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Old 01-10-2017, 12:08 AM   #1
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Which is "better" for summer use-factory style soft top or frameless

Looking for opinions on preferred summer soft tops. Factory framed style or the frameless type and why
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Looking for opinions on preferred summer soft tops. Factory framed style or the frameless type and why
Hardtop.

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If it's a daily driver, I would get the Mopar Premium due to ease of use.

If it's a weekend toy(like mine) I would go frame less. I keep my doors off and safari top on for 7 months out of the year in Maryland and think frame less just looks better with no windows in. If you go frame less I really like the Trektop NX

As far as the hard top goes, I'm going to sell mine when it comes off this winter. It's bulky, a pain to take on and off and I would never wheel with it on, so why have it
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If it's a daily driver, I would get the Mopar Premium due to ease of use.

If it's a weekend toy(like mine) I would go frame less. I keep my doors off and safari top on for 7 months out of the year in Maryland and think frame less just looks better with no windows in. If you go frame less I really like the Trektop NX

As far as the hard top goes, I'm going to sell mine when it comes off this winter. It's bulky, a pain to take on and off and I would never wheel with it on, so why have it
I have the Bestop NX and really like it. I also wish I could sell the hard top but I am constantly going through the car wash in the winter months. I don't want to ruin the soft top windows.
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I went through this debacle last year, and I may be able to help lol!
If you want to be topless all the time get the OEM soft top. If you prefer safari style go Trektop. It doesn't fold down like the OEM top.

Or!!! Wait for the Trektop Glide, which will fold a the way down and will be zipperless.

I picked up a 2007 never used OEM soft top for $350. It was missing one part. When it wears out I want the Trektop Glide. When it's 70 or above I need topless and my Spydershade. I hate having a top on. I keep my hard top only for winter.


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I love the factory soft top for 3 main reasons:

1) We get a ton of warm weather here, but rainstorms are a frequent threat. Most of the time I just flip back the front section of the top into Sunrider mode and flop the rear window into the rear cargo area. When I get to work, I zip the rear window back up and flop the top back down. (I don't relatch it it, so I can very quickly open up again for the ride home.)

2) I have 2 big dogs who ride with me a lot. I got a spare set of windows, cut out the plastic and wove a webbing of paracord through them. The dogs can ride back there and get a ton of fresh air but no direct sun beating on them. Meanwhile, I'm up front enjoying open air in Sunrider mode.

3) Lots more stackable cargo room. Comes in handy for beach trips.
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I use the Offroad Hero framless top in the summer with no rear windows and a tonneau cover over the back. I have waterproof seat covers on so I'm not worried about the back seat getting wet if it rains. With the ORH top I can take off just the top from the back seat or just over the front depending on if I have the dog / kid with me. I put the stock soft top back on for the winter because the ORH top doesn't seal really well over the doors to keep the cold out.
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I went through this debacle last year, and I may be able to help lol!
If you want to be topless all the time get the OEM soft top. If you prefer safari style go Trektop. It doesn't fold down like the OEM top.

Or!!! Wait for the Trektop Glide, which will fold a the way down and will be zipperless.

I picked up a 2007 never used OEM soft top for $350. It was missing one part. When it wears out I want the Trektop Glide. When it's 70 or above I need topless and my Spydershade. I hate having a top on. I keep my hard top only for winter.


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Any more info somewhere about this Trektop Glide??
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You know I'm ok with the side windows. I hate zipping up the rear.

We're moving to AZ in spring. I may sell the Hard top before the journey. I hate having it on.. driving dynamics and all!


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I'd be hesitant to buy the glide. I the only thing I hate about my NX is sliding the back window in that channel. 50% of the time it's super easy, the other 50% it involves vulgar language and a cigarette.

I definitely don't want to have the same issues with the side windows which zip in effortlessly every time
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I'd be hesitant to buy the glide. I the only thing I hate about my NX is sliding the back window in that channel. 50% of the time it's super easy, the other 50% it involves vulgar language and a cigarette.

I definitely don't want to have the same issues with the side windows which zip in effortlessly every time


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I'd be hesitant to buy the glide. I the only thing I hate about my NX is sliding the back window in that channel. 50% of the time it's super easy, the other 50% it involves vulgar language and a cigarette.
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I have a Trektop NX and really like it, it's very versatile and was a lot cheaper than a regular soft top. It's a normal soft top with windows in, bikini top with windows out plus the sunrider or any other combo. You can take the whole thing off too but it's a chore. During the summer I run it most of the time with the windows out, no doors so it's nice to have some shade with the bikini top.

That being said it's not as easy to just go topless like a regular top or have it where you can just throw up the top if it rains and it covers the cargo area without the windows unlike the NX. It definitely takes a bit more planning and checking the weather or having a trail cover handy with the NX if you leave the windows out all the time like I do. Pretty much every day possible I ran no doors and bikini top but covered it up every night with my trail cover, a bit more work but worth it to me. There are times I wouldn't mind have the stock top though.
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You can take the whole thing off too but it's a chore. That being said it's not as easy to just go topless like a regular top or have it where you can just throw up the top if it rains and it covers the cargo area without the windows unlike the NX.
THIS....

Is why I am leaning towards an OEM Soft top..
I want to leave work, put the WHOLE top down like a convertible.

I like the fastback look much better, but the above mentioned lack of functionality and ease is pointing me away.
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Does the supertop nx fold down like the OEM softtop, all the way down to the tailgate?
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Does the supertop nx fold down like the OEM softtop, all the way down to the tailgate?


Yes it should. The Trektop NX does not


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I went through this debacle last year, and I may be able to help lol!
If you want to be topless all the time get the OEM soft top. If you prefer safari style go Trektop. It doesn't fold down like the OEM top.

Or!!! Wait for the Trektop Glide, which will fold a the way down and will be zipperless.

I picked up a 2007 never used OEM soft top for $350. It was missing one part. When it wears out I want the Trektop Glide. When it's 70 or above I need topless and my Spydershade. I hate having a top on. I keep my hard top only for winter.


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This is the correct answer. I run Trektop NX bikini no windows and a cargo cover all spring, summer and fall. I only zip up windows in real bad rain.
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My wife's Rubi has the factory soft top. It's great, but I want the Trektop NX Glide when it comes out. It has the fastback look, zipper less windows and will fold back up if the rain comes in.
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I wanted a frameless fastback style top when I bought my JK Unlimited, couldn't pass up a steal on a factory top on craigslist though. I like knowing I have at least the top with me at all times 'just in case' but still being easy to drop completly down.
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Deciding whether you want to have bikini top or completely topless can help you in choosing the perfect soft top.
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Just bought a 2011 Rubicon, used of course. Has a hard top, are they a pain to remove?

I'm also in the market for a soft top, not sure what route to go. We have frequent rain storms and putting the bestop soft top on and off constantly gets old (on my 98 TJ wrangler). Hoping there's a nice quick top I can purchse that'll allow me to go from complete freedom/opened up to "oh shit rain storm put the top on quick" mode.
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Deciding whether you want to have bikini top or completely topless can help you in choosing the perfect soft top.
I would most often pull the windows and leave the top most part on bikini style. Prob use the sun rider type feature too if the top has it
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Just bought a 2011 Rubicon, used of course. Has a hard top, are they a pain to remove?

I'm also in the market for a soft top, not sure what route to go. We have frequent rain storms and putting the bestop soft top on and off constantly gets old (on my 98 TJ wrangler). Hoping there's a nice quick top I can purchse that'll allow me to go from complete freedom/opened up to "oh shit rain storm put the top on quick" mode.


Hard top is easy especially if you have a winch


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My wife's Rubi has the factory soft top. It's great, but I want the Trektop NX Glide when it comes out. It has the fastback look, zipper less windows and will fold back up if the rain comes in.
Any idea when the Trektop NX Glide is supposed to come out?
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One of the press releases I rad said spring 2017
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Nice, any recommendations on a winch or setup like yours?


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Mine is from Hoistlifts.com. Looks like it's on sale. I think I paid 295.

http://hoistlifts.com/hardtop-lift/j...ts-all-models/

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Even used it to put my new spare on lol


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