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tec498 03-09-2010 05:43 PM

my old soft top has to go
 
Just put this thing back up for the first time this year and man was it hard.... the zippers on this thing are so hard to pull and the rear window zipper has some missing teeth... I've been looking at the Viking tops and I will probably go ahead and drop the cash in June when it really heats up. Are those things much easier to put on? I tried to look for a video of someone putting it up but I couldn't find one.

The fabric on my bestop upper sliding windows is starting to look worn as well so I may go ahead and replace those at the same time. Can you just get the fabrik to go around the glass windows or do you have to get the whole thing? I can't find just the fabric. If the whole thing needs to be replaced I'm just going to get the ones with the zipper to save money.

There is a top that is identical to the viking top for much less money but I can't remember who makes it and what its called. Does anyone know and is it of good quality?

wolfen 03-09-2010 06:04 PM

I have a best top replace a top, that's the factory one that a Jeep comes with, I've been told that a best Top Sail Cloth Top is quieter, but I have no experience with that one, but I have been told to stay away from Pavement ends Tops, by several people.
I ordered mine through jeep Top Depot, the quality of service I received from them will keep my business forever.
I have hard doors but I think the sliding window replaces the upper door window on half door Jeeps, in which case you but the upper door skins and zip the sliding window in, as far as I know anyway.

Cons_Table 03-09-2010 06:13 PM

Go with a viking top, you wont regret it. After you get the hang of it, install and removal is easy. There is no hardware to hassle with and the zippers work well. Plus, it doubles as a safari top which is nice in the summer when you take the doors off. Ive heard of that top that is identical to the viking, but also cant remember the name. Ive heard that its the exact same thing but around half the price I think.

InfernoGirl 03-09-2010 07:22 PM

Rampage acquired the rights to make the Viking tops, afaik. Try looking for them. They are about 1/2 the price of the Viking tops. Bestop makes a fastback top too. Or you can scour the ads for a used top....

tec498 03-09-2010 07:40 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I'm really not interested in another stock style top. The rear side windows are pain to put on because its so hard to get that zipper started. The rampage top is winter friendly isn't it? Usually our winters here in Virginia are pretty mild. Occasionally we get snow and I don't want it to cave in.

aghostinside 03-09-2010 07:53 PM

I have the Viking top. I've heard the rampage will be about as good or as good. I also heard it was going to have a couple of pieces that help keep the water from puddling. But I can't confirm that. I'm going to use the rockhard add on cage or something similar to help keep it from sagging too far during heavy snows. I'm not sure it will work but what the heck.

wolfen 03-09-2010 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by tec498 (Post 566732)
Thanks for the input guys. I'm really not interested in another stock style top. The rear side windows are pain to put on because its so hard to get that zipper started. The rampage top is winter friendly isn't it? Usually our winters here in Virginia are pretty mild. Occasionally we get snow and I don't want it to cave in.


You think yours are mild, come to VA Beach, we had out first snow since 03 this year, winter here starts in Jan and ends this month. So i never have a need for a winter friendly top at all, as long as the snow doesn't get to heavy

tec498 03-09-2010 09:52 PM

I was actually in VA Beach on Saturday. Went to 17th street surf shop and spent some time sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in. I really needed to relax and that did the trick.

Hexxum 03-09-2010 09:56 PM

You guys ever eat at Max & Erma's there on Indipendence? I used to manage it before I moved back to Indy. Was in Va Beach for 2 years.

wolfen 03-09-2010 09:57 PM

Saturday I went down to the Beach ops yard to do a little ot for my old supervisor, they had a hand rail down on the beach that was broke, if you saw a guy out on the board walk with a little Honda generator/welder working on a hand rail, that was me :)

wolfen 03-09-2010 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Hexxum (Post 566916)
You guys ever eat at Max & Erma's there on Indipendence? I used to manage it before I moved back to Indy. Was in Va Beach for 2 years.


Max and Erma's rocks

Hexxum 03-09-2010 10:37 PM

Some of you Va Beacher's will recognize this:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...znud/Beach.jpg

InfernoGirl 03-10-2010 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by aghostinside (Post 566748)
I have the Viking top. I've heard the rampage will be about as good or as good. I also heard it was going to have a couple of pieces that help keep the water from puddling. But I can't confirm that. I'm going to use the rockhard add on cage or something similar to help keep it from sagging too far during heavy snows. I'm not sure it will work but what the heck.

My PO made a bow that clips on under my trailcover to keep rain from puddling. I have read about a lot of folks who cut off a broom handle to stick in the cupholder to use as a prop too. I've also seen some pvc bows made for toneau covers and trailcovers. You might look into something similar for your top.

Hexxum 03-10-2010 12:51 PM

I love my Best Top. I'm hammering out a few details with Best Top currently, but my Trektop is awesome. Take a look at my downloaded pic for an example.

wolfen 03-10-2010 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Hexxum (Post 566981)
Some of you Va Beacher's will recognize this:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...znud/Beach.jpg


Ahhhhh yes him again, that's the spot where I was repairing the hand rail on the board walk at.


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