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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.
 

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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.
 

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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. :shrug

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! :rockon
 

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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.
 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.


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.
 

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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
 

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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..
 
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