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Old 06-26-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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is anyone running a fastback style top from offroadheros.com ?there more money than the best top but im reading negative feed back on the best top leaking and hard to put on . this is for my wifes rubi and i dont what something she cant put up herself if the need be. it has the freedom top on now.any help guys/girls would be great.

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Old 06-26-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:53 AM   #4
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I have the sunrider stock soft top. I've heard all kinds of reviews of this top. Mine doesn't leak. I am careful taking it down and putting it up to not cause problems with the "seals". I take it down and put up by myself but I am 6 feet tall and can do it from outside the jeep. I have seen posts from shorter people who, because of being height challenged, put the top up from inside the jeep but are still able to do it themselves. I have the four door so there is more top to have to deal with. Still not an issue. It probably takes me more time than if my jeep were a two door.

Now, what I think one really has to decide with respect to the top is what is the desired end result that is expected from a top. There are all sorts of choices out there regarding how much of the jeep is covered by the top. This decision about how much of the jeep to cover up may be decided by the weather in your area. In Arizona I might have chosen to just take the top off and use the jeep like that around town. I live in New England and it rains a lot in the summer. My top covers the whole jeep and I am satisfied with that. Some jeepers take the carpets out and cover only part of the top as in bikini top and don't care about how wet the rear part of the jeep gets. In some cases I see jeepers not only with bikini top but also with the doors off whipping down the highway in the rain with all that spray flying everywhere. I see bikini tops on cold mornings as well. The jeepers have to dress the part for whatever the weather is. Maybe these folks are just the outdoors type and can tolerate this well. I may give this a whirl at some time during my ownership and this is one of the beauty things about owning a jeep is the variety of ways to use it regarding just the top. For right now while my jeep is new, I am living life conservatively with it. Can't afford to bed line coat the inside yet so I'm pretty much keeping it dry. That is one of the modifications that I am looking forward to doing so that I don't worry so much about getting it wet inside.

As the jeep approaches end of warranty for things like the top sealing to the body, I will be paying attention to any leaks that spring up. I expect this to happen. Anybody that owns a rag top vehicle has to deal with leaks as they occur. It is a continuing process. With as many surfaces that there are to seal on the jeep, you can expect that there will be challenging leaks to deal with as the jeep gets older. This forum and others will have many good suggestions for taking care of leaks on the top. One of the main suggestions that I would have for both hard top and soft top owners is to keep the seals clean. I have been currently using Turtle Wax Ice interior cleaner to clean the seals and this works very well. It appears to lubricate them as it cleans them and when both mating surfaces are cleaned with this stuff it seems to seal very well. This is just a maintenance item and can be done in your spare time. You don't even need water to do it, just a cleaning cloth. I usually do it while waiting for my son while he is at practice for sports. I just try and work this into my busy schedule. I keep cleaning stuff in the jeep to keep it working well. Other jeepers just have fun with the jeep and ignore the leaks. Whatever turns your crank is what I say. Decide what makes you happy regarding maintenance.

Good luck with your choices for the top.
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I would think that a frameless top would be more difficult, rather than less for a person of smaller stature to install alone. The bows offer support for the fabric/weight of the top during installation. With a frameless top the entire top is removed to be topless, and therefore, the entire top must be installed to cover back up. Read some of the threads on here for the other frameless tops, regarding installation and watch some youtubes about it.. I know nothing of the offroad heros top, so I may be wrong about any part of this...

If she only really needs protection from elements when it's parked you should definitely get a Bestop Trail cover. They are easy to install, alone, and remarkable at keeping the inside dry during a deluge!

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her rubi is a daily driver and here in pa seems like the sun doesnt shine for more than a couple days at best. so a full coverage top is needed and thats fairly easy for her to put up by herself when shes at work and its raining when shes leaving.(jeep sits under cover at her job) we like the look of the fastback style tops over just a normal run of the mill factory soft top.
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Ok- this top has been talked to death on both JKO and (evil!) JK-F. Their tech support SUCKS, and there's a 2-3 month lead time for their ever-so-spendy top, BUT those that have them love them.
Personally, I'm not too keen on them- sent them 2 e-mails over the past 2 months, zero replies- not cool- Mark W.
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her rubi is a daily driver and here in pa seems like the sun doesnt shine for more than a couple days at best. so a full coverage top is needed and thats fairly easy for her to put up by herself when shes at work and its raining when shes leaving.(jeep sits under cover at her job) we like the look of the fastback style tops over just a normal run of the mill factory soft top.
I agree with you on that, I was just trying to point out the disadvantages of the bowless top. Being a rather small woman myself, I try to look at all aspects of the design before making my decision.
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Make sure you "calibrate" online feedback. We sell a hundred times more tops than some of the little players. You will see more negative feedback on us. Not trying to say anything negative about our competition - some of these guys seem to be pretty clever. And the awesome thing about the Wrangler World is the huge range of choices we all have.

That range causes some confusion. Same as when I'm sent to the grocery store to buy coffee and there's a giant row full of too many choices.
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how would i know im getting the latest updated version of your trek top to hopefully minimize the associated complaints. i am going to order one on tuesday since the hard top is off right now.i am ordering it online probably from 4WD 4wheeldrivehardware.com unless you can suggest someplace better.
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You'll not only get the latest version, you'll most likely get placed on a back order list. The Trektop, especially for 4doors, is sold out nationwide.
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ok thanks for the good news/bad news

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