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Old 10-26-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Bestop Trektop reviews? Any other recommended soft tops?? Help!

I'm wondering, what is the best soft top for jeep TJs for the money? I was looking at the Bestop Trektop, does anyone have any good or bad comments about this top? Any bad reviews? I'm on a huge budget here though, so I can't afford to make mistakes. Thanks!

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i love mine on my jk

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:54 AM   #3
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i love mine on my jk
I love the fastback look, and I heard they are quieter than stock soft top on highway. Can you post some pictures?
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call chris at jeep add ons. ext 1884. love this top.




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call chris at jeep add ons. ext 1884. love this top.
Very good looking jeep man! Do you have any problem with water pooling up in the center at the top? Or does it not sag at all?
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call chris at jeep add ons. ext 1884. love this top.
I rarely like the look of the JK, but I really like what this top does for yours. Great lookin' rig!
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it does near the center on the roll bar where it attaches. but it usually blows of the back when i start moving.
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I love mine, I do get some wind noise above 60 at each corner along the windshield. Not sure how it compares to factory soft tops, I bought mine with hard top. The option of the sunrider is very nice, glad I had it during a trip to Ouray. Being able to flip back and see the mountains will driving was very nice. Storage of windows is kind of pain if need to bring them along with you. Check this thread out several comments and questions answered on the trektop. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/best...up-127226.html
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i will say the rear window is a pain in the ass to completely remove and reinstall. i usually have to take one side off a little so that the zipper will reach.
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i will say the rear window is a pain in the ass to completely remove and reinstall. i usually have to take one side off a little so that the zipper will reach.
I kinda figured that would be a pain. Thanks for the info! Very good looking JK you got there!
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Brett, take a look at the Softopper. Jeep Wrangler TJ Soft Tops | 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ Top | Softopper





Ultimately adjustable, sailcloth, made in the USA, all parts are replaceable. They have 2 versions, one for Jeeps with stock door surrounds, and one for no door surrounds. Comes with everything you need.

Mine TJ02 (for a Jeep with door surrounds) cost $550 with tinted windows, including shipping.

Very easy to install, remove, etc. Hardest part of the install was the eyebolts.
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I've never seen that top before!! That's a sweet top! Thank you! Ill look into it!
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There's a thread about Softoppers here.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/soft...il-189465.html
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There's a thread about Softoppers here.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/soft...il-189465.html
Thank you! I subscribed to it
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Love my trektop so much I sold my hard top last week. Well made.
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Love my trektop so much I sold my hard top last week. Well made.
How much did you sell the hardtop for?
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Also check out the rampage top. I love mine so far
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I have the trektop and LOVE it!

I dont know anything about the rampage, but have only heard great things about them too


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There's a thread about Softoppers here.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/soft...il-189465.html

X2 on the Softopper
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Just replaced my worn out top with a Bestop Sailcloth Replace a top. The fit is fantastic and much more quiet than the original top. Installation was a little over an hour. Could have been faster but it got cold outside and I fought with it just to get the snaps on the rear bow.
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the one thing that bugs me about the softtopper is the way the side windows are soo small. just looks kinda funky to me lol
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I haven't had any issues seeing what I need to see out of them.
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I loved the Trektop NX on my previous TJ, no issues with it at all. Currently saving up to buy one for my rubicon now.
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I just bought one and it's cool but I wish i'd gone with the Rampage because you can put the windows on the roof. the BT has no place to put them so it's kind of a pain in the rear end unless you have a garage to park it in. You also really can't get to the back seat from the rear with this top. Its a pain too. Hope this helps. The flip top is a nice feature, you can throw that back and just leave in the windows on a plus side.
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Anyone have pics of the panels off?
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Much like Nissanman1 stated above I wish I had gotten the Rampage just for the window storage alone. It is a nice soft top but I have had a few occasions that I had to keep the windows in for a trip because I had no where to put them and there was a chance of rain the next day.
As far as the fold back top goes I very rarely use it as the sun in Texas is horrible. Mostly run in Bikini through the summer. It is a very nice top though.
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Love mine, had it for two years now and I just roll up the windows and stash them in the back when I want the option of throwing them back on as necessary. Using the top as a sun runner is great.

when I first put it on:


Now


also in my avitar

you can also run with just the front and rear windows out (on beach in Louisiana this year)
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I love mine. I would say I was an early adopter of it and have no need for a factory style top anymore.








When I was shopping for mine, I didn't care for the Rampage product because it requires the 'no-drill' style header, rear tailgate bar and brackets, and OEM door surrounds, none of which come with the top. If you do not have any of those parts, by the time you buy those and the sailcloth version, you're at the same price as the Bestop (which comes will ALL needed parts).
From a financial standpoint, that puts them on an initial level playing field. The Trektop still takes the lead there though, because with all parts included with that kit, you can sell your OEM setup since NO parts are reused.

With that part looked over, the next step is evaluating the two designs.

The Bestop uses a factory style header bar which is in every way superior to the 'no-drill' header. It has the 'sunrider' feature, which is great for me in Texas where our weather can fluctuate like crazy. It can be 30* in the morning and 80* in the afternoon. A quick flip of the top, and you have the open-air experience without removing the top....flip it closed, and you're ready for the next morning.
The fit and finish of the sailcloth material is excellent as with other Bestop products.
The included bow/tension bar prevents water from pooling over the front seats.
The rear tension straps are contained on the inside, keeping one less part out of the elements. Because of this, I also feel the Trektop has cleaner lines than the Rampage.


The #1 thing people praise about the Rampage top is the window storage. I think that is probably a nice feature; however, the factory top doesn't have on-board window storage, so it's not like that is something that is 'missing' from the Trektop. It's just one feature not found on the Trektop.


The Softtopper has received positive reviews from those that have it, but the fit and finish leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. The loose material and smaller windows look like corners were cut for production.
I have not used one personally, so my thoughts on the fit and finish are just based on what I have seen in pictures. The windows however, are not proportionally and look fairly silly being that small.

Not trying to pick on Softtopper people, but regarding fit and finish, there is no way this:




Compares to this:


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