|04-12-2013 10:02 AM|
Depending on the size of the amp, there are two EXCELLENT places to mount them (at least on the newer JK's) that are more secure and won't get wet.
(1.) That little space below the steering wheel, and (2.)where the current amp is located (stack it).
Of course if you have a larger 4 or 5 channel amp, those spots won't work.
|04-12-2013 09:58 AM|
|Moabite||sshhhhhh...don't tell anyone...my sub amp is under the passenger seat. I think you could mount it in the Tuffy though. I'm amazed at how everything "just fits" in my setup. The Trailgater table comes within a fraction of an inch of the modified sub...and just fits underneath the top rear of the Tuffy. My freezer has about 2 inches to spare between the front seat and the Tuffy box. It's like it was meant to be.|
|04-12-2013 09:49 AM|
|woansleftpeg||Hmm..... thanks. I think I'm probably going to have to just buy all this stuff, then see how I can best fit it together. I'm really concerned about mounting the amp under a seat, but maybe I'm just being unnecessarily paranoid.|
|04-12-2013 09:39 AM|
|04-12-2013 08:53 AM|
I'm thinking this is going to be my next mod, and am erring towards the Tuffy because ease of taking it out to form a larger cargo area is quite important. Question for those who have the Tuffy - I have the factory subwoofer installed, and I want to mount an amp inside the Tuffy box to keep it secure. Is there room on the side panel next to the sub for an 18" x 8" unit to be fixed to it? I want to avoid mounting it to the back panel if possible as it would make it harder to remove. If the right side wouldn't work, how about the left?
Thanks in advance.
|04-11-2013 10:40 PM|
|04-11-2013 05:30 PM|
|burton09||Having had both installed I can say that neither is weatherproof. They would both help keep some rain out but not all. The tuffy is not as solid as the aries but still pretty good (and I haven't had any problems with it). The aries does look good but it just wasn't worth all the problems and terrible customer service. I just switched back to soft top a couple weeks ago and it wasn't nearly the chore with the tuffy that it was with the aries.|
|04-11-2013 10:08 AM|
|04-11-2013 09:21 AM|
I just installed the Tuffy unit this past weekend and there is no drilling required and no mods necessary. However the instructions offer an additional step for extra security that does require some drilling but this step isn't required for installation.
From what I understand, the deck is not weatherproof. However in another thread, either a Tuffy rep or Quadratec rep said that it was designed so that any water that gets thru would be directed away from any cargo under the lid.
|04-10-2013 10:18 PM|
|foxsat71||Moabite, is the Tuffy unit weather proof/resistant? Any drilling or modifications?|
|04-10-2013 10:14 PM|
|foxsat71||Thank you Moabite for the info. I still haven't installed the weatherstripe between the lid and tailgate. Im sure it will seal well. It seems like the Tuffy unit may be more practical; especially since I take my dog with me.|
|04-10-2013 07:51 PM|
|04-10-2013 06:09 PM|
Today, 08:45 AM #37
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Monticello, IN
I bought the aries last fall. While it did look good it had several problems and aries was no help fixing. I returned it and got the tuffy. If you ever need to pull the aries lid out to haul something it is a pretty big task. The tuffy is a piece of cake to remove and looks good.
Is the Tuffy lid as secure or better than the Aries? Thanks
|04-10-2013 11:09 AM|
|nickmimi||Thanks for the reviews. I was looking at this in the past.|
|04-10-2013 10:45 AM|
|burton09||I bought the aries last fall. While it did look good it had several problems and aries was no help fixing. I returned it and got the tuffy. If you ever need to pull the aries lid out to haul something it is a pretty big task. The tuffy is a piece of cake to remove and looks good.|
|04-09-2013 08:19 AM|
|foxsat71||The center sectoon(lid) is supported from the rear by two brackets that attach to either side of the cargo area. One attaches to the tailgate door striker. It goes between the stiker and the body and the other to the tie down hook near the woofer next to the tailgate door.|
|04-09-2013 04:05 AM|
|foxsat71||Yes the bolts go where the HT bolts go. I suppose I could use tamper resistant bolts. I haven't tried it, but u could leave the side panels on and remove the center and back panels to sleep or haul something in the back. It comes with the weather strip u see around the rollbar. Have not installed it on the lid yet. The back panel bolts to a square tube that bolts to the floor using existing seat bolts.|
|04-08-2013 03:45 PM|
|chopperbobby||What secures it to the jeep. Looks like from pics that the bolts go where the hard top bolts go? Can some one just take them out and get into it? The pieces around the roll bar also look bolted in can the bolts be taken out and access?|
|04-08-2013 03:38 PM|
So glad to see this review. Not many have this but I like it more than the Tuffy as it keeps the wheel well area open.
so if you had to take out the trunk to haul something or say to sleep in the jeep - how hard would that be to do? And can you just remove the top and back leaving the sides or would it be a full uninstall process?
|04-07-2013 11:55 PM|
|Aftahour||thanks for the pics foxsat. im gonna order one this week!|
|04-07-2013 09:43 PM|
Here are some more pics:Attachment 233228
|04-07-2013 09:32 PM|
|foxsat71||Ooopps! The first pic was a mistake. My bad..|
|04-07-2013 09:31 PM|
Here are a few pics of the Aries Cargo Lid installed:Attachment 233199
I have the Steel Cargo Lid. I felt it would be stronger than the Aluminum Lid. With the tailgate bar installed, the cargo lid hits the bar on the R-H side(passenger side). I haven't seen the Tuffy unit, but it sounds nice and secure. Furthermore, the ability to remove it quickly and easily is a plus when hauling something in the back. I like the Aries unit; it's strong and secure. I haven't used it much because I still have my doors on, but once the doors come off, I'll be using it all the time. It's tall enough to fit your groceries in with the lid locked/down. Hope this helps someone.
|04-07-2013 08:37 AM|
In full disclosure I have the Tuffy Security Deck, and I could not be more thrilled with it.
My concerns over this design is that it isn't easily removable (which is a big thing, and has come in really handy when I have to haul something larger in with the seats down) and has the separate locking top. This is another areas for egress for would be thieves, as well as another key I have to carry. In addition, with the softtop rolled back, you wouldn't be able to open the top hatch in any case. Granted the Tuffy top cant be raised either with the softtop folded back either.
Also the top deck is not recessed like the Tuffy, so securing things up there would be slightly more tenuous. Another concern would be the side pieces. As they are flat with the tub, when you have the soft top supports there, you will have metal to metal contact. With the Tuffy, the side area is still available so the support rest on the carpeted wheel wells (in addition, I use Velcro straps passed trough the Tuffy mount to secure the top supports to the tub, keeping them from bouncing around).
lastly, it looks like the top would be pretty easy to defeat with a pry bar on the long edge against the side. Hard to see how well that seals.
It is less expensive by a good bit tho. I'd like to see one in person to get a real feel for it.
|04-07-2013 01:37 AM|
|Aftahour||@foxsat71. please do post pics. this looks the one i might get plus my GF live a block from there cali location. lol|
|04-07-2013 12:08 AM|
|foxsat71||Damn word advisor. The cargo lid hits the tailgate bar. Do not tighten.|
|04-07-2013 12:02 AM|
|foxsat71||That should read, "Jeep addon"|
|04-07-2013 12:00 AM|
|foxsat71||I'm at work right now, but I'll post some Sunday. I purchased from "jeep adding" say you seen it for sale for $350 shipped on a jeep forum and they should honor the price. I live in Los Angeles so it was local for me. The HT will sit on top of the panels and they provide 6 metal pads for the bolt to thread to. I believe they replace the 6 blocks that come from the factory. Does not really work with the tailgate bar. By that I mean the cargo lid hots the tailgate bar. When installing, it is imperative that you don not tighten any of the bolts.|
|04-06-2013 07:04 PM|
|04-06-2013 12:13 PM|
Just a guess.
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