We recently caught wind of a new soft top on the market that's made by Rampage and comes with double-stitched and seam-sealed construction, a fancy Diamond-Black canvas, and 30-mil-thick windows. Rampage also offers a two-year warranty that covers all defects in workmanship and materials, so if a seam comes apart or the fabric rips, the company will replace the top for you.
Top companies have come and gone over the years, and let's face it, replacing the soft top isn't cheap. Plus it's pretty scary to be the first guy around to buy a top from a company no one has ever used before. So we figured we'd grab one and give it a whirl for you.
We went with a full top, which includes all the bows and hardware for converting from a hard top or a soft top with damaged parts. So, follow along as we unpack and install the new complete top from Rampage Products.
A Brief Review The top and bows install with no problems, just as the directions said they should. The header at the front of the top actually bolts down to the windshield, and then the fabric of the top slides into that header like a CJ or YJ. However, unlike the YJ or CJ, there is no bar to tension the top, just a nylon strap. So to install and tension the fabric, either you'll need to carry a 9/16-inch box-end wrench, ratchet wrench, or just yank on the back corners of the top. The middle bow assembly doesn't just swing down, so you need to remove it for true open-top Jeeping.
This really doesn't affect our use of the top; we just normally zip the windows out of the top, leaving essentially a safari bikini anyway. We are told that this material is an 18-ounce material, which is the original spec on the Jeep. The top is made outside the U.S., as are all tops nowadays, but the company is based right here in the USA, so customer service is in a language you can understand.
Overall, we are pleased with our new top, and even more pleased with the extra money still in our pockets.