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timboburks 04-16-2013 05:01 PM

Cab Covers
 
Does anyone use one, and if so, what are your thoughts?

MIZFAN 04-16-2013 05:20 PM

Bought one from Quadratec and I like it. I use it on summer nights when the top is off.

I did put a small rip in it when it got caught on a windshield wiper.

timboburks 04-16-2013 05:25 PM

Yeah that's where I saw them. Do you remember which one you got? There's a pretty good price range.

RevCo666 04-16-2013 05:28 PM

This spring I'm making one. Might be abit crude but the idea is quite simple, all you need to do is cut out a large enuff (waterproof tarp), then gromet the corners up where they would fold and simply use any type of cord to tie it up where needed. Bungee it down to the frame and done. Estimated cost: 30$. Will post pics when I get it done.

timboburks 04-16-2013 05:43 PM

I'd like to see it. Thanks. :thumb:

RevCo666 04-16-2013 05:52 PM

NP, will do. I'm subscribed to this thread. I have to wait for the snow to melt and be warm enuff to put on the soft top or there would be no point. Still hovering around 0 degree celcius unfortunately.

timboburks 04-16-2013 05:56 PM

86 degrees F and sunny here today. But it sucks, the wind is blowing. My ex-wife said I was a complainer, I think she's nuts.

Wordgie 04-16-2013 06:35 PM

My wife got me the Bestop one for Christmas. Since I keep the doors off during the Summer I wanted one with the flaps.

So far I like it. There are a few minor issues, but overall I'd call it a worthwhile purchase.

I have to push the mirrors in or it sticks away from the side too much.

The elastic straps seem to stretch out pretty quick.

In order to get the front edge of the door flaps to sit somewhat tight to the body, the front strap has to be pulled to a forward most point on the body. Unfortunately this is where the flare extension is and it doesn't get tight enough.

It'll never be folded small enough to fit perfectly in the carry bag. Ever.

Despite the above issues, I highly recommend it for anyone who keeps their top off for extended periods.

Oh yeah, after a rain, make sure you SLOWLY remove the cover so you don't get 5 gallons of water inside the Jeep.

Sherpa 04-16-2013 06:45 PM

I used to be able to park my Wranglers outside all summer long with the bikini/duster combo and not worry about it, but in the last couple of years random neighborhood cats have made a habit of climbing into the Jeep and leaving... evidence... of their visit. :mad:

So to prevent further interior trouble, I bought a cheap cab cover (Rugged Ridge, I think). It does do the job, though it did start to rip on one side and I had to kinda patch it up with duct tape. And what somebody else said is true: there is no way you'll ever fold this thing up such that you can stuff it back in its "carry" sack.

If I had to do it over again, I would pony up for the Bestop version, item number 81037-09. It looks like it is a superior product and worth the additional cost.

timboburks 04-16-2013 07:14 PM

Thanks guys. I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for, but do realize there are some bargains out there, or even other ways to do things. I'm still interested to see what RevCo can come up with.

jp2611 04-16-2013 07:18 PM

Recently aquired too many vehicles and now the Tj sleeps outside...to keep from scraping frost and cleaning snow I bought the Rugged Ridge brand....has worked fine........ when summer gets here and I have windows out top off I will use it again at night.....

RevCo666 04-16-2013 07:24 PM

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.

MIZFAN 04-16-2013 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timboburks (Post 3644990)
Yeah that's where I saw them. Do you remember which one you got? There's a pretty good price range.

I think it is a rugged ridge, but not sure. I'll check the brand while I'm at the lake this weekend.

BLK00TJ 04-16-2013 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sherpa (Post 3645265)
. And what somebody else said is true: there is no way you'll ever fold this thing up such that you can stuff it back in its "carry" sack.

Sure you can. This is for the Bestop version, but I'm sure the same method works for the RR.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/cab-...ml#post2478655

Sherpa 04-16-2013 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BLK00TJ (Post 3645545)
Sure you can. This is for the Bestop version, but I'm sure the same method works for the RR.

Okay, so perhaps I can do this when I store the cab cover for the winter. But when it comes to day-to-day use during the other three months, well, ain't nobody got time for that!

;)

BLK00TJ 04-16-2013 08:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sherpa (Post 3645586)
Okay, so perhaps I can do this when I store the cab cover for the winter. But when it comes to day-to-day use during the other three months, well, ain't nobody got time for that!

;)

Once you get the hang of it, you can do it in no time flat. It does tend to have grass and gravel get stuck to it in the morning though.

thgr8alex 04-16-2013 11:07 PM

I just bought a tarp from target for 20 bucks. Already grommeted every 2 feet or so and just throw it over the topless jeep and bungee it to itself under the jeep and to the rear bumper. Stays completely dry in the storms

MayMay 04-17-2013 08:39 AM

Check out Rain Gear covers. Doors on or off, has slot for mirrors and adjustable straps so you don't have to worry about fitment issues with rockers, bumpers, etc.

Had it for a year so far and no tears or rips. The Velcro around the mirror location is so grippy it wants to rip the stitches. Just a heads up.

Won't buy another brand. Made in U.S.A.

seasidejeep 04-17-2013 10:26 AM

I have got the rugged ridge cab cover. Works great when you think the rain is coming. Easy on and off.

Bullethead 04-25-2013 06:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RevCo666 (Post 3645424)
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.


What is the "leather cord" used for and where ? I am going to give this a shot sometime in the near future. HF has Tarps for a little under / over $10

RevCo666 04-25-2013 07:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bullethead (Post 3680482)
What is the "leather cord" used for and where ? I am going to give this a shot sometime in the near future. HF has Tarps for a little under / over $10

Leather string or like a raw hide string. I would use that to tie up the gromet section. After further thinking, a well applied velcro strip could replace some gromet sections too.

Bullethead 04-25-2013 08:06 AM

Velcro could work out nicely. I am going to play with this drawing, maybe PM you on some details if your available for some back and forth today.

RevCo666 04-25-2013 08:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bullethead (Post 3680702)
Velcro could work out nicely. I am going to play with this drawing, maybe PM you on some details if your available for some back and forth today.

I haven't made the cover yet, thats just a ruff drawing I came up with. But yeah, if you need a hand, just shoot a PM. But really all its left is to actually measure out your jeep and give yourself some wiggle room. (I just looked at your jeep pics, you might run into some problems where the tarp goes on the windshield portion where your extra light mounts are located).

Scout0718 04-25-2013 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MayMay (Post 3647404)
Check out Rain Gear covers. Doors on or off, has slot for mirrors and adjustable straps so you don't have to worry about fitment issues with rockers, bumpers, etc.

Had it for a year so far and no tears or rips. The Velcro around the mirror location is so grippy it wants to rip the stitches. Just a heads up.

Won't buy another brand. Made in U.S.A.


X2 . Very impressed with te Rain Gear Cover, my neighbor bought the Bestop and it leaked when it rained very hard and mine stayed dry. The last couple years I have used only a bikini and tonneau cover or ran topless, the Rain Gear cover goes on and of very fast and keeps the neighborhood cats out.

My only problem is I do not have the patience to put it back in the storage bag I throw it in the house or stuff it behind the seat when I do not use it.

JPi4.0 04-25-2013 09:27 AM

X3 on the rain gear. I love it. Hate putting it back in the bag as well so I just don't.

1quick1 04-25-2013 09:38 AM

I'm about to pull the trigger on the quadratop emergency top

QuadraTop 11174 1041 - QuadraTop Emergency Top for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec

I only have a hard top and in the summer it rains every day for 4 minutes at 4pm so I need something to throw on or when I'm cruising through the mountains and a random storm pops up.

Scout0718 04-25-2013 09:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1quick1 (Post 3681050)
I'm about to pull the trigger on the quadratop emergency top

QuadraTop 11174 1041 - QuadraTop Emergency Top for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler JK 2 Door - Quadratec

I only have a hard top and in the summer it rains every day for 4 minutes at 4pm so I need something to throw on or when I'm cruising through the mountains and a random storm pops up.

This top comes with two waterproof ponchos, may be a good thing considering the description states the cover is rain resistant not waterproof. :rofl:

1quick1 04-25-2013 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scout0718 (Post 3681097)
This top comes with two waterproof ponchos, may be a good thing considering the description states the cover is rain resistant not waterproof. :rofl:

haha yea. I'm hoping it'll hold up for brief showers. If we are expecting big storms or extended rain I'll put the hardtop back on.


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