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adkjoe 04-26-2010 05:33 PM

need a new softop...advice please
 
Well my soft top is in crappy condition, the back window has been nearly impossible to take in and out since last summer and today the zipper snapped in half and fell off. Besides I hate the color of the top anyway. So I guess I'm looking to pull the trigger and get a new top. All my hardware is good so I'm thinking about a sailcloth replace a top with tinted windows. I really don't want to spend $600 for a piece of fabric but I really don't have a choice I guess. I checked craigslist and there's nothing around I'm interested in. So my questions are, where is the best place to order a black replace a top from or can anyone suggest a cheaper alternative? I know Viking sold the fastback top to another company but is it still the same top? I could think of 100 ways to better spend $600 but we get a lot of rain up here and I need something soon!

Kate 04-26-2010 05:53 PM

Just remember... you get what you pay for.
You buy a cheap top, and it's going to fail you sooner than a quality top will.

Maybe a good used take off would be the answer for you.

Or, there is good old Ebay.
97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sailcloth Soft Top Black Diamond : eBay Motors (item 190343202539 end time May-17-10 16:33:24 PDT)
I realize the windows aren't tinted, but it's not $600 either.

This one has tinted windows:
JEEP WRANGLER TJ 97-02 NEW BLACK SOFT TOP TINTED : eBay Motors (item 350339751981 end time May-11-10 17:24:02 PDT)

adkjoe 04-26-2010 05:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kate (Post 609154)
Just remember... you get what you pay for.
You buy a cheap top, and it's going to fail you sooner than a quality top will.

Yea, I've learned that lesson with many things in life that's why I was thinking about a bestop sailcloth. The ses\cond top you posted is nice but I have an 06 and that's for an 02. I was also considering the viking top but they recently sold it to another company and now I'm worried about quality etc...

Kate 04-26-2010 06:09 PM

Psst..
JEEP WRANGLER 03-06 SOFT TOP BLACK TINTED NO DOOR SKINS : eBay Motors (item 380227679060 end time May-24-10 18:58:50 PDT)

Same seller... different top.
I KNOW what it's like to be tight on money. That's how I've spent my whole entire life.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/jcwhitney/t...questid=184642

adkjoe 04-26-2010 06:16 PM

Thank god I have a bestop trail cover and my Jeep isn't my only vehicle cause it's going to rain everyday for the next week...this sucks...

InfernoGirl 04-26-2010 07:46 PM

Rampage licensed the design of the Trek top from Viking. JCWhitney has them for around $325. Google replace a tops and you should find some different places that have the Bestop skins. I hear Quadratec is probably the most $$. As far as the Trek tops go, the Rampage tops currently have lighter weight material and windows, but the design is the same and the quality is pretty good from what I've read.

adkjoe 04-27-2010 08:49 AM

Pretty sure I want the rampage fastback, it's out of stock everywhere though...I can't win :(

InfernoGirl 04-27-2010 09:26 AM

I just saw a post somewhere that someone wants to trade a Viking for a hard top. You don't happen to have a hard top laying around anywhere? :)

adkjoe 04-27-2010 09:28 AM

Nope wish I did, it's snowing out right now and I have no top...well I have my trail cover thank god but I can't drive with that on :)

Hexxum 04-27-2010 09:36 AM

I love my Bestop Trektop. It's easy to take on and off, and has a great unique look. I have random people coming up to me, just to comment on how great it looks.
One of the best mods I've done for my Jeep.

aghostinside 04-27-2010 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by InfernoGirl (Post 609826)
I just saw a post somewhere that someone wants to trade a Viking for a hard top. You don't happen to have a hard top laying around anywhere? :)

That might be me.
I love my Viking and the rampage appears to be of decent quality. The rampages windows look kinda thin to me but I have the viking sail cloth version that I'm comparing to.

adkjoe 04-27-2010 10:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aghostinside (Post 609886)
That might be me.
I love my Viking and the rampage appears to be of decent quality. The rampages windows look kinda thin to me but I have the viking sail cloth version that I'm comparing to.

I don't have a hardtop but do yo want to sell it to me?

aghostinside 04-27-2010 10:47 AM

If I could get my hands on a hard top I'd sell it. As for now I can't sell it out right or I'd be getting wet (rain). I sold my factory top when I put this one on.

adkjoe 04-27-2010 10:58 AM

Let me know if you find one, If i haven't got one yet I'll take you up on that.

aghostinside 04-27-2010 11:04 AM

Cool. I feel your pain. My factory top was ratty and I had bought my Viking when it was snowing. I had to wait for about two months for a nice day to put it on. Good luck.

PaulRevere1991 05-01-2010 02:04 PM

does rampage make a version that will fit an LJ?

pakman55 05-01-2010 02:30 PM

I dont see a viking LJ version on their site but check out these:
Jeep Wrangler TJ Canvas Caps and Toppers - Softopper

Look to be some quality stuff, and made in the USA :punk:

gryph 05-01-2010 04:08 PM

Make sure you google the part numbers you decide on.

I just bought tinted windows for my Bestop on amazon for $154 w/ free shipping when everyone else was $190 +


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