I already have a set of excellent seat covers by Covercraft on my Jeep. If I'd bought the Smittybilt G.E.A.R. covers for use as a seat cover only I'd be very disappointed. They don't make great seat covers. They do cover up the middle portion of the seats but don't fit tightly. I bought them because I liked the way they look and for the additional storage.
I've had stuff scattered about my Jeep's interior and was looking to organize things better. Now I have a place to put my assorted stuff ranging from my reading and sunglasses, flashlight, tools, towels, my extra hat and suntan lotion, etc, etc. Plus it all looks cool in the bags on the rear of the seat. I'm just hoping no one steals them but I guess that's the risk you run with anything when you own a Jeep and why I have a low deductible on my insurance policy.
These seats are supposedly designated for a Jeep. I bought them from Quadratec and they say JEEP G.E.A.R. seats so I woudn't call them "universal" but I don't know specifically WHAT Jeep it's made for. It's not specifically for a 2003-06 TJ though. I got it to fit and look good in spite of the fact that it's a bit "off" in spots.
For example, they have this velco strap that goes over the headrest. Good idea but why didn't they make it longer? Just another 6" of material would've made it useable. They even say that for higher backed seats you can "tuck it in" but it won't fit nearly as well. Fortunately I had a strap of nylon with velcro ends and was able to put one end around the loop and attach it to the back end of the headrest so it almost looks as if it's made for it.
The strap underneath has the cover is supposed to loop through the seat and back and attach to a velcro patch on the back of the cover. I wouldn't have been able to use this because I put this G.E.A.R cover over my Covercraft seat cover and wasn't willing to cut into my cover to slot the strap under the seatback.. but even so, the strap was way too far forward and too short to do what it was supposed to do, so I don't know what Jeep seat this was made for. Smaller ones I guess.
As far as installation went, it wasn't that bad. The trick is to get the cover lined up on the seatback first. The straps can be adjusted both in front and back so you can position the loop where you want it and tighten both ends. It actually worked quite well. I made it so the cover was tight. It doesn't contour to the seat back so if you are looking for a custom fit, forget it. It just sort of hangs there.
Once I got the seatback cover adjusted I was able to tie down the lower seat cover easily enough. The trick is to figure out where the bungees go. The bungees are pretty poor quality. One of the hooks broke off immediately but fortunately I have a series of small bungee straps that I was able to attach to the piece of the hook that was still attached and managed to connect everything tightly. Everything seems to work and fit pretty well, I'm just how well those bungee hooks will hold up. I figure if I have to replace with my own bungee hooks I will.
The seat material and bags are nice quality though. They match the black parts of my Jeep perfectly. The bags attach easily enough to the back as well as to the front and sides of the seats. There are 7 different sized bags. One bag is a bit bizarre in that it opens to the side..why didn't they just have it open on top? I just stuffed my towels in that one. The others are pretty functional. I have yet to fill them all.
All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it. I don't know how well it will hold up over time. The cover is a bit looser than I'd like on the lower seat and I'm wondering how long those bungee hooks will last. $100 is a bit steep for one seat cover. I think for the price and quality of this cover you should at least get 2 covers.
If you are looking for a seat cover that fits like a glove and for protection I'd look elsewhere. If you want something that will provide extra storage and add a bit of style to your Jeep then I'd recommend the Smittybilt G.E.A.R. seat cover.