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Installing a SpiderWebShade Mesh Top on my TJ Jeep My family loves to wheel our Jeep top down with the sun shining brightly and... Sun, Jeeps and the Shadebrigade

Installing a SpiderWebShade Mesh Top on my TJ Jeep

My family loves to wheel our Jeep top down with the sun shining brightly and the scenery passing overhead.  Unfortunately over time the sun has taken a toll on some body parts.  But rather than give up on top down, we found a solution — the SpiderWebShade.

At a Jeep Beach event a while back the owner of SpiderWebShade, Chris Plaisance saw Red (our Jeep) running on the beach with the top still up.  He offered up a “shade” and told us, “Del, you need to enjoy the full experience of jeeping while not getting sun-burnt!  Join the Shade Brigade!”   I later learned the Shade Brigade was just that — a loyal following of customers who swear by their SpiderWebShade.

 Chris and his wife started making tops in the summer of 2005,  developing their “mesh top concept.”

They are now based out of 24,000 sq ft. testing/manufacturing facility in the heart of Downtown Orlando, FL.

The shade fits right under Jeep Wrangler hard tops, soft tops, and Kini Tops. It does not get in the way and never has to be removed.  Proudly produced in the United States of America, it blocks 90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays while keeping passengers (and pets) 27% cooler.

TJ Installation

We took the rolled up SpiderWebShade and a handful of “spider balls” with a simple explanation from Chris (as written directions are not necessary for this product, it is so easy), and voila, in minutes we were protected from the sun’s harmful rays and yet still could see the sky.

The mesh shade is a clean install on most any jeep.


We rolled out the shade and let it warm up a bit in the sun.  After lying it over the roll cage and ensuring we liked the placement, it just took a few minutes to attach the spider balls (bungies) from the shade grommets to the cage.

Spider Balls easily attach the shade.


Scenery without the sun burn.


SpiderWebShade makes other products as well, including the GrabBag featured below on the grab handle, TrailSac for trash and more.  We have tested all of these products with the same conclusion — quality gear made to do the the job it is advertised to do!

Mesh top and GrabBag.


Not only does the TJ have a quieter ride, but  I also no longer have to be “that guy” on a beautiful day running top up! I am enjoying the scenery, top down, not getting sun burnt, with a product of the highest quality made in the USA. I give the SpiderWebShade a “5 out of 5-Jeep” rating — highly recommended.

5 out of 5 Jeeps – Highly Recommended!

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Del Albright Ambassador

Internationally published author; WorldWide ModernJeeper Abassador and 2014 Inductee of the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Del has been involved in the Jeeping Lifestyle for longer then most of us can count. His educational and mentorship programs have helped developed warfighters in the ongoing battle to keep Public Lands Open to the Public.

  • Harry

    September 19, 2018 #1 Author

    I have a sunshade similar to the one you now own. Most of the time I leave the Freedom Panels on my JKU since the dust here in the Southwest is not good to breathe. The challenge I have is to keep the sunshade from drooping on my head. I don’t have a center bar like you have which would do the job very nicely of keeping the shade from drooping so I’m going to try using a rope stretched across to see if it will work.
    Thanks for a good article. Avoiding sun on my much shinier head is a real challenge. Too many people here in the Southwest deserts don’t protect themselves, which means they can easily get sun burned as well as heat stroke or worse. I found out recently it is very easy to get skin cancer if a person doesn’t protect themselves with hats, long sleeves or lots of sunscreen.


    • Del Albright

      September 20, 2018 #2 Author

      I am thoroughly with you, Harry. Getting the top of your ears burned off, or some “thing” on your nose…well, not fun. Stay Protected. Or as they say at SpiderWebShade — Stay Shady My Friend.


  • Steve Michaelis

    September 22, 2018 #3 Author

    I bought a similar product for my wife’s JKUR and we love it. Fits under the hardtop and when we take the top off it keeps us shaded in the Colorado sun. Being close to the sun this is definitely a great thing to have.


  • humberto carrillo

    December 21, 2018 #4 Author

    Ive had the Shade Cage on my TJ for about two years and I love it. Its one “mod” i dont know how I did with out. I highly recomend it to anyone looking to get one.


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