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Question Jeep Wrangler JK Power Tops - Reviews and/or DIY Projects?

hi all - i've searched but can't find much info from actual JK owners who've purchased and installed a power top on their Wrangler like the Rugged Ridge or otherwise...

There's no way I would pay (or could afford) $7k+ for a power top, but i'm pretty handy, so I'm considering buying soft top hardware and maybe try to DIY it myself.

Thoughts? Experiences? Other previous posts or attempts at this?

And if you don't like the power top, there's no need to reply you hate it and flood the thread w/non-constructive opinions... Thanks!
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Not saying I hate anything, but why a power soft top? It literally only takes 2 - 3 minutes to take down / put up...

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Not saying I hate anything, but why a power soft top? It literally only takes 2 - 3 minutes to take down / put up...
i personally bought my wrangler after owning a BMW M3 convertible, so quick open and closing of the top at stoplights and when rain starts was super easy and fun. and you don't have to get up and walk around to do it. push button, wait, done. sun, sky, and breeze...AAAHHHHHH.
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I'm scared to Google "power tops"...

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i personally bought my wrangler after owning a BMW M3 convertible, so quick open and closing of the top at stoplights and when rain starts was super easy and fun. and you don't have to get up and walk around to do it. push button, wait, done. sun, sky, and breeze...AAAHHHHHH.
Sounds like a pretty good justification to me.

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Not saying I hate anything, but why a power soft top? It literally only takes 2 - 3 minutes to take down / put up...
As our Jeeps get taller, it gets harder to reach everything required to put the tops up/down.

Also, on my 4-door the top and bows weigh quite a bit, making it difficult for my wife to manage.

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Holy Shit!!! 11,500.00 for the top???

http://www.ruggedridge.com/jeep-soft...power-top.html
I'd really cry if that thing ate a tree...

But what is an even bigger is something for $11,500 from Rugged Ridge. How much could they have paid the 12 year old Chinese kid to put that thing together?

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Holy Shit!!! 11,500.00 for the top???

http://www.ruggedridge.com/jeep-soft...power-top.html
WHOA - i thought they were installed for around $8k. the $11500 must be the "we don't really wanna sell this" price. wow. that's insane.
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Not saying I hate anything, but why a power soft top? It literally only takes 2 - 3 minutes to take down / put up...
You can put up top and zip in the windows in less than 3 minutes? I'd bet a couple of beers on that one.
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I'd really cry if that thing ate a tree...

But what is an even bigger is something for $11,500 from Rugged Ridge. How much could they have paid the 12 year old Chinese kid to put that thing together?
Wife says it would be cheaper to buy a 12 year old Chinese kid to live in the Jeep and put the top up and down for us. We just throw a little rice in there.
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Wife says it would be cheaper to buy a 12 year old Chinese kid to live in the Jeep and put the top up and down for us. We just throw a little rice in there.

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I have a buddy in Florida that installed one on a dealership rig. He said it took the shop two days and was a nightmare to install. I never did see final results.
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I have a buddy in Florida that installed one on a dealership rig. He said it took the shop two days and was a nightmare to install. I never did see final results.
I would hate to see the labor cost on that one. $100 an hour or times 12-16 hours=crazy.
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Wife says it would be cheaper to buy a 12 year old Chinese kid to live in the Jeep and put the top up and down for us. We just throw a little rice in there.
Nice!

I don't mind putting the top up/down. It's the windows that are a bit of a pain, and you're not going to get that automated....

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Nice!

I don't mind putting the top up/down. It's the windows that are a bit of a pain, and you're not going to get that automated....
Mine is a bit of a pain with 5.5" lift and 40s it is hard for me to reach to put it up and down. The rear window is a pain sometimes too.
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There was a vendor at Jeep Beach selling power tops for 2 doors.

http://roadwire.com/s.nl/it.A/id.324251/.f

If the top is too much trouble, maybe a Jeep isn't for you or you could have your husband put it up and down for you.

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Meh, the top shouldn't be an issue for most 2-doors, but for an unlimited, it can be a bitch, especially when the top gets a little old and floppy.

I've found the easiest way to deal with it is to get in the back seat and reach back and grab the header and bring it all up over jeep at one time. Of course, in order to do that, i i have to take down the back half of the spidederweb shade.

I think this thing is finally coming together. Still Needed: drive shafts, frame mount rails...then done son! For a while...
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Meh, the top shouldn't be an issue for most 2-doors, but for an unlimited, it can be a bitch, especially when the top gets a little old and floppy.

I've found the easiest way to deal with it is to get in the back seat and reach back and grab the header and bring it all up over jeep at one time. Of course, in order to do that, i i have to take down the back half of the spidederweb shade.
See, that is the problem. You guys with 4 doors keep thinking you have a Jeep Bwaahhhaaaahhaaa


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Mine is a bit of a pain with 5.5" lift and 40s it is hard for me to reach to put it up and down. The rear window is a pain sometimes too.
As someone else said, I just get in the backseat to put mine up and down. I could see how the height would be a bitch on the windows. But I am assuming that with auto tops you still have to zip out the windows first....?

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