Jeep Wrangler TJ Smittybilt Spice Denim Extended Brief Top (1997-2006) Review & Install

Hey, what's up, guys? I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.

And today, I'm here with the Smittybilt ExtendedBrief Top in spice denim fitting your '97 to '06 Wrangler TJ.

And this is going to be for the TJ ownersthat are looking for an affordable and easy to install brief top to protect themselvesor passengers and the interior of the Jeep from the elements.

This top is going to provide full coveragefor the front and rear, allowing you to drive your Jeep around even when you have the topdown.

Now, this is made of heavy-duty outdoor gradefabric that is weather and mildew resistant, and this spice denim is pretty much goingto match any color scheme that you may have.

This top is stitched and reinforced at itsseams, ensuring a watertight seal and the fit perfect technology is going to keep ittight and in place, keeping it from flapping around.

Now, this is very easy to install with therequired header channel from Smittybilt and it's going to be one of the most affordableoptions on the site at around $70 when compared to other options of the same design and material.

As far as install goes, I'm going to givethis a one out of three wrenches since you can install this in about 30 minutes usingbasic hand tools.

Now, with that being said, let's hop in tothe install.

So, if you're looking to run an aftermarketSmittybilt top such as a brief top or a bikini top, you're going to need Sittybilt's headerchannel.

Now, this is a relatively easy thing to installand I'm going to show you how to do that now.

So, we're going to use a half-inch wrenchto remove our clamps from the header channel, and then we'll get the header channel on andthe clamps installed.

We're going to do the same thing for the otherside.

Once you have these clamps removed, you'regoing to slide the header channel over the top of your windshield frame.

I'm going to sit that down and then we'llre-install our clamps.

So, we're going to install our clamps withthe hook side into our windshield frame and then we're going to re-install those bolts.

We're going to leave this one loose for nowand do the same thing for the other side.

So, with both of our clamps installed andour bolts finger tight, we're going to use that half-inch wrench to tighten them up.

Now, we're going to go back and forth betweeneach side and we want to make sure that this header channel is firmly pushed forward andseats properly.

Do a few turns on that side and then we'llgo to the other side, do the same thing.

So, we're going to begin this installationat the front of the Jeep.

We already have our bikini top laid out overthe top and we're going to start by inserting this plastic channel into our header channel.

So once you get the top seam into the windshieldchannel, the next thing we're going to do is attach these Velcro straps.

Now, you're going to have one that is a littlemore forward than the other one, where you're going to take this one on the inside of theroll bar and down and around.

Now, this next strap is going to then Velcroto that strap and this is going to create a little runoff for any water that may collecton there.

So, after you have that strap on, we're goingto do the same thing for the other side.

So, once again, we're going to take that forwardmost strap and we're going to go on the inside of the roll bar and then down and around andthen this outside one is going to Velcro onto that.

So, the next step is to attach this Velcrosection that wraps around the roll bar.

Now, there's two ways to do this.

If you have door surrounds, there's actuallya plastic edging, you can slide it in there just like your soft top.

If you don't, then you can just wrap it aroundand there's actually two layers of Velcro depending on if you have any roll bar paddingor if you just have a roll bar.

So, we're going to go ahead and wrap thisaround and get it all tightened up.

We're going to do the same thing for the otherside.

So, we're going to wrap all three of thosesections around, get them nice and tucked up in there.

So next, we're going to take this center strap, and we're going to go in between the sound bar and the roll bar.

This is going to run all the way up to thefoam loop and then attach to this buckle.

Now, when we're going through this buckle, we're going to go, there's two slots, there's a front slot and a back slot.

We're going to go through the rear slot justlike that and then we're going to go back through that front slot.

Then we can pull this tight and that's goingto keep the center section up, nice and tight.

So next, we're going to attach this strapthat is behind our Velcro section.

Now, this strap is going to wrap underneathof this roll bar and then go to this buckle.

So, we're going to go just like that, thensame thing, we're going to go through that back slot and the buckle, and then we're gonnacome up and around and then down through the front slot.

So, once you have that other strap installed, we're going to move back to this rear most strap.

Now, this is going to go on the inside ofthis roll bar and we're actually going to go under the seat belt and then it's goingto go back to this buckle.

So, we're going to do the same thing for thisbuckle.

We're going to go through the back side andthen down through the front side.

So, once you have everything on, you can goaround and tighten up all your straps and adjust them as needed.

Now, in the back here, you going to have alittle bit of excess strap.

Smittybilt actually provides you with a bracketand a clip to tie up that excess.

So, I'm going to show you how to get thatinstalled.

So first, we're going to take our plasticclip and we're going to slide this onto our strap.

So, once you get this little clip on, we'regoing to go ahead and pass the end of the strap through this bracket.

This bracket has a kind of a 90 degree.

This is going to hook under the bottom edge.

Pass this through and then stick that underthe edge, then you can pull this tight and slide that back under there.

That's going to keep your strap in place andout of the way, keep it from flapping around.

We're going to do the same thing for the otherside.

So, that's going to wrap up my review andinstall.

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