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Old 02-13-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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bestop supertop vs trek top nx or maybe softtopper

my jeep only has a hard top right now and i know with summer i will want to get a soft top and i cant decide if i want to have the factory style support bars or not. what are the advantages one way or the other. i know i like the bestop over supertopper because of the factory style door surrounds and windshield attachment. is one better than the other and for what reasons like storage when down or for offr oading or..... not sure what to get

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Old 02-13-2014, 06:37 PM   #2
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Softopper has two different tops for the TJs. If you don't have factory soft top door surrounds you can get the top with the metal door surrounds from Softopper and they take a little adjusting to get a proper seal, but not too difficult. If it makes a difference, Softopper is made in the USA. I believe Softopper is less expensive too, even if you get tinted windows. I can say the Softopper is a high quality top and can be rolled up for storage in the back off the Jeep if you want topless and can be put on in a few minutes. Softopper has a loft to store the windows if you want to go with a safari top configuration, I don't know if the Trektop offers that. I don't have experience with the Bestop Trektop NX, but I will say I like the sunrider feature and the factory style door surrounds that come with it. I guess the best suggestion is to look at Softopper's website, watch the videos on the site. YouTube has some installation videos for the Trektop, so you can see how each top will look on a TJ. I don't think you will go wrong with either one, just a matter of personal preference.

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I have a softopper that will be starting its 4th summer when it comes out of the attic this spring. It still looks great and is super easy to put on and take off.
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I have locked at all three and love the Made in America but not sure on how it attaches to the wind sheild . I also want to know a downside to a top like the trektop nx verses a full framed soft top. I have had factory soft top tjs before and loved them but not an lj till now
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X3 on Softtopper

I use mine year round and love it. I have the newer version that came out last summer (LJ-02) and it works with the Factory Surrounds. IMHO it looks a little cleaner then the ones they provide with the original and you don't have to worry about adjusting for the fit around the doors.

Tinted windows, storage, ease on/off, fit, all are excellent. Customer Service is awesome as well.

One thing I really love is the way they work. All the panels are done with Velcro and zippers. So you can adjust for a supper snug fit by adjusting where the Velcro lines up on the roof panel. Then zip it all up.

On off times(windows only): Off in under 2 minutes, On in about 3-4 - and I can do it in the dark. The top itself takes about 2 minutes on or off.

Plus no dang hardware to deal with! It was always a long stretch with my factory soft top and my LJ to reach that front window.

Oh and price...Excellent value compared to other ones out there
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Another vote for the Softopper. I've got the TJ02, and I can have it off in about 5 - 6 minutes, including the door surrounds. I can stash the entire top, including door surrounds and upper doors in the back (I've got the back seat stored in the garage) and can reinstall it in about 10 minutes, including the door surrounds. If I leave the door surrounds on, then drop on/off times by about 2 - 3 minutes.

The only complaint I've had about it is that the rear straps will loosen at highway speeds after a few hours. Not a big deal.

For 123buster, the Softopper uses a Bestop header bar to attach. It has a plastic belt like the side windows that slips under the header bar's opposite lip, or channel. Bolts on using the stock clamp holes.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:26 PM   #7
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Softopper. I keep mine on year round. No problem staying warm and dry in rainy Oregon. I usually leave the top on, but the windows come on and off in less than 5 minutes.

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ok softtopper it is i just need factory door surrounds, thats the only way i would do it . are the tj and lj door surrounds the same? any one have some they want to part with thanks
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ok softtopper it is i just need factory door surrounds, thats the only way i would do it . are the tj and lj door surrounds the same? any one have some they want to part with thanks
The door surrounds are the same for TJs or LJs.
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I'm trying to decide this right now too. I have two hang-ups. 1) The trektop nx has the sunrider feature. 2) Do I really need tinted windows? And I guess black or charcoal on a khaki LJ? Argh!!
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the trektop nx also comes with factory style door surrounds where the softtopper doesn't which is why the trektop nx is more appealing but softtopper has such a high recommendation . then what about the full frames. just to big a pain in the a$$ or are they easier
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I'm trying to decide this right now too. I have two hang-ups. 1) The trektop nx has the sunrider feature. 2) Do I really need tinted windows? And I guess black or charcoal on a khaki LJ? Argh!!

The Softopper comes in 4 colors, all sail cloth. I wouldn't let the sunrider feature worry me any, you can have the safari part of the Softopper on or off in a couple of minutes, probably as fast as the sunrider. Check out the videos...

http://www.softopper.com/jeep-wrange...p-details.aspx

They dropped the white, so now only 3 colors.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:32 PM   #13
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Pulled the trigger on the Bestop. Hopefully it will be here before the rain starts. I have two holes from a tree branch in my current top with a little Kentucky chrome helping out.
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I'll be buying a Softtopper in the spring. I haven't been impressed with the quality of Bestop.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:48 PM   #15
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Pulled the trigger on the Bestop. Hopefully it will be here before the rain starts. I have two holes from a tree branch in my current top with a little Kentucky chrome helping out.

let me know how this turns out
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My trektop nx has been great! Been using it all winter and stay more than warm. It seems to be of good quality. I really like the factory door surrounds. It keeps out water WAY better than my hardtop (leaked like crazy through back window area). I think it looks the best too out of all the tops!
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The only downside I see with the Bestop is there is no place for the windows if you take them out. Both Softopper and Rampage have a storage loft for the windows.
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With the factory windows, I rolled them up and put them in the back. Or just left them in the garage during nice stretches of weather, next to the doors.
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This is the exact discussion I have been having. I have a 2006 TJ with only a hard top and the full steel doors. Over the last month I have been reading all I can about these tops. I am leaning towards the Softtopper and my main reasons are price, comes with all the extras that I don't have with my current hard top, shipping to Alaska seems cheaper than going with others, and I have heard people say it is easier to fit than the others - less stretching. This last point is important because I live in Alaska and the other tops say they need to be warmed in the sun (>70 degrees F) to put on. Well, that is not going to happen until late June.

One thing I have not figured out yet is - do you have to take off all the hardware (windshield header, rails, tail gate thing, etc,) when you put the hardtop back on?
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The hardware stays on the soft top when it comes off.
I went with the bestop because of free shipping ($35 w/softopper), tinted windows were included ($45) and the sunrider feature (no option). By the time you add everything up, there was $5 difference. That was just my reasoning. Tinted windows may not be your thing.
You might just be better off with a bikini top.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:06 PM   #21
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My vote is for the softopper.
I've owned both the Tj model and the LJ02 model currently.
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I have a Supertop. Love it. I can take it down in about 10 minutes, put it back up in around 15.
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Still waiting for Trektop NX

So, I had a buddy at my house, the weather was nice (live in south Florida), we pulled off the hardtop, and then I ordered the Trektop, only to find out they were back ordfered for 2 weeks (should be here any minute). Bestop has storage bag for the windows, and I bought those with it, as you have to do something with the windows.
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The hardware stays on the soft top when it comes off. I went with the bestop because of free shipping ($35 w/softopper), tinted windows were included ($45) and the sunrider feature (no option). By the time you add everything up, there was $5 difference. That was just my reasoning. Tinted windows may not be your thing. You might just be better off with a bikini top.
Thanks for the information. I might have to re-think things a bit if you have to unscrew the windshield header to put the hard top back on. I called about shipping the Bestop to Alaska because the free shipping does not apply for AK and HI and it was cheaper to have the Softtopper sent from Colorado to Ak. Three different online retailers, that I called, who offer free shipping did not offer a discounted rate, to ship to AK, when you order over their limit for free shipping to the lower 48. That and the overall lower cost of the Softtopper is leading me in that direction.
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The header snaps on and off like the factory soft top. Only have to screw it on once.
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This is the exact discussion I have been having. I have a 2006 TJ with only a hard top and the full steel doors. Over the last month I have been reading all I can about these tops. I am leaning towards the Softtopper and my main reasons are price, comes with all the extras that I don't have with my current hard top, shipping to Alaska seems cheaper than going with others, and I have heard people say it is easier to fit than the others - less stretching. This last point is important because I live in Alaska and the other tops say they need to be warmed in the sun (>70 degrees F) to put on. Well, that is not going to happen until late June.

One thing I have not figured out yet is - do you have to take off all the hardware (windshield header, rails, tail gate thing, etc,) when you put the hardtop back on?
I installed my Softopper when it was about 60 degrees out. The only thing that was really tight and gave me any trouble was the sides of the back window. Getting the zippers hooked up and zipped was a bear. Other than that, no problems.

As far as the hardware goes, you'll have to pull the header bar (couple of bolts/nuts for those) and remove the door surrounds, again, should only be a couple of bolts/nuts per side. I'm not sure about the tailgate bar clips, but if you do that's only a couple of screws per side.
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:00 PM   #27
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I did a bunch of research on soft tops recently as well. Final decision was Softopper and I am very pleased. Had to go with the TJ01 because I didn't have door surrounds, etc. Went up very easy last week and it sat in the sun while putting on the hardware...no problems with the fit at all. Noise at 60mph was fine...no flapping at all. So I say go with Softopper...made in USA, so that is a big plus for me.

I do have a question for all you Softoppers. Anyone with this top have Safari Straps? I have spoken to both Safari Straps and Softopper and it seems I can't keep cargo net on while soft top is on because cargo net attaches to a tailgate bar which will interfere with the TJ01 soft top. Safari Straps suggested a Bestop tailgate bar, but I thought this would interfere with soft top and Softopper agrees. Softopper suggested rigging something for the cargo nets. Anyone else run into this problem? If so, what was your solution? Thanks.
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Simple solution seems to be that when you have the softtopper completely on, you attach it to the tail gate bar leaving your cargo net un attached in the rear. When you run your softtopper in safari mode you can attach the cargo net to the tail gate bar.

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