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05-12-2013 07:08 PM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by jp2611 View Post
Google Bestop Frameless NX...that SHOULD get you to a place called Bestopfactory outlet or something like that...it is where I got mine a couple months ago for that priceand I know a few others have as well.....my only complaint it took a week...a friend of mine ordered one for his JK and got one for a JKU...took almost a month to get it resolved......but if you find someone who "price matches" than should be good to go....
Great! Thank you I will look into that!
05-12-2013 06:58 PM
jp2611 Google Bestop Frameless NX...that SHOULD get you to a place called Bestopfactory outlet or something like that...it is where I got mine a couple months ago for that priceand I know a few others have as well.....my only complaint it took a week...a friend of mine ordered one for his JK and got one for a JKU...took almost a month to get it resolved......but if you find someone who "price matches" than should be good to go....
05-12-2013 06:54 PM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by jp2611 View Post

That is one of the nice things about the Bestop.....Frameless....it comes with EVERYTHING...all you need is a Jeep either TJ or JK and than order the correct one (top).....you get everything, flip back header bar, door surrounds, and tailgate bar with clips, and a support bar for the front portion over front seats, and it is Bestop...I will not bash anyone else for their choice, but in my mind there is a Reason Jeep has used Bestop for OEM tops for so many years. I have only ever had Bestop and never had a complaint about Bestop products....and haven't seen to many complaints on the Forums other than the first few months of a "new product"...............Good Luck!!
Good to know. Just can't find anyone who sells this top for that price.
05-12-2013 05:48 PM
jp2611
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Originally Posted by JeepReaper09 View Post
Did you happen to need the windshield channel, door surrounds and tailgate bar too? I need all of that since I had a hard top. I'm good with paying $520, especially if its sailcloth
That is one of the nice things about the Bestop.....Frameless....it comes with EVERYTHING...all you need is a Jeep either TJ or JK and than order the correct one (top).....you get everything, flip back header bar, door surrounds, and tailgate bar with clips, and a support bar for the front portion over front seats, and it is Bestop...I will not bash anyone else for their choice, but in my mind there is a Reason Jeep has used Bestop for OEM tops for so many years. I have only ever had Bestop and never had a complaint about Bestop products....and haven't seen to many complaints on the Forums other than the first few months of a "new product"...............Good Luck!!
05-12-2013 04:07 PM
Zurn
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Originally Posted by JeepReaper09 View Post
I need to know where you took that last picture! Thats amazing and I wanna go there!

Palmer Creek Road. Just past Mt Rushmore. First left after Mt Rushmore KOA and Palmer Gulch Resort.

Hwy 16 to the Keystone turn, Through Keystone, up and over Mt Rushmore, then, Take the first left after the KOA. There are some hiking trailheads out there.
05-12-2013 03:58 PM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by Zurn View Post
Heya Neighbor!! I have nver had any trouble with a soft top in winter here in RC,SD.

Snowmageddon, as you called it...

And, our first big snow from last fall... hehe

Seriously, I had a YJ with a soft top when I lived in Minn years ago. Never had any trouble with down to -13 not counting windchill.

And last shot of why I insist on living here...
Yup those pictures seem about accurate lol.

Attachment 248319

Just a quick shot of what the base looked like. I need to know where you took that last picture! Thats amazing and I wanna go there!
05-12-2013 03:48 PM
Zurn Heya Neighbor!! I have nver had any trouble with a soft top in winter here in RC,SD.

Snowmageddon, as you called it...



And, our first big snow from last fall... hehe



Seriously, I had a YJ with a soft top when I lived in Minn years ago. Never had any trouble with down to -13 not counting windchill.

And last shot of why I insist on living here...

05-12-2013 12:05 PM
sinbob
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Originally Posted by monkeee2002 View Post
same here. Even at zero out, that little heater would cook me if I didn't turn it down.
x2 never had a problem getting warm, but cooling off is a whole other ball game
05-12-2013 12:02 PM
lindel
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Originally Posted by JeepReaper09 View Post
Do you have any experience with this top?
Yes, I've got one now. What questions do you have?

Header, door surrounds and tailgate bar are all supplied with the top. All of the parts are available from Softopper if you ever need to replace anything. The top is made in the US, is sailcloth and is available in 4 colors. You can get tinted windows if you prefer.

The top goes completely on or off in about 5 minutes and you can store the windows above the front seats.
05-12-2013 11:28 AM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by jp2611 View Post

I would look at The Bestop Frameless NX.....mine delivered to the door was <$520.but it took a few days.......find someone who includes shipping and price matches with Bestop Factory outlet...sun rider sailcloth top no frame safari....only "drawback" no built in window storage.
Did you happen to need the windshield channel, door surrounds and tailgate bar too? I need all of that since I had a hard top. I'm good with paying $520, especially if its sailcloth
05-12-2013 11:26 AM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by lindel View Post
Do you have any experience with this top?
05-12-2013 11:12 AM
jp2611
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Originally Posted by JeepReaper09 View Post
Well I sold the hard top and looking at getting a bowless soft top...any my lift with my earnings. Ill have to be topless for a week or so but its supposed to be nice the next few days.

Any suggestion on who I should purchase from? I definitely want the Rugged ridge and not the rampage.
I would look at The Bestop Frameless NX.....mine delivered to the door was <$520.but it took a few days.......find someone who includes shipping and price matches with Bestop Factory outlet...sun rider sailcloth top no frame safari....only "drawback" no built in window storage.
05-12-2013 10:57 AM
lindel Take a look at this one too.

Jeep Wrangler TJ Soft Tops | 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ Top | Softopper
05-12-2013 10:53 AM
JeepReaper09 Well I sold the hard top and looking at getting a bowless soft top...any my lift with my earnings. Ill have to be topless for a week or so but its supposed to be nice the next few days.

Any suggestion on who I should purchase from? I definitely want the Rugged ridge and not the rampage.
05-11-2013 09:29 AM
TJDave My soft top goes on when the weather gets bad in the fall. I have not had my hard top on in almost 3 years. I thought about selling it, but I know I will regret it if I do.

The heater in my TJ works so good, it cracked my windshield when I left it on hot defrost while warming it up one super cold morning. A tip for those of you thinking about a remote start....don't crank the defrost on the hottest setting when you put it away at night.

If we get a substantial dump of snow, I will go out with a broom and sweep most the snow off the top every now and then. Has worked for my boat cover for decades, and the Jeep top can handle more snow load than that.
05-11-2013 09:14 AM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
Soft tops are fine in the snow and there isn't a whole lot more insulation in a hard top from what I can see.

Snowmageddon '10.
Wow looks like our snowmagedon '13... which happen to be last month. Kinda odd for me being born and raised in phx, az and living my past 4 years in las vegas!
05-11-2013 07:44 AM
4cylToy Held up fine when Sandy dumped 3'+ on us last winter. The heater will keep you plenty warm

05-11-2013 07:08 AM
boomer_95 ^^ that's good to now about the soft top holding up in snow and cold.. i just bought an 03 TJ with a soft top only, and wondered if it would be fine
05-11-2013 06:55 AM
yoopone Factory soft top works great here in the Upper Peninsula.
05-11-2013 06:17 AM
lindel
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Originally Posted by SeVeReDiStOrTiOn View Post
If you get as much snow as you say and it's parked outside a lot you might have issues with a frameless top...you'll want the bows for weight support. That's just my opinion though.

Roll bars can hold up more snow than the soft top frame...
05-10-2013 10:06 PM
BLK00TJ Soft tops are fine in the snow and there isn't a whole lot more insulation in a hard top from what I can see.

Snowmageddon '10.

05-10-2013 09:19 PM
JeepReaper09 Thanks everyone. If I can sell my soft top for a good price I could buy a nice soft top and use the rest of the money to help defray the cost of my lift and tires. Hmm desicions. ..
05-10-2013 08:22 PM
adkjoe Well not really mine is too but I just mean during the winter it's covered with ice from November to April and You can't scrape a plastic widow.
05-10-2013 08:14 PM
amiller adkjoe, you can see out your back window? Mine is mostly covered by spare tire.
05-10-2013 08:03 PM
adkjoe I live in northern vermont. Cold and snowy. Run softop year round no problem at all. The only reason I wish I had a hardtop is so its quieter, and so i could scrape and see out the back window in winter. I've been contemplating getting a hardtop there's one on cl here locally for 600 bucks and I'm really considering it. Personally I just like the look of hard tops on a jeep but softops are great and perfectly fine in winter.
05-10-2013 07:56 PM
Queequeg The winters in VA aren't as harsh as in other places, but we can count on snow and below freezing weather. After a dozen winters with the factory soft top, I can't complain thanks to the Jeep's mighty little heater. As someone said previously, just be careful about scraping the windows. I might have to try the tarp/gallon baggie idea...
05-10-2013 07:35 PM
OlYellerTJ JeepReaper,

I run a OEM soft top 24/7/365. No problems in the snow and we had one storm that dumped 3' this past winter. I do what the PO did when the weather is snotty: put a poly-tarp over the top that covers the windows, and bungy cord it down. A broom clears the snow off the top, and the windows are clean and clear after the tarp gets pulled off!

BTW, if you put gallon ziplocks on your outside mirrors, they never need scraped of ice or snow, either (thanx Dad for that lesson!).

YMMV, and invariably will...
05-10-2013 05:37 PM
JeepReaper09
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Originally Posted by SeVeReDiStOrTiOn View Post
If you get as much snow as you say and it's parked outside a lot you might have issues with a frameless top...you'll want the bows for weight support. That's just my opinion though.
I thought about that too but the snow here rarely piles up. Mainly drifts because of the ridiculous wind. Granted I've onle endured one winter.

I did build my own ht hoist with the ratchet straps and can remove/install it in about 5 or so minutes. But I would like to have the option of the top with the jeep at all time for those random storms.
05-10-2013 05:30 PM
SeVeReDiStOrTiOn If you get as much snow as you say and it's parked outside a lot you might have issues with a frameless top...you'll want the bows for weight support. That's just my opinion though.
05-10-2013 04:46 PM
RevCo666 I use both tops when the season is appropriate. Mind you winters up here are very harsh so selling my hard top for me would be foolish. Why not invest in a soft top at first and try out a winter season with it, if it doesnt work out, you can always fall back on the hard top.
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