The G.E.A.R. seatcovers is a really great idea. It adds that military/rugged look to your jeep and is a great concept. However, once you purchase them and see them in person, it's a different story. I have an 03'-06' TJ and if I didn't know any better, I bought the wrong model seat cover. But it's a 'universal' seat cover which is code for loosely made to poorly cover all models. All seats are not the same, and maybe if Smittybuilt specifically designed it for each model I'd reconsider.
Problems with the universal fit for the 03'-06':
-The top velcro strap does not go over the headrest, you have to tuck it into the top of the seat cover to hide the strap. You can feel the bulge of the strap as well. Or you could just cut it off. But the srap is useless.
- The top portion of the seat cover does not cover the entire upper seat. It either leaves the headrest exposed, or if you use the top velcrow strap on the headrest, you'll have to cut off bottom portion, leaving the bottom portion of the top seat partially exposed. Either way it leaves full coverage something to be desired
-The top side velcro strap covers up the lever to fold up and slide the seat forward.
-I know the bottom portion is not suppose to cover the entire seat...however, it does not fit the bottom half. It's like a fat guy in a little coat. It is too small for the seat and does not strech properly and fitting over the enitre bottom half. Also, the bungee cord is cheap and does not conect very well under the seat. Might snap on you.
In addition, the pictures are deceptive. It appears there are not only all the packs on the back but also packs for storage on the lower portion of the front seat. This is misleading. There are only the 7 that you see on the back. They took some of the ones on the back (along with the the american flag patch) and put them on the front for the picture.
If you own a 97'-02', it's possible that you wont run into these problems. The pictures, afterall, are all modeled on those years' seats. So I'd say its at your own descresion. I would only buy these seat covers if you get a really really good deal on them. Never buy them at full price. Also, if you don't mind moding them to fit. So if you can get them for cheap and don't mind spending some time on them beefing them up, go for it! But if you're not careful you could blow a lot of money on these things and be very disappointed. That's why I returned mine
The only thing that is worth keeping is the tailgate cover... I'd buy just that if you are looking for descent storage. It's good on room and it's pretty low profile, hidden in the back...so they don't scream steal me! I have that and I'm pretty well satisfied with it so far. I keep my recovery equipment in it along with a hanful of my mostly used tools. They also come with a shoulder sling strap so they can be used outside of the Jeep.