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Old 03-19-2012, 09:15 AM   #1
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Soft Top Question

Hey guys, I'm the proud owner of a 2005 tan wrangler hardtop. I am purchasing a soft top for it for summer cruisin'. I was wondering if I already have all the necessary hardwar for the softtop or if I need to purchase it separate. Also, is there a better choice when it comes to tinted or clear soft top windows? Any help is greatly appreciated! Can't wait to pick it up and take a nice 3 hour cruise!

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If the jeep only has a hardtop, you probably need to get a replacement top that comes with the hardware and you will also need the TJ door surrounds. Besttop is probably the best quality, but I've purchased the replacement tops by Rampage and have no issues with them. The fabric is usually a bit thinner, so not as quiet. Rampage will cost less too. If you are just looking to use it for the summer, you might just want to get a bikini top of some sort.

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Old 03-19-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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and they also make frameless tops too
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:15 AM   #4
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I did just what you are talking about on Friday. I have a hard top with no framework. I ordered mine from JC Whittney, a besttop NX because it came with a frame. I ordered from JC because A, they've been around forever and B another co. i called and checked on gave me 3 prices for the same thing and one item i wanted, the guy said " oh that will be 10 bucks more because a different co. now deals with them. So i declined that catalog order and it cost them my future business too.
Everyone says get Besttop so we'll try. hope this helps man.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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I've got the Trektop NX, the one without the frame, and I've loved it so far. From what I've heard the framed one is awesome too.
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I've heard alot about the Trektop NX as well. Cheaper, and doesn't have hardware. Additionally, it is customizable to what you want to have open at any time.
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I have the Rampage frameless soft top. I love it.
You can get it for about $425 with windshield header and tailgate bar from Amazon. If you don't have a soft top you will need the door surrounds as well.

I like it so much better than the framed stock soft top that was on my jeep when I got it. The rear windows are tinted. When you take the windows out they get stored in the safari top that you are left with. When you take the whole top off it gets folded up and put in the storage bag that is built into the top. It can then be left at home or thrown on the back seat.
I have also started carrying a plain bikini top in it and I can swap them out at will and just toss the full top in the back seat.

And the fastback look is pretty cool.


The window storage was the main selling point for me. The first time I took my windows out with the stock top I was standing in a McDonalds parking lot and I thought to myself "what do I do with now that I have them off?"

With the Rampage you just toss them in the built in storage bag.
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so the storage bag is built into the top? damn, that is pretty cool.
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Yep. When you pull the top flap up there is a bag between the two layers that is held in with velcro. When you open it there are dividers inside so that the three windows don't have the plastic touching each other while they are in storage.
Once the top flap is pulled back down it is all tucked safe and secure, out of the way.
If you remove the whole top it can fold up and be put in the storage bag since the bag is only held in with velcro. I want to say the bag is about 4'x3'. I have even read people say thst they don't even unzip the windows. They just pull the edge out of the tub and then fold the three sections up under the top and then strap the top back down and go. I haven't tried that yet. lol
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I a kicking myself for not putting together a bit more money for this. My windows all got slashed and needed something quick. I went ahead and got the rampage replacement top(based on my past experience with. it works great because I had to get upper doors skins for the front and rest of the top, found it on amazon for 250 and free shipping.
Next time I am going frameless for sure.

How does it ride compare to other softops. I've hear it is much quieter
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I find it to be pretty quiet. I have the sailcloth one and I hear that it's better.

Only time it's not quiet is if you have one window open and traveling in a certain speed range you get some flapping and it make noise due to the support rods over the front of the cab... but I can live with that. With windows closed or with all the windows removed it doesn't do it, just when you open one window. lol

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