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Rugged Ridge Exo Top (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK 4 Door)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from, and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Exo Top, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. There is of course a version of this top available for those of you with the two-door and the four-door JK, so make sure you get the right one for your Jeep. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this top which is a two out of three wrench installation. There is no major modification or drilling necessary to get this installed on your Jeep. But because this is a roof rack and a soft-top in one, there are a lot of pieces and the installation is a little bit more involved than some of the other tops that are available. We're also gonna talk through the construction and a few of the features of the top.This top is for those of you who are looking for a very unique soft-top that has a lot of unique features but also has a built-in roof rack that is also very functional. This top is very different because it actually is a soft-top suspended from a roof rack, as opposed to a standard frame top that is a top stretched over the frame. That allows you to utilize the roof rack without having to change anything with your top, you can throw items right up onto the roof rack at any time without needing to make any modifications to the top. However, if you have the roof rack already loaded, you can still put the top back. Again, very unique, a lot of different configurations.Now, because you are getting a soft-top and a roof rack in one and you do have so much functionality here, this is going to be a little bit more expensive than some of the other soft tops on the market. However, I don't think you're going to find a high quality roof rack and a quality soft-top with all of these features that you can buy for the cost of this top. As far as construction goes, as I mentioned this is a roof rack and a soft-top. The roof rack itself is made of steel, covered in a textured black powder coat finish. And like I said before, you don't have to do any major modifications or drilling to the Jeep to get it installed, although it does attach to the sport cage in a couple of different locations. And you will have to do a little bit of cutting on your sport cage covers. It's not really a big deal, you're just making a couple of slits so that you can get all of your brackets installed. And if you were ever to remove this top and go back to either a standard hardtop or soft-top, chances are you're not going to notice those small slits anyway. Once you have the roof rack installed, of course the second portion of this is the soft-top. This does come with tinted windows and it's a standard OEM soft-top material. So it's gonna hold up really well, it's going to hold the weather out, keep the warmth in and of course, be good and watertight as long as you install it properly. Like I said before, what makes this top unique is that it's just soft-top suspended from a roof rack. So as you can see behind me, you have your soft-top hanging on the inside of the roof rack with buckles and velcro, giving you a very safari like look. There are also a ton of different configurations with this top. Like your standard top that has a sun rider feature, you can just flip the front of the top back. But instead of it holding back, it actually slides back. You can also slide it back further to give an open air driving experience for both the front and the rear seat passengers. There are also configurations where you can remove the rear three windows, giving you a very safari look and feel where you can still have a cover over the passengers keeping the sun off of your head, but not have the windows then giving you again that open air driving experience. Finally, you can fold the top so that it lives completely over the sound bar which gives you that completely top down feel. Of course you still have the roof rack in place or you can fold your top into the trunk area like a standard soft-top, giving you a ton of different configurations. This is a very versatile top. And no matter which configuration you are in, you still have that roof rack that's able to hold 300 pounds. So whether you're just rolling around on the street and need some additional cargo space or if you're carrying all your gear to the campsite for the weekend, you're gonna have more than enough room.As far as the installation goes, I am gonna give this a two out of three wrenches. It's not that this is a particularly difficult installation but there are a lot of steps because you're installing both the roof rack and the soft-top at the same time. The first step in the installation is to remove whatever top you currently have on your Jeep completely. After that, you can assemble the roof rack portion of your Exo Top and install that on your Jeep. The next step is to install the slider and bow assemblies and this is where you have to make a couple of small slits in your sport cage covers. Don't worry, when you remove this top and go back to any other top, it's not something you're really gonna notice. Most of you shouldn't be bothered by making these small cuts. After that bow and slider assembly is in place, the next step is actually putting the soft-top in place but because this is a soft-top that suspends from the roof rack instead of being stretched over a frame like a factory top, you install it a little bit differently. You're going to start from the back putting the soft-top underneath the roof rack but over top of the seats. Slide it forward toward the windshield frame and use the velcro and the straps to attach it to the roof rack. Finally, once that is completely installed, you can then install your three windows and you're finished. The whole installation process is probably going to take you right around three hours. And while you don't need any specialty tools, you are working on a Jeep so you are going to need some torque space to get this done. When you consider the value that you get with this top for the purchase price, it is a little bit difficult because there's not a lot to compare it to. This is a very unique item. However, if you look at the cost of a quality soft-top and a quality roof rack and add it together, it's certainly going to be more than the cost of the Exo top. So if you're going to use the functionality of the roof rack and all of the different configurations available of the soft-top, I think that this is a really good buy. Still, whether you have a hardtop on your Jeep and you're looking for a soft-top and a roof rack or you currently have a soft-top but you like the look and the functionality of this configuration, I think this is a very fairly priced roof rack and soft-top that is unique and unlike anything else you can find. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Exo Top, fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Must Have Factory Soft Top to Install
      • OE Soft Top Hardware Required
      • 300lbs Carrying Capacity
      • Easy to Use
      • Retractable Sun Slider Function
      • Multi-Position Top
      • Externally Suspended Top Design
      • Requires Additional Hardware
      • No Drilling Required
      • 5 Year Limited Warranty
      • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Models


      Versatility and Performance. Enjoy the great outdoors without compromise with the Rugged Ridge Exo Top. This top is the very first of its kind and features an integrated roof rack by utilizing a unique suspended top design that allows complete function of the top without interfering with a fully loaded rack. Ideal for those with active lifestyles, this top transforms to provide access to the open air while driving and can support up to 300 lbs. of cargo weight allowing you to take kayaks, bikes, camping supplies, gear and more to wherever your adventure calls.

      Functionality. This top utilizes an externally suspended design with heavy duty Velcro straps along the perimeter bars to provide a snug and uniform fit. From the front seat you'll have access to a unique Sun Slider function; By unlatching two clips you can slide back the front portion of the top creating an open air environment without ever leaving the driver seat. Rear and side panels are easily removed to create a full safari top without disturbing cargo for complete ease of use and unrivaled performance.

      OE Soft Top Hardware Required. For installation of this Soft Top, you will require the original factory soft top hardware. If you have misplaced or damaged your OE hardware you will require the following parts Windshield Header, part# 68003646AA, Tailgate Bar part# 55395757AC, Tailgate Bar Retainer part# 55395760AB (RH) and part# 55395761AB (LH).

      Installation and Warranty. This two in one roof rack and soft top kit features a fully bolt on installation that doesn't require any modification to your Jeep for installation. It does require a factory style header bar, tailgate bar and tailgate bar retainer clips for installation. Rugged Ridge ensures complete quality and performance by providing a five year limited warranty on their Exo Top.

      Application. The Rugged Ridge Exo Top is a combination roof rack and softop designed specifically for use on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited (4 door) models.

      Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

      MPN# 13516.02

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (5)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.4 out of 5 overall rating from 5 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      • June 28, 2019

        5 2016 Wrangler - JayG Installation Time: Afternoon

        Versatile and bad @$$ looking!

        This is a great top for those who are looking for a versatile alternative to the standard soft tops. 5 different options for an amazing open air experience and a solid, usable rack to really complete the experience - and much cheaper than buying a soft top and separate rack! I highly recommend!

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      • April 30, 2019

        5 2014 Wrangler - Tmo Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great quality, solid rack.

        Just put the exo-top on my JK and it looks great. Watched one of the online video's, would not have been able to do it with out that and there were still a few things that were a little confusing but overall it wasn't too hard (7hrs). Much easier with someone else to help.

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      • September 29, 2018

        4 2008 Wrangler - ABrown Installation Time: Afternoon

        Exo Top Review

        Great concept! Needs a few updates: track does not slide smoothly and I had to add locktight to stop the slide pieces from falling out due to vibration. Also, if it rains hard with wind, you will flood your floors so plan to take your plugs out. I love it but, see areas of opportunity.

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      • May 31, 2017

        4 2016 Rubicon - CalF Installation Time: Full Day

        good top but frustrating

        top went together rather easily until I came to the door surrounds. As I was installing both rear surrounds the brass threaded inserts pulled right out of the plastic as soon as any tension was applied to the bolt. I had to cut both bolts off to remove the door surrounds. at this point I was too far into the install to stop so I ran to get longer bolts and nuts. Rugged Ridge was very responsive and sent me new parts within the week. I have not had time to re install but I fear they will do the same thing. Over all I really like the top it is very versatile and looks good. all other aspects of the top seem to be well made.

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      • July 28, 2016

        4 2012 Wrangler Unlimited - FloridaJKUOwner Installation Time: Full Day

        Great Top so far!!

        Put this on myself a month ago or so. (A 2nd person would have been very handy, however.) There are several reviews (and a nice install video) online, so I'll just try to add some basics and a few other things of note. This is a unique solution as a rack for soft-top, in that you can put the top down with removing cross-bars or what have you. No drilling too, if that's important to you. However, the "sun rider" style top in front has had an issues. The plastic sliders that keep the top in its track have popped out for me, which has happened to others. This is something that Rugged Ridge will replace from what I've read. (These plastic pieces adjust fit in the track with screws and apparently mine were a bit loose.) Without these pieces, it leaves the frame riding metal on metal, loosely (I couldn't tell at all), but it wasn't an issue until I had to come to an abrupt stop and it slid forward a bit. Without these pieces, there is some possibility of the front of the top catching a gust of wind and being blown up and off the top of the jeep, I would guess. LOTS of velcro holding things in place. (I nicknamed it the Exo-Velcro-Top. :) ) There can tend to be some wind noise of course, but I've also got a light mounted above my windshield AND a Thule on the top. There is a product (not sure if I can mention here) that can be installed on that cross-bars that adds extra slats to press the top upward. RR has addressed this with two cross-bars that fit under the top already, but they don't eliminate wind noise entirely of course. (Just the nature of a soft top and no worse than my OEM top that I can tell.) The install I did was minorly different than what I've seen (and what was in the install instructions), so be ready for that. (It seems RR is evolving this product to some degree. I see the price has come down on it since it was unveiled, so this might be the reason.) Overall, I'm very happy - a new top and a rack all in one at a decent price. Cheaper than getting a hard top and adding a rack to that. (I don't have a garage, so this is a good option for me.) My review is lacking a 5th star b/c of the slider piece issue and wind noise. I'm about to take my virgin highway road trip, so I'll edit this if possible to reflect any new findings.

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      Questions & Answers (21 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Referring to question below... I have a soft top..... if I have a soft top why do I need to purchase a header kit? Don't I already have all those parts

      • The product page states: "If you have misplaced or damaged your OE hardware you will require the followingparts Windshield Header, part# 68003646AA, Tailgate Bar part# 55395757AC, Tailgate Bar Retainer part# 55395760AB (RH) and part# 55395761AB (LH)." So, if you already have these parts, you do not need to get them again. 

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      What basket do you recommend using with this...

      How much higher than a hard tip do the rails stand? I am concerned about clearance for my garage.

      • Hello, the rack measures 29-5/8" from the top of the tailgate to the top of the rear bar.

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      Can this roof be used as a year round roof in an area where there is snow New York)? Does this roof work with your soft top surrounds that come with jeep soft top or do we need to buy the whole header kit?

      • The Rugged Ridge Exo Top can be used year round.

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      If the load rating on this rack is 300 lbs static load (not moving), how much weight can it safely transport dynamic (in motion)? Due to the forces transferred on and by the load in accelerating and stopping, physics would suggest that this load rating is not the same. As would other roof rack manufacturers. I am curious because Rugged Ridge does not assume liability of damage done to my vehicle by the rack and I want to be safe in its application.

      • This top has a 300lb dynamic load rating. The static rating would be higher, however Rugged Ridge does not list the Static rating.

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      10 More Questions
      If 300 lbs. is the dynamic load rating, what is the static load rating of this rack? 1 answer
      Currently have a hard top and looking into soft tops. Will any header kit and tailgate bar kit work or does it have to be the Rugged Ridge kit for the exo top? 1 answer
      Is there a basket made also that goes on top of the rack for cargo purposes? 1 answer
      You state "For installation of this Soft Top, you will require the original factory soft top hardware. If you have misplaced or damaged your OE hardware you will require the following Omix Hardware - 13308.06 and Mopar Hardware - 55395757AC, 55395760AB, 55395761AB." What if I never had a factory soft top? I just buy these parts and I'm good? 1 answer
      Is the top watertight? 1 answer
      Will this support a roof top tent? 1 answer
      Can this go on top of the hardtop? 1 answer
      I already have a factory soft top which I will no longer be using if I install this. Can I use the parts from it or do I still need to purchase ALL the extra hardware:Omix Hardware - 13308.06 and Mopar Hardware - 55395757AC, 55395760AB, 55395761AB? 1 answer
      What are the dimensions of the roof rack? 1 answer
      Is a separate header kit needed to install and utilize this soft top? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Cage Base, LH
      • (1) Cage Base, RH
      • (1) Rear Cage Bar
      • (1) T Bar, Rear
      • (1) T Bar, Front
      • (1) Center Cross Bar
      • (1) Front Side Bar, LH
      • (1) Front Side Bar, RH
      • (1) Front Surround, LH
      • (1) Front Surround, RH
      • (1) Rear Lower Surround, LH
      • (1) Rear Lower Surround, RH
      • (1) Rear Upper Surround, LH
      • (1) Rear Upper Surround, RH
      • (1) Seal, LH
      • (1) Seal, RH
      • (1) Soft Top Fabric
      • (1) Rear Window
      • (1) Side Window, LH
      • (1) Side Window, RH
      • Hardware

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

      • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18