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)
-more quiet than my denim top
-converts to safari top easily and windows store in a bag in the top
-smaller blind spots
-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
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.
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:
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.
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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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.
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.
MY NEW JEEP- 2011 JEEP JKUR, Body Armor front bumper, Warn XD9000I winch, Synthetic winch line,XRC Rear Bumper W/Tire carrier, OBA W/1Gal Tank, Terafex 2.5in spring lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks,GY 315/70R17 Duratracs, 4.88 G2 gears, Cobra 75 CB
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