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Old 01-26-2016, 08:33 PM
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Soft top differences

I'm pricing out getting a new soft top for my 03. I am looking into the trek top, I like the "fastback" look of them, and I think they are frameless. I saw there are a few different types of them as far as the trektop and trek top nx. What's the difference in them? Are the Windows easy to get out? Any thing I should know about them before purchase?
Right now I have the oem top with half doors and soft uppers.
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I'm also in the market for a soft top. One of the jeeps I was looking at when looking to buy a jeep had a Rampage frameless soft top. It looked nice and tight and the material seemed sturdy. It looked like you might lose a little space in the back but in my situation that ok.

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Yeah I'm fine with losing space, just want one that's easy to take down and I like how they look
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All soft tops are a pita.

Smittybilt is my pick. Best for the price. Avoid Rampage.
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Look into Softopper. They're frameless, reasonably-priced and made in the USA. I think that is going to be my next top. Saw one in person awhile back- it seemed very well-made and the owner was happy with it.

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I just bought and installed a Sierra Offroad Jeep Wrangler TJ Soft Top 2003-06 in Black Trilogy Acoustic Vinyl w/Tinted Windows. It looks great and is very comparable to Quadratech's budget top but this is on $239 with free shipping. This requires the factory soft top frame though. For $239 well worth it.
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I've got the Trektop NX and love it. I leave the windows off most of the spring, summer & fall. If it is going to dump rain I put the windows back in, takes 5 min. The top is pretty cool, blocks the CO sun most of the time, and I just flip the top back when I want open air.

Still using it in the winter, and its been holding up fine, and I'm up in the mountains most weekends.
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I've got the Trektop NX and love it. I leave the windows off most of the spring, summer & fall. If it is going to dump rain I put the windows back in, takes 5 min. The top is pretty cool, blocks the CO sun most of the time, and I just flip the top back when I want open air.

Still using it in the winter, and its been holding up fine, and I'm up in the mountains most weekends.
Thanks! That's what I wanted to hear. Think I'm going that route too
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All soft tops are a pita.

Smittybilt is my pick. Best for the price. Avoid Rampage.
Regarding your comment on Rampage. I just got an 05 TJ with brand new Rampage soft top.
I have no experience with other than stock and Bestop.

What is the problem with Rampage? Just so I know what issues I may watch for.

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I'm pricing out getting a new soft top for my 03. I am looking into the trek top, I like the "fastback" look of them, and I think they are frameless. I saw there are a few different types of them as far as the trektop and trek top nx. What's the difference in them? Are the Windows easy to get out? Any thing I should know about them before purchase?
Right now I have the oem top with half doors and soft uppers.
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The trektop doesn't have removable windows & I don't think it has the sunrider feature. The NX does.

I've had my NX for about 5 years. It's been a very solid top & is holding up very well. My only grip is that the back window doesn't roll up like standard framed tops. Once broke in the windows are easy to remove. The safari feature is my favorite part. I toss the rear & side windows under the bed for at least 4 months of the year.

As far as Rampage, they just don't look like they hold up as well. Everyone I've seen that has some age on it sags & I'm not a fan of the exposed rear strap.
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Nx top is awesome had mine for a year and love it
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I just bought an 04 Sahara but it only has a hard top. I spend most of my summer in Maine and I will want the top down to soak up any sun I can find to stay warm. I had a jeep over 25 years ago while living in Texas and I think the only full soft top option back then was a soft top with a frame. Now I have so many options. I do remember how easy it was to take out the side and back windows and just flip the top back for full sun. I don't remember the frame laying in the back being a big deal so I think I want that option again.
But... with all this talk about frameless, and I did test drive a jeep with the Rampage top, is that the way to go when I plan on going top off. And the Rampage felt tight during the test drive. I do want the top in the jeep for that sudden temp drop or rain.
Other than the looks why are some many people going with frameless when you have to worry about where to put the entire top if you take it off and want to bring it with you?
I have to drive 2 hours to pick up my jeep tomorrow. can't wait, and I just saw two soft tops in the same town, one brown and one black, with frames. The seller said they are pretty new with all the hardware. If you guys don't talk me away from a soft top with a frame I might be picking one of these up when I get my jeep tomorrow. I know the Tan one is factory and come with all the hardware.
Any quick pros and cons about framed and frameless would be great. I plan on having the top off as much as possible, being in New England, but also want it somewhere in the jeep.
Thanks for letting me jump in on this thread.
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I just bought an 04 Sahara but it only has a hard top. I spend most of my summer in Maine and I will want the top down to soak up any sun I can find to stay warm. I had a jeep over 25 years ago while living in Texas and I think the only full soft top option back then was a soft top with a frame. Now I have so many options. I do remember how easy it was to take out the side and back windows and just flip the top back for full sun. I don't remember the frame laying in the back being a big deal so I think I want that option again.
But... with all this talk about frameless, and I did test drive a jeep with the Rampage top, is that the way to go when I plan on going top off. And the Rampage felt tight during the test drive. I do want the top in the jeep for that sudden temp drop or rain.
Other than the looks why are some many people going with frameless when you have to worry about where to put the entire top if you take it off and want to bring it with you?
I have to drive 2 hours to pick up my jeep tomorrow. can't wait, and I just saw two soft tops in the same town, one brown and one black, with frames. The seller said they are pretty new with all the hardware. If you guys don't talk me away from a soft top with a frame I might be picking one of these up when I get my jeep tomorrow. I know the Tan one is factory and come with all the hardware.
Any quick pros and cons about framed and frameless would be great. I plan on having the top off as much as possible, being in New England, but also want it somewhere in the jeep.
Thanks for letting me jump in on this thread.
I have the nx frame less I love it because I have the sun rider feature and I also like to keep the top on when I take off the windows and doors, but in your case I'd honestly go with the frame top. Just easier to store and take with you than constantly folding up and taking off the frame less top
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I just installed a Trektop NX Wednesday. It was very easy to assemble and install, even with 30 deg temps. I did have to let the jeep run with the heater on for about 20 min to get every zipper closed but it was still simple. After sitting in the sun all day yesterday I did some adjusting and found the windows weren't any harder to take off than an oem top. I got the black diamond and the fabric looks and feels identical to my old JK oem top. As an added bonus i was able to pick up a 5 year replacement warranty for $80 from where I got it!
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I just installed a Trektop NX Wednesday. It was very easy to assemble and install, even with 30 deg temps. I did have to let the jeep run with the heater on for about 20 min to get every zipper closed but it was still simple. After sitting in the sun all day yesterday I did some adjusting and found the windows weren't any harder to take off than an oem top. I got the black diamond and the fabric looks and feels identical to my old JK oem top. As an added bonus i was able to pick up a 5 year replacement warranty for $80 from where I got it!
Does the warranty include replacement f someone cuts it?

I am going to get a new soft too eventually. My 2000 still has the stock tan one on it and I'd like get a black top instead. I think I may first save for a hard top for the winter months. Are the aftermarket tops as quiet as the OE ones? Mine doesn't really let much noise in until about 55mph and kind of evens out the flapping around 70mph.
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My Trektop NX doesn't flap at all, regularly up to 70 mph or so.
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I went from an OEM top, to a hard top and I'm looking to go back to a soft top (confused much? lol). The Trektop NX is on my list of things to buy before summer arrives. The idea of the fastback look and the sunrider option just kinda does it for me. Taking a hardtop off by yourself gets old after a while...just like trying to find a place to store it haha
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Ok, stupid question time.... can a fastback style top be used on any TJ, or do only certain year models work?
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Ok, stupid question time.... can a fastback style top be used on any TJ, or do only certain year models work?
Any year. 97-06 for a TJ. JK/JKU's have different models based off of 2dr/4dr.

Btw generally called a bowless, or frameless style. That's why it angles like it does. It comes off the rollbars, not a separate frame, but still attaches at the back of the tailgate area.
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I've owned the Rampage top and currently have a Trektop NX on my Jeep. They are hardly comparable. The extra cash is well worth getting a Trektop NX. Better quality material, better design, better craftsmanship, less noisy, better looking, and the sunrider feature is nice. Only thing the Rampage did that I miss is you could throw your windows in-between the two layers and keep them up and out of the way. But also every Rampage I went through (3 different ones) leaked and would soak my passenger seat when it rained.
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I've owned the Rampage top and currently have a Trektop NX on my Jeep. They are hardly comparable. The extra cash is well worth getting a Trektop NX. Better quality material, better design, better craftsmanship, less noisy, better looking, and the sunrider feature is nice. Only thing the Rampage did that I miss is you could throw your windows in-between the two layers and keep them up and out of the way. But also every Rampage I went through (3 different ones) leaked and would soak my passenger seat when it rained.
I've had my rampage frameless for a little over 3 years now. Loved it but its definitely time for an upgrade for me. It's starting to fall apart. Definitely looking into the trektop.
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I've had my rampage frameless for a little over 3 years now. Loved it but its definitely time for an upgrade for me. It's starting to fall apart. Definitely looking into the trektop.
That's how I felt about mine (minus the leaking) My second lasted a year and the wear, fading, and sagging after that time was very noticeable. I'm coming up on a year with my Trektop NX and I still have a hard time getting the windows in and out and the fabric and windows still look brand new with sparse use of their 3 pack of care products. It is simply much higher quality and the longevity is worth the price. I understand why people go after the Rampage especially for trail rigs, people with hard tops, and if you're just short on cash. It's an investment but totally worth it.
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Ok, stupid question time.... can a fastback style top be used on any TJ, or do only certain year models work?
If it says it for a TJ (and that's what you have) it will fit. Usually you just need to check which header bar, door surrounds, and tailgate hardware you need. My Trektop came with everything needed. If you're coming from a hardtop you won't have this hardware and need to check with the manufacturer as to what you'll need.
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That's how I felt about mine (minus the leaking) My second lasted a year and the wear, fading, and sagging after that time was very noticeable. I'm coming up on a year with my Trektop NX and I still have a hard time getting the windows in and out and the fabric and windows still look brand new with sparse use of their 3 pack of care products. It is simply much higher quality and the longevity is worth the price. I understand why people go after the Rampage especially for trail rigs, people with hard tops, and if you're just short on cash. It's an investment but totally worth it.
Word. I was new to the jeep world so didn't know a whole lot, went with rampage because of the price. Really loved it but man, in the past 6 months it's started going downhill. Time to save up for the NX :-)
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Word. I was new to the jeep world so didn't know a whole lot, went with rampage because of the price. Really loved it but man, in the past 6 months it's started going downhill. Time to save up for the NX :-)
Nx is way worth it, had a buddy with a Sunriver top from quadratec go under a tree that fell and it ripped a hole in his top almost immediately I went through with the nx and the same branch couldn't rip it

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