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Old 06-21-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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Frameless tops

Been looking for new Soft tops. You guys having any luck using any of the frameless tops? Which ones? just seems they might be less trouble than those with frames.

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Old 06-21-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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Many have both the Bestop and Rampage frameless tops. Ease of use depends on what you plan to do with it. If you want to run safari style (windows out, top up) then they're great. If you want to run topless often then a top with a frame is much easier to live with.

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Old 06-21-2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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One of the guys in my club has one. He got the early Bestop Trektop. He loves it, the only real complaint he has is they came out with the one you can zip the windows out of after he bought his.
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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I've got one of the new Bestop Trektop NX's and am loving it. In looking at a bunch of reviews I found that there were some issues with Rampages with water leaking through the back window. The Trektop has a lip that connects the back window to the top to eliminate this issue.
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I've got the Rampage top on my LJ and love it. I went from a hard top to this top.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:28 PM   #6
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Another happy Rampage top owner here. Either top would be a good choice.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:42 PM   #7
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Many have both the Bestop and Rampage frameless tops. Ease of use depends on what you plan to do with it. If you want to run safari style (windows out, top up) then they're great. If you want to run topless often then a top with a frame is much easier to live with.
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I have a trektop nx on my lj. Too hot in southern Louisiana for me to take the canopy off anyway so works great and fits well. The bonus with the nx is that it retains factory style hardware and has a sunrider.
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I have the rampage one. And love it!
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:30 PM   #9
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Pics vs factory. Btw another great perk is that you can add a lot more lift and still garage it. The frameless are about 4-5 inches shorter than their framed peers.
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Frameless/bowless tops are great. But you can make a really good argument for the tops with frames. Yes, the initial install is harder. BUT they are easier to lower and raise, they have more headroom, and they do work well. Dont' let that hardware scare you. Its' not that bad.

Always great to have options!
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I will say for atleast the rampage. It's very easy to break down. But kind of tedious to put on. I always have trouble getting one of the sides on due to stretching issues. Or lack of
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:21 AM   #12
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Check out the softopper frameless top as well. They come with everything you need to install the top on a vehicle that came with a hard top unlike the rampage and they are cheaper then the bestop. Plus they are the only one of the three made in the USA.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:25 AM   #13
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MY current top is a stock softy so i'm familiar with a framed top. I like that I could run it safari style and only have to attach the windows to get back on the road in bad weather. Texas sun is a beast so this is what has really drawn me to the frameless tops. keep the good news coming guys.
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I have the Bestop although I like it and also live in Louisiana and it will stay on for the summer due to the heat and frequent rain when I have to replace it I will go back to the factory soft top so I can put it up/down without having to remove the whole top and have to leave it at home. Mine is a daily driver so I need the top with me all the time, plus I work shift work and have to keep the top on due to the dew at night. Just my thoughts...
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I have the Bestop although I like it and also live in Louisiana and it will stay on for the summer due to the heat and frequent rain when I have to replace it I will go back to the factory soft top so I can put it up/down without having to remove the whole top and have to leave it at home. Mine is a daily driver so I need the top with me all the time, plus I work shift work and have to keep the top on due to the dew at night. Just my thoughts...
Yeah. They both have there pluses and minuses
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I have the Bestop although I like it and also live in Louisiana and it will stay on for the summer due to the heat and frequent rain when I have to replace it I will go back to the factory soft top so I can put it up/down without having to remove the whole top and have to leave it at home. Mine is a daily driver so I need the top with me all the time, plus I work shift work and have to keep the top on due to the dew at night. Just my thoughts...
Thats one of the reasons the Rampage is better (IMO). The windows go into a bag the neatly and safely stored in the top itself. So they are always with you. Yet take up no space.
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All you guys have great reviews on these tops. My 2000 TJ only came with a hardtop and no soft top hardware. I have read leaking issues with Rampage frameless but no issues with Bestop trektop nx so far. So would the majority of you agree to just buy a framless? Otherwise I would need hardware and a soft top? Thanks!
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All you guys have great reviews on these tops. My 2000 TJ only came with a hardtop and no soft top hardware. I have read leaking issues with Rampage frameless but no issues with Bestop trektop nx so far. So would the majority of you agree to just buy a framless? Otherwise I would need hardware and a soft top? Thanks!
My rampage doesn't leak a drop! I absolutely love it. But to each his own of course. I absolutely support a frameless.
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I keep hearing rumors that their tops turn bright pink after a few weeks in the sun. Real Barbie-doll pink. Anyone else hearing that?

Just kidding. I was just on another forum (don't want to mention names, but it rhymes with Weep Spore-um), and there's this almost squabbling fight going over our company vs the competition. Like Eagles vs Jets or something.

So I just got done typing out a long winded response about how competition is great for everyone.

This thread is more civilized with opinions, but politely stated, and supporting evidence. Weird, huh? You bunch of grownups, being all mature.

I just posted a few photos of a stack of JK Trektop NXs getting ready to ship. It's in that thread about release dates.

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I keep hearing rumors that their tops turn bright pink after a few weeks in the sun. Real Barbie-doll pink. Anyone else hearing that?

Just kidding. I was just on another forum (don't want to mention names, but it rhymes with Weep Spore-um), and there's this almost squabbling fight going over our company vs the competition. Like Eagles vs Jets or something.

So I just got done typing out a long winded response about how competition is great for everyone.

This thread is more civilized with opinions, but politely stated, and supporting evidence. Weird, huh? You bunch of grownups, being all mature.

I just posted a few photos of a stack of JK Trektop NXs getting ready to ship. It's in that thread about release dates.

We appreciate your support, and know we have to work for it! Thanks.
Haha. Glad to know where better
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I have a Rampage and had no leak issues this past winter. IG said it right, if you wanna go topless, frames may be easier. But if safari works, these are great and simple to close back up quick. Plus I just like the look
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I have a Rampage and had no leak issues this past winter. IG said it right, if you wanna go topless, frames may be easier. But if safari works, these are great and simple to close back up quick. Plus I just like the look
How's it in the winter? I just got it this spring. Idk if your somewhere with snow. But If you are how's rear window visibility with all the salty road spray sticking to it?
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Hey does anyone have the top in spice? Always wanted to see what it looks like
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Hey does anyone have the top in spice? Always wanted to see what it looks like
+1. I would like to see it also. How close is it to the stock tan color?
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I have the rampage and I love it it packs in to it self it's an extra 5 min to put on and take off I broke my zipper on the window I had the new window in 3 days and they were really easy to deal with it's just as loud as the factory top my only complaint is that it needs to be 70 degrees out to put it on or at least the first time I take my hard top off as soon as it stops snowing but that's my only complaint
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+1. I would like to see it also. How close is it to the stock tan color?
All I've seen has been black :P
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How's the noise level? Do they flap in the wind any worse than framed soft tops?
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Frameless/bowless tops are great. But you can make a really good argument for the tops with frames. Yes, the initial install is harder. BUT they are easier to lower and raise, they have more headroom, and they do work well. Dont' let that hardware scare you. Its' not that bad.

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How much less headroom is there in the front and back? Would a six foot persin be comfortsble in the front as well as have enough headroom in the back?
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How much less headroom is there in the front and back? Would a six foot persin be comfortsble in the front as well as have enough headroom in the back?
I have the rampage. It has plenty of headroom in front. I'm 6'1" and there's a solid 5" above me minimum. In the back with the top fully together yes. With just the safari top tho it's a little lacking because it tends to sag a little. The trek top with it's support bar would prob solve this tho
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