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Old 03-04-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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OffRoad Heros Fast Back Soft Top..Thoughts?

My Rubicon came stock with the three-piece hard top. I'm looking to purchase a fast back soft top. I've researched the Offroad Heros Fast Back Soft Top (and also the Bestop Trektop NX).

Curious as to what your thoughts/opinions are regarding the Offroad Heros Fast Back Soft Top.

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My Rubicon came stock with the three-piece hard top. I'm looking to purchase a fast back soft top. I've researched the Offroad Heros Fast Back Soft Top (and also the Bestop Trektop NX).

Curious as to what your thoughts/opinions are regarding the Offroad Heros Fast Back Soft Top.
I love mine, and will never go back to the stock softy, unless some d-bag slits mine and I have to, temporarily, till I can replace the ORH. The multiple configurations rock, and once you get the thing on and stretched out, install/removal is fairly painless. The fastback portion does diminish your cargo area a little bit, same as the NX.

Some folks complain of leaks, but mine doesn't leak even when I nail it with high-pressure water at the car wash. Initially, I had a very small leak (think droplets). I removed one of the 2-foot shims that go under the rain channel, where the two roof panels intersect, tightened things up, and haven't had an issue since.

The install directions pretty much blow...might as well be written in Latin.

The first time you install it, make sure you do it in warm conditions; it's tight.

The one con, as opposed to the factory soft top, is that it takes a little longer to put on, should you get caught in a rainstorm. Not much, but just FYI...

And be prepared for a lengthy wait, if you order one in spring or summer. Tim's a one-man show, and he gets backed up with orders as soon as topless weather gets close.

Overall, probably one of my favorite mods.

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Anybody called Tim recently and know how long I should expect to wait if I put my order in this week?
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UPDATE - Just spoke with Tim and placed my order. He said I should have the top sometime in April.
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UPDATE - Just spoke with Tim and placed my order. He said I should have the top sometime in April.

Just note that if Tim said April he really meant May or early June. I was suppose to have mine in early February and it's now early March and he hasn't returned my last two emails asking for an update...it's his approach and it's pretty normal from what I understand. I guess when you make a good product that's in demand you can get away with it for awhile.
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I love mine, and will never go back to the stock softy, unless some d-bag slits mine and I have to, temporarily, till I can replace the ORH. The multiple configurations rock, and once you get the thing on and stretched out, install/removal is fairly painless. The fastback portion does diminish your cargo area a little bit, same as the NX.

Some folks complain of leaks, but mine doesn't leak even when I nail it with high-pressure water at the car wash. Initially, I had a very small leak (think droplets). I removed one of the 2-foot shims that go under the rain channel, where the two roof panels intersect, tightened things up, and haven't had an issue since.

The install directions pretty much blow...might as well be written in Latin.

The first time you install it, make sure you do it in warm conditions; it's tight.

The one con, as opposed to the factory soft top, is that it takes a little longer to put on, should you get caught in a rainstorm. Not much, but just FYI...

And be prepared for a lengthy wait, if you order one in spring or summer. Tim's a one-man show, and he gets backed up with orders as soon as topless weather gets close.

Overall, probably one of my favorite mods.

Some threads, if you haven't already seen em:

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off road heros top
ORH top installed


Thanks for the info! I watched an installation video on Youtube where the guy fills in some of the "instructional" gaps - it was the only one on youtube I could find for the ORH.

So, here's a really dumb question - with the side support bars for the roof panels installed (not sure what they're called) does that remove the ability to put on the factory 3-piece hardtop? I guess what I'm asking is does the installation of the ORH hardware remove the ability to quickly throw on the hardtop if you so desired? -or- would you need to remove the ORH hardware in order to place the hardtop back on?
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I know alot of people who hate the look. I myself think it looks awesome! To each his own. If you like it, thats all that matters.
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Thanks for the info! I watched an installation video on Youtube where the guy fills in some of the "instructional" gaps - it was the only one on youtube I could find for the ORH.

So, here's a really dumb question - with the side support bars for the roof panels installed (not sure what they're called) does that remove the ability to put on the factory 3-piece hardtop? I guess what I'm asking is does the installation of the ORH hardware remove the ability to quickly throw on the hardtop if you so desired? -or- would you need to remove the ORH hardware in order to place the hardtop back on?
That I don't know. I don't have a hard top. I suspect you'd have to remove the hardware at the front of the roll bar, near the windshield, and the attachments along the side...but don't take that as gospel.

Best way to find out would be to call Tim (don't e-mail him...that's a black hole); he won't mind, he likes to talk to peeps.
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That I don't know. I don't have a hard top. I suspect you'd have to remove the hardware at the front of the roll bar, near the windshield, and the attachments along the side...but don't take that as gospel.

Best way to find out would be to call Tim (don't e-mail him...that's a black hole); he won't mind, he likes to talk to peeps.


Roger that. I was thinking the same thing judging from the pictures. Will give him a call. Thanks again.
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Roger that. I was thinking the same thing judging from the pictures. Will give him a call. Thanks again.
When I'm running without the ORH in the summer, I remove the hardware off the front anyway, rather than just roll up the front panel (I leave the side hardware on). But I've got a garage that I park in every night, too. After you remove/install the top a couple of times, you'll find a rhythm...I have to juggle the Safari Straps and the use of my Tuffy storage box with the ORH tailgate bar, but I've figured out a few shorcuts, to the point where none of it really interferes with anything else.

If you leave the front hardware on and roll the front panel up, you could have the top buttoned down in about 10 minutes; with the hardware off it takes me about 20-30 minutes.
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Thanks for the info! I watched an installation video on Youtube where the guy fills in some of the "instructional" gaps - it was the only one on youtube I could find for the ORH.

So, here's a really dumb question - with the side support bars for the roof panels installed (not sure what they're called) does that remove the ability to put on the factory 3-piece hardtop? I guess what I'm asking is does the installation of the ORH hardware remove the ability to quickly throw on the hardtop if you so desired? -or- would you need to remove the ORH hardware in order to place the hardtop back on?

No, with the top rails on, you can not put the stock hard top back on over it, you have to take them all off. All of the mounts for the ORH top use the same mounting/line up points as the hard top does. The only things you can really keep on are the screw points for the tailgate bar and there are these two hex screws that go into the rear horizontal roll bar.
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No, with the top rails on, you can not put the stock hard top back on over it, you have to take them all off. All of the mounts for the ORH top use the same mounting/line up points as the hard top does. The only things you can really keep on are the screw points for the tailgate bar and there are these two hex screws that go into the rear horizontal roll bar.

Very good info. Thanks, man.
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Can you take out the side and back windows for a bikini style like the bestop? Looked at site and pics but all pics with fastback have windows in.
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Can you take out the side and back windows for a bikini style like the bestop? Looked at site and pics but all pics with fastback have windows in.
yes, all panels can be put on regardless of any other panel installation; ie, only front, only middle, only back, front and back with no middle, middle only...etc
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Anyone manage to get a spiderweb shade with fastback installed?
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UPDATE - Just spoke with Tim and placed my order. He said I should have the top sometime in April.
I placed my order on February 7th. I was told it would ship first week in March. I'm guessing it won't be here until April. Gonna be upper 70's in Dallas all week so I would love to have it here this week, but I highly doubt it.
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I've got the trek top. Looks just the same as the one from Tim. Not sure of the price difference, my trek top was 600 or so shipped. Just a heads up they get sold out quick on those also. Rough country sells them, that's where I bought mine they give military discounts.
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I've got the ORH combo top, because I like the versatility and nobody else offers a cargo top like the ORH style. However I notice a lot of people order it just the ORH fastback top which is also offered by Bestop at hundreds less. I can't tell the difference between the two from just looking at them. Is there any clear advantage to the ORH fastback top over Bestop?
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I placed my order on February 7th. I was told it would ship first week in March. I'm guessing it won't be here until April. Gonna be upper 70's in Dallas all week so I would love to have it here this week, but I highly doubt it.
When I talked to him it seemed like he was about to ship out some tops. So maybe yours was one of them.
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When I talked to him it seemed like he was about to ship out some tops. So maybe yours was one of them.
I hope so
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I'm assuming you can take all 3 panels off quickly and back on quickly? Also, I'm assuming you can take off the doors with those panels on or off?

Thanks for any help.
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Mine has shipped, but has been in customs for 10 days!! Freakin' ridiculous!!
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Mine has shipped, but has been in customs for 10 days!! Freakin' ridiculous!!
Tracking says its in Dallas. Should be delivered today or Monday. Gonna be 85* both days so should be a great time to install.
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I guess I just don't really understand the fast-back top. It seems that you'll lose a lot of cargo space with it. I go camping in the summer and can't afford to lose any space. Is it just the look that you guys go for or is there a functional reason that I'm missing?
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I guess I just don't really understand the fast-back top. It seems that you'll lose a lot of cargo space with it. I go camping in the summer and can't afford to lose any space. Is it just the look that you guys go for or is there a functional reason that I'm missing?
I just like the look. And it makes the Jeep faster.
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I guess I just don't really understand the fast-back top. It seems that you'll lose a lot of cargo space with it. I go camping in the summer and can't afford to lose any space. Is it just the look that you guys go for or is there a functional reason that I'm missing?
I'm with you. Not a fan of the looks or lost cargo space. I'll stick with my factory top.
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I've got the ORH combo top, because I like the versatility and nobody else offers a cargo top like the ORH style. However I notice a lot of people order it just the ORH fastback top which is also offered by Bestop at hundreds less. I can't tell the difference between the two from just looking at them. Is there any clear advantage to the ORH fastback top over Bestop?
I think you've asked this question a couple times, and nobody's answered it. Might be confusing your post with others on here, but...

I've seen both the ORH (on my Jeep) and the Trektop NX side-by-side. You're right about he visual differences...they're minimal, at best. What I like about the ORH is that I can run it in so many different configurations; I think you get that with both, but the ORH doesn't give you the Sunrider capability.

As far as I'm concerned, the ORH hardware is superior...how it attaches to the Jeep, and the overall sturdiness of the various installed panels. I'm not 100% sure of the NX, but I believe it takes front, middle, rear and side tensioning bows. The ORH has none of that (at least as an added component).

You can roll the ORH segments up fairly easily, in the fastback configuration, anyway. Not sure if you can do the same for the NX, though I believe it's portable. Maybe somebody who has an NX top can chime in...

As an owner of the ORH fastback, I'm biased, but as far as I'm concerned, both the quality of the materials and the simplicity of installation/removal are better.

Which they should be, given the price difference between the two.

Obviously, this isn't a scientific comparison. But I can tell you, my buddy with the NX seemed to think my ORH top was pretty cool. Then again, his top looked good to me, as well.

Maybe it simply comes down to a matter of preference.
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I think you've asked this question a couple times, and nobody's answered it. Might be confusing your post with others on here, but...

I've seen both the ORH (on my Jeep) and the Trektop NX side-by-side. You're right about he visual differences...they're minimal, at best. What I like about the ORH is that I can run it in so many different configurations; I think you get that with both, but the ORH doesn't give you the Sunrider capability.

As far as I'm concerned, the ORH hardware is superior...how it attaches to the Jeep, and the overall sturdiness of the various installed panels. I'm not 100% sure of the NX, but I believe it takes front, middle, rear and side tensioning bows. The ORH has none of that (at least as an added component).

You can roll the ORH segments up fairly easily, in the fastback configuration, anyway. Not sure if you can do the same for the NX, though I believe it's portable. Maybe somebody who has an NX top can chime in...

As an owner of the ORH fastback, I'm biased, but as far as I'm concerned, both the quality of the materials and the simplicity of installation/removal are better.

Which they should be, given the price difference between the two.

Obviously, this isn't a scientific comparison. But I can tell you, my buddy with the NX seemed to think my ORH top was pretty cool. Then again, his top looked good to me, as well.

Maybe it simply comes down to a matter of preference.
Looking forward to all of this about the ORH top. Can you do something about this Wisconsin weather? I want to install the damn thing.

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