I have been enamored with Safari Straps since I first encountered them. I could see the benefit of using them and I thought they really helped the Jeep look "badass" that I saw. I decided I wanted them on my new Detonator Yellow 2008 Rubicon Unlimited (aka RumbleBee). I also became sold on the Off Road Heros soft top. It makes Jeep look very cool by following the angle of the rear roll bar down to the tailgate. It doesn't use bow bars like a standard soft top. It is another piece that I wanted on my 08 JK. Unfortunately there is a potential snag. Safari Straps require the use of a tailgate bar while Off Road Heros tells you to not use a tailgate bar. After asking Maral, at Safari Straps, tons of questions and doing the same with Tim at Off Road Heros I decided to just take a chance and order them both in the hopes I could make them work together.
1) Here is a picture of what the rear of the Safari Straps Long Cage Set setup looks like.
2) Here is a shot from the inside of RumbleBee looking out the rear once the Safari Straps are installed.
3) This is a shot of the rear of the Jeep with the Long Cage Extended Set and Window Set of Safari Straps installed.
4) Here is a shot with the cool looking Off Road Heros soft top fully installed.
5) This is a shot from the inside of RumbleBee looking out the rear once the Safari Straps and Off Road Hero soft top are both installed.
6) Normally the Off Road Heros soft top attaches to the tailgate by way of velcro. This makes it very smooth but also means you must unvelcro the bottom rear of the top any time you wish to open the tailgate.
7) Here is a shot where you can see that I have attached the Off Road Hero soft top to a Tailgate Bar. I did this to enable the Safari Straps to be mounted correctly as well as allow me to open the tailgate in the usual manner.
8) This is a shot with the tailgate open and you can see how the Off Road Heros top has been velcroed to the tailgate bar and still works great.
9) Here I have flipped up the rear window to allow you to see the velcro I attached to the tailgate bar.
10) This provides you a closer look at the velcro running along the bar as well as the Safari Straps hooks that secure the straps to the tailgate bar.