Rampage Frameless Soft Top
Just throwing my .02 cents in the pot. I orderd the Rampage Frameless Soft Top as a replacement for my OEM Soft Top and Frame. I also ordered it in place of my hard top when I move to Alabama at the end of the month. I needed a top that was going to be very versatile and very reliable. I believe I found that in this new soft top.
The Rampage Soft top requires three seperate pieces for install
Windshield Header Bar
Rampage Framless Soft Top
Tailgate Bar (Optional)
I ordered the three pieces above from Amazon.com (best price I could find) and received them in the mail in less than a week.
First, I will tell anyone that is going to install this themselves to HIGHLY consider asking a friend for some help. It is not difficult to install by any means. But when trying to get it into the windshield channel for the first time, it really helps having a friend to put some tension on it.
Second, DO NOT INSTALL THIS TOP BELOW 50 DEGREE'S FARENHEIT! This thing can be a BITCH to install in cold weather (lesson learned)
I have been using this top for about two weeks now to get my initial judgement of it. In that time it has rained, I have taken the side and rear windows out, and I have gotten the top plenty dirty.
I'm very impressed by several things with this top
1. the ability to fold the side windows and the rear window into the top storage bag without completely undoing the zippers. Really expedites re-installing them.
2. the access that I now have to the storage area since I dont use a rear seat. I love the fact that there are zippers on both sides of the rear window. This means that I can undo both halfway up and flip the rear window onto the roof to access the storage area. Instead of the OEM window that needs to be taken all the way around the window.
3. the additional storage pockets that the top has in the front section near the windshield gave me the added space for small pieces of paper (parking garage passes, tickets to shows, etc.) that I didnt want lost.
There are a few down sides to this top though.
1. windshield header does not fit as flush as the factory one does and therefore gets a little bit of a wind whistle at speed (Windshield channel problem, not top problem)
2. the fiberglass bows in the top that support the front section in case of heavy winds will slap at speed, but these are removable. I have been running with them in, have yet to experiment with them out.
3. the top storage bag seems rather small for the side windows and the rear window to be stored. it seems like an excellent idea, but I would much rather see individual flaps there instead of a completely seperate bag. Something that could be machine washed and put back.
This is just my rough assessment of everything thus far. I'll keep updating this as I see fit to let people know how things are going with it.
Attached is a picture of the top installed.