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slayer74 06-14-2013 08:17 PM

Rampage Frameless Top problem
 
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Beautiful start to Father's Day weekend. Initial install on my brand new Rampage Framless Top.

Had the rear window zipped 1/2 way down while I attached the bottom rails. Driver side zipper tore out and took a tooth with it.

Returning it. Pissed the F off too. This damn thing was tighter than Dick's hatband to get on!


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O_M_Jeep 06-14-2013 08:21 PM

There are a ton of threads about this exact thing, there are tons of posts on the best ways to get the back window on initially. Instead of being ultra mad at a company that has been making these tops the only to make them fit everyones mods for years, read up on how to install it, call Rampage and get a new rear or side window with an undamaged zipper and enjoy the top, it really is worth the research and reading.

biddo63 06-14-2013 08:24 PM

Rampage top
 
Just intalled mine about a week ago and you aren't kidding that thing was tight. Finally got it on though with no problems. Looks grat i love it.

slayer74 06-14-2013 08:26 PM

I really like these tops. And I followed the directions that were included. Just frustrated.

I've requested an exchange. Be here in a couple of weeks.

slayer74 06-14-2013 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by O_M_Jeep (Post 3861852)
get a new rear or side window with an undamaged zipper and enjoy the top, it really is worth the research and reading.

Unfortunately, it is the zipper side on the top. Not the window.

O_M_Jeep 06-14-2013 08:28 PM

It is seriously frustrating, mine tore at the top on the window side, about 1/2" at the top, it's been that way for 2 years and hasn't gotten any worse, I had sold my stock soft top about 2 days earlier, so I still have one thats ripped a little, sucks but it is still the best top going (imo).

slayer74 06-14-2013 08:32 PM

I'm just worried about water getting into the back. Its a pretty big gap. There would be no way of getting everything lined up to keep it water proof.

I agree that I think its the best top around. I really dig it. Thanks for the moral support! I didn't mean to get so pissed.

I was gonna list my old top on here tonight. Guess I'll hold off for just a little while! Lol...

blueskiesbill 06-14-2013 08:37 PM

It is def a great top. Not a top that you put on by yourself, at least for the first year or so. And only on warm days too. I found that if I had a large gap between zippers or it was too tight for me and a buddy to do, I probably lined something up wrong. I also noticed that it fits much better if you remove the padding on your bars.

slayer74 06-14-2013 08:40 PM

Bill, I'll take your advice when the new "new" one gets here. Thanks!

O_M_Jeep 06-14-2013 10:41 PM

x2 on warm days only, during the winter I don't unzip the back window more 60%-75% of the way up.

Madden 06-14-2013 11:07 PM

I just put mine on about a week ago and left it out in the sun/rain all week, that seemed to stretch it out a little because it was a million times easier to put on the second time around

biggus35 06-15-2013 11:55 AM

I put the top part on by myself. It was difficult but not impossible. I did not even try to put on the side and rear windows. Just stored them away in the top storage section. Getting my ac worked on again next week and may try to put the rest of the top together. Will be extra careful since reading your post. Thanks!

blkrubi88 06-15-2013 12:14 PM

I found out, that in a real heavy down pour that my ten year old factory soft top (which us still in real good shape and took five inches of rain that day to discover) will leak, so I will be ordering the Rampage frameless top in a couple weeks.

blueskiesbill 06-15-2013 12:43 PM

Also food for thought. Knowing that the top was not an easy up, I bought bestop seat covers. They are not a super tight fit, but man are they ridic waterproof! I just keep a shamwow (spelling?) cloth in the jeep and wipe them down when the doors are off. My drain plugs have not been in since I owned the jeep, carpet will be coming out soon and bed lining her too. The doors and windows have not been on all summer and has rained multiple times. Ok it sucks a little when I have to drive through the rain, but the seats covers have made all the difference with not being able to throw the top up as quick. Pretty much ride safari all the time.

blkrubi88 06-15-2013 01:06 PM

I don't worry about mine and rain, backseat stays out (unless I need it), carpet has been out and floor herculined for three plus years. It stays safari top and no doors all through summer.

Ellisa1029 06-15-2013 01:49 PM

How much ( if you don't mind me asking) did you pay for it! I am looking into getting one for my 97 TJ?

biggus35 06-15-2013 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Ellisa1029 (Post 3863710)
How much ( if you don't mind me asking) did you pay for it! I am looking into getting one for my 97 TJ?

Amazon had the best price last week when I ordered mine. If you want to support the vendors on the forum send them an email asking them to match Amazon's price and shipping. I think they will. I'm not sure about their return policies though so you will need to investigate that aspect of the purchase.

Good Luck.

Ellisa1029 06-15-2013 04:00 PM

Okay great! I will do that! Also I was trying to do some mor research on them is there a difference In name or price for the too with the built in sleeves do the windows or the one without?

KBR97 06-15-2013 06:34 PM

Ellisa look into the Bestop trektop nx. It's a little more money but a far superior product in my opinion. Also comes with all the hardware which includes door surrounds, tailgate bar and clips, and also uses a real header.

Ellisa1029 06-15-2013 06:42 PM

Okay awesome the only thing that might steer me away from that one is I have all of the parts needed besides the window frame add on! But I def love the race back look if it!

blueskiesbill 06-15-2013 07:41 PM

The bestop is more expensive and IMO looks like a rampage bowless top with a bad toupee

Jsb0032 06-17-2013 09:22 PM

I love my rampage. Got it last year for just a little over $300 from truckaddons. They advertise higher but at that time beat any price so look around online find the best price then call them try will beat it or give u $50. I can't really compare the 2 tops since I've never had a bestop but to I have no complaints from my rampage. Took about 30-45 min to put up the 1st time now I can get it to safari in about 5 and carry my windows with me which bestop can't. Been through some very heavy thunderstorms and no leaks. The problem I saw with bestop is that it does come with surrounds, and tailgate bar which u don't need if u already have a soft top so it seems like a waste of money

SHADYDC 06-18-2013 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by KBR97 (Post 3864328)
Ellisa look into the Bestop trektop nx. It's a little more money but a far superior product in my opinion. Also comes with all the hardware which includes door surrounds, tailgate bar and clips, and also uses a real header.

agreed
best thing you can do is stay away from rampage, it was a month long nightmare until i finally swapped to the best top and love it. much nicer quaility, plus all the new hardware and sun rider feature is worth the extra money. to add rampage customer service is worst ive ever delt with. thank god quadratec handled the problem for me and let me exchange.

i ahvew to disagree there blue, i like the look of my best top much better than my rampage

Ellisa1029 06-18-2013 07:10 AM

They only thin I saw that concerns me is the window frame rail I have the door surrounds and the tailgate bar! Do both of them or only one of them come with the window frame rail?

blueskiesbill 06-18-2013 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by SHADYDC (Post 3872249)
i ahvew to disagree there blue, i like the look of my best top much better than my rampage

It's totally cool, some people like toupee's while others prefer hair plugs! Enough with the analogies ... If the bestop wasn't $200+ more then I might have gotten it. I do love my rampage tho, and still think it is the best looking. One last thing, if you are not patient, and don't read directions and follow them, rampage is not for you.

blkrubi88 06-18-2013 09:33 AM

From what I've read, Rampage had better reveiws than Bestop. Plus I would rather have the feature of the window storage vs sun rider option. I feel like Bestop should give you two options on their top, one with the surrounds and tail gate bar and clips, and other option at a cheaper price without all that stuff you May not need.

SHADYDC 06-18-2013 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Ellisa1029 (Post 3872324)
They only thin I saw that concerns me is the window frame rail I have the door surrounds and the tailgate bar! Do both of them or only one of them come with the window frame rail?

i didnt get anything with my rampage, had to buy window header and i had all the parts already.

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Originally Posted by blueskiesbill (Post 3872513)
It's totally cool, some people like toupee's while others prefer hair plugs! Enough with the analogies ... If the bestop wasn't $200+ more then I might have gotten it. I do love my rampage tho, and still think it is the best looking. One last thing, if you are not patient, and don't read directions and follow them, rampage is not for you.


the extra cash was my reason for going with rampage first. but if you need all the hardware and surrounds the prices are pretty close. for me, now i have 2 sets of everything lol and i didnt have to pay the extra to upgrade to the trek top since i had so much trouble. :punk: both tops look much better than the factory ones. i like having the support bar in the rear so it doesnt sag too

Jsb0032 06-18-2013 10:28 AM

I originally wanted the trek top for the sun rider feature but after cruising in safari style I actually prefer it to totally topless. I get all the fun of open air cruising yet I am still in the shade. Besides the cost I also chose rampage because of the ability to carry my windows. I live 3 hrs from beach that's a long drive in the rain w/o windows. I agree that rampage CS sucks. It took over a month to get mine after order but truckaddons dealt with them for me.

KBR97 06-18-2013 12:07 PM

What I did was buy the trektop with all the new hardware and now I'm just going to flip the old stuff to offset the difference a little. I have door surrounds, tailgate bar, clips and a windshield channel to make up some of the difference. I do have to admit the design of the rampage is pretty nice, but the issues with stitching being unfinished and leaking put a bad taste in my mouth. I had leaks from 3 different spots and the worst one was right above my head lol.

And the CS from rampage wasn't all that great but 4wddotcom made my exchange issue free. They even called me when they received my top and made sure the whole transaction went perfect.

SHADYDC 06-18-2013 12:25 PM

i got them to exchange the tops for no cost. i returned the rampage and header and they sent me a trek top. now i have all the extra parts left from my original soft top to sell and re coop some more $$


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