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Old 08-12-2015, 01:32 PM
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Tuffy vs Smittybuilt Consoles?

I am looking to replace my OEM center console on my 88 YJ and was looking at either the Smittybuilt or the Tuffy security consoles. There is a huge difference in price, can you make a reccomendation for or against either?

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I like my smittybuilt one, but when you pull the passenger seat forward to let people in the back the seatbelt gets caught behind the seat, and It is kinda hard to get back to its original position, because the seat is tight against the console.

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Old 08-12-2015, 03:37 PM   #3
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Tuffet by far is a more secure box. If you can afford it, if not smittybuilt makes many quality products that are affordable. It is really owner preference
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I went with the Smittybilt because I don't live in a high crime area and my Jeep lives in a garage when not on the road or trail. I didn't use the supplied straps to attach my front seatbelts to the side of the console and I don't have any problems when folding either seat forward or return to seating position. My wife made the replacement armrest cover using the original cover as a pattern. The armrest cover matches the custom panels on the doors that hide monster speaker holes from the previous owners. Radio install naturally required longer wires for power & speakers and an antenna extension cable.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:46 PM   #5
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I didn't use the supplied straps to attach my front seatbelts to the side of the console
that's what those are for!!! Thanks!
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I wish mine would have came with the straps but I am just going to make one out of paracord anyways, it's a pain in the ass using the passenger side seat to get in the back without them
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I like my smittybuilt one, but when you pull the passenger seat forward to let people in the back the seatbelt gets caught behind the seat, and It is kinda hard to get back to its original position, because the seat is tight against the console.
My tuffy did the same in my YJ
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:14 PM   #8
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I have the Smittybilt and have the same issues with the seat belt, but it's not a deal breaker. The biggest issue I have with the Smittybilt console is the cup holders absolutely sucks. However, for the the price difference, I can deal with it or maybe do something about it when I get a chance.
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I have the Smittybilt and have the same issues with the seat belt, but it's not a deal breaker. The biggest issue I have with the Smittybilt console is the cup holders absolutely sucks. However, for the the price difference, I can deal with it or maybe do something about it when I get a chance.
Care to elaborate? Crappy cup holders are a deal breaker for me. Does nothing fit? Too shallow?
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I got mine at Pep Boys. All plastic and not exactly tamper resistant. But for $45.00 at least it has 4 cup holders (2 each at front and rear - my passengers drink alot...) and a "locking" sliding top. Screwed in place to the floor and made retaining straps out of some plastic to keep the seat belts in place.

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There are definitely differences in the quality and features offered on each console, but it does come down to what one is looking for security-wise and price-wise. You really do get what you pay for!
https://www.tuffyproducts.com/p-85-d...le-8-wide.aspx
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Thanks all!
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My 93 yj with rampage center console installed.Took about 30 minutes fitment as nice a little tight. No big problems with the seatbelt.
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Care to elaborate? Crappy cup holders are a deal breaker for me. Does nothing fit? Too shallow?
They are supposed to be adjustable for different sized containers, mine has never worked as they should. They are a little shallow. Basically, anything you put in them will fall out\over the first time you hit the brakes or a bump. At least that's my experience.
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Swapped out a POS after-market console with a Tuffy a couple weeks ago in my '93. Got the 8" without the stereo spot, and took some time to mount and wire in a couple USB chargers. That console is a beast and the cupholders are pretty nice. I added the optional cupholders on the rear for the offspring, which makes it a bit tight - gear shifter bumps a big soda cup when I'm in reverse or 4th - but it's not bad. Went with the Tuffy because I typically keep a handgun in the vehicle, and that's no bueno with top and doors off if I can't really lock it up. Don't know anything about the Smitty but the Tuffy is really nice...
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I absolutely love my tuffy. I got it to replace the junker the po put in. He said the old one was hella secure but all you had to do was slide the lid a quarter of an inch to the right and lift. I keep my ham radio in it as well as a bunch of junk from work. My only gripe is the cup holders won't hold my Nalgene bottle (which I ALWAYS have on me). The cup holders are big enough to hold sonic route 44 drinks but mine sits a little too far forward to use second gear when there is one in the left one. Probably installer error, however. As soon as finances come in I am planning on doing some mods to it to accommodate a few things like my garage door opener. I wouldn't trade this thing in for any other center console... Unless I found one with free thousand dollar bills in it.
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I just picked up a 8"tuffy with radio insert, used for $45. Needs a new lock but whatevs. It's awesome. Glad I waited instead of buying a smitty or rampage.
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They are supposed to be adjustable for different sized containers, mine has never worked as they should. They are a little shallow. Basically, anything you put in them will fall out\over the first time you hit the brakes or a bump. At least that's my experience.
Wasn't too impressed with mine either.
Should have looked around at other brands first.
Still better than the wood console that was in it,Rampage I believe.
All you had to do was push the lid hard sideways and you were in.

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