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Draven 08-07-2006 08:54 AM

Greetings and Hello
 
I just recently aquired a 2003 Rubicon and I love it. It's a 5 speed and I couldn't be happier. I plan to get into some trail rides and I can't wait for winter to come (I live in MN). I made a few initial purchases, such as a 11,000lbs no hook tow strap and a small emergency bag. Any other suggestions to have for daily driving as well as future outings for off-road and camping?

The first thing I'm looking for is a summer soft top. I just want something simple that I can easily remove the windows from for cruising during the summer. My hardtop will go in storage until winter. Any suggestions on an inexpensive soft top for daily driving during summer?

Thanks everyone, glad to be here!


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Texapple 08-07-2006 09:13 AM

Welcome to the "answer center" : WF and congrates on your new Jeep, you are now a member of a unique group of people: Jeep owners, we are a special - remember to wave at others you meet on the street http://www.freesmileys.org/emo/greet022.gif

I would be remiss if I did not suggest a first aid kit and fire extinguisher. We stopped for a fellow Jeeper on the side of the highway yesterday, he had obtained a pretty good gash on his head while pulling the rear drive shaft.....e-brake didn't hold well and Jeep moved with him under it :eek: so always use common sense and don't use short cuts that could circumvent safety.

Draven 08-07-2006 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by firstaidTJ
Welcome to the "answer center" : WF and congrates on your new Jeep, you are now a member of a unique group of people: Jeep owners, we are a special - remember to wave at others you meet on the street http://www.freesmileys.org/emo/greet022.gif

I would be remiss if I did not suggest a first aid kit and fire extinguisher. We stopped for a fellow Jeeper on the side of the highway yesterday, he had obtained a pretty good gash on his head while pulling the rear drive shaft.....e-brake didn't hold well and Jeep moved with him under it :eek: so always use common sense and don't use short cuts that could circumvent safety.

Great suggestion on the fire extinguisher, I'll look into finding one for a Jeep. My emergency kit has first aid as well as tools and winter supplies for those bad nights you get stuck out in the cold. No short cuts for me. There's a reason I purchased the Rubicon and didn't build up my Jeep my self. I want a warrenty and a service shop I can rely on.

Before my spree of fast and sleek cars, I was in love with my Jeep Cherokee, but the all time 4x4 and v8 made the gas mileage so bad I couldn't take it any longer. I'm back with a better Jeep that's also 5 speed and allows me to conserve my gas much more by driving better. I'm super happy to be back in a truck, especially a Jeep!

Dare2BSquare 08-07-2006 10:14 AM

As far as the top goes, you could get a safari top. It covers the driver and passenger area as well as the back seat. You can get one for less that $100. I would also recommend that you get a trail cover. This is for those times that you are out and get caught in a shower. For sure you can't drive with a trail cover, but hey, you are in a jeep. A little water never hurt anyone!

mrbigjeep 08-07-2006 10:56 AM

welcome...you could get a half top but i think those are already around the price of a full soft top so you might just consider a best top soft top...and the windows zip out

amerijeep 08-07-2006 06:05 PM

Top, do you really need one? Well, if you do, those guys above me make some good suggestion.

Welcome to WF! I hope to see more of you on here.

bluvikng 08-07-2006 06:21 PM

Welcome aboard. Glad you found us. Hope to see more pix from you. Keep us posted on your stories, and adventures.

Draven 08-09-2006 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Dare2BSquare
As far as the top goes, you could get a safari top. It covers the driver and passenger area as well as the back seat. You can get one for less that $100. I would also recommend that you get a trail cover. This is for those times that you are out and get caught in a shower. For sure you can't drive with a trail cover, but hey, you are in a jeep. A little water never hurt anyone!

Would you be able to link me to a place to buy these various types of tops? I haven't learned yet to identify which tops are what style.

I'm not looking to spend a large amount of money on a soft top, I just need something simple for summer time thats quick and easy to pop the windows out of while leaving the roof in place. I know I keep hearing about "Top" and how they are so good, but I've also heard some pretty high prices for these!

Draven 08-09-2006 08:04 AM

Oh, would you guys be able to provide me with links to some good online stores where I can purchase various equipment pieces from?

Thanks!

Dare2BSquare 08-09-2006 09:40 AM

Quadratec.com

tops4less.com

4wd.com

Don't scrimp on a top. You get what you pay for. Bestop is just what it says, the best.

Texapple 08-09-2006 09:41 AM

http://www.northridge4x4.com/index.php
http://www.4x4groupbuy.com/store/index.php
http://www.4wd.com/newsite/default.asp
http://www.quadratec.com/
http://www.ok4wd.com/
http://www.raingler.com/dealers/default.asp

and the list goes on and on.....do a google search, you'll be in Jeep heaven

amerijeep 08-09-2006 09:54 AM

If you want a good, less expensive top then look into a Pavement Ends. Mine is original to my Jeep, which is a 94 model.

Bestop is the best, but it's pricey. I wouldn't recommend Smittybuilt tops.

hardy1531 08-09-2006 12:45 PM

you guys have tops on your Jeep? I knew I was forgetting something....

amerijeep 08-09-2006 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by hardy1531
you guys have tops on your Jeep? I knew I was forgetting something....


I have one somewhere. I'll try looking for it somewhere around November. It might be in my shop behind the doors....

Draven 08-09-2006 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Dare2BSquare
Quadratec.com

tops4less.com

4wd.com

Don't scrimp on a top. You get what you pay for. Bestop is just what it says, the best.

How is it better then the others? If all I need is something to daily drive in, why spend $500+ on one?

amerijeep 08-09-2006 05:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Draven
How is it better then the others? If all I need is something to daily drive in, why spend $500+ on one?


That's exactly how I think.

mrbigjeep 08-09-2006 10:47 PM

i don't know if you will find many under $500 anyway

Dare2BSquare 08-09-2006 10:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Draven
How is it better then the others? If all I need is something to daily drive in, why spend $500+ on one?

When you buy cheap you usually get cheap. Seams come apart, zippers break, flimsy material is noisier, on and on. If you want to do it again in a couple of years, go ahead. I have a bestop that has been on my jeep for 2 years and it still looks new.

mrbigjeep 08-09-2006 10:49 PM

i would go with best top...i've only heard good things about best top and some bad things about other brands...and you will get what you pay for

amerijeep 08-09-2006 11:14 PM

man, just get the top that suits your needs. Some of these guys want you to want what they use.

If your going to take your top up and down constanty, maybe you should spend the extra hard-earned money on it.

If your like me, and will stay topless a good portion of the time, you don't need the most expensive thing they make. My top has been around longer than some of these guys have been walking and I have not lost a zipper or a seam yet.


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