(approx) 3 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
This Rugged Ridge Bowless XHD soft top with tinted windows in Black Diamond is for those of you that have a 1997 to 2006 TJ and are looking for a slant back-style top. Now, when you are looking for a soft top, there are gonna be a couple of different options out there. If you already have a soft top, you are just looking to replace the material and the windows, you can get the replacement top that will go on that factory soft top frame. If you are looking for a soft top and you currently have a hard top, and you want a soft top that has all the factory looks and factory functionality, you are gonna wanna look for a full soft top that has a factory-style frame with it. This top, however, is gonna be a little bit different. This is gonna be for those of you that either have a hard top or a soft top and are looking for something that is going to give you a little bit of a different look and function than that factory top. Because this is a bowless top, it's going to follow the lines of the sport cage, giving you a little bit of that slant back look. It's also not going to require any sort of frame, so if you're in that camp that doesn't already have a soft top frame and you wanna save yourself a little bit of money, this is going to also be a good way to go. Now it is important to note that if you are coming from a hard top, you don't have door surrounds. You are gonna need door surrounds to run this top. And regardless of whether you're coming from a factory-style soft top or a factory hard top, you're also going to need a Rugged Ridge windshield header to run the soft top. But once you have the rest of that hardware, this is going to install pretty easily onto your Jeep and it's gonna make a really nice top. Now, this top by Rugged Ridge is going to be a similar material to an older-style factory top. It's not going to be quite as heavy as some of the some of the higher-level Best Top tops that are available. And because this doesn't have any frame at all, you're not going to be able to flip the top back in a factory way at all. This is going to be a little bit less expensive than some of the other options available. So like I said this is going to be a similar material to that factory soft top. They do add a couple of pockets into the top of the top itself. There are gonna be zippered mesh pockets for a little bit of additional storage. This does come with the tinted windows. There are going to be 30-mil DOT-approved tinted window. So they're gonna be a very high-quality window. They're going stay nice and clear as long as you take care of them. Any window eventually will get scratched up if you don't take care of it, but if you do take care of these, they're gonna hold up; they're not gonna end up cracking or giving you any other issues for a good long time because they are a nice high-quality window. So to get this installed, it's gonna be pretty simple 1 out of 3 wrench installation. You are gonna want to give yourself probably around two hours or so to get this installed on your Jeep because it can be a little bit tight out of the box and you'll have to do a little bit of stretching. In order to help out with that, make sure that you do this when the weather is warm. If you have the opportunity to lay this thing out in your front yard, let the sun work on it for a little while before you start the installation. It's going to make everything just that much easier for you when you actually start installing it. Now, the first step in the install is going to be attaching that windshield header to the top of the windshield. You're gonna wanna make sure that your door surrounds are also already installed at this time. Then you can install the top onto that windshield header, and working your way from the front to the back, use all of the included straps and buckles to ensure that the top is nice and tight. Once the top is completely attached down, all you need to do is attach your three windows in the back and you're done. This top is gonna run you right around $500. There is a version available that has those door surrounds that are necessary for this installation that's gonna be, of course, a few dollars more expensive. But in the world of fastback soft tops, this is still going to be fairly inexpensive. The Best Top versions are going to be maybe a little bit higher quality. They're also going to include some additional parts in them, so those ones are going to be a little bit pricier. If you're looking for a premium fastback top, the Best Top is always a nice option if you're looking to save a little bit of money. Maybe you already have your door surround, maybe you already have a windshield header. You don't have to purchase those additional pieces. This is gonna save you some money. So if you're looking for a more budget-friendly bowless soft top, I would definitely recommend this XHD top by Rugged Ridge, and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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December 01, 2019
Bowless soft top
Easy to install and when going topless easy to remove and replaceHelpful (1)
September 18, 2019
I live in Washington State where it rains 8 months out of the year. I bought this soft top because I was in need of a new one before the rainy season started back up. The install took me about three hours because everything was so tight. I noticed right away that the materials where decent quality and I assumed that it should last me awhile. Long story short I've had this new top installed for about a week and I have come to find a major flaw. The front half of the soft top although pulled tight, holds a large pool of water when the Jeep is parked on level ground. Doesn't sound too bad until you look inside and realize that were the inside seam is securing the fancy ceiling pocket, there is a steady drip of water onto your seats(both sides). Having a lake on top of your Wrangler is not ideal and that's why I would NOT suggest this top to anyone.Helpful (1)
October 09, 2018
Last top was a Bimini top and was not Happy at all. Was Very Happy with this new top. Price was Good and top is very heavy duty and is very air tight. My other top had more holes than Swiss cheeseHelpful (5)
May 29, 2018
Do you like to cuss and swear?
I hope you do because with this product you'll be doing a lot of it. I got it 10 months ago, both back zippers broke in month 2, after regular use, the front door retainers are about an inch too short to fit in the door mounts, the "convenient" fold up back window leaves the vinyl warped and wavy, and today the strap that awkwardly flips around the crossbar and back to the windshield broke its seams. When I brought up my issues with their customers support they pretty much told me to stick it and that it was my fault that it broke. I can assure you that everything has broken under regular use and nothing extra strenuous was put on it. Takes about 45 mins to ghetto-rig it all on. Make sure to have a spare shirt too because you'll break a sweat trying to stretch it to fit. Don't buy this top. Save yourself the stress of it. spend the extra hundred-some bucks and just buy a replacement top. (Kinda looks cool though, but not worth the aesthetics.)Helpful (10)
April 04, 2018
Overall a very nice top, went on very easy after letting it sit in the sun for a few hours. Only thing I didn't like is how the corners of the top didn't cover that well on the windshield channel that was needed for the top. Other than that it's a very good top for the price.Helpful (7)
November 09, 2017
Very nice and durable
The frameless top makes my white jeep really stand out. The time to put on and the directions were fool proof. Was able to take the old top off and have the new one on in less than two hours. Hardest part was taking the old frame off the jeep.Helpful (7)
June 22, 2017
Wearing a great top!
This a very great soft top. It really makes my Jeep look even better. Really like the tinted window look.Helpful (7)
June 22, 2017
Great fit, easy on and off it does need to sit in the sun to loosen up, but most tops are that way. Need to post a little more information on other parts needed.Helpful (7)
June 20, 2017
Bowless soft top
The top fits perfectly did not take that much time to install. I take it off and put it on all the time. thank you..Helpful (7)
November 02, 2016
Great looking top!
The directions are lacking a little detail. But, overall installation is easy. The top is a grear addition even for a stock TJ like mine.Helpful (7)
What other parts will I need to buy in addition to this? I currently have an 06 TJ Wrangler X with a hard top only.
The Rugged Ridge Bowless XHD Soft Top will require the factory door surrounds and tailgate bar.
Some versions of this show straps on the back, that appear to tighten the top to the rear panel? Pics show straps on each side of the windows...Is this the same top or are their different versions? I maybe confusing it with a Rampage. If there are no external straps, then I'd say this would look better.
The Rugged Ridge Bowless XHD Soft Top would have the straps underneath the top, on the interior side. For a visual of this, you can look at the instructions, found here: http://1.cdn.lib.extremeterrain.com/guides/J11304_Guide.pdf
I just purchased a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with factory hard top. Will this soft top fit my installation?
To use the XHD Bowless top you must have factory OEM door surrounds, tailgate bar and Rugged Ridge's windshield channel (J13397) to be able to install this top after removing your hard top. It will not fit your 2005 Unlimited Rubicon. This is for the TJ model Wrangler's and Rubicons, it will not fit the Long Bed Jeeps or LJ's.
I have a hardtop with my 2000 tj. What else will I need with this top for install?
Hello, to be able to install this soft top you will need the factory door surrounds, tailgate bar and also a windshield header.
Have an 04 TJ with factory softtop and full doors. I already have a rugged ridge front channel bar for a mesh bikini top. What else would I need? Does this re-use the factory OEM frame?
Hello, the Rugged Ridge Bowless XHD Soft Top w/ Tinted Windows, Black Diamond (97-06 Wrangler TJ) Eliminates the Need for the OE Soft Top Frame, you will need Factory Door Surrounds and Tailgate Bar, if you have the Rugged Ridge No Drill Windshield Channel (97-06 Wrangler TJ) which you can find here: http://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-no-drill-tj-1330804.html then that would work for you.
Hello, the Rugged Ridge Bowless XHD Soft Top w/ Tinted Windows, Black Diamond (97-06 Wrangler TJ) will work on your 2004 Sahara. When searching for parts for your Sahara you can search for a 2004 TJ. Some features that are different from the Sahara and the regular TJ are, wider body colored fender flares, body colored rocker sills, exclusive decals, seats and trim.
This Rugged Ridge Bowless XHD Soft Top w/ Tinted Windows, Black Diamond (97-06 Wrangler TJ) will fit your 97 jeep wrangler with half doors but it does not come with replacement windows for your half doors. You would have to reuse your factory door skin fabric or purchase replacements. Rugged Ridge makes a set in Black Diamond that would match this top: Rugged Ridge Door Skins, Diamond Black (97-06 Wrangler TJ) Item number J11946.
This Rugged Ridge Bowless XHD Soft Top w/ Tinted Windows, Black Diamond (97-06 Wrangler TJ) requires the purchase of a Rugged Ridge No Drill Windshield Channel (97-06 Wrangler TJ) [http://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-no-drill-tj-1330804.html], factory door surrounds and a factory style tailgate bar. I recommend, the Bestop Trektop NX, Black Denim (97-06 Wrangler TJ) [http://www.extremeterrain.com/bestop-trektop-nx-tj-5682015.html] which comes with all necessary hardware and you will not have to purchase anything else.
With the Rugged Ridge Bowless XHD Soft Top w/ Tinted Windows, Black Diamond (97-06 Wrangler TJ) you'll need to purchase factory style Door Surrounds, a factory style Tailgate Bar and the Rugged Ridge No Drill Windshield Channel (97-06 Wrangler TJ) [http://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-no-drill-tj-1330804.html].
A front windshield channel is required for installation. You will need to purchase item J13397.
(approx) 3 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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