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04-22-2012 07:25 PM
markoware
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Originally Posted by ndrugby View Post
Ran out a snapped a couple of quick pics. The hard thing is at the end of the tubes there is more fabric stitched on. That is difficult to slide into the channel with the tube as well. Solution, push the tube out one side and trim it down so that when you push it back in, the fabric on the ends doesn't have any tube inside of it. Presto: slides on lightning quick. .
Thank you for this! I'm not sure how long, if ever, it would have taken me to figure this out, but a quick snip with scissors and my boot goes on with zero effort. There was no way it was sliding into the channel without this modification. It looks a lot better using the window bar.

Looks like 44 degrees for the morning drive, but now I'm committed.
04-19-2012 03:51 PM
daggo66

Send some of that weather this way. We are looking at rain all weekend.
04-19-2012 03:46 PM
ndrugby Weather is looking good for the next few days. Wasn't nice this AM. So I went out and got some pics.

Second option leaves almost no cargo room, while the first leaves some space.

Option 1

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Option 2 (requires folding seat down first)

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04-19-2012 03:20 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by Cruise missile View Post
I need pics to believe this one!

(mostly just want to see how in the heck you've done it)
I can picture that. The boot would actually hold them in place.
04-19-2012 03:15 PM
Vin I'm glad I came across this thread. I bought my boot off of Ebay and always figured I got a factory second or something. I was going to order one from Quadrtec,
04-19-2012 03:08 PM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by Cruise missile View Post
I need pics to believe this one!

(mostly just want to see how in the heck you've done it)
Tops on right now. But once I take it down again, I'll snap pics of both set ups.
04-19-2012 02:47 PM
Cruise missile
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Originally Posted by ndrugby View Post
No. The window panels go in a duffle. The Uppers go between the boot and the back seat.
I need pics to believe this one!

(mostly just want to see how in the heck you've done it)
04-19-2012 09:55 AM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
You put your front uppers and the rear windows in there? No wonder it's a tight fit! My windows go in a Bestop window duffle. No way I would stuff them in the boot.
No. The window panels go in a duffle. The Uppers go between the boot and the back seat.
04-19-2012 09:45 AM
daggo66 You put your front uppers and the rear windows in there? No wonder it's a tight fit! My windows go in a Bestop window duffle. No way I would stuff them in the boot.
04-19-2012 09:29 AM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
I've never thought about how the latches lay, they've never interfered with anything. They way the weather is I probably won't get the top back down until the middle of next week. You put you windows in there?
Yes, one of two ways. Either upside down inserted from the top down (the legs of the window end up about even with the center fo the headrests), or with the seat folded the fit right side up from inside the tailgate, and then the seat can fold back up. But that one feels like it puts some pressure on them.
04-19-2012 07:53 AM
daggo66 I've never thought about how the latches lay, they've never interfered with anything. They way the weather is I probably won't get the top back down until the middle of next week. You put you windows in there?
04-19-2012 07:44 AM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
I didn't think of taking the plastic tube out. I guess I just never saw the need to put the bar on there, but wanted to try it since you mentioned it. FWIW mine didn't come with any instructions so the first couple of times putting it on were an adventure.
Same here. Trial and error.

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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
It takes me less than a minute now to put the boot on. I strap it to the roll bar first, then fit the clips into the channel. I reach under with both arms to pull the fabric through, then grab the zippered edge to finish pulling it through. I line up the ends and zip it across, then tighen the straps.
I'm going to try it in that order. Which way do you have the clips that lock onto the windshield? Lying down to the front or flipped toward the back? They seem to put pressure on the boot either way for me. I try to make sure they don't interfere with me stuffing the upper halfs in there, so they won't scratch them even through the boot as I slide the windows in and out.
04-19-2012 07:37 AM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by I8up View Post
Yeah, Tom it actually does. You actually turned me onto this mod...I love it, however, aint no easy feat putting it on. I have always slid the boot onto the bar since ive owned it...I didnt even think about not using the bar until reading this thread.
It takes me less than a minute now to put the boot on. I strap it to the roll bar first, then fit the clips into the channel. I reach under with both arms to pull the fabric through, then grab the zippered edge to finish pulling it through. I line up the ends and zip it across, then tighen the straps.
04-19-2012 07:34 AM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by ndrugby View Post
On mine it was due to the plastic tube in there. I pushed it out and trimmed it half an inch or so then pushed it back in. That way there is no tube inside those seams. Then they fit. Not sure if they're all the same. Good Lick.
I didn't think of taking the plastic tube out. I guess I just never saw the need to put the bar on there, but wanted to try it since you mentioned it. FWIW mine didn't come with any instructions so the first couple of times putting it on were an adventure.
04-19-2012 07:29 AM
I8up
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
I finally got around to checking this out and there is no way the bar will fit on the Smittybilt boot. The rounded seam is way bigger in diameter than the channel on the bar.
Yeah, Tom it actually does. You actually turned me onto this mod...I love it, however, aint no easy feat putting it on. I have always slid the boot onto the bar since ive owned it...I didnt even think about not using the bar until reading this thread.
04-19-2012 12:11 AM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by daggo66

I finally got around to checking this out and there is no way the bar will fit on the Smittybilt boot. The rounded seam is way bigger in diameter than the channel on the bar.
On mine it was due to the plastic tube in there. I pushed it out and trimmed it half an inch or so then pushed it back in. That way there is no tube inside those seams. Then they fit. Not sure if they're all the same. Good Lick.
04-18-2012 11:55 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
The only bad thing is it looks like it's going to be a while before I can try it! FML Where were you a couple months ago?
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Originally Posted by ndrugby View Post
A couple of months ago I didn't have my Jeep yet
I finally got around to checking this out and there is no way the bar will fit on the Smittybilt boot. The rounded seam is way bigger in diameter than the channel on the bar.
10-06-2011 10:39 PM
SlackerMD I thought that too and actually had the boot on my to-buy list...but quickly learned that mudding was best done with the top up...
10-06-2011 10:02 PM
OutlawJK I would think the boot would keep the dirt and mud off the inside of the top so when you put it up it would be nice and clean

Plus the mopar boot comes with the window sleeves
10-06-2011 05:54 PM
SlackerMD I know the boot creates "cleaner" lines in the rear and frees up a little more room from the cargo area (but that makes no difference to me since i run the safari straps), but I would think that putting the boot on and taking it off repeatedly would be a bit of a pain...at least when your weather is as temperamental as it is in the Mid-Atlantic?
10-06-2011 02:50 PM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by daedalus View Post
That is exactly what I did. Definitely helps.

So back to my original question - are you guys having trouble closing your tailgate with the boot installed? My tailgate keeps hitting the edges of the boot and won't shut or open, unless I adjust the boot.
I had this issue the first time. Now I don't. I usually put the boot through the channel then reattach the bar. Then I adjust the position of the boot so the left side doesn't block the tailgate. Then I lower the top. Also, it's important to fold the top right and well. That will make it stay flatter/lower and gives you more room to stretch out the boot around the sides.
10-06-2011 02:38 PM
tcass I like sneck's idea....but damn, that a lot of $$$

cass
10-06-2011 02:19 PM
daedalus
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Originally Posted by babiehughie View Post
Try "pinching" the plastic tube at the end you start it onto the bar with a pair of pliers. Mine slides on without any problems. Sorry, don't have any pictures.
That is exactly what I did. Definitely helps.

So back to my original question - are you guys having trouble closing your tailgate with the boot installed? My tailgate keeps hitting the edges of the boot and won't shut or open, unless I adjust the boot.
10-06-2011 01:06 PM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
The only bad thing is it looks like it's going to be a while before I can try it! FML Where were you a couple months ago?
A couple of months ago I didn't have my Jeep yet
10-06-2011 01:04 PM
daggo66 The only bad thing is it looks like it's going to be a while before I can try it! FML Where were you a couple months ago?
10-06-2011 01:01 PM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
Oh, so that whole rounded part fits in the slot where the window would be. Mine works perfectly fine without it. My bar stays in the garage with the windows.
Ran out a snapped a couple of quick pics. The hard thing is at the end of the tubes there is more fabric stitched on. That is difficult to slide into the channel with the tube as well. Solution, push the tube out one side and trim it down so that when you push it back in, the fabric on the ends doesn't have any tube inside of it. Presto: slides on lightning quick.

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10-06-2011 12:53 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by ndrugby View Post
I put mine into the bar too. I pulled it out a bit and trimmed it. Goes in right away, just like the rear window on the soft top. That holds the back down perfectly and creates a much nicer and tighter fit IMO.

Oh, so that whole rounded part fits in the slot where the window would be. Mine works perfectly fine without it. My bar stays in the garage with the windows.
10-06-2011 12:51 PM
ndrugby
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
Why are you putting it on the bar? Where are you putting it on the bar? Maybe this is why people are having such issues. Mine goes on in two minutes.
I put mine into the bar too. I pulled it out a bit and trimmed it. Goes in right away, just like the rear window on the soft top. That holds the back down perfectly and creates a much nicer and tighter fit IMO.
10-06-2011 11:54 AM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by babiehughie View Post
Try "pinching" the plastic tube at the end you start it onto the bar with a pair of pliers. Mine slides on without any problems. Sorry, don't have any pictures.
Why are you putting it on the bar? Where are you putting it on the bar? Maybe this is why people are having such issues. Mine goes on in two minutes.
10-06-2011 11:51 AM
babiehughie Try "pinching" the plastic tube at the end you start it onto the bar with a pair of pliers. Mine slides on without any problems. Sorry, don't have any pictures.
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