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Unread 05-17-2010, 11:24 PM   #1
Achillius
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Rampage Bowless/Fastback top review for the TJ

I've never been one to write reviews, but since I received a lot of input when I was asking about replacement tops I'd like to let anyone interested in this bowless top that I'm really impressed so far with the way it works and looks. My factory soft top was coming apart and it was time to replace it. For a little over $500 I picked up the rampage bowless top as a replacement. It installed very easily with a bestop windshield header, factory door surrounds and the tail gate bar. What I really like about this top is that you get to lose the metal bow all together creating a more slimline unique look for your TJ. The tinted windows are extra large and look pretty sharp. Cosmetically I feel like it's taken years of my TJ's age. One of my concerns was water pooling due to lack of support from the bow. However, there are a couple flexible support rods that run length wise and a pull strap that keeps the top tight. I live in Florida and have had some serious rain since the install with no problems. Things I'm a little disappointed with include the back window which doesn't fit as tightly as I'd like. It sort of bends creating a double vision image while looking through the rear view mirror. Also, even though it fits with my sound bar, it appears to me that it was designed without the sound bar in mind. The sleeve built in to the bikini section to store the zip out widow panels in is a good idea, but for those with a sound bar, it's at least a tighter fit. Overall, I'm very glad I made the decision to go with this top. If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer them.

Bill

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Unread 05-18-2010, 06:40 PM   #2
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Does it give much "flapping" noise at highway speeds?
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Unread 05-18-2010, 06:59 PM   #3
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No, not really. I was concerned about that, but so far it works real well.

However, I haven only tried it with windows rolled down, not with doors and windows zipped out. Should be good though
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Unread 10-01-2010, 09:05 AM   #4
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Show me as another satisfied Rampage Bowless Softtop owner. It fits well, is versatile, and I'll probably not ever install my hardtop again.

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Unread 07-24-2012, 01:41 PM   #5
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Help with my install - windshield frame

Got my Rampage top as well and very very happy. I do have a question though I'm hoping someone can help with...my 2000 TJ has a rubber gasket on top of the windshield frame...assuming for the factory hardtop it came with originally, but no longer has. When I install the Rampage header bar, I have gaps at each end of the windshield between the bar and rubber factory gasket and that is catching air and moisture. Was I supposed to try and remove that factory rubber? I see there is a gray seal tape on the bottom of the Rampage header bar, but not sure I can actually get that rubber off windshield frame since it is glued at each end of the frame at a minimum. Hoping someone else has run into this.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 09:12 AM   #6
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"When I install the Rampage header bar, I have gaps at each end of the windshield between the bar and rubber factory gasket and that is catching air and moisture. Was I supposed to try and remove that factory rubber? I see there is a gray seal tape on the bottom of the Rampage header bar, but not sure I can actually get that rubber off windshield frame since it is glued at each end of the frame at a minimum."

hey was just wondering if you have any water issues in the gaps?
did you ever find out about removing the rubber seal or not?

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Unread 03-18-2013, 05:15 AM   #7
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"When I install the Rampage header bar, I have gaps at each end of the windshield between the bar and rubber factory gasket and that is catching air and moisture. Was I supposed to try and remove that factory rubber? I see there is a gray seal tape on the bottom of the Rampage header bar, but not sure I can actually get that rubber off windshield frame since it is glued at each end of the frame at a minimum."

hey was just wondering if you have any water issues in the gaps?
did you ever find out about removing the rubber seal or not?

Cheers
You leave the rubber seal intact. I talked to Rampage and they said I needed to twist the bracket forward more as I tightened it. I was not successful so I jsut used black RTV in the gaps...not noticeable and no leaks.
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Unread 03-18-2013, 06:12 AM   #8
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I've had my Rampage bowless top for about 3 years now and I still love it, I rarely use it as a top only runner, usually too cold and when its warm I have a mesh top.
Anyway, after all this time it's still tight, still quieter than my old framed soft top by leaps and bounds, you can have a normal conversation in the Jeep at highway speed
with the Rampage top, I never could with the old top. the only wear I've had is about 3/4" of zipper on the back window, right side, window side of the zipper is trying to
tear, but ever since it started I just zip it just past the tear first then the other side and it hasnt progressed in months. All concidered it was one of the best purchases
I ever made and one of the longest lasting. The only downside is the windows will get scratched up a bit if you use the window pouch, I always roll them up and stow them
either in my tow vehicle of in the garage, still they get a little scratched as time goes on.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 04:17 PM   #9
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Does anyone know if a drill in header work with a Rampage Bowless top?
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Unread 04-11-2013, 05:48 PM   #10
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as long as it has a header channel I would guess it would work. As long as it looks like this -

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