Currently I have a OEM hardtop, but I've been considering selling it and buying A Bestop Trektop NX. I only like the bowless, modular soft top designs. I normally run a smitybuilt safari bikini when I'm wheeling and on my days off work. But I'm getting tired of the hassles of constantly switching back and forth
I would get the Rampage bowless top. They're cheaper than the Bestop ones and they have about the same quality. With a bowless top you still have a metal arch that you have to put on top of the roll cage to let rain roll off. I think the Rampage top is the way to go.
I just ditched my hard top for a Trektop NX and I'm not lookin' back.
I actually only had the hard top on for like 4 days to see if I liked it since it's been in my garage ever since I got it, and to me it just wasn't worth the hassle of how much space it takes up and stuff.
We don't get enough snow or cold up here in the Northwest to warrant needing a hard top, and my old factory soft top did just fine in the cold weather so I'm sure this one will be just as good, if not better.
The Rampage top looks nice too, but the Sunrider feature for me is what sells the Trektop, even if it is more money. The window storage is nice on the Rampage one, but I doubt I'll even take my windows out much on the Trektop cause I like how they look and I don't have a backseat for passengers or anything, so I'd rather keep my cargo area covered.
since you are in Fla. i don't see the need for a hard top. my opinion though, knowing what the rain can be like in the summer i think i's personally go with a reg (frame) soft top just for the ease and convience of always having it with me just.
Well hardtop is good for security and for keeping the a/c in! I HATE the bows on a regular stop top. I also like how the top is completely modular and allows me to remove the windows and make it into a safari top
If financially possibly I recommend buying the trektop & holding onto the hardtop for awhile just to make sure. If you find your hardtop hangs in the garage for a year (like mine did) then you can sell with confidence & use the $$$ somewhere else.
As for me I love my trektop NX & I don't miss my hardtop.
Whats a fair price for a good condition hard top?
I've been looking into trading out of the HT to the Rampage frame-less...
Either way, to the OP, I've been asking myself and the forum the same question and it seems unless your dealing with a hard winter most seem to do just fine with a nice soft-top be it the Bestop or Rampage.
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I just went through this. Sold my hardtop for $1300 and bought a Trek top NX. Very nice top except mine was cut wrong so I had to send it back. To be 100% honest the whole time I regretted selling my hardtop and am looking for another. My jeep is our second vehicle so I don't. We'd a top in N.C. For most of the year
I just swapped my Trektop NX for a hardtop this morning. What a serious pain in the arse it was to take the tail gate bar on and off for my dogs to get in and out. Taking the windows out is a breeze, but putting them back on is a bit of work, though it does get easier the more you do it. I also hated how careful I had to be to not scratch the windows, especially with one of my two dogs in the rear. LOVE my hard top. Will be getting a hoist for easier removal.