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07-17-2019 02:05 PM
jermil01 It's in fair shape..keep in mind my rig is exposed to the Florida sun 365 days a year so the top takes a beating from the UV. Also, I haven't been as diligent as I should have been with putting the 3M UV protectant on..I'll probably buy a new top towards the end of this year once I get around to doing some needed body work..
07-16-2019 01:13 PM
canuckistan97
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Originally Posted by jermil01 View Post
yeah if your bumper has the tie in I'd say it makes sense to get the one with the cut out..Can't remember if there was an extra charge for it or not. I'm sure it says on the site.
2+ years later how is its holding up? Been wanting to do softtopper for my 78
04-27-2017 04:01 PM
csilvestri I got the JBG/Rampage soft top installed and will have an updated set of installations notes, experiences and upgraded/replacement parts & things I chose to do when getting this all set up. I took my time with the install over the course of a week in the garage and feel that I have a very solid final product. More to come... in the meantime, here's a pic from yesterday.


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FYI, an update on this... Just opened the top and spread out in my basement to flatten out a little. As soon as the heavy pine pollen stops around here, I'll FINALLY get this thing installed on the Bronco and report back.

If it matters, a friend of mine has had his installed for quite some time and loves it, hasn't had any issues.
03-30-2017 10:26 AM
jermil01 yeah if your bumper has the tie in I'd say it makes sense to get the one with the cut out..Can't remember if there was an extra charge for it or not. I'm sure it says on the site.
03-30-2017 10:08 AM
Happster
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Originally Posted by jermil01 View Post
The softop will be much more forgiving to install than the hard top..so if you can get the hard top on you won't have any issues.

They are stand up folks, but there are still some areas where the top could use some reinforcement with the stitching, particularly around the rearmost corners where the greatest amount of stress is put on the top when it's snapped in place..

If you click on the close up of this photo you can just see where where the cut out for the tire carrier is.

Thanks Jermil! what can you do, if there was a perfect top we would all have the same one. it looks to me like I need the cutout since my rear bumper has a tie-in there despite not having hinges. I'll dig up an image in a minute.

EDIT:
Apparently photobucket's phone app is a total piece of flaming garbage, and I can't upload my photos from the phone to the cloud without letting them access all my photos. AWESOME. either way, looks like I have the info I need.
03-30-2017 10:04 AM
jermil01
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I am looking at getting a softopper. might order one this week. I am wondering if how bent up my truck is will affect the install. the factory topper fits on it alright, but it has to be put on just in the right way in order to work properly. given it's a cloth top I'm not too worried about it being flexible. any input on this? Jermil, that's great that they worked with you to have your old one repaired. sounds like they are some stand up folks. I am curious about the cut-out for the tire carrier... does anyone have a photo of the area around where the carrier and top meet? Triplesix's rear bumper deleted the carrier but it still has the holes where one would go.
The softop will be much more forgiving to install than the hard top..so if you can get the hard top on you won't have any issues.

They are stand up folks, but there are still some areas where the top could use some reinforcement with the stitching, particularly around the rearmost corners where the greatest amount of stress is put on the top when it's snapped in place..

If you click on the close up of this photo you can just see where where the cut out for the tire carrier is.

03-30-2017 09:57 AM
Happster I am looking at getting a softopper. might order one this week. I am wondering if how bent up my truck is will affect the install. the factory topper fits on it alright, but it has to be put on just in the right way in order to work properly. given it's a cloth top I'm not too worried about it being flexible. any input on this? Jermil, that's great that they worked with you to have your old one repaired. sounds like they are some stand up folks. I am curious about the cut-out for the tire carrier... does anyone have a photo of the area around where the carrier and top meet? Triplesix's rear bumper deleted the carrier but it still has the holes where one would go.
03-29-2017 05:50 PM
BikerPepe` pretty much any of them, depending on your location and climate. All can-backs look the same to me though.
I wouldn't run one in the winter up here... but I get enough snow to collapse a hard topper, so.

If you search around the site... there have been many types, styles and ideas tossed around over the years.
Some better for this or that. One of my fav's was the bikini top, combined with a tonneau type cover over the rear.

When manufactured won't cut it... DIY baby!
03-29-2017 04:53 PM
expgmedic So with all this discussion which is recommended for just summer use?
03-29-2017 03:13 PM
csilvestri
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Top is here from JBG, I ordered black. Haven't opened the box yet, but hope to install soon. I'll keep y'all posted.
FYI, an update on this... Just opened the top and spread out in my basement to flatten out a little. As soon as the heavy pine pollen stops around here, I'll FINALLY get this thing installed on the Bronco and report back.

If it matters, a friend of mine has had his installed for quite some time and loves it, hasn't had any issues.
03-07-2017 11:42 AM
CrazyBRONCOguy For what its worth I have the cheaper not near as nice JBG top on my 78 and it stays outside year round, snow or not. It has held up fine.
I would imagine with a little care the softopper one would do just fine too. I do think you would shorten the life of it a bit but not by much. Like they said just make sure to try and keep the snow off of it when possible and don't let 6" or so get on it at the same time. Mine has had 3" on it before with no issue.
03-07-2017 09:56 AM
jermil01 With my rig being outside year round, I live with the fact that the topper for me is a wear item like tires. I'd imagine it could handle a decent amount of snow before it became and issue, but the thing you have to be careful about with the extreme cold is that the windows can get brittle.
03-02-2017 12:24 PM
Shadofax
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interesting to see the development of Softopper as a company and product over the years... thanks jermil01
looks like I'll be ordering one as soon as this weather figures itself out, was almost 80 on monday and now supposed to snow tomorrow...

anyone had any issues with snow/ice weight and collapse on a soft top? I read through the softopper install manual and they heavily emphasize the fact these are not ideal for cold weather. I'd love to ditch my factory top altogether but occasionally the mid atlantic gets a few inches of snow.
I don't have this top, but I've had the old Kayline type top on for about a dozen years now, but it's always garage kept. I'd say it's very true that you would not want more than a couple inches accumulating on the top, it will start to stretch it out which could ruin the top.
03-02-2017 11:30 AM
tylerwdavis interesting to see the development of Softopper as a company and product over the years... thanks jermil01
looks like I'll be ordering one as soon as this weather figures itself out, was almost 80 on monday and now supposed to snow tomorrow...

anyone had any issues with snow/ice weight and collapse on a soft top? I read through the softopper install manual and they heavily emphasize the fact these are not ideal for cold weather. I'd love to ditch my factory top altogether but occasionally the mid atlantic gets a few inches of snow.
06-17-2016 08:14 AM
GAHIGHRIDER I'm impressed with the durability of that many years outside in the FL sun!
06-16-2016 06:45 PM
Shadofax
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Originally Posted by Capbyrd View Post
Does the softopper have rails with all the snaps or are they on the body?
Rails.
06-16-2016 06:04 PM
Capbyrd Does the softopper have rails with all the snaps or are they on the body?
06-16-2016 01:46 PM
csilvestri Top is here from JBG, I ordered black. Haven't opened the box yet, but hope to install soon. I'll keep y'all posted.
06-02-2016 04:59 PM
jermil01
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Thanks for the info. in this thread. Considering cost, the differences between this Softtopper and the current (as of 6/1/16) upgraded top that JBG sells now, I think I'm going to go with the one from Jeff's: Soft Tops-Broncograveyard.com I also like the fact that they've been upgraded to better material fairly recently AND you can get a complete fabric replacement kit for $349. I have owned a 1992 Jeep Wrangler for 24 years and am only on my 3rd top, so I know how to take care of them. All things considered, I can't justify $900 for the Softtopper, in addition to the quality I've seen and not being a fan of snaps. Gonna order from Jeff's Bronco Graveyard this week.

Thanks for all the info. everyone!

Post up here once you get it.
06-02-2016 04:30 PM
schwim It's definitely a cost-effective option for anyone with a non-dentside FSB.
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