Remodeling A Jeep With A Quadratop and BedtredPosted in How To: Body Chassis on July 15, 2015
The average lifespan of a shingle roof for your home is said to be between 15-20 years. The average lifespan of your home’s carpet is said to be around five. We’ve owned enough soft top Wranglers over the years to figure out that we’re lucky to get three years out of a top and maybe two out of the stock carpet.
Mud, trees, sun, and terrain outcroppings pick away at the life of your top and carpet. Thrown in a few ripped seams, broken zippers, and leaky spots, and you’ll soon have your carpet out and be on the search for a new top like we were.
Since the previous owner of our new-to-us Wrangler Unlimited had bent the original soft top frame in what looked like a wheeling mishap, we couldn’t just get new soft top material and drape it over the OE bow assembly. We had already decided on replacing the carpet with a more durable BedTred kit we found on Quadratec, so we decided to take a look at the tops while were cruising on the site. We ended up landing on Quadratec’s QuadraTop Complete Premium Sailcloth Top in Black Diamond.
The QuadraTop (PN 11000.2635K.07) we went with included the bow-assembly our Wrangler needed, along with the better sailcloth fabric that we wanted. Press-polished 40-mil-thick tinted vinyl windows were also standard with the kit. In terms of quality, Quadratec boasts that its QuadraTop comes from a partnership with the exclusive supplier of OE soft tops.
Coupled with our BedTred Premium Molded Floor Kit, everything came to a grand total of a little over $1,500. While not inexpensive, we don’t have any reason to believe that we’ll ever need to replace the BedTred flooring. Sure, this won’t be our last soft top, but that’s how it goes when you routinely wheel your Jeep. If we can manage to keep our new top’s bowing intact, the next time we need a top it will only cost a fraction of what we paid this time out.
We spent a few hours one afternoon in the driveway to install it all. It’s a pretty easy one-man job, but a warm day and extra set of hands will make it go a little smoother. Logging miles with the top has been easy, as has testing the water-tightness of it. We did have one spot that leaked near the rear passenger door, but we adjusted the top in that area, and have not had any issues since. Wind noise compared to the old top is much better, as is the visibility out of the windows. Overall, we’ve been happy with the new liner and top. It makes the Jeep feel (and smell) new again, which is always a great bonus.
The noise reduction, durability, and clean fit and finish make the BedTred a favorite product. But, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t point out one area of contention. Since the cargo area lift cover is raised, BedTred makes its cargo area cover with slits on either side so you can still lift the panel. The issue is that it exaggerates the fact that the cargo lift panel makes the floor uneven. We had trouble with the Velcro coming unattached when sliding in heavy items and didn’t really like the look of the raised center. We decided to cut the piece off that covered the panel cover to get our flat-ish floor back. We’d love to see a BedTred include a replacement panel on future models to eliminate this issue.