(approx) 10 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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Hey, guys. Today, I'm here with the Smittybilt Soft Top Storage Boot, fitting all 2007 to 2018 four-door JKs. We also have an option available for the two-door, so make sure you get the right one for your Wrangler. So everybody loves putting their soft top all the way back to enjoy that open-air driving experience. However, the soft top is not secured to the back so it can bounce around when you hit bumps on the street. And if you're out on the trail, twigs, bugs, and brush can fall into the soft top which can get in your cab area later, when you put your soft top back up. A soft top storage boot is a perfect solution to all of those problems and it's gonna clean up the back end of your Wrangler, giving it a really finished look. This is made of a black diamond vinyl material so it will take a little bit of abuse on the trail, protecting your soft top vinyl. It does have retaining tabs on the side to tuck into your belt rail retainer, very similar to your soft top windows and you get heavy-duty nylon buckles and straps on the side for some extra security. At the moment, this will be one of your most affordable options at roughly $50. Other more expensive options that you may be seeing on the site will be made of different materials. They will attach to the soft top differently and hold it a lot differently and some options will not even seal to the tailgate. Personally, I think for what this is, it fits very well, it's made very well, and it's gonna get the job done so I think that it is good for the money. So install is going to be a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. However, like any other soft top vinyl, you will need to let it sit in the sun to install properly and make sure that it stretches out properly. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. So the first step to your install is just making sure that your soft top is pushed all the way back as per the owner's manual instructions. You wanna make sure that it is laying as flat as possible. Now we can open up our tailgate and lay our soft top boot over our soft top. So there will be two cutouts for your roll bar that we're gonna strap our heavy-duty nylon straps around. Make sure it's oriented in the correct way and you can throw it over. So after it's sitting where you want it to, we are going to install our tailgate bar. You do not necessarily need this to install your soft top boot. However, if you do want this soft top boot to seal to the tailgate, then you will need the factory or a factory style tailgate bar. So just like the tailgate bar attaches to the rear window with the C-channel, we are gonna do the same thing here. So just making sure that these this fabric is out of the way, we are gonna slide this over and into our C-channel.So now we can attach our heavy-duty nylon buckles and straps around our roll bar. And you may even wanna do this step first, just to keep everything in place. However, we were able to easily get ours on. So these are gonna be really easy to maneuver, all you have to do is push it up through the back and pull it through the front. And you are gonna keep it loose just for now, while we adjust the other side and get our belt rail retainers into our belt rail. These will make it really easy to adjust the soft top boot, not only while you're installing it, but while you are out and about. All right, so once that is secure, we can go ahead and wrap this bottom flap around our soft top to keep it in place and zipper it on the top, and that's gonna make it a little bit easier to compact our soft top down a little bit more so we can get our belt retainers in. So our next step is to wrap the bottom portion around to the top and zipper it in place to make sure that all of our soft top fabric is secure and sitting inside our boot correctly, as well as compact so we can get our belt retainers into our belt rail retainer. So this is made of a black diamond vinyl material, like I said, so it's gonna be the same material as your soft top. So I would recommend to sit it out in the sun in 75-plus degree weather, just to make sure that the fabric is stretching out enough. Once you do have it on a couple of times, it will stretch out. However, it's still gonna remain pretty secure and keep all of your fabric of your soft top tight in there. And that zipper is actually really easy to use and really easy to operate. So now we can tuck these tabs into our belt rail retainer and these are gonna be very similar to the tabs that are on your windows for your soft top. And these are also gonna come with a couple of straps to help you stretch the fabric down and make sure that your soft top is compact to get those tabs in. So, for this step, I would recommend tucking in your tailgate bar and then tucking in your tabs, it just makes it a little bit easier to maneuver and you may have to pull them around and adjust them while you're going along. So this is where the strap comes in handy because, like I mentioned, the black diamond vinyl material is durable and it will not have a lot of give when you first install this. So you can pull this down and tuck it into the retainer. So now, you can adjust it and we can tuck the back portion in. So all we have to do for our last step is just go around and adjust everything, make sure that everything is sitting flat, and adjust our straps to make sure that everything is tight. So that's gonna wrap it up for my short review and install on the Smittybilt Soft Top Storage Boot, fitting all four-door 2007 to 2018 JKs. For more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Function. The Smittybilt 600235 Soft Top Storage Boot helps store the rolled-down jeep soft top and prevents it from flapping in the wind. It also protects the rolled-down top from the sun and stains.
Construction. This black diamond Jeep Wrangler soft top storage boot is made from vinyl for durable performance.
Installation. It snaps down on the bows and soft top with ease.
Fitment. This Smittybilt Soft Top Storage Boot is designed to be used on the 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler 4-door models. It is not compatible on models equipped with the Premium Twill Fabric.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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August 09, 2019
It’s just ok
If I were doing a really long drive and keeping the top down or going to a Jeep show, I may use it. Otherwise its more agrivation and swearing than i need in my life. It should have been cut an extra inch on each side. It’s super tight. I blew a rivet on the piping of my soft top trying to force it down. You need it sitting in the hot sun for a while to get a fighting chance to stretch it over the plastic lip of the best top. It looks good if you can get it all the way on but that’s not likely.Helpful (0)
May 15, 2019
Smutty Soft Top Storage Boot
I like the way it cleans up the back end and keeps crud out of the top. A little tricky to stuff it all in but I was doing it below the recommended 70 degree mark. I would recommend for sure.Helpful (0)
November 22, 2018
The cover is hard to get on. We had to leave it in the sun for hours before it would fit. I no longer use it.Helpful (3)
August 19, 2018
There is no instructions on how to install, I use the bottom rail from the vinyl window it looks alot better that way , once you learn how to install it, it really cleans up the appearance now it takes 5-10 minutes to installHelpful (6)
August 07, 2018
Smittybuilt soft top storage
Didn’t like I sent it back tried for hours to install. Very difficult to install. Left in sun but still can’t get it on. Zippers kept splitting.Helpful (4)
July 14, 2018
Really tight fit. Instructions are a bit incomplete in my opinion but once I figured it out it looked great.Helpful (5)
June 03, 2018
Looks good, tight first fit
Looks great. I like the finished look with this cover. First time install can be tough. Let it sit sat in the sun to warm up.Helpful (4)
May 31, 2018
Works well looks GREAT
The boot gives you a real nice look with the top down. And it is nice to know that it will keep the top from flopping and ripping. It is not the easiest to use but use it when it sits in the sun much easier to put on . We love it.Helpful (5)
May 27, 2018
Kind of hard to install first time but very easy to tuck top in and zip up. Cleans up the look very nice.Helpful (4)
April 20, 2018
Great product fits perfectly
Great product tough but great looking and it fits perfectlyHelpful (4)
will this boot fit a two door as well?
How did you folks get the tailgate bar c-channel onto the cover? With all the fabic/seams I can't get it on. Did you cut some of the tube inside so you don't have to go over the tube and the seams at the ends?
We would suggest taking a look at the installation video, as well as this installation guide. https://www.extremeterrain.com/smittybilt-soft-top-storage-jk-600135-manu-install.html
I leave the rear window attached to the top when I let it down. I unzip the sides but leave the top of the window attached and then roll it up. Will the boot still fit over the top like this?
While we do not recommend leaving the rear window in when folding the top back as to prevent damage to the plastic window, the Smittybilt Soft Top Storage Boot will fit if you keep the rear window in with the top back.
Will this fit over a Bestop 4 door soft top?
The Smittybilt Soft Top Storage Boot is designed to work with factory style soft tops on 2007-2018 Wrangler JKs, as long as they do not utilize the premium twill fabric.
When the storage boot is on and in place, does it obstruct the tailgate at all? Does any of the top fall into the cargo area?
The Smittybilt Soft Top Storage Boot should not interfere with the tailgate opening and closing. You will need to have the top correctly folded down to install, which means most of the top should be in the cargo area, past the end of the body panels with only a little sticking up.
Unfortunately, we do not have any install videos of the Smittybilt Soft Top Storage Boot but we do have the install guide which can be found here: https://lib.extremeterrain.com/guides/J14997_Guide.pdf
The Smittybilt Soft Top Storage Boot has not been tested on the Trektop NX Glide.
We do not have any similar style boots for the premium fabric, however I would recommend the J Tops USA Soft Top Boot J104034 if this style is something you are interested in.
(approx) 10 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
Not compatible on models equipped with the Premium Twill Fabric.