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Old 08-04-2012, 08:51 AM   #61
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I must have ordered at the perfect time. Roughly 4 1/2 weeks from order to delivery. I called once to check up and heard back next day. It was in the post 2 days later. A week to ship to ontario. Instructions were pretty awful but its not overly complex. It did take 6 hours to get the top two pieces on. Very tight even on a really hot day. My situation was complicated working over a dirty dog netting so lots of messing around because of that. Waited a week before putting on the sides and back. Again ultra tight. Almost standing on the roof to get it back on. Wish the rear and sides were removable. Without taking the top section off though as it was a hell of a job. I can only hope it will give in time. One weird side effect . Louder with sides and back on than without. Getting a loud drumming vibration. Again id guess that will subside when the canvas gives. Overall its awesome. Powerwashed this afternoon and not a drip
Now that it's been a month, how's this top holding up?

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Old 08-05-2012, 06:20 AM   #62
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Im running with the rear window out now. Within about two weeks it was much easier to take sections on or off. Noise issue is greatly improved. As the fabric eased a bit i found that the seam at the header needed moved round the bar as it had been too tight initially and this was sticking up. The source of a lot of noise. Did have one leak. Had sat in rain overnight and i think accumulated in the channel between front and rear row seats. When i drove off and cornered it ran down inside. I think coming through the bolt holes where the channel bar is held on. For me not a problem as im about to move somewhere that is not really a problem. Id see two easy solutions. Park at a slight side angle. Or , a couple of grommits in the holes. Either way, im loving the top. Very distinctive. Mixit with my red dirty dog netting and its perfect for me. Will post a pic soon

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Old 08-05-2012, 08:00 AM   #63
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Im running with the rear window out now. Within about two weeks it was much easier to take sections on or off. Noise issue is greatly improved. As the fabric eased a bit i found that the seam at the header needed moved round the bar as it had been too tight initially and this was sticking up. The source of a lot of noise. Did have one leak. Had sat in rain overnight and i think accumulated in the channel between front and rear row seats. When i drove off and cornered it ran down inside. I think coming through the bolt holes where the channel bar is held on. For me not a problem as im about to move somewhere that is not really a problem. Id see two easy solutions. Park at a slight side angle. Or , a couple of grommits in the holes. Either way, im loving the top. Very distinctive. Mixit with my red dirty dog netting and its perfect for me. Will post a pic soon
Dying to see the Dirty Dog netting setup. I was considering a spiderweb shade, but with the one piece screen going over the center channel, it doesn't look like you can drive with the soft top on.

You could probably fix the bolt hole issue with rubber washers.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:54 AM   #64
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I noticed Tim updated his website to say "2013 soft top" now, but it looks the same. I notice that the cargo top isn't even offered anymore. Maybe he's updating it again?
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just got my top in the mail, just gotta wait the long 4 hours to get off work and get home to put it on
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:50 PM   #66
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just got my top in the mail, just gotta wait the long 4 hours to get off work and get home to put it on
Much easier to do if the top's good and warm. I did mine in my garage in winter when it was in the teens or something...even with a space heater in the garage, I suffered. Terribly.

Looks damn good once it's on, though.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:46 AM   #67
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wtf. are those directions written by a 3rd grader or what? he was all over the place. i put the front part of the top on, then it said the middle, but if you do the middle you cant get the rear part on. so i had to take the middle off just to put on the rear. hope its worth all this trouble. have to slam the rear drivers side door to get it to shut properly but other than that it looks pretty good. we'll see on the drive in to work how well it holds up. but here are some pics of it up, i'll try and post better ones tomorrow
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:50 AM   #68
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I got mine and put it on last weekend. Despite the poor instructions, I actually was able to follow them ok when putting everything on the Jeep. Looks great. I have the dual top and started with the fast back. Took 7.5 hours in direct sun on a 88 degree day. I swear I was stretching that thing like 3 inches. Front bikini went on fine. Side windows were a lot of work. Rear window not so bad. Rear bikini finally had me on top the Jeep before I could finish it up.

Love the distinctive look and versatility. Much louder than my OEM soft top though. Doors are a little harder to close. Leaks like siv. Granted we've ben getting non-stop driving rain everyday, but I get water dribblage down the front doors and got off work to fine the entire center bar full on raining.

Not sure how that was possible, but I assume the center channel cannot shed water to the sides fast enough as there is no angle to the center bar till the last 4 in or so. When water fills the channel completely, it just flows up and over the sides. Next day I added washers to one side only which created a small angle. Next hard rain (after about 8 hours of driving rain) it was bone dry except for some drips toward the lower end and soaked rollbar cover on that side which I kinda expected. Water was all contained on the slush mat. Front doors however were a different story since I can't figure out to completely close out and seal the area between the header and side bars. Front bikini covers it but there is nothing to compress the seal.

I think I'm going to save this top for dryer seasons. I still can't wait to put on the cargo top and rock that for about a week or so when I get back home. After that, OEM top is going on for awhile. It's easier for me to put up and down and is much quieter and leak free. My ORH top makes the Jeep sound like I'm driving a backhoe at interstate speeds.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:50 AM   #69
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havent got to test mine in the rain yet, but going from a 97 tj soft top to this one its an improvement. doubt i'll be taking pieces off and on much with it though. right now seems like to much of a hassle. but oh well, at least it looks good
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havent got to test mine in the rain yet, but going from a 97 tj soft top to this one its an improvement. doubt i'll be taking pieces off and on much with it though. right now seems like to much of a hassle. but oh well, at least it looks good
I will say that after a few days the pieces do get much easier to remove and replace. When I did my washer shim mod, I popped both bikinis off in less than a minute and had them back on just as quick. I expected to be on top the Jeep again. An added benefit of this style top is that you can remove and replace the whole thing in your garage. My OEM top hits the roof when I try and lower the Sunrider portion.

I'm going to try some other configurations like trying to use the Spiderweb shade with the fastback. That way I can still have a fastback look with some open top action, but with direct sun filtered out.
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Theres anther leak prone area that isnt as obvious. Water has a tendancy to run down the zipper on the rear window on the drivers side. It then gets under the pannel and drips on this cargo tie-down in back. From there, its a straight run under the mat and into the jack well. I only noticed it because I had to get my jack out to rotate tires and the well was chuck full of water
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:46 AM   #72
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Theres anther leak prone area that isnt as obvious. Water has a tendancy to run down the zipper on the rear window on the drivers side. It then gets under the pannel and drips on this cargo tie-down in back. From there, its a straight run under the mat and into the jack well. I only noticed it because I had to get my jack out to rotate tires and the well was chuck full of water
I'll be sure to check. I also get a couple drops next to the back windows but the carpet is dry.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:15 AM   #73
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y'all know what that extra zipper piece is for? it looks like the back window but theres no actual window piece on it. it hooks into the same bolts and everything. left it off cause i had no clue what it was for.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:16 PM   #74
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y'all know what that extra zipper piece is for? it looks like the back window but theres no actual window piece on it. it hooks into the same bolts and everything. left it off cause i had no clue what it was for.
Are you talking about that long strip with half of a zipper on either side that looks like it goes over the rear bikini bolt holes? Yea I have no idea.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:43 AM   #75
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yeah, wasnt in the directions anywhere. just left it off cause i had no clue. seems to work just fine without it. rained hard last night in knoxville and no leaks so im happy
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How is it on water leaks? I was looking into this top but live in Florida where rain storms happen just about every day in the summers.

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:42 PM   #77
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My question to those who have the ORH top: is it worth the extra cash compared to the Trektop NX? It seems they are equally a p.i.t.a to install the first time
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My question to those who have the ORH top: is it worth the extra cash compared to the Trektop NX? It seems they are equally a p.i.t.a to install the first time
I've never seen the Trektop NX in person, but the reviews seem to be so so. However it looks like it incorporates the Sunrider feature which IMHO is a quicker/better design then the roll up technique required of the ORH top. The tailgate bar is also a better design. You can just pull it out, vs unscrewing a couple thumbscrews like the ORH design. I would assume the door surrounds and header bar would be a better design for keeping water out. You'll get the Bestop much quicker than ORH.

I do like the ORH top though because it's unique and hard to get. The fastback doesn't look much different then other competitors, but the cargo top has no competition. You can also incorporate thermal liners in the ORH design. I think ORH also has a flatter top.
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yeah, wasnt in the directions anywhere. just left it off cause i had no clue. seems to work just fine without it. rained hard last night in knoxville and no leaks so im happy
My closest guess is you can use that to ride with the rear window out but the side windows on.
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Installed the cargo top. I like this top much better than the fastback.
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I have a CG 2013 JKUR on the way and a Multi Top from ORH. Hopefully they arrive together, but I think I may actually see the top first. I will post pics in this thread when I get it all together!
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I know this is an old thread but it helped me pull the trigger on a fastback top. Tim had one on sale over Thanksgiving and, at $400 off, I just couldn't resist.. Got the tracking number two days ago so it will hopefully be here soon.

There's no way I'm waiting until spring to put this thing on and check it out. Its certainly not anywhere the magic 70 degree mark in NY right now so I guess I'll be doing it in my buddies heated garage. Do any of you guys think it might help to warm the fabric with a hairdryer first? The stories about putting this thing on when it's cold are a little daunting.
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I have a CG 2013 JKUR on the way and a Multi Top from ORH. Hopefully they arrive together, but I think I may actually see the top first. I will post pics in this thread when I get it all together!
Did your Jeep and top arrive? I'd be interested to see this setup.
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Did your Jeep and top arrive? I'd be interested to see this setup.
I have just gotten both. I don't have a garage, so I am deciding whether to install now or wait until spring...I will most likely do it soon.
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I have just gotten both. I don't have a garage, so I am deciding whether to install now or wait until spring...I will most likely do it soon.
Do it. Do it.
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Do it. Do it.
All my plans have been thrown in to a bit of chaos with the massive delay in getting my Jeep. I hope to start a build thread like yours soon! Mine will be slow going though, hopefully to speed up in the summer...
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You better find a garage you can get up to 80 or youll never be able to stretch the top (especially the sides) enough to get it on
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You better find a garage you can get up to 80 or youll never be able to stretch the top (especially the sides) enough to get it on
^^ This! I installed mine on a 90 degree sunny day and it was still a bear! Having said that I love my cargo top and next to my upgraded headlights its the best mod to date
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^^ This! I installed mine on a 90 degree sunny day and it was still a bear! Having said that I love my cargo top and next to my upgraded headlights its the best mod to date
Damn you and your mixed message! Awesome mod but don't do it(without 90 degree heat which I won't have).

I really want to put them on, but the weather and lack of 80-90 degree garage are conspiring against me...
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Damn you and your mixed message! Awesome mod but don't do it(without 90 degree heat which I won't have).

I really want to put them on, but the weather and lack of 80-90 degree garage are conspiring against me...
LOL hey don't let me stop you

In all honesty Tim makes these tops really tight which is good but they are definitely a little stiff the first time. I'm getting ready to take mine off and hope in the spring it is a little easier although I would rather have it tight and tough to install then loose.

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