(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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The Dirty Dog 4x4 Front and Rear Sun Screen is for those of you that have a two-door 2007 to 2018 JK that are looking for a mesh top to take a little bit of the edge off the sun when you have your other top off on those nice warm summer days. This is going to be a top that will install very easily onto your Jeep, one out of three wrenches for sure, and I'll show you how to do it in just a second.So first off, why would you want a mesh top on your Jeep? Well, a lot of people like the Jeep because the hardtop comes off easily, the soft top completely folds down. But on those days where it's really, really hot, the sun is beating down on you and your passengers, a mesh top is a nice middle of the road. It's still going to let a lot of breeze through, a lot of sunlight through, but it's just gonna take that little edge off the sun like I mentioned before.So mesh tops are going to come in a couple of different setups. You're going to have some that are going to go just from the windshield frame to the sport cage covering just the front two passengers, and then others that will go all the way to the rear. Dirty Dog 4x4 is a little bit unique in that this is a modular top. So this is the front and the rear section and you can run either of them independent of the other one. So if you're just worried about you and the front seat passengers, fine. If maybe you have a kid or a pet in the back, you want to give them a little bit of shade, but you want the full sun, you can run that setup, so you are going to have a couple of different options that makes this unique.Dirty Dog 4x4 is really known for their mesh tops. They've been making these for a long time and they make a really high-quality option. This material here is going to be a pretty similar plastic material, PVC material that we see a lot of the other companies using. Around the edge here, you can really see how the quality steps up. You have a vinyl stripper on the outside so you're not going to have any sort of fraying, anything like that. These are double stitched around the outside and all of the straps that hold the top onto the sport cage are also stitched directly onto the material and they have really high-quality plastic buckles. Now, this is as opposed to some of the other options out there on the market that will use bungee cords that eventually can stretch out a little bit. Some of those bungee cords aren't sewn directly onto the top so you can end up losing them. I really prefer this setup here. So you actually have a couple of snaps on the footman loops here. You do have a little bit of elastic, but even that is sewn directly onto the top and then the rest are these larger loops with the plastic buckles that hold everything nice and tight. So it allows you to pull everything really tight and taut so you're not going to have any flapping. As you can see, this is a nice tight top, and it gives you that long life because you don't have to worry about any of your elastic stretching out.Now because this is a really high-quality option because you have the ability to run either the front, the rear or both independent of each other so you have that modular setup, this is gonna be a little bit more expensive than some of the other options out there, coming in at right around that $140 price tag. Now I do think it's worth it. If you're looking for a really high-quality top, this is going to be very, very well built, and again, I do think it's worth the little bit of additional that you pay over some of the other brands that you can find. So like I said before, pretty easy one out of three wrenches here. Let me show you how to get it installed.Like I said before, this is gonna be a pretty easy one out of three wrenches for the installation because this is a two-piece mesh top. It's going to be a few additional steps over some of the one-piece tops that are out there on the market. But either way, still very, very simple to install. All we're going to do is start with our front section here. We're going to unwrap it, unfold it, figure out which end is the front, which end is the back, and then we're gonna start with the connection point at the center of the windshield here right on the footman loop. So you have a couple of snapped loops here that are gonna go on this footman loop and then also on the two footman loops on either side where your soft top or hardtop would attach down. So we'll just undo the snaps and snap these in place. Loop the strap through the footman loop there and snap it down to itself.The next thing we're going to attach while we're over here on the driver side before doing the same thing on the passenger side is this piece right here. So this is a little bit of that canvas strapping with an elastic piece and there's a small plastic hook on the end of it. And what this does is just go around the outside of the sport cage, and then inside onto this plastic trim piece right here. So there's a hole inside of the plastic trim piece so that you can gain access to the screw that's in there, and that's where this plastic hook is going to actually hook on to. So we'll go ahead and loop this around, pull the elastic, and hook that right on there. Once we have that hooked, we can repeat the same process for the footman loop and the plastic hook on the trim on the other side.Now we've jumped over here to the passenger side, we're gonna do the same thing with the snap on the footman loop here and then also with the elastic hook that goes on to the trim on the inside. With all of the snaps and elastic done across the front of our mesh top, we can move down the sides. And all of these are going to have loops that are sewn on and these plastic buckles that you just have to weave the material through to make sure everything is gonna stay nice and tight. So all we're going to do is feed this around the sport cage here and we're going to feed the material through the plastic buckle and we're gonna pull it tight. But we're not gonna pull it too tight just yet, what we want to do is get all of our loops started and then we can go back around and tighten everything so we tighten it evenly. If we tighten this one now, the other one is going to be very loose. So once we get that middle one done we can move on to the next one down the row, which is on the corner here.This next strap is going to feed between the sport cage and the soundbar itself. So it can be a little bit difficult to finagle the strap in between there but a little bit of patience and you'll find just the right spot where it'll go through and we can loop it around the corner here, and just like with the other one, feed it through the plastic buckle. Also just like the other one, we're gonna leave it a little bit loose until we get the rest of them started. So I'm gonna jump over to the driver side and attach these two on that side and then there are gonna be two more loops that we'll do in the center of the sport cage. Then when they're all started, we'll tighten everything up.With this strap, we're going to feed it down between the sport cage, the metal of the sport cage, and the plastic of the soundbar. If we went completely around the sandbar, we wouldn't quite have enough material to make everything buckle properly. So if we feed it just around the metal, that allows us to buckle it just like so. And we're gonna start by first tightening down this last strap that we installed and we don't want to over-tighten it because we can actually pop those snaps in the front here but make it a little bit taut so it's not gonna flap, probably pretty good. And then we'll tighten the other straps kind of alternating back and forth to ensure that they're pulling evenly on both sides.Now we have all of our straps tight and as you can see, the top itself is pretty taut, but it's not overly stretched. You don't need to really crank down on these, you pretty much just want it like this where there aren't any major wrinkles or major dips. If you're driving down the highway and you're getting a little bit of excessive flapping, you can probably tighten down the straps just a little bit more. But again, this is pretty much what you want it to look like. Now that we have the front installed, we'll move on to the back section. And the process for installing the rear section of the shade is very, very similar. Just like in the front, we'll start by unfolding everything, figuring out which end is which. So this is the side that's gonna go on the sport cage, and then we'll start with one buckle, work our way around, leaving everything loose and then going back around to tighten it up.Now that all the straps are started, we'll alternate back and forth tightening them down to ensure that the mesh top stays centered between the sport cage. Once you get all of your straps tightened down, that's gonna be it for the installation. So if you are looking for a high-quality mesh top that's also going to be modular, giving you the option to run just the front, just the back or both, I would recommend this option from Dirty Dog 4x4 and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Construction. Dirty Dog 4x4's Sun Screen cover is made from high quality materials and is protected by Dirty Dog's one year manufacturer's warranty: if the screen becomes damaged because of a factory defect, they will repair or replace it at their cost. Dirt Dog 4x4 is known for their high quality materials and impressive designs.
Design. This sun screen may seem simple, but it's anything but. No matter if you're taking your Jeep for a leisurely drive through the country, driving it to or from work, or taking it off-roading, the last thing you want is the blazing sun in your eyes. This protects both the front and back seats from the ill effects of too many rays.
Application. This screen fits over the factory mounted hardware and is simple to install. It's also simple to remove, which means you can quickly and easily take it off when you don't need it. It fits 2007-2018 JK 2-door Wranglers.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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