Up next was the side windows. OK, I'll admit I put them in wrong the first time.....yes, there is a left and a right window. But I didn't see anything in the directions about it so I'm using that as my excuse. <grin>
Just so no one else gets confused, the Safari Straps product label will be
closer to the front of the vehicle as viewed from outside the vehicle and
looking at the side window. (see next photo)
Here is the driver's side rear window net installed (for the 2nd
time). Safari Straps did a good job in sizing the window to accommodate
the opening, in my opinion.
While attaching the window nets, I noticed that the strap that ran around the outer edge of the window net was actually two straps sewn together. This sandwiches the other straps as they are attached. In fact, any strap with a ring attached to it is constructed in this double layer method. While I am not a "strap guru" by any stretch, this sure seems like a good idea to me.....and everyone likes heavy duty on their Jeep, right?
Since we are on the topic of good ideas, I was happily surprised
to see a bag of strap retaining clips included with the nets. Let me show
you what I am talking about.
The retaining clips, (Safari Straps refers to them as Slip Keepers) which can be easily attached to a strap in almost any location, will hold the "loose end" of the strap after it has passed through the buckle. This means you won't have a TJ (or JK) full of flapping straps ends waving at everyone as you drive down the highway....but if you like that idea, then leave the clips off and let your ends fly freely! Seriously, having loose strap ends has always been one of the few things I found annoying with any net installation. Congrats to Safari Straps for providing an easy way to accommodate those of us that may be more anal retentive than others. It eliminates the need to use those little black zip ties that keep things looking smart but are a hassle none the less.
With both window nets in place (but not yet snugged into position), I turned my attention once again to the roll cage net. I snugged the two most forward straps (at the front corners) quite a bit more than was shown in the previous photo. This pulled the net a little more forward. The next pair of straps on the cage net were tightened down to properly center the net between the roll cage bars from side to side and put a little more tension on the net.
The remaining rings along the sides on the roll cage net are secured to the
roll cage by the rear straps that hold the window nets in place. Simply
catch the ring in the strap as you loop it around the roll cage and back to the
buckle. By using the window straps to secure this portion of the roll cage
net, you have less straps and buckles to deal with.....another good idea, in my
Next up was the divider net. It attaches to the roll cage uprights
adjacent to the front seats. The same quality is seen in this net as well
which has double straps and powder coated hardware. As seen in the above
photo, Safari Straps has left an adequately sized spot for you to easily reach
through to extract items that you may frequently need. It is simpler than
going to the rear of the vehicle to gain access. At the same time, with
the seat in its usual position, the "hole" won't let anything get into the
forward area of the cab. Another opening exists on the driver's side too.
Speaking of things getting into the forward portion of the
vehicle's cab, Syra was really happy when I told her I needed her to give me her
best "pitman" pose....so she gave me her infamous "Go ahead, make my day!" look.
(pitman = half pitbull
terrier, half red doberman pincher)
She got pretty stoked when I told her it was time to go for a ride in the TJ.
She said to tell you that there are plenty more photos of her sitting in the
back of the TJ surrounded by the nets.....and that autographed copies (well, paw
printed if you must know) are available upon request.....shipping and handling
charges apply. Syra was also very happy when she discovered that all I had
to do to allow her free roaming up front was to unbuckle the two lowest straps
(on the divider) and she could sneak to the front by going right over the center
console. Did I mention she enjoys sitting in the front seat while the TJ
is parked at the mall parking lot? With the half doors on, she lays
down in the seat with her chin on the door and watches the folks go by. To
date, no one has been stupid enough to attempt to remove anything from the Jeep.
<grin> Trivia fact.....the folks that own Safari Straps also
have a doberman?
This isn't part of the roll cage net set but I thought I would toss it into the review anyway. The nets will do a good job of confining your belongings to the back of the TJ or JK. However, you still don't want your "stuff" bouncing around and worse, maybe getting damaged. So Safari Straps offers a "bag-o-straps" to help keep things in their place. The drawstring closure bag contains a dozen straps ranging from 4 ft. to 10 ft. in length. (2-10', 2-8', 4-6', and 4-4') Just like the hardware on the nets, the buckles on the straps are also powder coated. The bag is big enough for you to toss some other odds and ends in too.....I found a good place for my bungee cords to reside!
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