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Unread 11-22-2008, 03:19 PM   #1
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Viking Fastback Soft Top Review

I think I have been eyeing this top ever since I got my Jeep in February, and I am extremely excited to finally own one. I bought it used for $400 in almost mint condition. I really really like this top compared to my factory soft top however it has a few drawbacks.

Things I like:
-HUGE windows (less fabric, more window)
-frameless design
-more quiet than my denim top
-converts to safari top easily and windows store in a bag in the top
-smaller blind spots

Problems:
-extremely tight fit, must install when its warm
-gap where it meets the windshield and door frame, will leak
-less headroom for passengers, I don't care I'm driving









Inside pockets and strap that goes around the cage to pull the top tight, 2 great features


Decreased blind spots compared to OEM top






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Unread 11-22-2008, 03:23 PM   #2
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Gap where window meets door surround, the plastic lip doesn't want to stay in as well


Corner doesn't want to roll into the header, also notice the large gap






Window bag velcro'd into place, as well as width tightening straps and straps to attach the rear window


Side windows wrap around the bars to the top where they zip in


Right side corner won't go into the rail, maybe just my top. It is sewn through the plastic, and it prevents me from tucking it in.


The straps are too long so I have to tuck them back behind. It's a nice system though because you can really tighten the top back with this, and this is what keeps it in place in safari mode.




Overall I am very pleased and excited about this top, it can really transform the look of your Jeep and not many people have them. The fabric is not much thicker than my old denim soft top but it is a great deal quieter with the lack of flapping and whipping. I can't wait for the spring now to store the windows in between the 2 back layers in the nice bag it came with. (Has dividers for the windows so they do not scratch each other.)

I'll let you guys know how I'm liking it after I get to do some more driving in it, and some highway driving. Please ask any questions you may have. I can provide more pictures if needed too.
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Unread 11-22-2008, 04:37 PM   #3
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compared to the factory top(besttop) poor fit,poor workmanship,leaks,straped up like a 1930s hooker,it looks like a p.o.s. to me.just my opinion
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Unread 11-22-2008, 04:40 PM   #4
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I like it, you can fix those little bugs if you keep trying and adjusting. Great pictures man
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Unread 11-22-2008, 05:28 PM   #5
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I really dont understand the fasination with these tops. I've watch numerous threads on this topic and still can't seem to acertain what the preceived quality is! It seems to have poor fit/finish and is poorly priced. The quality of materials seems about par with rug'd ridge/smitty built and the shape is rather constricting....Now I'll tell how I really feel! haheha:tee hee:

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Unread 11-22-2008, 05:41 PM   #6
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The front header gap is caused by the bestop header bar, not at all to do with viking. Readjust the top a few times and those pesky corner deals should fit just fine. Nice write up and description.

I get a good amount of wind noise with my viking caused by the bestop header bar. In any case I like the top and am sure you will as well!
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Unread 11-22-2008, 05:55 PM   #7
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I've had my Viking top for about two years and I have had none of the problems mentioned above. The front fits very well into the header on mine and looking at the photos above, something doesn't actually look right with the way ThomasW's front is put into the header.

I also do not have any open gap where the window meets the door surround.

I think the top is very well thought out. I rarely even detach the side windows when I open up the top: I just unzip the back window, flip it up on top, then loosen the side windows from the lower rails and flip them up on top as well. Pull the top flap back into place, hook it up and I'm off. It takes just a couple of minutes!

I think this top is very well designed. It is quiet and absolutely tight and dry.
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Unread 11-22-2008, 06:16 PM   #8
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I've also had mine for 2+ years with no issues. All of the problems shown in the photos are easily fixed by properly adjusting the top.
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Unread 11-22-2008, 06:20 PM   #9
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I've also had mine for 2+ years with no issues. All of the problems shown in the photos are easily fixed by properly adjusting the top.
Thanks for the reassurance! Yea I did have a real hard time fitting it on in the cold. I guess I'll have to live with it like this all winter, I hope it doesn't mess it up.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 05:18 AM   #10
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I've had my Viking top for about a year now. Any issue I've had has been solved by adjusting the fit. It's a great top and I'm really pleased with mine.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 08:27 AM   #11
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compared to the factory top(besttop) poor fit,poor workmanship,leaks,straped up like a 1930s hooker,it looks like a p.o.s. to me.just my opinion
I agree, and I fail to understand the fascination with these tops. I tried one out and I hated it. Luckily I found someone in my club to trade his factory top for it, and he couldn't be happier. So there are definitely people that love them, just like those that dislike them. I couldn't stand the way that cursed Bestop channel fit, the constant wind noise it produced (which was from using that header, no way around it), the loss of headroom everywhere especially the back, and the ill fitment. It fit tight around the roll bars and such, but as shown the window tips constantly try to pull out of the door surrounds, and the thing never fits up the same way twice after you pull the windows off. All those little gaps make wind noise.
I once got caught in the rain with no shelter around, putting that top up in the rain is a huge pain the arse. I could have had a factory top up and windows zipped up in a quarter of the time it took me to fight that Viking in the wind and rain. It was then I knew that top wasn't for me.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 09:00 AM   #12
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I would never buy one. Just reading the poor reviews from people that have owned them told me that. Plus the outrageous price. Ya no thanks.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 09:22 AM   #13
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As i recently said to another thread this softop (especially the frameless back side) make the Wrangler looks like a Lada Niva. I don't like it either even its quality is very good. Of course as another friend said, it's just my opinion.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 09:42 AM   #14
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WOW this is the first thread that has any negative feedback on this top. I've been wanting to buy one since my Factory top is loosing all it's thread/seams. I've read at least 3 different jeep sites and all love this top.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 10:28 AM   #15
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I would never buy one. Just reading the poor reviews from people that have owned them told me that. Plus the outrageous price. Ya no thanks.
but you bought a lift from a company that has had poor reviews for as long as they have been in buisness? Hows that working for you?
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