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Old 04-24-2011, 04:11 AM   #1
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Rampage Replacement Top (NOT FRAMELESS)

It is time for a new soft top. I have been looking at the Rampage Complete Soft Top Replacement model #68835. My factory bow assembly is shot and this top comes with a new bow assembly. I know the frameless tops (trektop nx and rampage frameless #109535) are well documented, but does anyone have any real world experience with this factory style replacement top? Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-24-2011, 04:23 AM   #2
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Yep just got mine ( 3 week wait due nonliving in Hawaii ) it works great way less noise compared to the factory style. The lil mesh pockets are nice. The storage pockets a great idea and it looks super bad a$$ was a bit of a pain to put on( def need read instructions. But over all great top

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Oops should have notice you said not frameless sorry IMO frameless is better
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Thats good to hear! I thought it looked pretty nice for the money! I did a search about it and did not see anyone talking about them. Easy up and down like the factory? Zippers seem quality? Clips at the windshield Factory style?
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Tried to emphasize NOT FRAMELESS in the title!
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Sorry only saw rampage but all their products are good bit of advice though any top you buy would suggest sailcloth style better thick less noise
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I'd hold out for a Bestop Supertop NX if possible.... Factory style hardware, and it has the sunrider, and Bestop quality... But I know nothing of Rampage tops...
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I'd hold out for a Bestop Supertop NX if possible.... Factory style hardware, and it has the sunrider, and Bestop quality... But I know nothing of Rampage tops...
Yea but as far as frameless (op not looking for) rampage IS better due to removable windows both side and rear IMO
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Yea but as far as frameless (op not looking for) rampage IS better due to removable windows both side and rear IMO
Except the Bestop Trektop NX will have removable windows and has the sunrider, with factory style hardware... But, it doesn't have the window storage pocket in the top which is really a bummer....
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I have a Rampage top that came with my Jeep when I bought it last year. They didn't tell me exactly which top it was, but looking at it & the hardware, I would say they had to buy all the hardware too. The top was brand new when I got the Jeep.. The stitching is already coming loose on the door uppers, they don't fit the frame quite right, and the rear "sails" don't stay in the tub rails like they should at the back corner, near the tailgate. I can see a gap, roughly a 2 inch circle of daylight, on each side of the tailgate.
The mesh "pockets" are handy, but small, and they sag after a while if you keep anything in them. Rampage uses nice zippers, though.
The Bestop Trektop NX is on my shopping list, to replace my 9 month old Rampage top.
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Elastic window ties

Does anyone know if this replacement top has the elastic ties at the top of the back window so that you can roll it up and snap it in place to ride around with the back window open?

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Does anyone know if this replacement top has the elastic ties at the top of the back window so that you can roll it up and snap it in place to ride around with the back window open?

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Photos of Rampage Top

Can someone please post some pictures of the top installed? I'd like to see how it attaches before taking on such a big project. What I'd like to see is how it attaches to the bow on the inside. The bar above the driver's head, the one at the back just above where the rear window attaches, if possible how it attaches to the front bar that clamps to the windshield, if there is that piece of material that extends along the side bar that goes from the middle bow to the rear bow & any other angles that you may think are helpful.

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Can someone please post some pictures of the top installed? I'd like to see how it attaches before taking on such a big project. What I'd like to see is how it attaches to the bow on the inside. The bar above the driver's head, the one at the back just above where the rear window attaches, if possible how it attaches to the front bar that clamps to the windshield, if there is that piece of material that extends along the side bar that goes from the middle bow to the rear bow & any other angles that you may think are helpful.

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Well, I just put my top down yesterday since it 88 degrees in Texas today! I don't have any pics right now. It pretty much attaches the same way the factory top does. Mine uses velcro on the front bar area(by soundbar), and the back uses snaps. It's not a big project at all to take on. With the top down, basically just unscrew your current top from the header(whatever its called) and the top will come right off. Just do everything in reverse and screw/attach the new top(there should be screw holes already on there to lie it up). Just make sure it is warm out(above 70), so it stretches out.
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Well, I just put my top down yesterday since it 88 degrees in Texas today! I don't have any pics right now. It pretty much attaches the same way the factory top does. Mine uses velcro on the front bar area(by soundbar), and the back uses snaps. It's not a big project at all to take on. With the top down, basically just unscrew your current top from the header(whatever its called) and the top will come right off. Just do everything in reverse and screw/attach the new top(there should be screw holes already on there to lie it up). Just make sure it is warm out(above 70), so it stretches out.

Thanks. That helps a great deal. I was looking at the header on my top and noticed that the canvas from the original top covers the screws holding it to the header. I did not take the top all the way down, so I was unable to tell if the canvas peels back to expose the screws. Do you have to cut into the canvas to get to the screws to remove the old top?

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Thanks. That helps a great deal. I was looking at the header on my top and noticed that the canvas from the original top covers the screws holding it to the header. I did not take the top all the way down, so I was unable to tell if the canvas peels back to expose the screws. Do you have to cut into the canvas to get to the screws to remove the old top?

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No, you shouldn't have to cut anything to remove the top. Once you put the top all the way down, you should be able to pull the piece back to see the screws. The replacement top will be exactly the same. If you haven't bought yours yet, shop around. I picked mine up for 280 on Amazon(free shipping too) with tinted windows and the upper door skins. Most places were close to 400 plus shipping.
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I can take a picture today if I get a chance. I actually need to redo the screws a bit to get the top tighter. I installed it when it was a bit cooler out and the warm weather will stretch it a bit.
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No, you shouldn't have to cut anything to remove the top. Once you put the top all the way down, you should be able to pull the piece back to see the screws. The replacement top will be exactly the same. If you haven't bought yours yet, shop around. I picked mine up for 280 on Amazon(free shipping too) with tinted windows and the upper door skins. Most places were close to 400 plus shipping.

Thanks. You have been a great help. I've been shopping it for 2 months now. I found a place (which the name escapes me at the moment) that has it for $342 plus $34 shipping with a $70 instant rebate. brings the total to just above $300. Not sure about tax yet since you have to go through almost the entire purchase process to get the total. If tax makes it too high. I'll go for the next best price on amazon. Now all I need to worry about is leaks, but I live in Southern Calif. and we don't get that much rain.

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I can take a picture today if I get a chance. I actually need to redo the screws a bit to get the top tighter. I installed it when it was a bit cooler out and the warm weather will stretch it a bit.
If you get a chance to do that, it would be great.

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[QUOTE=jehjeh;2066413]If you get a chance to do that, it would be great.

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I wouldn't worry about any leaks. This is my 2nd jeep and 2nd time to buy a rampage top., never had any issues. It is just not as quiet as the factory ones since its a bit thinner material. Other than that, it serves its purpose(rain, freezing, or 100 plus degree weather in texas)

Here's a 2 pics. The top looks wrinkled in one, just b/c I didn't actually put it all the way up. You can see how it attaches to the hardware.
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I wouldn't worry about any leaks. This is my 2nd jeep and 2nd time to buy a rampage top., never had any issues. It is just not as quiet as the factory ones since its a bit thinner material. Other than that, it serves its purpose(rain, freezing, or 100 plus degree weather in texas)

Here's a 2 pics. The top looks wrinkled in one, just b/c I didn't actually put it all the way up. You can see how it attaches to the hardware.

Thanks for the photos. It gives me a much better idea of how it works. I feel more confident now.
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I have a rampage top. heres my take on it. Its a good top, doesn't leak, nice zippers at the rear and side windows. Mine has a channel that stays on the jeep, the front edge slips out when the top is off, channel stays there. It folds down pretty nice and easy, everything fits behind the rear seat if tucked in properly.

BUT..the door surrounds are different from factory, and a bit cheaper in my opinion. They are a bar that the top wraps around and velcro's, same with up top at the doors, wrap around and velcro, regular door surrounds allow for the factory tops to use a plastic channel like at the side windows on the tub, the only issue I have with this style is the way the door seals. Its pretty much a press fit, there are no channels for the door to recess into, like with factory door surrounds.

BUT BUT...lol its alot cheaper than a replace-a-top or NX...like more than half the price. My top is on more than it is off for the better part of the year and I have no real complaints. Tinted windows, the pockets, and the price helped me decide to buy it. It also came with a pretty cool soft top bag to store the top and side windows in.

I'll also tell you that i only had a hardtop when i bought my jeep and didn't know anything about tops, so getting all the brackets and bars was a necessity for me...but I had nothing to compare it to. i am sure the 900.00+ tops have their merits, but my finance dept wouldn't allow it (kind of a hard sell, just buy a jeep and drop another $$ on it
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I just recently bought a rampage top my only complaints are the upper door skins push out due to the huge rubber seals and the rear window is really loose and even get caught in the tailgate other than that it's great no leaks no problems installing looks great it works great for me
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I have a rampage top. heres my take on it. Its a good top, doesn't leak, nice zippers at the rear and side windows. Mine has a channel that stays on the jeep, the front edge slips out when the top is off, channel stays there. It folds down pretty nice and easy, everything fits behind the rear seat if tucked in properly.

BUT..the door surrounds are different from factory, and a bit cheaper in my opinion. They are a bar that the top wraps around and velcro's, same with up top at the doors, wrap around and velcro, regular door surrounds allow for the factory tops to use a plastic channel like at the side windows on the tub, the only issue I have with this style is the way the door seals. Its pretty much a press fit, there are no channels for the door to recess into, like with factory door surrounds.

BUT BUT...lol its alot cheaper than a replace-a-top or NX...like more than half the price. My top is on more than it is off for the better part of the year and I have no real complaints. Tinted windows, the pockets, and the price helped me decide to buy it. It also came with a pretty cool soft top bag to store the top and side windows in.

I'll also tell you that i only had a hardtop when i bought my jeep and didn't know anything about tops, so getting all the brackets and bars was a necessity for me...but I had nothing to compare it to. i am sure the 900.00+ tops have their merits, but my finance dept wouldn't allow it (kind of a hard sell, just buy a jeep and drop another $$ on it

I have a factory soft top with full hard doors & factory door surrounds. I have the factory frame and would be purchasing just the skin. If I'm correct, you mention that there is velcro for where the top wraps around at the top of the doors. Does that mean that it does not attach with a plastic runner the way the factory top does? Or is it only because you had to buy the entire kit with the bow for the soft top?

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I just recently bought a rampage top my only complaints are the upper door skins push out due to the huge rubber seals and the rear window is really loose and even get caught in the tailgate other than that it's great no leaks no problems installing looks great it works great for me

I will probably leave the rear window up most of the time anyway. How does it attache to the door surrounds on the driver and passenger side? Is it like the factory top with the plastic runner that attaches to the door surround? I have a factory soft top with full hard doors and plastic door surrounds.

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I actually kept all my factory hardware so everything is the same minus the door surounds Velcro and are kind of loose at the bottom when they Velcro together I ended up cutting some off the seal off the door suround as well because it wasn't letting the door close right
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I actually kept all my factory hardware so everything is the same minus the door surounds Velcro and are kind of loose at the bottom when they Velcro together I ended up cutting some off the seal off the door suround as well because it wasn't letting the door close right
Would you happen to have any photos of how it attaches to the door surrounds both on the top and the side just behind where your shoulder would be if sitting in the seat?

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I don't I could take some but it's actually the same as the factory was nothing different at all
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I don't I could take some but it's actually the same as the factory was nothing different at all
So where the top attaches to the door frame there is a plastic runner, not velcro? I'm not talking about the window skin that attaches to the half doors. I am talking about where the top attaches to the frame that goes around the door.

Thank you again. I hope this is not annoying. I am just trying to make sure I am buying the right product and not something that I don't really want.

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