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Old 04-07-2010, 05:09 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by chucky cheese View Post
those tops that sit on the cage look like diapers. And not too being far from wearing them myself I don't want to look at my jeep and be reminded of it!
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:17 PM   #32
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Just a thought. Bestop for winter, safari top for summer. I figure the sun is the enemy. Smittybilt cres to keep the dog in.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:13 PM   #33
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I LOVE my Viking. The way it uses the roll bar gives the top (and jeep all around) an awesome look. I love the way you can store the windows in the roof and have a safari style top. And as for noise, not bothersome at all. The only "negative" I see is that when you put it on it has to be hot out due to the very snug fit but since your in Florida I think that wouldn't be a problem... All in all, Viking all the way
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I like the Viking top and would consider it for my next top, but I sure like the sail cloth on my Unlimited. Compared to the weak think I had on my 2000 TJ, it is nice when I have to drive down the interstate and can have a conversation without yelling. But I really just with I had a hard top again.
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
From your sig, none of your Jeeps were new enough to have a top made from Bestop's Sailcloth material. There is a night and day difference between the older non-Sailcloth tops and newer Sailcloth tops that came out around 2000.

I purchased a Bestop Safari (the best quality) and it was made in China as the tag next to the Bestop tag shows. Not sure if any of their stuff is made in the US. I love the top, but just pointing out where it is made.

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search the forum, there is a thread with pics on the pavement ends top. like previously stated, you get what you pay for. the pavement ends has extra fabric around the windshield corners and the tailgate that sags.
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Originally Posted by swkenobi View Post
I purchased a Bestop Safari (the best quality) and it was made in China as the tag next to the Bestop tag shows. Not sure if any of their stuff is made in the US. I love the top, but just pointing out where it is made.

I used to worry about where stuff was made at, but since most everything is made in China now days................( yall already know)
I'd prefer things made in the USA, but since their all made in China now days all I can say is don't eat it, it might contain lead.
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:21 PM   #38
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:40 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl View Post
Bestop replace a top Sailcloth is just like your factory top. Pavement Ends is Bestops budget line... There will be a difference in weight of fabric/ noise... Why make both tops equal quality and sell one for less?.... If sun is all you are worried about going topless, then I highly recommend a SpiderWeb sun shade. I love mine, I have the SW1.
I have to agree with InfernoGirl. Epically considering your location. SpiderwebShade is made in Orlando.
The best thing about it over the other tops you are looking at, is that you don't need any kind of header bar. You can also put your soft/hard top back on right over the top without having to remove the SpiderWebShade first. This is an AWESOME feature for when those flash afternoon showers pop up as you are trying to drive home!
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I bought a Bestop Trektop a few weeks ago and love it. It comes with all hardware needed. No-drill header, door surrounds, and tailgate bar with brackets.

I have to give a big shout out to Bestop on improving their no-drill header. Used to be they had press fit nut-serts in them that if even slightly over tightened would spin and become useless. The new design...if memory serves correct has an improved nut-sert design (basically a normal 6 sided nut now) that is also welded in place. =)

However.... The back window is very small height-wise. I'm 6'1" and my rear view mirror is no longer useable past 10' or so behind my Jeep. That back window just comes down too low at the top on the TJ design. 4-door JKs though don't look to have this issue judging by the one I saw drive past the other day.

The Viking/Rampage tops look like they have a nice big rear window, but I didn't like the external straps out back and Bestop has been good to me.
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Well I actually just purchased a Rampage top and will be installing it tomorrow so I can give you a better opinion then. Viking has licensed the design to Rampage, but as a rep told me last Saturday, the companies are still working together and a sailcloth version is due to be released.

The Pavement End's comments are absolutely spot on. It's doable if you're able to rough it, but you're getting what you pay for. Extra fabric. Loose fittings. Frayed ends. If you're looking for a budget top, I've heard good things about the Smittybuilt one.

But in regards to the Rampage v Bestop, it's all up to your style and opinion. With the Rampage you do loose some headroom in the rear seat. The frameless style is different and I think a lot more aggressive. It converts to a safari top and stores the windows, a big plus in my book. The Bestop is simply a replacement top with Bestop quality. You know what you're getting is good, but what you're getting isn't very different from the regular soft top.

It's got a Willy's body, a Chevy engine, Ford axles, GM transmission, and Dodge steering components... it must be a Wrangler.
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