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Old 05-27-2016, 10:17 AM
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Which soft top is best?

I'm sure this isn't as simple a question as I hope it is.
Buying a JKU. I can either get the dual top with the premium soft, or just get the hard top and go out and get a Bestop or Rampage. In either case, looking premium twill since I have to do some highway every day. If OEM is better I'll get it, but do like the fastback look.

Any advice? Thanks!

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Bestop Trektop Pro. I sold my hardtop to get this top and haven't looked back, I love it.

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get the premium twill ,its quiter better fit and finish
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Do you think you will want to take the top down fully frequently? If yes, premium top dual top group. If you'll mostly use the su rider feature, then it comes down to what you want to look at.

I have a trektop and a standard soft top at the moment, and chose to put my standard top on to start the summer because it's so much easier to take down completely. If I had premium I would never have picked up the nx to begin with. Just my .02
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Do you think you will want to take the top down fully frequently? If yes, premium top dual top group. If you'll mostly use the su rider feature, then it comes down to what you want to look at.

I have a trektop and a standard soft top at the moment, and chose to put my standard top on to start the summer because it's so much easier to take down completely. If I had premium I would never have picked up the nx to begin with. Just my .02
That's definitely good info. I'm keeping my eye out on craigslist locally for a Trektop because I like the look and thought they were easy but the premium stocker is easier? Is it a big difference or not that much? How long does it take to do the sunrider, the full top down and also about the same time to get each back up?

I have a hard top only but with a 45 minute commute, mostly surface streets for now (sometimes 1-3 miles highway) but many times per summer I am going on road trips with the JKU so I want to factor that in as well.
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Before you jump to the dual top, make sure you understand you will need a place to store the hard top when it is off, and it is in three pieces when it is off. It generally takes either a lift or two people to take it off as well, since it is so bulky.

A good quality soft top is generally quiet and leak proof. In fact most of the leak issues I have seen listed are the hard tops, some of which had not been taken off. I got the hard top only and never intend tot take it off. For driving with the top down, I have the other Jeep. If I was going to only have one, I would have gone with the soft top, as I don't have a good way to get the hard top off and store it.

The freedom top portion is also sensitive to the sequence of putting it back on and how tight the fasteners are screwed down. If the seals are damaged of compressed too much, they can leak. That being said, many take theirs off regularly without any leaks.
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Old 06-15-2016, 11:58 AM
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Went with the Trektop NX twill. Man, what a pain in the ass putting that thing on. Looks awesome though.
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Trektop NX shill here.
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Trektop NX shill here.
Double shill for TrekTop NX.
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I'm on my third Wrangler (TJ and two JKs), and the premium top is, by far, the best top I have ever had. It's considerably quieter than any other top I have used, and it's easier to take down and pull back up than any other top I have used. I can even talk on the cell phone at highway speeds!
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Double shill for TrekTop NX.
Teasip- Used bungee balls one on each side to secure the nx when sunrider is back for highway speeds-- no rattle- no sail- no sounds when you hit a bump!

Gotta love bungee balls!
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By Premium top, you guys mean the Sunrider optional top that costs $500?
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Teasip- Used bungee balls one on each side to secure the nx when sunrider is back for highway speeds-- no rattle- no sail- no sounds when you hit a bump!



Gotta love bungee balls!


After day before yesterday, I've got bungee balls coming out my ears now. I'll see about giving them a try around the Sunrider frame rails (assuming that's where you have them placed).
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Ok, now Im upset I didnt think of this before you posted it. Ive been looking for a way to hold that sunrider down. Thanks for confirming this will work.
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Ok, now Im upset I didnt think of this before you posted it. Ive been looking for a way to hold that sunrider down. Thanks for confirming this will work.
No problem
Works like a charm.
Minus the color of the bungee ball
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I'm gonna add my 2 cents since I have experience with both the Mopar premium top and a Bestop top. I heard somewhere that the Mopar tops are made by Bestop (later confirmed) so I though they must be the same. WRONG. I have the Bestop on my jeep and my brother has the Mopar which I helped install.

Even though they are both made by BestTop the quality of the Mopar is much better than the Bestop. The windows on my Bestop soft top, even 3 years after install, still don't fit right and I get some problems with buffeting. The buffeting is usually fixed by some support bars provided by Bestop but I broke off a mount for them. Totally my fault but it makes the top buffet in the wind and get "filled" with rain so that I have to push up on it to get rid of the water. Not a problem with the top but a problem because I was an idiot. It also took some work to get it installed with things not being perfect. Nothing major but an annoyance.

On the other hand the Mopar premium went on perfectly with no issues whatsoever. Everything fit right, it has addiditonal internal supports (I think) to help with buffeting, etc etc. Windows fit perfectly, no buffeting, and its quieter because its more secure and fits right. In my opinion the Mopar is the better top by far.
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Yep, my balls aren't that large....
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Only 3 days with the NX twill on so my opinion may eventually change but ... love it so far. tight as a drum and in my opinion the fastback look is so much better. I don't know why Jeep doesn't offer that from the factory.
on the downside ... my fingers still hurt 3 days later from fighting the thing on the 1st install!
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Which soft top is best?

Note the suggestion over the past week about using a length of parachute cord to provide a better grip on the zippers. Mine were fine this past weekend when put back on after baking in my garage while on top of the suspended HT.
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Tall guy- the hands and finger hurt is worth it in the end.
Ive said on other threads that minus the difficulty getting into the trunk and a few minor flaws- this is the best top going!
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I really like the Trektop NX also we have ran Black Diamond fabric and Twill. Twill is now my favorite it a little thicker material, It's blacked out on the inside of the top so it make the interior look a lot better and washes off and cleans up nice.

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I'm trying to decide the same thing as the OP. The NX looks better than the premium soft top, but my biggest issue is how to get the top on and off fast. I have a hardtop with a hoist in the garage. It's great when I want to take the top off all day and there's no threat of rain, but if there's the slightest chance I need to make sure I don't drive too far from home.

With a soft top I want to be able to put that puppy on fairly fast if there's a threat of an afternoon thunderstorm. I see the premium soft top being the way to go since the other designs, which look cool, take longer to reinstall. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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get the premium twill ,its quiter better fit and finish
+1 Get the twill top!
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I'm trying to decide the same thing as the OP. The NX looks better than the premium soft top, but my biggest issue is how to get the top on and off fast. I have a hardtop with a hoist in the garage. It's great when I want to take the top off all day and there's no threat of rain, but if there's the slightest chance I need to make sure I don't drive too far from home. With a soft top I want to be able to put that puppy on fairly fast if there's a threat of an afternoon thunderstorm. I see the premium soft top being the way to go since the other designs, which look cool, take longer to reinstall. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
The time consumer is getting your windows and zipping them back in. I'm not sure the tops proper make that big of a difference. You can have the NX rolled up under the Sunrider and all it requires is just unrolling, hook the two rear straps to the tub, and close the Sunrider.
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Do you think you will want to take the top down fully frequently? If yes, premium top dual top group. If you'll mostly use the su rider feature, then it comes down to what you want to look at.

I have a trektop and a standard soft top at the moment, and chose to put my standard top on to start the summer because it's so much easier to take down completely. If I had premium I would never have picked up the nx to begin with. Just my .02
I bought my JKU with just the hardtop and picked up the Trektop NX immediately after. After 1 summer with it, I picked up a NIB standard top for a decent deal on CraigsList and haven't looked back.

Trektop NX is cool to ride safari style and to have the look, but the amount of times I didn't go top-down because I didn't want to deal with the PITA of managing the Trektop was too high.
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"Best" is a normative and therefore non quantifiable term. By best, do you mean lowest cost?, quietest?, longest lasting?, all of the above?, something else? "Best" means different things to different people. I am not trying to be a prick here, but there are far too many normative questions asked by folks, and the truth is, there is no single answer to a normative question.

I feel better having got that off my chest. Back to your regularly scheduled flurry of different answers.

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Thought I'd drag this back up in case OP or anyone else out there cares..

I finally installed my trektop nx, so in the past 6 months I've run the hard top, Mopar Standard soft top, and the Bestop Trektop NX. If anyone wants to give away their premium top, I'll be happy to try that as well

I daily drive my jeep, on Long Island streets and highways, through New York City, Northern New Jersey streets, roads and highways, and Upstate New York on streets, highways, country roads and dirt roads. I get up to 80 mph on the highway, and normal speeds everywhere else.. At the end of the day, street vs highway doesn't matter for hard top/ soft top/ fast back, it's all about what you want.

Hardtop is the quietest all around. Mopar soft top isn't as quiet, and there's wind noise above 55mph. I drive 80 mph on highway with sunrider open and back window out, no problems. I drive upstate buttoned up, and I can have a normal conversation with the passenger. The nx has been noisier than my Mopar top so far, though it seems to have a tighter seal than my MOPAR top. There isn't any whistling noise from the top at high speed like MOPAR, but it still seems louder to me. Driving on the cross bronx, it feels like I am in the 18 wheeler next to me. the sunrider feature on the nx works great, but I will never attempt to go topless with the NX.

Verdict? 1. I have too many tops for my jeep 2. Premium top would be perfect for ME for noise control, with full ability to go topless. 3. a fastback top with MOPAR premium top finishes, quality, noise control, and easy ability to go topless would blow my mind

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