Thanks to the review by Hein in 2021 to forewarn me on the product limitations. Solid heavy product delivered without damage nor installation instructions (thanks to Jacob at 4WP who provided the PDF ASAP).
Pros: This product completely secures the rear storage compartment. I have an underseat Alpine subwoofer system, so no issues with a storage area OEM subwoofer. I really like that I still have all the nooks and crannies in the rear secure area for small items (like gloves, tow straps and small jumper kits). And it is thick and solid. It took me two hours with just one person installation. Would be easier with two (as recommended in the instructions). And per Hein's review/recommendation, I purchased double-sided foam tape to put on all the jeep side rails and the security cover seams to avoid scratching, scuffing and/or vibration noise. Seems like $5 well spent.
Cons: Fitment - Hein's review was right. My Hard Top Alignment pins did not match up with the security cover side rails. I was not going to drill holes in my jeep nor saw off the expensive hard top alignment pints. So I drilled out a new alignment 5/8" hole in the rear of both Security Cover Side Rails to match my hard top's alignment pins. HINT - check this FIRST before assembling anything. Drilling just the side rails is so much easier if the security cover is still in pieces.
2.0Missing the mark, by missing the market.
So I took a huge plunge and purchased this with no true details or reviews to note. I will first start by saying that it is not designed to fit any JLU that has the subwoofer, as it’s about 3/4” too shallow to mount up. Though they could have made it universal fit. However, the issue doesn’t stop there. They lack any mounting holes to allow the hard-top knobs to set in, therefore you are either drilling the deck you just purchased, or sawing off the knobs of an expensive hard-top. This is also not designed to work with soft-tops, so it’s quite limit to who it’s marketed for. Throw in the fact there is no seal under the tailgating sides to keep from scratching the paint off, keep a water tight seal, or reduce vibration. Furthermore, it lacks rubber seals between metal panels to avoid any vibration noise.
The one upside, is that it’s constructed from very heavy steal materials, so if you are one of the select few that this would fit, then you will enjoy the sturdiness at least.
*should have designed a “over the fender” shelf that could work in tandem to improve storage space that is now secured. That’s just too practical for DV8 though.