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Old 01-11-2017, 02:13 PM   #1
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Easiest, Fastest Soft Top to put up and down?

I have a 2013 JKU with the OEM soft top. I keep the Jeep in the garage and only use it on nice days, but I live is South Florida where thunderstorms break out at a moment's notice.

The stock top is not all that difficult to put up, but it does take time zipping in windows and finishing the job right. It also takes time to drop it and make it small enough that I can tuck it under into the boot cover I have for it. It also takes up some from in the cargo compartment when fully folded down.

I'm looking for the easiest, fastest top to roll up and down. It can be a fastback frameless or framed full top.

All suggestions appreciated.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:20 PM   #2
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BTW, I read the soft top help sticky and it was very informative, but couldn't answer my question reading through it.

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To my knowledge, there isn't an alternative currently that allows the full top to be put up or down more easily than stock. I have read several times that Bestop is coming out with a new Trektop that is supposed to be very easy to put up or down. I don't remember where I saw it, but I think it was called the Trektop slider and it mounts to a rail system above the stock rollbars. Again, I have not seen this in person though.
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Easiest, Fastest Soft Top to put up and down?

Yep Trektop Glide! I'm very interested and am in the same situation as you. I work from home and keep my Jeep garaged and hardtop off spring through fall. I picked up a new 2007 oem soft top last year and it has its pros and cons like you said. I think the Trektop Glide will be the fastest and may easiest?

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Yep Trektop Glide! I'm very interested and am in the same situation as you. I work from home and keep my Jeep garaged and hardtop off spring through fall. I picked up a new 2007 oem soft top last year and it has its pros and cons like you said. I think the Trektop Glide will be the fastest and may easiest?

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Funny, they only show it being dropped with 2+ people assisting it.

I say wait 1 year after the glide is released, and buy the Quadratec version
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Unless you get one of the automatic tops (roughly $5K, I believe), the OEM is the faster way of doing it.
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Unless you get one of the automatic tops (roughly $5K, I believe), the OEM is the faster way of doing it.
I've seen those but they look like they're very bulky when folded down.

So it seems like OEM is still the quickest way to go???
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Most likely. There was a Jeep that had one that was parked near my work not too long ago. It had a red soft top that looked great, but when folded back, doesn't fold very flat down.
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Hey guys! Just wanted to share this additional video of our Trektop NX Glide that will be coming out soon. Happy to answer any questions you have. *CassieAtBestop

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Hey guys! Just wanted to share this additional video of our Trektop NX Glide that will be coming out soon. Happy to answer any questions you have. *CassieAtBestop



Two questions

How much and when?
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Two questions

How much and when?
Exactly!

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Yep Trektop Glide! I'm very interested and am in the same situation as you. I work from home and keep my Jeep garaged and hardtop off spring through fall. I picked up a new 2007 oem soft top last year and it has its pros and cons like you said. I think the Trektop Glide will be the fastest and may easiest?

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I dont really see the Glide making things any easier. The only difference between the Glide and the top they have out right now is that you would be able to have the passenger row uncovered.

The biggest time-suck with the Trektop is taking out those damn windows. With the Glide, you still have to remove the windows. Sure, its better than the original NX, ill give it that. But its not faster.
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The prevailing opinion seems to be that the stock-style tops are still the king when you want to go fully topless and want easier up/down functionality without the power top.
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The prevailing opinion seems to be that the stock-style tops are still the king when you want to go fully topless and want easier up/down functionality without the power top.
What exactly makes them easier? I'm going to be buying soon and am trying to decide.
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I have no experience with non-OEM tops, but I can tell you it takes me about 2 to 3 minutes to be completely buttoned up in a surprise rainstorm. I would imagine that's hard to beat, and if there is a quicker top it wouldn't be by much.

If you also don't like the OEM style, then I'd go different though. I have several friends that don't like it. But for the ease and speed I think there's not much room for improvement.

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I have no experience with non-OEM tops, but I can tell you it takes me about 2 to 3 minutes to be completely buttoned up in a surprise rainstorm. I would imagine that's hard to beat, and if there is a quicker top it wouldn't be by much.

If you also don't like the OEM style, then I'd go different though. I have several friends that don't like it. But for the ease and speed I think there's not much room for improvement.

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Don't you have to take the windows out of the OEM top also?
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If it doesn't have zippers.. when you have an issue with a zipper, the Glide is goin to be faster. Have to admit on my oem soft top sliding the rear window in the channel is smooth and quick. Zippering is when I start swearing side windows are easy.


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If it doesn't have zippers.. when you have an issue with a zipper, the Glide is goin to be faster. Have to admit on my oem soft top sliding the rear window in the channel is smooth and quick. Zippering is when I start swearing side windows are easy.


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Agree. I run into the same issue with the factory top on my JK. Getting the rear window zipped in takes me as long as it does to pull the top forward and zip in both side windows. And if it is just me I have to fold the passenger seat forward and climb in the back in order to pull the top forward. It hangs up if one person tries to pull it forward standing outside the Jeep. Wish I could be all buttoned up in 2 - 3 minutes but it takes me closer to 10!
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Don't you have to take the windows out of the OEM top also?
Yes, that's correct. I take mine down and put it up frequently, so maybe that's why I can get it all put back up in around 2 to 3 minutes in a deluge. Mine has a couple of tricks I've learned with the rear window, which is the most challenging part of putting the top up for mine. They all have their quirks and it just takes a little practice with your individual top to sort them out and come up with work-arounds. Good ole Jeeps!!

Having said all that...I find my 4dr JKU soft top is easier and faster to put up than my old TJ soft top was.
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If it doesn't have zippers.. when you have an issue with a zipper, the Glide is goin to be faster. Have to admit on my oem soft top sliding the rear window in the channel is smooth and quick. Zippering is when I start swearing side windows are easy.


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Your OEM soft top has slide in windows? What year is your top?

How do the premium soft tops compare to the standard soft tops? Are they any easier to put up and down than the standard tops?
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I dont really see the Glide making things any easier. The only difference between the Glide and the top they have out right now is that you would be able to have the passenger row uncovered.

The biggest time-suck with the Trektop is taking out those damn windows. With the Glide, you still have to remove the windows. Sure, its better than the original NX, ill give it that. But its not faster.
Still have to remove the windows, but they pull out rather than zip, still quicker. The huge time saver will be installation and sliding the windows in rather than the zippers. I see huge time savings there. Plus the thing will still be light enough to fold all the way down with one person no problem.

I think it will be a winning top and will definately check it out even though my TTNX is only a year old.
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Your OEM soft top has slide in windows? What year is your top?



How do the premium soft tops compare to the standard soft tops? Are they any easier to put up and down than the standard tops?


No I wish! The back window slides in on a track on the retaining bar first, and then zips up. The zippers can get a little finicky. Imagine wet slippery hands Scrambling during instant downpour to get your top up. I read rubbing a candle end over the zippers helps. I have to look more into this.


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No I wish! The back window slides in on a track on the retaining bar first, and then zips up. The zippers can get a little finicky. Imagine wet slippery hands Scrambling during instant downpour to get your top up. I read rubbing a candle end over the zippers helps. I have to look more into this.


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Thanks Aqua. There is product on the market that I have for my boat that's used on zippers and buttons to keep them lubricated called Snap Stick. It looks like a chap stick but double the diameter and longer. Sold at West Marine and it works well. I have it in my boat bag down in the Florida Keys, so I can take a picture of it.

Star Brite also makes a lubricant with PTFE in a tube that I hear is great. I've been meaning to get after my JKU's zippers with it.

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