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Old 08-20-2011, 09:28 PM
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Soft top boot and window storage

I put the soft top on today, dropped it, and went for a ride. Several issues arose, that may be nothing. First, the manual showed the location for the tie down to be right behind the rear seat. In reality, it seemed to be by the gate. Second, there seemed to be a decent amount of billowing. Third, my window storage option needs work.

I remember seeing a vendor on here address this, but I can't seem to find the thread now. Does anyone use the boot that fits over the folded top and the window duffel? Which do you suggest, and where is the best place to get them?

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I took the boot off and was never able to put it back on neatly so it has found a permanent home in the garage.

I use a clover patch window roll. Very convenient. Simple to use. It sits neatly on top of the folded soft top and straps to the roll bar. The only drawback is that if your windows are dusty, you run the risk of scratching them.

I got the window roll from quadratec.

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I took the boot off and was never able to put it back on neatly so it has found a permanent home in the garage.

I use a clover patch window roll. Very convenient. Simple to use. It sits neatly on top of the folded soft top and straps to the roll bar. The only drawback is that if your windows are dusty, you run the risk of scratching them.

I got the window roll from quadratec.

Ahh. I thought the roll protected the windows. Do you have a problem with the top billowing when down? Mine seemed to, which was why I was thinking of a cover/boot. They have a few on eBay as well that seem to utilize the soft tops track to hold it in place.
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I use the clovepatch window roll for the windows and to keep the top from fluttering, I wrap a couple velcro straps around it. Cheap and works great.
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Ahh. I thought the roll protected the windows. Do you have a problem with the top billowing when down? Mine seemed to, which was why I was thinking of a cover/boot. They have a few on eBay as well that seem to utilize the soft tops track to hold it in place.
I don't have any billowing or fluttering issues with the top when it's folded down neatly.

The clover roll protects the windows as best as best as anything could. The windows are sandwiched between layers of felt. The concern is only when the windows are really dirty or dusty. Imagine cleaning the windows by wiping them with a dry cloth. The dirt and dust will probably scratch them. Same concept would apply with the roll.

I try to clean them before rolling them up but sometimes I just don't have the time. Are there scratches? Sure. Are they noticeable? Only if you're being super anal.
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Looking for suggestion on a soft top boot. Anyone using one?
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Thanks Is that Assateague Island? I will be heading there when the jeep arrives.
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Thanks Is that Assateague Island? I will be heading there when the jeep arrives.
Yes. You will need to buy the osv permit ($90) which is good for a year. The is also the $15 park entrance fee ($30 for the season). Night time passes are additional.
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I use this one also. Kind of a pain to put on, but looks good when done.
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x2. Looks real nice. One tip. If the white plastic bar in the part that's supposed to slide through the bar where your rear window slides through (on the tailgate) is too long, the seams at the end make it really hard to slide through. Push the white plastic bar (tube) out a bit and trim it. Then push it back in so it's between the seams. Then it slides through easily.
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A big advantage to the soft top boot is that if you are on a dusty trail, it keeps the inside of your top clean. The other main advantage is that it restores the otherwise lost storage space when your top is folded down.
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A big advantage to the soft top boot is that if you are on a dusty trail, it keeps the inside of your top clean. The other main advantage is that it restores the otherwise lost storage space when your top is folded down.
And I hear it's really good at protecting the soft top from rain storms. The rest of the Jeep, not so much...
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On the Smitty boot, or any of the others, does it stay attached to the Jeep when the top is up, or does it have to be removed? If the Smitty has to be removed, does anyone make one that stays attached when not in use?
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On the Smitty boot, or any of the others, does it stay attached to the Jeep when the top is up, or does it have to be removed? If the Smitty has to be removed, does anyone make one that stays attached when not in use?
You could keep it partially attached I guess, but then you can't attach the rear window fully. The boot slides into the removable channel at the tailgate. And that helps to give you give you a snug fit without a long stretch of material flapping around.

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