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post #1 of 2968 Old 04-02-2010, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Rampage Fast Back bowless soft top review (replaced Viking fast back)

After installing my Rampage soft top i must say i am very happy, especially for the $425 i have invested in it.

Installing it was a bit hard on the hands because the top is so tight but it also is only 55 deg fahrenheit outside which does not help things. I absolutely love the large windows as they are fairly larger then the ones on my old hard top and much larger then any other soft top ive seen. All in all i would definitely recommend this top, especially for anyone who has/had a hard top.

What i like about it:
-side and rear windows zip out to turn into a bikini/safari top
-weighs only 18lbs and easily fits behind the rear seat if you want some sun
-windows are huge (biggest ive seen on any top) and has almost zero blind spots
-has a compartment to store windows while in bikini mode
-map pockets above visors
-uses roll bars for frame (good if you have/had a hard top)

What i don't like about it:
-top slaps the support bars between the windshield and roll/sound bar when going 40+ with door windows down and it does not matter how tight i pull the center strap (does not do it in safari mode)
-the rear window does not fit in the window bag and you have to fold it to fit causing a lumpy top in safari mode
-If the rear window is in it makes accessing the back difficult and if you unzip the rear window you have to take the sides off to reinstall it which is kind of a PITA if you just need to get something out of the back seat.


EDIT: Well one year and a month later the back window zippers failed. Some of the zipper teeth on the driver side have come off and would not zip all the way down and now the passenger side zipper has come off completely. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! I just hope the warranty will cover this. The first two pictures below show what im talking about

Driver side rear window

Passenger side










map pockets


Bag/storage compartment to store side and rear windows


More pics with the windows out (after camping so sorry its kinda dirty)







Top is a bit lumpy because rear window does not fit in storage bag without folding it.

Windows in bag



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post #2 of 2968 Old 04-02-2010, 07:54 PM
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That looks nice...I like it.
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I would also like some other Rampage Fast Back owners to chime in and give their input so this review is not one sided.
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Looks great as far as I can tell. From the pictures it looks exactly like my Viking top. Does it have support bows for the front? It looks like it in the picture of the inside.
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How is it as far as wind noise and air/rain leaks?
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Looks great as far as I can tell. From the pictures it looks exactly like my Viking top. Does it have support bows for the front? It looks like it in the picture of the inside.
Ditto...looks EXACTLY like my 2nd gen Viking top as well...

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Can't wait until I have enough money to buy one. Does that top use the factory door surrounds?
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Bestop came out with a version of this too, I'm not sure how new it is but it's really similar
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I really like the rampage bowles as while. So far it seems to be very well made. The only thing as far as dislikes go is there are two support bars in the front which when you have the window open make alot of noise. But I just put a tee shirt between the top and bars and it just fine. Other than that it's awesome! Install is simple as well. It just takes a couple of times to figure out the best way. Also I'll find out if it leaks cause it rainning heavy right now
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Can't wait until I have enough money to buy one. Does that top use the factory door surrounds?
yes. the only thing you have to have is the door surrounds and the tail gate bar.



So far no leaks and its raining fairly hard right now.
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did it come with a header? or did you need a bestop one or w/e like the viking did i have the door surrounds and the rear bar wondering what header is needed.

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Looks great as far as I can tell. From the pictures it looks exactly like my Viking top. Does it have support bows for the front? It looks like it in the picture of the inside.
Yes it has two semi flexible support bars that run from the windshield channel to the roll/sound bar.
Sorry for the blurry picture of the inside. I couldn't get my camera to focus.

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did it come with a header? or did you need a bestop one or w/e like the viking did i have the door surrounds and the rear bar wondering what header is needed.
It also needs a header like any other soft top. Im using the best top header.
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Did you replace the viking with this one, like the title says?
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How is it as far as wind noise and air/rain leaks?
After driving around town and on the highway ill say it is only slightly louder then my hard top was. Im fairly impressed.
As far as leaks i haven't seen any and it is raining fairly hard now.

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Did you replace the viking with this one, like the title says?
No. I tried to order a viking top and wasn't able to get a hold of one since viking no longer makes their top. They sold the rights to Rampage and therefore i got a Rampage top instead of the Viking. Which after installing and driving around a bit, im happy with it. Not only was it ~$250 cheaper then the viking top but it carries a two year warranty compared to the viking's one year. I was just stating that viking no longer makes their top and this top is their replacement.

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thanks for the pics, aaron !
I ordered mine last week and hope to receive it soon...

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