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Old June 12th, 2014, 06:49 PM   #1
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2002 TJ 4.0L No Hardtop

First off, being that I live in MI I get to enjoy all four seasons including lots of snow and other unpredictable weather. I do however like to take the top down as much as possible once the warm weather does finally break. However being that I do not own a hardtop and personally do not want one, I need a good soft top for year around to hold up to mother natures wrath.

I have owned my Jeep for over 3 years now and the soft top that is currently on it is on its way out so I am now looking at getting a new one. I don't want to spend a lot of money and I always liked the look of those frame less tops rampage offers, also they seem to be reasonably priced.

I wanted to know how good a product they are and if they are recommended. I also wanted to know what the difference is between a sailcloth and non sailcloth top and how difficult is it to take the top down?

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Old June 12th, 2014, 10:01 PM   #2
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I've loved mine. The zippers on the rear window popped off a few teeth about ten months after I bought it. They warrantied the rear window and sent me a new one, I'm still running the old one but I've got a brand new one in box waiting to be used!

I like the top a lot, but it's hard to put on when it's cold. It contracts a lot. There is definitely a pattern to putting it on easy. I haven't had any major problems with it at all really.

The only thing I don't necessarily like is that the rear straps have a tendency to stretch out and I ended up bowing them a little too make all the velcro attach. Doesn't harm anything just looks a little funny.
The sail cloth is supposed to be quieter (it's what I have) and I like it. I honestly would buy this top again. I really like the versatility and the fact that the windows all fold up between the layers of the top means I don't every have to fully detach my windows! Big big plus in my book.

If you like being able to look straight up and see sky though this top isn't for you, taking it completely off is a big pain

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Old June 12th, 2014, 11:08 PM   #3
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I just saw one on ebay with tinted windows for 185.99 plus 29.99 shipping.
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I have one on my tj and like it. My only complaint is that taking the top of completely is a pain because you have nowhere to store it in the Jeep. I basically end up using it bikini top style all summer. It's quite durable and good for winter as well. Also, you do lose a little head room for passengers in the back seat.
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Thanks for the input guys. I was planning on getting this top until I saw how you basically can't fold the top down which I do quite often. If only they could redesign this top to fold down easier I'd be all over it.
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I just put the Bestop Trektop on my mom's LJ and she loves it. It works similarly to the Rampage as far as being frameless and everything, but it has the sunrider option that lets you flip the entire front portion back VERY easily. If that's an option for you rather than removing it entirely then it may be a good choice.
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We ended up with the bestop for our LJ and it works great. The sun rider part is worth it for the quick open top feel.
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