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Old 12-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Rampage Bowless - Any reasons not to get?

Hey All,

Got some cash and Amazon gift cards for Christmas and I need a new top. Pretty set on the Rampage Bowless with Tinted windows. Any of you have any reasons I should NOT get this top? I live in SoCal and go Safari Style most of the summer so it seems like it would be perfect for me. But just looking for any horror stories about the top or any reasons you totally love the top.

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Old 12-25-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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We have it on our Rubicon. I love it and my wife doesn't. It came on ours when we bought the Jeep so I am probably going to end up buying an OEM soft top in the future. Everyone that we talk to about our Jeep loves the look so maybe my wife will come around.

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Old 12-25-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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I hear great things about it. I have the Bestop Trektop NX, and the rampage top is considered just as good. I love the frameless top, so I think you will be very happy with it.
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Talking about this one?


I love it!

I have no complaints, but some things that may bother others are...
It makes the rear seat feel a bit cramped as it follows the roll bar line instead of extending past them.
At certain speeds with the windows opened just the right amount there is a flapping against the two fiberglass support rods, not a big deal and if it really bothers you there is a $40 solution. (Skid Row Top Prop)
When you want to remove the whole top you have to remove the whole top. There is no folding it back, you take it completely off. Good thing is that it all fits into a provided storage bag that can be shoved behind the back seat or in a closet.


On the good side, it has a storage bag built in for when you take the windows out, the safari mode is nice, it looks bad ass and you can even make a Smittybilt C-Res fit with it so you can have that open feel but still have some security while out shopping or hauling around the family dog.


I love the top and when it wears out I will get another one.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:27 PM   #5
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I have it and enjoy it. Great as a safari top. No complaints
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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Lol same situation with me, was going to post a thread but thanks for doing my worl for me
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:40 AM   #7
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I hear great things about it. I have the Bestop Trektop NX, and the rampage top is considered just as good. I love the frameless top, so I think you will be very happy with it.
Hi 4wheelin, just purchased the Trektop NX for my 06 LJ. Read some posts about it being a beast to install. What was your experience?
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It's amazing, buy it!
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #9
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Dragonii, that just looks bada$$... with the c res..
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:59 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone. Your comments pretty much sealed the deal. Just good to hear from people that have actually used a product before buying. Thanks again.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:22 PM   #11
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Here's another thread about this. Has some more viewpoints for you to look at. =)
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:30 AM   #12
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Ha. I saw that today as well!

Glad Im not the only one.

Basically the only drawback I see is the time it takes to take the top competely off and put it back on, which after watching videos doesnt seem that bad. But I don't see my self doing that all that much. My oem frame top is probably way more of a PITA, blech.... Really like the idea of the overhead and window storage areas too.

Thanks!
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Thanks everyone. Your comments pretty much sealed the deal. Just good to hear from people that have actually used a product before buying. Thanks again.
Agreed. Mines in the mail.
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I hear good and bad things about this top on other forums...

I have Softopper for certain reasons but make sure you do your research on all the bowless tops before you decide.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:04 PM   #15
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I bought the bestop frameless and now wish i'd purchased the rampage. It has a place on the roof to put your windows. the Bestop does not.
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Yeah. The window storage was def a selling point for me.
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I'm saving for the Softtopper..

Just that you dont have to remove and re-strap the rear roof strap every time you take the windows off is a big plus for me, less wear and tear.
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I love mine... had mine on for about 3 months now. Its alot quieter than the stock frame top. The rampage top doesn't flap and slap the frame like the stock one did. As for removal and re-install..... takes me 3-4 minutes to get off and stored and the same to get it back on. One of the best investment in my jeep yet.
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Talking about this one?


I love it!

I have no complaints, but some things that may bother others are...
It makes the rear seat feel a bit cramped as it follows the roll bar line instead of extending past them.
At certain speeds with the windows opened just the right amount there is a flapping against the two fiberglass support rods, not a big deal and if it really bothers you there is a $40 solution. (Skid Row Top Prop)
When you want to remove the whole top you have to remove the whole top. There is no folding it back, you take it completely off. Good thing is that it all fits into a provided storage bag that can be shoved behind the back seat or in a closet.


On the good side, it has a storage bag built in for when you take the windows out, the safari mode is nice, it looks bad ass and you can even make a Smittybilt C-Res fit with it so you can have that open feel but still have some security while out shopping or hauling around the family dog.


I love the top and when it wears out I will get another one.
He pretty much nailed it. The only thing I will say diff is those prop rods are solely for preventing any chance of water pooling. You can take them out when its not raining snd your rocking the windows down or off. Takes literally one second and they fit anywhere.

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I'm saving for the Softtopper..

Just that you dont have to remove and re-strap the rear roof strap every time you take the windows off is a big plus for me, less wear and tear.
Really a non issue. The strap, hook and hardware are SOLID. You'd have to worry more about the plastic that goes into the channels like on the factory top or maybe a zipper before that sharp(which are all non issues too).
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Hi 4wheelin, just purchased the Trektop NX for my 06 LJ. Read some posts about it being a beast to install. What was your experience?
Definitely need to do it when the temps are warm (near 70 or higher). I have the denim top, which has some more thickness than the others.

The directions are a little tough to follow, but it's not terribly difficult. The key is to leave the top section not clipped down at the windshield when you are working on the windows.

I personally use a little windex in the track of the rear window in order for it to slide together. A little bit of soapy water is a decent lubricant without harming the windows.

Follow the directions as for the side windows. Seems like you could slide the zipper all of the way on one side and make it reach on the other, but that's not true. Just join one side about three or four inches, and then go do the other side.

After once or twice of taking it on and off, it will become easy to remember.

Since it's cold in most parts these days, if you're going to do this now, you will need a heated garage. Some have even placed a heater inside the jeep and loosely attached the top and windows so that they become pliable.

I should caution with placing heating sources in vehicles. Most parts in the jeep dont like direct sources of heat (seats, etc). Be careful!

Let me know if you have any questions that I didn't cover for you. I watched many videos on youtube before I went to do the install. They help enhance the instructions. Here's one (of many).



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Thanks. it gets to 60-65 here during the day in the winter and the sun is pretty direct, def warmer. Think id be safe installing near noon?
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Thanks 4wheelin, even here in Phoenix this time of year the temps are between 30 and 60. Excited, but don't want to mess it up. "Anticipation", appreciate the video link.
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Thanks. it gets to 60-65 here during the day in the winter and the sun is pretty direct, def warmer. Think id be safe installing near noon?
It will be a tight install. Mine was a pain but I didn't leave it out in the sun too long. If one side is hard to get, you'll know what I'm talking about when you go to install, hook it as much as you can and then leave it for a while it will stretch some and then you can fasten it all the way.
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Ok. Just ordered the rampage bowless. If i hate it im blaming you all!!!!!! ;-)
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So is there any reason i should keep or try to sell anything from my old top besides the tailgate bar?

The top itself is kinda crappy. Small pinholes, one 5-inch rip, lots of small rips, back window doesnt close all the way. Side windows are decent but the velcro is pretty much shot.

The frame itself is in great condition tho. Any demand for that? Thanks again.
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So is there any reason i should keep or try to sell anything from my old top besides the tailgate bar?

The top itself is kinda crappy. Small pinholes, one 5-inch rip, lots of small rips, back window doesnt close all the way. Side windows are decent but the velcro is pretty much shot.

The frame itself is in great condition tho. Any demand for that? Thanks again.
Someone may need a frame, you never know. What I would do is toss it on Craigslist and any local Jeep/4x4 forums as free to whoever needs it. If no one takes it after a week or two then toss it.
You never know when a local Jeeper may be in need of old stuff like that that you don't want.
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I put mine in the attic. I might decide to go back to a top that uses it or a friend might need it.
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Yes. I save everything I take off of the jeep. My attic is loaded with stock jeep parts too. Never know when you might want to use it again. Plus everything is worth money and will only go up in value over the years!

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