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Summer top advice

I am looking for a good summer top to go on my 16 JKU. I want a top that I can use during the warmer months that is easily converted from a safari top to an enclosed top because of the crazy Georgia weather. Never know when its going to rain around here. I would like to get a top that will easily work with a bed cover so I can keep stuff in the back out of site when I have the windows and doors off. What summer top do you like and why? Send pictures of hat you have if you gottem. Thank in advance for the help.

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Re: Summer top advice

Heda;

I know this isn't exactly what you were looking for but... First let me tell you I spent 6 years in Biloxi with many trips up to Augusta and 7 years near Charlotte NC, so I know what your weather can be like. Given that I think what I'm about to list will serve you well too...

With the current JK we went with hard top only, figuring come summer we'd pull the top completely plus the doors. I've got the SpiderWebShade (very good at sun reduction without hinder the openness), Body Armor Trail Doors (got an unlimited so front & back), Bestop trail cover (for overnight) & QuadraTop Emergency Top.

We will probably add this (Something new for hardtop owners... - Jeep Wrangler Forum) when available for spring & fall warm days to easily open up...

We had a dual top on the 14 JK but found we used it very little preferring topless etc...

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Re: Summer top advice

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Re: Summer top advice

I would suggest you look at the Bestop Trex Top NX or similar. We had the NX and loved it. I don't know how well it will work with a bed cover however. I would guess that if you invest in a deck enclosure or a storage box from Tuffy, Smitybilt, or other manufacturer about any top should work.

The sides and rear windows zip off and the front flips back so you can really open things up. Of course to be prepared for the unexpected rain shower, you would have to stow the pieces in the Jeep some where. There's a video on youtube that show one persons solution to that. (https://youtu.be/rVSGej8FJ_Y)

Once the top gets broke in and you've done it a time or two taking things off and putting them back on doesn't take too much effort. It take about 5 minutes to remove the panels and I'd say 10-15 to put them back on depending on the situation. We only had it a couple of months and I always seemed to get in hurry and skip a step.
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Re: Summer top advice

I have the TrekTop NX as well and have had no issues with it. In reality, any soft top will do what you want. Though, I'd stear clear of the base plastic model from the factory and aftermarket croud.

A good twill is sold by pretty much every reputable company. Fastback or stock variety is an aesthetic decision only you can answer.

The link Tink added is a pretty nifty idea and eliminates a lot of the frustration with owning a hard top
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Re: Summer top advice

Thanks for the help. I have the dual tops option and plan to use the soft top all during the warm months. However, at some point I want a safari top to use sometimes. The Trek Top NX is a great option but you have to cut the roll bar cover to mount it. Really don't want to do that. Any other options out there?
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Re: Summer top advice

Cutting the roll bar cover is miniscule, maybe an inch at most, and you won't ever see it. The cover doesn't do much, if anything, and you'll never know it's there once you put the top on. The brackets that get installed don't rub the hard top either. You can take the back and side panels off and have just the top on if you want the safari top.
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Re: Summer top advice

I agree with GoCoogs sentiments. In the beginning however I was a bit hesitant to cut our cover as well. So to make myself feel better about it, I bought some outdoor polyester thread from JoAnns (a craft and hobby shop in our area) and hand stitched the ends of the cuts. I did that just in case one of the kids (or I) did something stupid and pulled on the cover in just the right way to tear the holes bigger. I don't know if you have ever tried adjusting that cover though, that thing really don't move a whole lot unless you unzip it. My point being, I think I spent way too much time stitching cuts that didn't need it.
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Re: Summer top advice

Ok i see. If it's only an inch or so I think I can do that. Is it easy to locate where the cut goes? That would help keep the cut to a minimum. Where is the best place to get the top?
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Ok i see. If it only and inch or so I think I can do that. Is it easy to locate where the cut goes? That would help keep the cut to a minimum. Where is the best place to get the top?
A few things that I forgot to ask. What do you do with the side and rear panels you take out? How do you store them in the jeep to keep them from getting damaged? If you have the side and rear panels out, will a bed cover work with the trek top?
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Ok i see. If it's only an inch or so I think I can do that. Is it easy to locate where the cut goes? That would help keep the cut to a minimum.
The directions show you where to cut. It's pretty easy.

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Where is the best place to get the top?
I got mine from 4wheelparts here in Houston

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What do you do with the side and rear panels you take out?
Put them in the back of the jeep or leave them at the house.

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How do you store them in the jeep to keep them from getting damaged?
Cover them with a towel or something, separating each so they don't scratch.

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If you have the side and rear panels out, will a bed cover work with the trek top?
I don't see why not
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