the power outlet but where you put it is up to you!

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Can anyone throw up any pictures that you'd have of either the double door or single door overhead consoles that are in your Jeeps, thanks a ton.

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Can anyone throw up any pictures that you'd have of either the double door or single door overhead consoles that are in your Jeeps, thanks a ton.

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x2 Im wondering how they are mounted , how easily stolen they can be
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:14 AM   #14
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I used to want one of their consoles but grew wary of its drop-down compartments after reading of them rattling or being a PITA to have to constantly open/close. I finally went a different route for both of my TJs.

The first one is simply a piece of 1/8" aluminum I mounted on top of my cage's two support bars. The second is from Arizona Rocky Road which is a simple CB support that bolts onto the top of the side rollbars. Here's a thread on it... Arizona Rocky Road Overhead CB Mount - JeepForum.com

What's nice about that mount is that it made so you can hide the wires inside the horizontal piece.

The first pic shows the way I attached the radios to a simple flat piece of aluminum secured to the roll cage spreader bars in my TJ that was stolen earlier this year.

The second pic isn't so good but it kinda shows the Arizona Rocky Road mount as is in the replacement Jeep. I have the two radios stacked with the CB attached to the 2m ham radio's bottom cover plate.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:00 PM   #15
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Tuffy's double overheard does not work on 03+ TJ's due to a design change in the TJ's window frame/molding.

However, i did discover this great walk through on how to mod the frame molding to make the double compartment fit.

Tuffy Overhead Console Install for Jeep Wrangler 2003, 2004


The main reason I want the overhead security compartments for CB and Ham, is for the security of being able to lock up the radio's especially since this is my daily driver.

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