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Old 08-10-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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Power Soft Top

Anyone have one of these or know what they cost:

http://www.national4wd.com/wp-conten...Power-Top2.mp4

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Old 08-10-2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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It was fake... You can see the guy on the back side to the back he was doing it.... Lol.... It would of looked better if they would of atleast put someone in the drivers seat acting like they were maybe pushing a button or something.....

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Old 08-10-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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I knew it!! Seriously though, here is what it says on the National 4x4 website:

"Were you on hand to see it live at Jeep® Beach, or have you heard all the buzz and excitement? – Rugged Ridge® debuted the first ever electric Power Top for the JK Jeep® Wrangler. No more struggling for minutes to get your soft top up when the occasional thunderstorm catches you off guard. Rugged Ridge’s patent pending design allows the top to be lowered or raised in seconds with the simple push of a button. The Power Top Kit fits all 2007-2012 four door Wranglers and comes complete with sailcloth top, power top frame, hydraulics, wiring harness and installation packet.

The Jeep® Beach launch was a huge success; Rugged Ridge has literally received thousands of inquiries concerning the top. Because of the high level of interest in the Power Top Kit Rugged Ridge is allowing customers to pre-order in advance of the approximate November delivery date. In an effort to promote fairness and allow as many customers as possible to participate in the launch, Rugged Ridge is considering limiting pre-orders. Even with the limitation Rugged Ridge expects the kits to sell out well before the November launch, so order yours today! Rugged Ridge expects to deliver 200 kits by the year’s end; and will fill orders on a first come first serve basis."
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My fault I just looked it up online... Maybe it was real.... Well maybe not that video. But I believe they have some proto-types of it already.....
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NO.
NO. As a matter of fact, I think you'd get your ass kicked around here for saying something like that.
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:54 PM   #6
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NO.
NO. As a matter of fact, I think you'd get your ass kicked around here for saying something like that.
On who's posting? Lol :-) when I first seen the video it diffently looks like someone was flipping it. So I called it FAKE! well then I googled it and they seem to be talking about coming out with it in November... I think that's kinda a cool design... However it just means more electronics to get wet or mal function and if the do use it I would hope there is a way to disengage it if the motors or anything go bad so you can still put your top up... That would be a bad day if your top was stuck down and you didn't want it down due to rain or a hurricane or snow....
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This vid does look like a fake but I've seen others that did seem legit and has been brought up before so ??
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I hope I am not ceremoniously burned at the stake for such heresy!
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NO. As a matter of fact, I think you'd get your ass kicked around here for saying something like that.

Seconded.
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All I can say is unless you're handicapped in a way that you can't remove the top on your Jeep manually, having a power top on a Jeep is my official "where I draw the line". And this is coming from a guy that will defend the factory power features on the JK.
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Surprised this is not a factory option on the all mighty 2012
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Appreciate the neo-luddism, but technology marches on!
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Here's a prior thread on the topic where it come some good discussion: (http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/rug...ts-101309.html)

FWIW (not much), my opinion was as before:

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I'm in "wait and see mode" on this. A few thoughts . . .

Even though Rugged Ridge tops aren't known to be great (leak-free/durable), I'd expect this to be very expensive. And it would be very frustrating to pay high-end top prices (Bestop+) only to get a mediocre top, even if it comes with a motor.

Beyond that, can you raise/lower the top even if the motor burns out? How much trunk space is lost? Aren't we going to miss the rear side windows? Can you replace the fabric without replacing the motor? Can you replace the motor without replacing the fabric? What (if any) safety precautions are built-in in the event my toddlers push the button?

No doubt a good idea, but I'm dubious it's going to be executed well right out of the gate . . . or perhaps ever. If they pull it off though, it'll be huge.
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Appreciate the neo-luddism, but technology marches on!
True, but some things are better left untouched.
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True, but some things are better left untouched.
Admit I had to Google that term
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True, but some things are better left untouched.
Which is why some of us buy a Jeep. Don't want power tops/windows/doors/locks/seats/mirrors/remote start/remote lock. AM/FM is fine, don't need CD/USB/Blue-anything/Synch/On-Star/Phone app. No bells/beeps/dings/whistles/cheeps/burps/farts/little flashy lights.
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some people aren't sissies, but rather would rather not fight a POS top that was made like crap. I put the POS down and it stays down till winter, the thing was breaking its very first spring and it was brand new; I don't really care but it's an issue for my bacon-winner when he forked out a lot of cash for a brand new Jeep that was made junky, a lot was skimped on and it can't be put up b/c it's totally smashed and he has a 30 minute drive to work in a suit and tie and has to show up in a bathing suit and flip flops, lol. I think the first batch was just poorly constructed and I don't feel I should have to replace a brand new JKU soft top at one or two years old.... My post reads VERY whiney, in itself it's not an issue but for what we paid it could have been made better. whatever though, we'll drive the crap outta it and then let the mods begin
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Oh yeah, about to hit the road for two weeks of driving, camping etc. would love to have the top down but two things 1- last time we did this we did it for a week with no top or doors and it's not the best fun to be driving/camping and in a nasty storm with lightening all around and the top is so smashed up it takes an afternoon to piece it back together! Has no one else had this problem with their top falling to pieces?

ETA - my feeling is that the four door is just too darn loooong....
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Which is why some of us buy a Jeep. Don't want power tops/windows/doors/locks/seats/mirrors/remote start/remote lock. AM/FM is fine, don't need CD/USB/Blue-anything/Synch/On-Star/Phone app. No bells/beeps/dings/whistles/cheeps/burps/farts/little flashy lights.
I think it's better to be a man that loves bells and whistles but by no means needs them. Meaning I'd like it but I'm poor. Also iPhone plug is the greatest thing ever to happen to vehicles!
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I think it's better to be a man that loves bells and whistles but by no means needs them.
Well put! I'll say, my husband likes the extras but doesn't need them. He gave in and finally started driving my YJ some time back (he didn't think it was slick like his JK) and then guess what, he was driving the YJ a lot more. There's something nice about simplicity! but for now, it sits unhappy in the driveway... waiting for some TLC
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some people aren't sissies, but rather would rather not fight a POS top that was made like crap.

Think about the shape of the top and the angles it has to make, how it hast to attach and where it has to attempt to seal water out. It's a wonder it works as well as it does!! Soft tops aren't supposed to be square, but I think Jeep pulled it off pretty well.
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Yeah, I get it but that's why I later said I think the JKU is just too darn long. I was the main driver the first year and was super duper careful with the top and it was just trouble. Just throwing the experiences out there, not hating on my end, we do love it
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It's a marvel of modern engineering that you can even have a soft top on the Unlimited, lol.
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It's a marvel of modern engineering that you can even have a soft top on the Unlimited, lol.
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“There's something nice about simplicity!”

There’s a lot to be said for simplicity, mostly much easier and cheaper to fix when it breaks.

As for the long Jeeps (Unlimiteds / JKU’s) with soft tops, I’d rather not think about the frame construction, with all the bars, joints, and pieces. That is some design work.

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