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Unread 07-22-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Question about new Wrangler Top

I am in the market for a new (2013/2014) Wrangler Unlimited and hope someone can answer some questions (dealers have been worthless - I know more about the car than they do, and I don't know much). I have seen several Wranglers in my area with a soft top that is not square in the rear, but kind of tapers the rear into a triangle vs square. (I'm not sure if I am communicating that properly.) It seems to follow the contours of the roll bar rather than squaring off the rear. I think it looks way better than the normal Wrangler top.

Is that a configuration change with the OEM soft top, or an aftermarket soft top? What's that called?

Also, I know I want to install a modest lift (2.5") and 35" wheels/tires soon after I buy it. How do I know if I need backspacing on the new wheels?

Final Question - I drove the manual and automatic Wrangler Unlimited, and I definitely want the manual. Is there any consensus on the effect of manual transmission on the re-sale price?

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Unread 07-22-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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The top is aftermarket, probably the Bestop.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/11116_235_07.htm
or the rampage.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/11119_1435_07.htm
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Unread 07-27-2013, 05:36 PM   #3
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Yep - that's it. Thanks.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 06:55 PM   #4
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Trex top by bestop.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
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Maybe you should find a better dealer. Lol. Some of us are dealers and only sell jeeps because we love them like the rest of us. Lol.
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Unread 07-27-2013, 07:10 PM   #6
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You'll need a good lift to run 35's on 2.5. AEV or Teraflex.

The wheels you'll need are the average 4.5 back spacing. AEV wheels are a 5.25 offset. It's a better scrub rate and works best with the AEV lifts. (We're about to open a whole can of worms here Mo-Fo) haha.

Over all more auto jeeps are sold. The manual (23 S, C, B, R, G) is still very popular but not as valuable as the 24S 24C etc... In resale or trade. Just like resale of a rubicon or S package (power).

Also FYI,... The auto is more powerful and fuel efficient then the manual trans. Here's a list of what I've rand over the last few years.
2012 current own auto
1995 current own auto
1945 current own 3 speed manual

2010 auto
2007 auto
1995 5 speed
1994 auto
1991 auto

And I wheeled and daily drove them all.
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