With the Hydra now filled with water, it was time to try it out inside of my TJ. My Besttop seat covers have been providing me with a water system, of sorts. What doesn't fit in the pocket on the back of the seat goes on the floor behind the seat. Pretty impressive, eah?
To mount the shell on the back of the front seat, I didn't need both upper straps. I removed one of them from the shell and then took the free end of the remaining top strap and fed it into the other top attachment point. With the top of my TJ's seats being quite tapered, one strap was long enough and had a bit to spare.
For securing the bottom of the Hydra's shell, I left both of the already attached short straps on the attachment points as shown above. I took one of the long straps and put another male end on it. This provided sufficient length and allowed easy adjustment.
As you can see in the above photo, the lower strap will not interfere with the passenger's seating comfort. The strap rides low across the seat. The seat can still be adjusted without any problems.
A view from the rear with 2.5 gallons of fresh water mounted and ready for travel. I'll admit that during my first "install", I had the Hydra riding too high on the seat which made the lower strap too short. A quick call to Ken to inquire as to what I was doing incorrectly yielded a prompt answer to my question. Ken later contacted me to ensure his answer was indeed the solution I was looking for. Nice customer service!
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